As a college student, I was always looking for the best deals and discounts.
Fortunately, there are tons of discounts available for students from clothing, to food, to electronics and entertainment.
Ive scoured the Internet for the past few days, trying to find all the discounts that are available for students, to compile into this list. Let me know if I missed anything.
I wish I had known about all of these.
One thing you definitely want to do is make sure you have a .edu email address.
These are free and available through your university.
At BYU, it isnt an actual email account you can use, but it forwards to you regular email and having it allows you to be eligible for all sorts of online discounts. Also, be sure to check around your college town local stores and companies may have discounts for college students.
Scribd Scibd is an eBook, audiobook, periodical, and sheet music streaming service. Its usually $8.99 a month, you can get a 30 day free trial here.
Museums I am not going to list every museum that has a student discount, because there are tons, but if there is a museum nearby, call ahead and see what deals they have for students. Some museums even let students in free!
NY Times Just $1 a week for a digital subscription its usually $3.75 a week.
Wall Street Journal Deals will vary.
The Economist 12 weeks for $30 or $96 for a year
Sports Teams If your school offers an All-Sports Pass, and you plan to go to a lot of sporting events, then definitely buy this.
It will cost far more to buy the tickets for each event individually. In addition, major and minor league teams may offer discounted tickets as well. Real Salt Lake, Utahs MLS team, had passes that were between 50 and 75 dollars, and you were able to attend 10 games as a student with that pass. Call or search around if you are curious about teams in your area.
Spotify Get 3 months of premium for free, and then its just $4.99 a month afterward which includes ad-supported Hulu and SHOWTIME.
FedEx Show your student ID and save 30% on documents and 20% on shipping services.
GM College students and recent graduates are eligible. Awesome discounts on new Buick, GMC, or Chevrolet vehicles. Some discounts up to $5,000
Many cell phone companies will offer discounts or a certain percentage off of bills for students. Below, I have linked to the pages for different companies on Student Rate, which updates regularly what the current promotions are
Itunes Music: You can get a subscription for $4.99. Perfect for students!
Car Insurance: Most insurance companies will give you a Good Student discount. Geico, All State, Esurance, and State Farm are a few that I know.
DropBox I am not sure if there is a current promotion going on, but DropBox will sometimes offer extra storage for students with an .edu address. DropBox is an awesome resource for students, especially if you collaborate on projects with others, or you do work on school computers and dont want to carry around a USB drive. You can upload rather large files, which is one of the biggest selling points in my eyes.
Textbooks Nobody wants to think about buying textbooks, I know. But there are lots of ways to save. I wont go into too much detail right now, but renting text books can be a great way to save money.
You can Google cheap textbooks will bring up several websites where you can buy and sell used and new textbooks. Finally, some schools have exchange programs where you can talk with other students and barter for their books. Be sure to read this post I wrote about how to save big on textbooks.
Amazon Student This is the single best investment I think Ive ever made. Amazon Student is Amazon Prime, at half the price. You get free two-day shipping on anything that ships from Amazon, access to the Amazon Video Library, access to the Kindle library, and more. It has more than paid for itself in my eyes, because we buy a lot of things off of Amazon.
BenchPrep Student Rate has a great promo code for 50% off of any test prep (mobile or online) offered by BenchPrep. Click on the link to see the code. This is a great deal for anyone that is wanting to take a test like the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, etc.
Joanns Anyone 14 years or older, enrolled in high school or other higher education, is qualified for a 10% discount (both on sale and regular priced items) and two monthly coupons. You must enroll online or in-store and carry the card you will receive in the mail. The first time you use it, you must have an ID, an acceptance letter, or a report card/transcript from the current year.
Best Buy By registering with your .edu email address, you will get coupons emailed to you that can be used in store or online
Sally Beauty Supply They have a student discount card that can give you some good discounts every now and then.
Madewell Valid in store only, students and teachers get 15% off purchases made at Madewell
Ann Taylor 20% off in store purchases
Banana Republic 15% off full priced, in store purchases
Club Monaco 20% off full priced and sale items in store and online
Charlotte Russe 10% off full priced purchases
J. Crew 15% off in store
Rugby by Ralph Lauren 15% off purchases
Juicy Couture 15% off
The Limited 15% off in store
Steve Madden 10% off
Target If you signup for a college registry, you will get 15% off anything that is on it.
TOMS Get free shipping on all orders.
Many fast and casual food restaurants offer discounts or free items for students. However, this varies widely depending on the location, so I would recommend calling beforehand to see if the specific location you are going to is participating.
However, here is a list of places that have been confirmed to have discounts at certain locations (Im not sure which ones, though.)
Little Caesars $1 crazy bread
Some young adults think that college is a great time to travel, and lucky for them, theres a lot of travel deals and websites out there that are aimed specifically for college students. Groupon and Living Social often have amazing deals on travel, so Id highly recommend checking those out. But here are a few other ways to save while traveling.
Also, make sure you read our post about traveling on a budget! Tons of great advice!
STA Travel Great deals on airfare
Airbnb Get $40 off your first trip when you go through this link.
Bus Passes: Many universities have deals with local transit systems to help give students lower bus fares.
Amtrak Students can save 15% with a student advantage card, which is only $20 and also gives discounts on other items like food.
ISIC Card This card is a must-have for students traveling or studying abroad, as it is only internationally-recognized proof of full-time student status issued in over 125 countries. Students who have this card gain access to over 42,000 perks around the globe.
CoachUSA CoachUSA has a free V.I.P student travel card, which has different perks with it. They have partnered with a bunch of different universities around the United States to help students get discounts on bus travel.
Eurail If you are traveling in Europe, this is a great way to save money. There are different discounts depending on your age and situation.
CollegeBudget This is like Groupon for college students. There are all sorts of discounts on clothing, electronics, activities, and more.
Rakuten This is formally known as Ebates, but its an awesome way to save money with your online shopping. You even get a gift card for joining!
StudentRate I really like this site. It lists up-to-date information on different discounts available for students. I wish it had suggested when I was an undergrad. It has everything from textbook deals, to wireless, to giveaways.
Ibotta This is my favorite cashback app for grocery shopping, restaurants, etc. Great for college students!
Starving Student Cards These cards are only available in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada, but they are pretty amazing. Forrest and I both have gotten one the past few years, and they definitely pay for themselves. They are filled with great discounts on food, activities, entertainment, car maintenance, hair cuts, and more, as well lots of free items. I even got a free strand of pearls! We have been able to get 2 for $30 in the BYU Bookstore, but price varies. You can purchase them online, though, and see what kind of items are listed.
Student Advantage This is similar to the starving student card, but it is available nationwide, and has hotel discounts, shoes, food, and much more.