Just a few short years ago, I decided to go back to college. Though this time around, I was in my late 20’s and living on unemployment.
To help me save some extra money, I took full advantage of any student discount I could find. The savings added up, and every little bit helped.
Below is a current list of college student discounts that you can take advantage of. Do you know of one not on the list? Leave a comment below!
53 Awesome College Student Discounts That Will Help You Save Money
Cell Phone Plans
If you’re paying for your own phone plan, check out what kind of student discounts you might be eligible for. It’s another way to save more money while in college!
AT&T: See if you qualify for a student discount over at the AT&T Signature Program page. You will have to provide your .edu e-mail address and go from there. The only downside is, I couldn’t find anywhere on the page what discount rate they offer. If you currently don’t have a college e-mail, you can find out if you’re eligible by bringing your student ID to any AT&T store.
Sprint: Search for the Sprint Discount Program to check your eligibility for student discounts. To see if you qualify, fill out the form to include your .edu e-mail address. Rumor has it that they offer a few programs offers, one for unlimited data for an extra $10 per month.
Verizon Wireless: I could not find a student discount page, but I’ve read that people were able to claim a discount. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you’ll find “Employee Discounts.” Using that form, fill out your information under “Not yet a Verizon Wireless customer?” And make sure to use your college e-mail address. Verizon will then e-mail you to let you know if you are eligible.
T-Mobile: Currently, T-Mobile does not offer a discount on your monthly phone bill. But, they do offer flat discounts on phones and accessories for students.
Cricket: With no credit checks or contracts, Cricket offers a few low-cost cell plans. If you’re looking for a plan that offers unlimited talk and text, they start at around $35/mo. Not a college student discount, but it’s cheaper than most plans.
Fun and Entertainment
If you live in a college town, make sure to visit the local chamber of commerce. You can find out what student discounts are available in the area that may not be advertised.
AMC Theaters: It’s known that AMC offers student discounts, but only on Thursdays. Though, I couldn’t find the information on their website. It might be worth calling your local AMC to see if they take part in student discounts.
Cinemark: Call your local theater for days and times students can receive discounted movie tickets.You can find a listing of Cinemark theaters that participate in student discounts, but their website doesn’t list dates/times. You will need to show them your student ID for the savings.
Regal Cinemas: Some locations offer student discounts, but not all. To find out if your theater offers the discount, go to their website and search by zip code. Scroll down to choose the theater you want to go to, and click on the showtime. The page will provide pricing information as well as any student discounts.
Allstate: At Allstate, students can save up to 20% on car insurance for having good grades. You can find more information at their website.
Esurance: This company offers a student discount for those in college, as well as high school. To qualify, you need to be under the age of 25 and maintain at least a 3.0, a “B” average. You’re eligible while enrolled in school, and up to one year after.
Farmers: Another insurance company that rewards students for good grades. If you’re a college student with a 3.0 GPA, part of the Honor Roll, Deans List, or top 20% of your class, then you qualify. You will need to provide proof of eligibility when requesting the discount.
Geico: Full-time college students (ages 16-24) could be eligible for up to a 15% discount. Like Farmers, to receive the discount you have to earn a “B” grade average or better. Read the eligibility terms for further information.
Nationwide Insurance: Students, ages 16 – 24, who are in college full-time may be eligible for a discount. Like most car insurance companies that offer rewards, you have to have a “B” average, can receive a discount. Discounts seem to vary.
State Farm: You can save up to 25% until you’re 25 years old under the Good Student Discount. Not listed on the website, but you need to single, maintain a 3.0 average and attend college full-time.
Travelers: College students that maintain a “B” average are eligible for a discount. You will have to provide documents verifying grades to receive your discount.
Although not typically thought of, there are a few student discounts available for publications. I couldn’t find any deals on magazines subscriptions or books.
The New York Times: They currently offer a 50% off current prices for students and educators. That includes paper delivery service that comes with unlimited digital access and more. You can choose four paper delivery options with varying weekly prices. This offer varies by zip code and requires you to sign up using your .edu email for the discount.
The Wall Street Journal: Students have the option between a $1 a week plan for 15 weeks, or a $49 annual subscription. The discount is 50% off current rates and does not include taxes. They can decide between two packages; a digital access package or digital and print.
Several fast food restaurants offer discounts to students with a college ID card. Participating locations may vary, but it never hurts to ask to make sure they offer a discount! Keep in mind that many college towns have the local mom and pop restaurants and may offer college deals.
- Arby’s: 10% off
- Buffalo Wild Wings: 10% off
- Burger King: 10% off
- Chick-fil-A: Free small drink with purchase
- Chipotle: Free small drink with purchase
- Dairy Queen: 10% off
- McDonald’s: Free hamburger, cheeseburger or McFlurry with the purchase of a value meal.
- Pizza Hut: 10-20% off
- Qdoba: Free small drink with purchase
- Subway: 10% off
- TCBY: 15% off
- Waffle House: 10% off
Not a lot of stores below, but it’s always good to ask if a store offers a college student discount. Because, sometimes you’ll find they offer student discounts, but do not advertise it. Some stores only offer in-store redemption using a valid student ID. While others stores like you to sign up by college email. Either way, here is a list of the stores I was able to find that offered discounts for students. Click on the link to learn how to take advantage of the discounts:
- ASOS: 10% off
- Club Monaco: 15% off
- Dockers: 20% off
- Eastern Mountain Sports: 15% off (and 20% off EMS branded merchandise)
- J.Crew: 15% off
- Levi’s: 25% off
- Madewell: 15% off
Adobe: Teachers and full-time students can receive up to 60% off for the Adobe Creative Cloud. The Creative Cloud includes Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign and more to choose from.
Apple: Students can save up to $300 on a new Mac or $20 off an iPad Pro, and receive a free pair of Beats wireless headphones. And, you can also trade in your current Mac and receive up to $1,500 in Apple credit. They currently have offers for Apple music and other campus essentials.
Dell: Dell University offers discounts for students on laptops, desktops and more. Students also receive a 30-day Price Match Guarantee.
Lenovo: Lenovo offers 10% off to teachers and college students discounts for laptops to tablets. When you head to checkout, you’re asked to verify your status through prompts.
Microsoft: Save up to 10% on select computers and software. And, you’ll receive free training and professional development classes. To sign up, you need a valid school e-mail address. I also liked that students and teachers can download Microsoft Office 365 for free.
Norton: Norton gives students discounts and a 90-day free trial on up to five devices. I can see that coming in handy if you like to work on your laptop and tablet.
Budget Truck Rentals: Students can save 20% on local moves, or 15% on one-way moves. It’s a good discount for those that may be looking to move closer to local colleges.
Amtrak: Students between the ages of 13 and 25 can save 15% off the lowest Value or Flexible Fare. You must book your tickets at least 3 days in advance. Make sure to read the terms and conditions to take advantage of this offer.
Greyhound: Save 10-20% by having the Student Advantage Discount Card. You can save 10% off tickets, and 15% off packages shipped through Greyhound. Memberships cost $20 a year plus postage.
AAA Student Membership: With AAA, you can get 24/7 roadside assistance which might come in handy. That doesn’t include all the other discounts and rewards you’ll get either. Students can save 20% by purchasing a membership, and they’ll waive the $15 enrollment fee.
Amazon Prime Student: Amazon offers students a free six month trial of Amazon Prime. You’ll have instant access to Amazon Video, free two-day shipping, and more benefits. After your trial ends, your membership will cost you $49 a year, which is 50% off a regular Amazon Prime membership.
Best Buy: Sign up to receive discounts and deal updates from Best Buy’s college student deals page. Depending on what you’re looking to save money on, you might be able to score a good deal!
FedEx: Savings at FedEx include 20% off on a package with FedEx IP service. Or 30% off on a document with FedEx Envelope/Pack. For the discount, you’ll need to show your school ID.
Spotify Premium: For $4.99 a month, students can take advantage of saving 50% off a monthly membership. Which is great if you don’t like having to listen to ads interrupting your music. And you don’t have to be constantly connected to WiFi to listen to music like you do on the free plan.
Moo: For those that are getting ready to graduate, Moo might have a discount for you. Moo is a service where you can create personalized business cards, postcards and more. And students are able to take 15% off their order.savings offer on personalized business cards, and more.
LastPass: LastPass is a browser extension that saves your passwords. And conveniently fills in your passwords for you, so you don’t have to type out your password. Plus, it has a feature where it will create and save random passwords. That way, you’re not using the same passwords for every service, which is not recommended. Students receive six months of premium for free when signing up with a valid college e-mail.