The Ultimate Guide to Student Deals & Discounts 

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This article was updated as of 2/27/2023.

As the price of college in the U.S continues to skyrocket, it seems normal to have limited funds as a student. Because of this, it’s understandable to feel limited in what you can do. However, you can still enjoy life while going to school. Many companies in the U.S are aware that students are on a tight budget and offer deals to alleviate this reality. Below, we have compiled the many deals and discounts for all things shopping, entertainment, food, and activities—so you don’t have to miss out!

Students can join UniDays for free and access student discounts. Students who attend college or university and have a personal institution email address or student ID issued by their institution qualify for a UNiDAYS account. Joining is completely free and offers you a wide range of student discounts. Other similar free sites include Student Beans and ID.me.

Digital Subscriptions

The best way to enjoy any entertainment services is to mooch off your friends’, families’, or acquaintances’ accounts. If you are unable to use someone’s account, below are some of the student discounts offered to purchase your own plan. 

Spotify + Hulu + Showtime – Get your first month free. After the trial, Spotify premium for students is $4.99/month. 

Hulu – For just Hulu, save 70% with an ad-supported plan for $1.99/month (after trial). 

Amazon Prime Student – free six-month trial, then, enjoy Prime at half the price, $7.49/month. This includes free delivery, additional deals, and access to movies, TV shows, and Amazon Originals. You can also upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99 per month. 

For an extra $5 a month through your Prime subscription, you can also have access to over 60 common generic drug prescriptions delivered right to your door via RxPass.

Apple Music – Join Apple Music for a discounted student price of $4.99/month which includes Apple TV+ for free. Verification occurs through UNiDAYS. 

MUBI – 30 days free trial. $6.00/month. 

YouTube Premium – $6.99/month after a free month trial.

Disney+ – 15% off a year subscription (about $5.66/month). 

Tip: If you don’t want to purchase a subscription for yourself, you can try password sharing an account with a friend or family member. We won’t tell – we promise.

Services

There are many complementary and discounted admissions to different venues and activities that college students can take advantage of. The list below applies for nationwide companies, but you can look specifically at what is specifically offered in your region via Google, like museums, amusement parks, and movies.

Student Advantage – From food to travel, this program offers assorted deals as part of an overall marketplace. Keep in mind that a membership is required to join.

Planet Fitness – $10/month, $39 annual service fee. Some locations may offer additional student offers. Be sure to bring your student ID when you head to the club to sign up.

Zipcar – discounted annual membership; involvement with a university allows you to rent a car between the ages of 18-21.

Fair Fare NYC – Fair Fares NYC is a program that provides reduced-fare MetroCards to low-income New Yorkers, including students, who meet certain income requirements. Students in transportation-using cities outside of New York should see if there are opportunities or programs that also discount their usage.  

Culinary experiences can be discovered by checking restaurants near your school – many places around your campus may provide discounts for students. For example, Chipotle offers students a free drink with purchase when you show your student ID at participating locations.

Shopping

Retail stores provide student discounts when shopping online or in person. When visiting a store, be sure to ask for any student discount—you could save at least 10% just by asking! Websites and apps such as UNiDAYS & Student Beans provide a complete database of current and ongoing deals and discounts specifically for students. These deals include big-name brands along with a wide variety of deals within fashion, health, food, technology, and more. Some of the clothing shops with higher discounts include: 

Reebok – 50% off through UNIDAYS, 40% off with Student Beans if you are a HS student.

PrettyLittleThing – 50% student discount for a limited time only through UNiDAYS. 

Levi’s – Get an extra 15% Off through UNiDAYS when you shop with Levi’s online. 

American Eagle Outfitters – Get an extra 20% discount online. 

Magazine/Newspaper Subscriptions

Many colleges provide their students with complimentary access to a variety of newspapers and magazines. You can check your school library’s website for a complete list of free subscriptions to you. If your school does not provide access to a specific paper you want, find some below that offer their own student discounts:  

The New York Times – Through Academic Pass, your school provides free access. You will need to create an account using the email associated with the participating organization. 

The New Yorker – Students and educators can save 50%. 

The Washington Post – Students and teachers can subscribe for $1 every 4 weeks. 

WIRED – $5 for a one-year subscription using this secret link OR 3 months for $1 here. 

The Economist – Students can save up to 75% off digital subscriptions. 

The Wall Street Journal – Students subscribe for as low as $2 per week. 

The Atlantic – Student can purchase a yearlong digital subscription for $34.99 (was $59.99). 

Tech Deals

Many tech companies provide student deals through a specific webpage or discounts on your order. You can find these deals by searching the specific store and “student discount.” We have also gathered a few here:

Apple – Discounted pricing for Macs and iPads. 

Verizon Wireless – Save up to $35 per month on Unlimited phone plans through UNiDAYS verification. 

Best Buy – Student Hub provides exclusive deals on laptops, headphones, and more. 

Adobe – earn a 60% discount with proof of your student enrollment at an accredited public or private university in the US.

International Student Health Insurance

At ISO, we offer the most competitive rates for international student health insurance. When you waive your school plan with ours, you save a fraction of the costs. Take advantage of our referral program for additional savings:  

Receive a $10 referral reward for each friend that enrolls with ISO for the first time. You can find your unique referral link in your ISO account. There is no limit to the number of friends you can refer! Redeem the reward as credit towards your next insurance enrollment.

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