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College Student Discounts That Actually Matter

Every year it seems like every company known to man has its own “student discounts” when the back-to-school season rolls around and college students are moving into their dorms. In fact, we can come in contact with more discounts than we know what to do with. 

How do you know who to shop with and that you are actually spending your money wisely?

Don’t worry, we have done all the hard work for you.

Here are the 9 Student Discounts that actually matter and that will be worth putting time and money into.


Every year apple offers new back-to-school discounts. This year, for the first time they’re offering an Apple Store gift card (instead of an App Store gift card) with select purchases. Students can also receive education pricing plus a $100 Apple Store gift card with the purchase of a Mac, or a $50 gift card with the purchase of an iPad or iPhone. 

Apple’s education pricing gives college students a great opportunity to get some of their best tech products for hundreds cheaper. To give you a taste, right now (August 12th, 2019) at the date of the writing of this post, you can get up to $200 off Apple’s Mac (with a pair of Beats headphones for free with qualifying purchases) in its education store. Not a bad deal.

You can also get a 20% discount off Apple care+.

They also have something for the music lovers out there. When you verify your status as a student with Apple in their music store, you will get 6 months of Apple music for free. Your discount won’t just disappear when your trial is over. After the 6 month period, you will only have to pay $4.99/mo.

Who Can Apply For These Discounts?

Obviously to get these discounts you will have to prove to them that you are a student. But fret not Apple makes it simple to gain eligibility for its student discounts.

According to Apple themselves, anyone that works or operates in an educational institution qualifies for their student discounts. 

As long as you are a student enrolled in any university, you are eligible to take advantage of their discounts. Even teachers and professors will be able to use this discount.

If you are a parent, bad news, you can’t get an apple product for yourself with this discount. But if you are going to be using the discount to buy a Mac for your student heading off to school, you will be able to use the discount to buy your student what they need.

How To Get Your Apples Discount

For students in the US, it will be pretty easy for you to get your apple discount. Apple won’t require you to provide an ID or any sort of verification for you to make an order from the education store. But they can ask you at any point during or after your purchase to provide proof and will charge you if you fail to show them proof.

If you happen to be a student in the UK you will need to access the education store through UNiDAYS. You will need to enter your email address and a password (if you don’t have a UNiDAYS account sign-up<link> is easy), your name, your school, your field of study, what year you are in, and how long you have to graduate. You will be required to confirm your identity, which shouldn’t be complicated at all.

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Microsoft is another company that does discounts every year for college students. This year Microsoft is pushing its Surface products. Even if their discount system isn’t as in-depth as Apple’s education store, they still offer some great back-to-school discounts college students can take advantage of.

This year Microsoft is offering 10% off the Pro, Pro 2, and Pro 3 models. They’re also offering 10% off or more all Windows PCs and all accessories, plus special pricing on software.

Who Can Apply For These Discounts?

Microsofts discounts are available to K-12 and higher education students, school faculty and parents of students.

Like apple as long as you can prove that you are a student or that you work in an educational institution, you will be eligible for these discounts.

If you would like to take advantage of Microsoft’s back-to-school discounts, check here at their education store.

AMC Theatres 

Who doesn’t love to watch a movie every now and then?

AMC Theaters offer a simple discount to students to help make sure going to the movies doesn’t have to be an expensive trip.

Simply bring your student ID with you when you go (if you go with friends, have them bring their ID’s also) and show it to them when you ask for your student discount and enjoy watching the latest releases at a discounted price!

Some AMC theater locations have these discounts available only on Thursdays, so plan accordingly. If you would like to see if this discount applies on any other day, make sure to check by calling into your nearest AMC location and ask them.

If there isn’t an AMC theater near you, but there is another movie spot call in and ask them if they offer discounts as well. Most local movies offer discounts to students, all you have to do is simply ask.

To learn more about AMC theaters discounts, check out their website here.


Amazons student discount is one of the best student discount programs out there, in our opinion. 

And for good reason.

When you sign up for Amazon and enroll in their student program, which is 100% Free, you automatically get Amazon Prime free for the next 6 months. 

With this membership, you get access to all the benefits of Amazon Prime including free 2-day shipping and streaming movies and TV shows through Prime Video. After the 6 months is up, you can continue your prime membership for 50% off the standard price they charge everyone else till you graduate or for the next four years (whichever comes first). 

We recommend you activate your student membership with amazon at the start of the school year. That way your free Prime account will last you a full year in college. 

Also, right now amazon is offering its Echo products 40% off, free 3 months of Kindle Unlimited, and Amazon music at a discounted price of just $0.99/month as Prime Student exclusive offers.

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Who Can Apply And How To Get Started With Amazon Prime Student 

Any college student can apply for the benefits offered by Amazon in its Prime Student program. 

When signing up here, Amazon will walk you through its simple step-by-step process to verifying your student status and getting to your student discounts!

New York Times 

In college, you will have professors that will require you to read The New York Times Newspaper for their classes, or papers like the Wall Street Journal.

Luckily, these newspaper subscriptions offer exclusive discounts to students of up to half off the normal cost. 

How much you will save will depend on what level of service you select when you sign up but generally, your discounts will be 50% off or lower what is normally charged.

These discounts are only available to students and teachers working at college.

Spotify Premium

Music and movie lovers are going to love this one.

As of the writing of this post, Spotify, Hulu, and SHOWTIME have come together to put together a great bundle for college students.

For the of just $4.99 a month you will get Spotify Premium, Hulu (ad-supported plan), and SHOWTIME all in one bundle.

The best part about this student discount is that you can still use the same account, if you already have a Hulu or SHOWTIME account, to start taking advantage of the discount.

Who Can Get This Offer?

Any student at an accredited institution can take advantage of this offer!

To get started, click here.

Ann Taylor

Tech and music companies aren’t the only ones doing great things to help students get back to school.

Ann Taylor is here to hook things up for you with their student discounts to get you back on campus in style. When you shop at their store, by showing them your student ID at checkout you get 15% off full-priced purchases.

This offer extends to their online store as well, but it is a little different.

To get access to this discount online, you will need to register with UNiDAYS and also sign up for Ann Taylor’s newsletter.

Nothing complicated, just a few extra steps.

Banana Republic

The Banana Republic has an Education Discount for both teachers and students. 

Like Ann Taylor, when you provide a valid Student ID in-store, you will get 15% off discounts on full-priced items. 

Sadly, at the time this post was written, there doesn’t seem to be any online discounts for college students, but they regularly run other discounts and offers on their site you can take advantage of.


Chipotle offers a simple discount to college students as well.

When you by something from them show them your student ID and you will get a free drink. Not bad right?

Also, try this at other local restaurants around you. Most local restaurants, especially ones near colleges do offer student discounts you can easily take advantage of by asking and showing your student ID.

There are still more great student discounts out there that didn’t make this list, click here to see them!


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