27 of the Best College Student Discounts

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Check out these college student discounts, deals, & freebies to save money!

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College is such an amazing experience… but also so expensive!

That’s why college student discounts and freebies are everything! With the rising cost of college tuition, room, and board, and textbooks, you’ve got to save money wherever possible. Luckily, many companies are here to help with offers and special deals and perks – and all you need is a college ID or email address! 📚

1. Get 6 free months of Amazon Prime.

Amazon boxes in a college dorm room

College students: score a FREE 6-month Amazon Prime membership for free 2-day shipping on millions of items, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, free unlimited photo storage, 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals, exclusive offers, and discounts!

Even better, after the 6 months are up, you’ll enjoy Prime for half the price at just $6.49/month. To qualify for 6 Months of FREE Amazon Student, you must have a valid .edu email address, and you’ll need to specify your college/university, year, and major.

Hip Tip: Read on to see how to save $500 with Amazon Prime Student perks!

2. Score Amazon Music Unlimited for less than $5/month.

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Eligible Prime Student members can sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited for ONLY $0.99 per month! You must verify your enrollment in a degree-granting college or university in order to qualify.

With Music Unlimited, you can stream all the music you love on any device, use unlimited skips, and skip ads, too. Plus, you can save your data with offline listening!

3. Get 3 free months of Apple Music.

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For a limited time, new subscribers can visit Apple Music to score a free 3-Month Trial. Note that you’ll need to have a payment method on file in order to claim your free three months. You’ll also enjoy complimentary Apple TV+ for free!

Even better, students enrolled in degree-granting universities and colleges can join Apple Music at a discounted monthly rate of $4.99 (regularly $9.99) for up to 48 months (4 years).

4. Save up to $200 at the Apple Store.

woman with pink nail polish using a laptop

Apple offers discounted rates on electronics for students and teachers year-round with their Apple Education pricing, but typically around mid-summer to early September is when you’ll find the best discounts for the back-to-school season. Keep in mind that you must verify your student eligibility through UNiDAYS (a site that offers exclusive student discounts and verifies eligibility) in order to take advantage of this special pricing.

5. Save money on AT&T phones and service plans.

Woman using Cell Phone and Laptop

Students get discounts on AT&T wireless phones and services just by validating their email addresses on AT&T’s website. Just enter and submit your work or school email address, and they’ll show you whether you qualify for applicable discounts and benefits on wireless services, devices, and more.

6. Save 15% at Banana Republic.

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Want to save on clothing? Students can save an additional 15% off their full-price purchase at Banana Republic stores only with a valid student ID (not valid online).

7. Shop Barnes & Noble for up to 80% off sticker prices.

a student holding textbooks in their hands

Save on textbooks! Barnes & Noble offers several options, including buying used/new textbooks, renting your textbooks, and even selling your textbooks for cash! They offer only the highest quality used books so you won’t find mildew stains, missing pages, or massive underlining! Even lab manuals, study guides, and workbooks are intact and virtually scribble-free.

Don’t want to rent? If you plan to keep your textbooks, Barnes & Noble offers a huge selection of used textbooks available for purchase at 80% off their sticker price. Plus, at the end of the semester, if your textbooks are still in good condition, you can sell your books back to them for cash!

8. Get discounts at free college events with Bed Bath & Beyond.

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Participating Bed Bath & Beyond stores host FREE College Events and Campus Ready Events where you can get expert help, learn creative tips, receive a special discount, enjoy refreshments, enter drawings, and more! These events change often and RSVPs are encouraged.

Even better, from May 1st through September 30th, students can take advantage of the College Saving Pass. This will give 20% off all purchases! Make sure you sign up to claim these benefits.

Also, if you’re planning to attend college away from home, you may want to take advantage of ordering all you need to pick up at the closest store near your school! Instead of packing up and hauling your stuff across the country or state, just head to your local Bed Bath & Beyond or online and do your shopping.

9. Save money on appliances and equipment at Best Buy.

HP laptops at Best Buy

Enroll in Best Buy Student Deals (free to join!), and you’ll get exclusive savings on various laptops, TVs, headphones, coffee makers, personal care products, and more.

10. Grab a $20 Costco Shop Card when you buy a membership.

costco membership

Take advantage of all Costco has to offer by unlocking a $20 Costco Shop Card on either a Gold or Executive membership when you confirm your student eligibility through UNiDAYS!

Check out why we’re big fans of the Costco Executive membership!

11. Score below-MSRP prices on Chevrolet vehicles.

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The Chevrolet College Discount Program entitles eligible college students, grad students, and recent grads to below-MSRP prices. Be sure to get an exclusive authorization code to secure your discount.

12. See movies on the cheap with Cinemark.

women laughing and talking at the movies

Heading to the movies? Show a valid student ID at participating Cinemark box offices and receive a special discount, valid at select theaters only! Keep in mind that discount days, times, and restrictions may vary depending on theater location. Visit your local theater’s box office for more details.

13. Save up to 20% on Dell computers.

student using laptops

Through Dell University, students can enjoy savings and special packages, such as exclusive discounts and a 30-day Price Match Guarantee on PCs, up to 6% back in rewards, free expedited delivery, access to exclusive offers, extra 20% on all PCs in the Member Exclusive Store with a coupon, and more!

14. College grads under 25 drive fee-free with Hertz rentals. 


If young college grads under the age of 25 become a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards member, the Young Renter fee will be waived once they sign up at on this exclusive Hertz page. It’s free to join, and you’ll get tons of benefits including access to the best vehicles and heading straight to your car.

15. Shop J. Crew and save 15%.

woman reading a book

J. Crew offers a 15% discount to all college students when they shop in stores (J.Crew, J.Crew Factory, and J.Crew Mercantile) and show a valid school ID at checkout. This promotion can also be used on jcrew.com with Sheer.ID verification, but unfortunately not valid at jcrewfactory.com or on phone orders.

16. Get FREE Microsoft Office 365 + 10% off Windows devices.

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Students are eligible for free Office 365 for Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. Also, students get 10% off Windows devices and more – all you need to get started is a valid school email address.

17. Grab rewards like food freebies and discounts at popular retailers with Pocket Points.

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Available in select locations, Pocket Points is an app that will reward you for staying off your phone during class and driving. These offers are for both local businesses and online retailers. Simply download the app to get started!

*Not available in all regions across the US.

18. See your fave flicks with Regal Cinemas discounts.

a moviegoer holding popcorn

Many Regal Cinemas offer student discounts! 🍿 Visit the Regal Cinemas website to find a list of participating theaters, scroll down to the theater you plan to visit, and click on the theater name. Find the movie you’re interested in and click on the showtime. That page will show you pricing info, as well as student discount availability.

19. Score a Sally Beauty Supply student card for exclusive low prices.

two people smiling wearing Sally Beauty Supply shirts

Want to save on beauty items? College students can save on products with a Beauty Student Card from Sally Beauty Supply. You’ll get exclusive monthly discounts, low prices, and special email offers. Simply present your beauty school ID and complete an application at your local Sally Beauty store to receive your student card.

20. Students can get up to 30% off Samsung purchases.

two samsung tablets

Through Samsung’s Education Offers Program, students, parents, and educators can all save an additional 15% off purchases, sometimes up to 30% off, of tablets, laptops, smartphones, and more! Simply sign in or register for an Education Offers Program to verify your status.

21. Get Spotify + Hulu for only $4.99/month.

Spotify app on a phone

Students can score Spotify Premium for Students PLUS Hulu’s & SHOWTIME for one month free then just $4.99 per month! This means you’ll get ad-free music as well as full seasons of hit series, movies, HULU originals, and more on all your compatible devices for under $5 per month! You can create a new account or sync an existing one.

If you’re already on Spotify Premium for Students, you can now activate Hulu and pay just $4.99 per month for both services. To qualify, you must be a student currently enrolled at a US Title IV accredited college or university and over the age of 18. Visit Spotify’s student page for more info and to get started.

22. Read The New York Times for less than a buck a week.

closeup of The New York Times

The New York Times offers a discounted rate for college students of just $1 per week for digital access (regularly $4.25/week)… which equals out to just $52 per year! With a valid school email address, students can also get discounted rates on a print subscription or more premium digital content.

You could probably also enjoy these periodicals for free at your college library — more on that below in tip #25!

23. Save money on your subscription to The Washington Post.

Closeup of The Washington Post

The Washington Post also offers students a discounted digital subscription at 50% off with a valid .edu email address. Once you’ve verified your email, you’ll have access to the Post‘s content on all platforms. After you graduate (or no longer work at your eligible school), your subscription rate will increase to the standard Basic Digital subscription rate.

24. Prefer the Wall Street Journal over those previous two publications?

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You’re in luck! The WSJ is getting its award-winning content in front of students for less by offering their Student Digital Pack for only $4 per month (that’s a $38.99 value!). If a physical copy of the Journal is preferred, the Print + Digital Pack is also marked down to just $10 per month ($44.99 value).

Simply verify your student status with SheerID and you’ll be granted unlimited access to WSJ.com, the mobile and tablet WSJ apps, and a WSJ+ membership!

25. Download UNiDAYS and Student Beans for exclusive deals for students. 

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With UNiDAYS, enjoy discounts on hundreds of brands including Adidas, Chegg, Hollister, and more. They don’t allow stacking with additional promo codes, but it is super convenient if you are looking for a discount but don’t have a coupon.

Student Beans is another similar website that offers all sorts of discounts for students including GymShark, Crocs, Xfinity, and more!

26. Check your college library for potential free assets.

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Your college/university library has tons of assets you could take advantage of, including access to software and hardware programs for free. Ask at the front desk which resources are available and watch all your saved dollar bills pile up!

27. Check national food chains for student deals.

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While not always advertised on their websites, participating restaurants may offer varying discounts to students depending on location. Some national chains rumored to offer student discounts include Subway, Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, and Dairy Queen. Yum!

Be sure to contact your local store or restaurant to verify participation in the above offers.

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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  1. Michele

    Also, the Wall Street Journal has a digital subscription special for students at $4/month. Pretty much a must-have for business students, but good for anyone interested in national/world events as well.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      SO awesome! Thanks, Michele! We’ll get that added! 💓🙌

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