44 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. Save big on Adobe Creative Cloud.

woman assisting student using laptop

Depending on what you study, Adobe Creative Cloud is used a ton throughout certain college courses. Luckily, as a student, you’ll only pay $19.99/month (regularly $54.99). If your school has a computer lab, check those computers first as many schools will already have Adobe Creative Cloud downloaded on their computers.

2. 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.

That’s not the only benefit you have with Prime Student! Here are some other perks you’d have access to:

  • LinkedIn Premium: Enjoy a free LinkedIn premium account for six months that gives you access to see who is viewing your profile, helps you get hired twice as fast, and unlocks premium content!
  • GrubHub+ Student: To snag your free membership, log in to your Amazon Prime Student account and sign up for GrubHub+ Student. You’ll score free delivery on orders over $12, exclusive offers, discounts, and more.
  • Showtime: Enjoy movies and TV series on Showtime for just 99¢/month
  • StudentUniverse: Students can get 10% off flights and hotels with StudentUniverse through their Prime Student account.

Hip Tip: Read about even more Prime Student perks!

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

Woman listening to music with headphones

Eligible Prime Student members can sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited for ONLY 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!

4. Get 3 free months of Apple Music.

Headphones and a mobile phone in the grass

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).

5. 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.

Plus, last year, students were given a free pair of Airpods at the Apple store when purchasing a qualifying item. This was during the late summer back-to-school season, so keep an eye out for similar promotions.

6. 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.

7. Engineering students can access Autodesk for free. 

graphic design on computer

Autodesk is software that makes 3-Dimensional projects specifically for the engineering and graphic design industry. It’s super helpful for students with over 50 different software tools, and is completely free for one year!

8. Save 15% at Banana Republic.

banana republic jeans on stool

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).

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

a student holding textbooks in their hands

Save on textbooks! Barnes & Noble offers several types of textbook transactions, 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!

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

bed bath and beyond student life banner

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.

11. 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.

12. 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!

13. Open up a FREE checking account!

get incentives for opening a new bank account

Now is the best time to open up a checking account because many banks do it for free as an exclusive student offer! Below are a few banks to consider opening a college checking account with.

  • Chase College Checking Account: Students between the ages of 17 – 24 will have no service fees for up to five years and get $100 for opening up an account.
  • Bank of America: Students under 25 don’t have to pay a monthly maintenance fee.
  • US Bank: Students 18 and older won’t have a monthly maintenance fee.
  • TD Bank Checking Account: Students up to 23 years old don’t have a minimum balance requirement or maintenance fee.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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, an extra 20% on all PCs in the Member Exclusive Store with a coupon, and more!

17. Students get access to Discovery+ half off.

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Forget cable; as a student, you get tons of discounts on streaming services. You can get access to Discovery+ at just $2.99/month (regularly $4.99/month)!

18. Students save on fast food locations.

dunkin Donut treats Fall

  • Dunkin Donuts: Participating locations will give students 10% off purchases.
  • Taco Bell: Participating locations offer students 10% off purchases.
  • Burger King: Students score 10% off purchases.
  • McDonald’s: Students score 10% off purchases.
  • Chipotle: Students can enjoy a free drink with order.
  • Chick-fil-a: Students can enjoy a free drink with order.

19. Network with a free Handshake.

handshake on laptop

Handshake is basically a LinkedIn for students. It is a great platform for networking and finding internships and career opportunities! Compared to the $39.99 monthly cost of a LinkedIn Premium membership, you get pretty much all the same features for free with a Handshake profile.

20. Wind down with Headspace for just $9.99 per year ($60 savings!).

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Headspace is an app that allows you to wind down from the stress and anxiety that comes along with school. Whether you are preparing a presentation or stressing out over an exam, you deserve to prioritize your mental health, and Headspace will allow you to do that at a low cost! Students get a low discounted annual rate of just $9.99 instead of the regular $69.99 per year. Download the app now!

21. 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 ($19 per day) will be waived once they sign up 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.

22. 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.

23. Your job might pay for your tuition!

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If you’re looking to work through college (or already have a job with one of these brands), some companies are willing to pay for your education! Here are just a few companies who pay for their employees’ education:

24. The Ladders will review your resume for free.

writing resume

The perfect resume can be difficult to achieve, but The Ladders is here to help. They will rewrite your resume, free of charge, to maximize your chances of scoring an interview!

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

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Students are eligible for free Office 365 for Education (regularly $70/year), 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.

26. Sports fans can enjoy a student discount of 35% off on MLB.tv!

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Regularly priced at $24/month, students have access to MLB.tv for 35% off through their ID.me account!

27. Students get 25% off Paramount+!

phone with Paramount on the screen

Paramount+ is a platform that hosts tons of blockbuster shows and movies. For students, you can get a membership for 25% off (regularly $4.99/month).

28. Peloton offers half-off rates for students to get their sweat on!

peloton app on phone

At just $6.99/month (regularly $12.99/month), the Peloton app offers a ton more than just cycling classes. You can enjoy yoga, strength, and more to keep your body active!

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

university tablet and books

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.

30. Grab a Prezi Plus subscription for $3/month.

student working on presentation

Prezi is the perfect option for engaging presentations that will blow your professors away! You can have up to five saved presentations with the basic plan. While a basic Prezi subscription is free, Prezi Plus is regularly $15/month.

31. Join a professional society for countless opportunities.

networking group

Professional societies are a great way to make an introduction to the field of your study. You can network and join exclusive opportunities with these societies. Plus, you can add this to your resume! Below are a few societies free to join you can check out.

32. 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.

33. 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? Beauty school 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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 #43!

37. 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.

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

wall street journal website on ipad

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!

39. Take trips home with discounted transportation!

Amtrack Train

As a student, visiting family and friends is essential! Lucky for you, there are countless discounts for various transportation methods.

  • Zipcar: Depending on your university, you may enjoy discounts.
  • Amtrak: Students save 15% on Amtrak trains.
  • Greyhound: Students save 10% on Greyhound transportation.
  • Metro stations: Check your local city to see if there are discounted metro passes for students.
  • Shuttle services: Many universities supply complimentary transportation for certain regions.

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

unidays app

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!

41. You Need A Budget (YNAB) offers free finance software.

ynab mobile app next to wallet

We’ve mentioned our love of YNAB in the past, but it’s essential for students because it’s FREE! Budgeting is super important and there’s no better time to learn about it than when you’re in college. With YNAB, you’ll learn how to be in control of every aspect of your budget!

Hip Tip: Learn about other budgeting apps!

42. Enjoy YouTube Premium for half the price.

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YouTube Premium gives you access to all videos that you can download to watch later and enjoy ad-free. You also get YouTube Music, which features millions of songs with no ads! As a student, you’ll enjoy YouTube Premium free of cost for three months then $6.99/month. Regularly, this is free for a month then $11.99/month.

43. 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, as well as possible free digital subscriptions to news publications. Ask at the front desk which resources are available and watch all your saved dollar bills pile up!

44. 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.

About the writer:

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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Comments 7

  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! ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ™Œ

  2. Felita1

    Harris Teeter offers college students (any age as long as you have a valid college ID) a discount on their grocery bill every time they shop for the school year. Just go to customer service and tell them that you want to sign up for the student discount and they will ask you for your college ID and then your all signed up. You will have to sign up every school year because it is not valid during summer break.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Thanks so much for this tip! Good to know!

  3. Maggie

    Some universities pay to have university-wide digital subscriptions to NYT, WaPo, and WJ — so students and faculty can access those digital publications FREE by signing up using their campus credentials. Students should look at the list of digital subscriptions on their school’s library website. Sometimes the subscriptions are only for grad or professional students in a particular department (e.g., business/MBA or law/JD), but not always.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Maggie! That’s been added to the post with the library resource! ๐Ÿค—

    • Csandst1

      Sometimes you can get digital access through your public library.

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