The Ultimate Student Discounts List for 2020
I have heard a lot of students around me talking about those amazing deals they got, just for being a student. Who doesn’t love student discounts? So I decided to make a list for you, and hopefully help you save some money.
Students usually love discounts as they often operate on a tight budget. So reach out for your wallet, and grab your student ID to start saving like a boss. Depending on your campus, you will have special discounts available from local businesses. As you can imagine, I will not list every single discount on every single campus in America. Rather, I will give you a list of discounts that any student reading this can have access to. You will not believe some of the discounts that I found, let’s see it!
Current as of August 22nd, 2020.
The number 1 category for students according to me is technology. Seriously, who does not have a phone or a computer these days…
1. Apple: Apple offers a back-to-school discount every year. This year you can get free AirPods when you buy a Mac or iPad. Check out their page for more details on the offer.
2. Dell: Dell offers you discounts on eligible PCs such as an extra $100 when you purchase certain PCs and up to 25% off selected monitors and accessories.
3. Microsoft: Microsoft has student discounts on the Surface, 10% off selected devices in the Microsoft Store. And what most of us love using: Office 365 Education (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Microsoft teams, and more for FREE.
5. Corel: Corel advertises up to 96% off retail prices for students and teachers. Many of their software and packages are included as part of the discount.
6. Spotify: The program Spotify Premium is available to students at 50% off, $4.99 instead of $9.99 per month.
You would be surprised how many retailers offer discounts for students. I have been shopping a ton on some of these websites without even knowing about it!
1. Ann Taylor – Ann Taylor, unfortunately, discontinued their student discount program in 2020, but you might still be able to get lower prices by signing up to their newsletter.
2. ASOS -Get 15% off limited time only, and 10% off all-year-round until you graduate.
3. Banana Republic – Banana Republic offers you 15% off full-price in-store purchases only.
4. J.Crew – J Crew offers you 15% off on regularly priced merchandise. Both students and teachers are eligible for the discount both online and in-store since the Covid-19 pandemic.
5. Kate Spade – Enjoy 15% off full-priced items in-store purchases only.
6. Levi’s – Levi’s offers 15% off online orders to college students in the U.S, and 20% off your first order when you sign up to their newsletter.
CELL PHONE PLANS
Schools are generally partnered with one cellular service provider. Check each of these websites to see which one is best for you.
1. AT&T: Enter your school email address —.edu– on their website to check your eligibility.
2. Verizon: Verizon often has new student discount offers. The last one was a $10-per-month on a single line or $25-per-month discount on two lines.
3. Sprint: Sprint offers special pricing for students, although the discount amount is unclear, check their website to learn more.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
Many restaurants and bars have discounts for students at the nearest university. A majority of them are regional or independent. Therefore, discounts vary from one location to another.
However, some national franchises have been known to offer students a discount. They are:
1. Chipotle: Chipotle will give you a free drink with a purchase and a valid student ID.
2. Subway: Subway offers you 10% off your purchase with a valid student ID.
3. McDonald’s: 10% off your total McDonald’s purchase with a valid student ID in the participating locations.
STUDENT INSURANCE DISCOUNTS
Those are the discounts that I found, however, I have not tested any of them myself. And while it is advantageous for students, it might not be worth it overall depending on your situation. I would advise you to do extensive research before picking one or the other.
1. Allstate: Allstate offers you a car insurance discount of up to 20% off for full-time students under the age of 25. And we all know how expensive car insurance can be!
2. Farmers Insurance: You need to be a full-time student under the age of 25, and have qualifying grades. To know what grade is required, check out their website. You might then be eligible for the “Farmers Student Discount”
3. Esurance: Esurance offers a car insurance discount to full-time students under 25 with a 3.0 GPA minimum. Moreover, Pac-12 students and alumni can save up to 15% off their premiums.
MOVIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Many cinemas or entertainment activities in your area will normally be advertised by your university as they often have some sort of partnership. Therefore, the best place to look up for entertainment discounts is on your university website.
1. Regal Cinemas: Student discounts are available. Check with your local theater to see if they have the offer.
2. Cinemark: Receive discounts on movie tickets in more than 30 theaters across 12 different states in the U.S.
3. College Sports: For most College Games with an entry fee, whether it is Football, Baseball, Hockey, or Basketball, students of the university generally get a discounted price, or sometimes get free tickets.
TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION
The best way to save money as a college student is to take public transportation. If possible, my advice to you is to stay away from having a car and having to pay for insurance, maintenance… I was lucky enough to not need a car, and my wallet is thanking me!
1. Amtrak: Amtrak proposes the “Student Advantage Discount Card”, with which you can save 10% off tickets plus collect bonus points. Visit their website for more information.
2. Coach USA: You can search by the school if those bus lines are discounted for students. Depending on your destination, you might find yourself saving some decent money.
3. Public Transportation: For many colleges, the public transportation is free or very cheap. On my campus, students ride free on any bus. Check out on your school’s website or just google: students discount public transportation + the name of your school/town.
Memberships can sometimes seem like a big step, a sort of commitment to a particular company. However, if you are planning on buying from them often enough, membership is what you need.
1. Sam’s Club: Sam offers a Collegiate membership special as well as a $15 gift card for students. This offer varies by location, so again, check with your nearest Sam store. If you love saving money, I would encourage you to check out their price and compare them with Walmart for example. It is almost always worth it to get the membership.
2. Unidays: Sign up to Unidays and get discounts across a wide range of brands. It is a website dedicated to student discounts, and signing up with them might be worth your time and your money.
3. Amazon: Amazon offers the Amazon Prime Membership to students for 6 months free, two-day shipping, and $6.49 per month after that. This is perhaps the best deal of the list. Everyone uses Amazon to buy anything online, and canceling your membership after the 6 month free ends is totally legal.
Who can use those student discounts?
Student discounts are available to college students as the name suggests. Depending on your school, some high school students might also benefit from these advantages. I would advise you to go to your school’s office or just show up at any store with your high school ID card. When ordering online, your student status is usually verified with your school email ending in -Edu.
How Can I Benefit from those student discounts?
The best way to find out if any of these discounts are available to you is to go ahead and ask the store’s employees. It does not cost you anything to ask, you just have to brave your fears and start the discussion. Most of those places listed above will have a phone number on their websites that you can just call for more details.
Any New or Missed Discount?
Please leave a comment below if you have any suggestions for student discounts. Also, if any of them or not available anymore, I would gladly use your feedback and update the info for everyone. Or contact me.