It’s a good time to be a student, and it’s not just because in-person classes are likely, hopefully, And last but not least to resume soon. (The CDC just announced thatno longer.) No, now is a good time because students are eligible for discounts on many products and services.
For example, with a valid .edu email address or proof of enrollment (through a validation service like SheerID or Unidays) you can score impressive deals on things like Microsoft Office, Spotify and Hulu subscriptions, and even Amazon Prime.
Those and other deals are listed below. Also, check with your school̵
Student discounts on entertainment
These popular music and video streaming services give you breaks on subscriptions.
Apple’s streaming service is already quite affordable at $ 5 a month, but if you sign up for an Apple Music student subscription (see below), you get Apple TV Plus at no extra cost. Students can also get Spotify, Hulu and Showtime bundled for $ 5 per month as detailed below. Decisions, decisions!
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In addition to hardware discounts (see below), Apple offers its music subscription service at half price for students. That subscription gives you access to about 50 million songs, and it is of course accessible on all your Apple devices. You also get Apple TV Plus (see above).
Normally $ 12 a month, YouTube Premium is a two-fer: you get ad-free YouTube videos (including the option to download them for offline viewing) and unlimited access to YouTube Music, which is basically YouTube’s answer to Spotify .
Do you just want YouTube Music? That service is $ 5 per month for students (regularly $ 10). Both options offer a one-month free trial if you want to test the waters first.
Not to be confused with the Prime Music perk included with an Amazon Prime subscription (or Prime Student; see below), Music Unlimited is Amazon’s full music service with a huge library that competes with Apple Music and Spotify. But anyone with a Prime Student subscription can get Music Unlimited for just $ 1 a month – by far the cheapest option for streaming music anywhere.
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Arguably the best student deal in student deal history, Spotify offers a $ 5 ad-free plan that includes both Hulu (ad-supported) and Showtime. Non-students pay a minimum of $ 10, $ 6, and $ 11 per month, for a total of $ 27. That’s an awful lot of entertainment for $ 5.
If you already have a premium account, converting to the student version is easy enough. However, if you’re part of a family plan, check to see if it would be cheaper for the family to keep you on the $ 15 plan.
Do you just want Hulu? Keep reading.
If you don’t need or want Spotify or Showtime, Hulu now offers a dirt cheap deal for students: just $ 2 per month for the standard subscription (that is, with commercials), $ 4 off the regular price.
As with most other such deals, all you have to do is prove your eligibility. Fortunately, this offer is good even if you are already a Hulu subscriber. It’s not just for newbies.
Student discounts on money management
If there is one thing most students can help with, it is money management.
You need a budget
You Need a Budget offers a wealth of tools and lessons for this. It normally costs $ 84 per year, but as a student, you can get the first year absolutely free.
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Financial institutions can also offer student deals. For example, Bank of America waives monthly fees if you do all of your banking through its banking app and ATM.
Wells Fargo offers a similar deal to Bank of America’s and waives monthly fees for students 17 to 24 years old.
Student discounts on apps and software
While you can get software at a discount through your school’s bookstore, it doesn’t do better than for free.
Microsoft sells Office Home & Student for $ 149. But you can do even better with the free Office 365 Education, which gives you free access to the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams (the latter potentially useful for organizing and running group projects) and other Office apps. All it takes is a valid school email address.
Evernote gives students a 50% discount on the premium version for a year. That works out to $ 4 a month for taking industrial strength notes. After that first year, however, the price will go back to the normal $ 8 a month.
Student discounts on shopping and technology
From Amazon to Groupon, you can save up to 50% on services and devices.
Read more: All the latest coupons from Amazon, Best Buy, Groupon, Lenovo and Microsoft.
With an Amazon Prime Student membership you all get the benefits of a Prime subscription for half the price of the regular services. The student program includes free one- and two-day shipping, video streaming via Prime Video, Prime Music, and unlimited online photo storage via Prime Photos.
Prime Student starts with a six-month free trial and then costs $ 59 per year (half the cost of a regular Prime subscription). You can participate for four years. And if you rent, buy, or sell textbooks through the Amazon textbook store, you can ship for free in two days.
Apple has long offered price cuts for students, including a half-price Apple Music subscription (see above) and discounts on iPads and Macs. One deal available now: buy a Mac (at tuition prices) and get Apple AirPods for free. Students can also save 20% on an AppleCare Plus warranty program.
Best Buy offers students savings on a wide variety of products from laptops to TVs to mini-fridges. To get the discounts (which in some cases can be applied to existing sale prices), you need to create or log in your My Best Buy account and then sign up for student deals. Fortunately, you don’t need a .edu email address, and in fact you don’t really need to be a student; college parents and K-12 students can also apply.
Groupon’s program offers students an additional 25% discount on food, drinks, activities and other local offers. That’s for the first six months; after that, you will save 15% as long as you remain an eligible student.
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Students, teachers and administrators can all score an extra 5% on Lenovo’s laptops and that’s on top of any existing sales or bundles (with a few exceptions, of course). You must provide verification at checkout.
Adorama’s new program promises exclusive discounts on video, audio and photography equipment from brands such as Sigma, Sony and FujiFilm. To apply, simply create an Adorama account and use your Sheer ID to verify your student status.
Have you found any other great college deals to share? List them in the comments!
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