Ah, the privileges of being a student. Things like sleeping until noon, days off in the middle of the week, and hanging with friends every day aren't missed until they're gone. It's a mix of stressful studying and partying pleasure that ends up as an experience to remember for the rest of your life.
According to Statista, surveys show that approximately 19,750,000 students were enrolled in higher education institutions across the country in 2020. Whether you're gearing up for your first day on campus or are counting the days until graduation, make sure to take advantage of your status as a student while it lasts.
For a minute, ignore the frustration of nickel-and-dime fees. Instead, reach into your wallet and pull out your student ID (which you probably had to pay a fee for, too, in addition to everything else). Embrace it like it's a long-lost friend. This little piece of plastic is your most useful ally for saving money until you walk on stage and snatch your diploma. Consider it a different form of financial aid.
To help you make the most of your student status, we've put together the ultimate list of student discounts. While most of these are geared toward college students, young scholars of any age should go ahead and give them a shot. A few even apply to grade-school students, so give it a try if you're interested.
You never know how much you can save with a flash of your student ID. Current as of July 23, 2021.
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COMPUTERS & SOFTWARE
Apple offers a new back-to-school discount each year. For 2021, when you buy select iPad and Mac models using education pricing, you get a free pair of AirPods and 20-percent off AppleCare.
This year Microsoft is inviting students to save up to $800 off Surface bundles and computers and up to $400 off on other PCs. You can also get 10-percent off select devices in the Microsoft Store and Office 365 Education (including Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams and more) for free.
This design software leader has special pricing for both students and teachers. You can get 20+ apps with the Adobe Creative Cloud for up to 60% off retail. These apps include their most popular programs - Adobe Acrobat Pro, Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop.
For years, many have considered Dell the college computer company. Shop Dell University and receive exclusive offers, discounts, and free shipping. You can get up to $200 off PCs and 20% off certain electronics through 8/12/2021.
- Norton Software
Some universities require a certain level of virus protection to access their network. If your school doesn’t provide the software, you can still get a good deal from Norton. Students receive up to $65 off some of their most popular products.
JourneyEd specializes in saving students money on software. Programs like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop are available at significantly reduced prices.
- Academic Superstore
Academic Superstore offers a variety of discounts for students on software from Adobe, Microsoft, Corel, Zoom for Education and more.
Corel offers special prices on many of their software packages, advertising up to 96% off retail prices for students and teachers.
Students who order over the phone can receive a 5% discount.
Save 10% sitewide on Lenovo products when you verify your student status until 8/22/2021.
- Inkjet Willy
Save 10% on remanufactured and compatible ink and toner with coupon code WILLY10.
Save even more on computers with discount gift cards for Dell and the Apple Store.
MOVIES & ENTERTAINMENT
- AMC Theatres
Make Thursday your movie night at an AMC Theatres location. It’s the only day you can get discounted tickets with a student ID.
Cinemark has more than 30 theaters in 12 states offering discounted movie tickets with a valid student ID.
This one isn’t a student only discount, but it seemed worth mentioning since getting together for a movie is a great way to meet new people in the dorms. Get a free one-day rental from Redbox when you create a new account or “like” them on Facebook.
- The Lincoln Center, New York
The Lincoln Center takes up more than 16 acres of New York City and is considered one of the leading performance centers in the world. With a student ID, you can find discounts at all of their venues, including The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and the Lincoln Center Theatre.
- Museum of Modern Art, New York
Full-time students enrolled in select New York colleges receive one free admission per museum visit. Staff from Parsons The New School for Design and the School of Visual Arts get one free ticket plus up to five $5 tickets for guests.
- The Art Institute of Chicago
Students can get a one-year membership for just $75 at The Art Institute of Chicago. It comes with benefits like free admission, a 10% Museum Store discount and invitations to member events. Otherwise, student tickets are $6 less than general admission.
- Denver Art Museum
Not a huge discount here, but students pay $8 or $10, depending on if they are state residents or not for admission to the museum. Children 18 and younger get in free.
- Houston Ballet
Student Rush Tickets are available from the Houston Ballet for just $10 during the 90 minutes before a performance. They’re not available for all performances, so make sure to check before heading out.
- Carnegie Hall, New York
This legendary venue offers Student Rush Tickets for $10 at the box office only. Eligible performances are announced up to two weeks in advance. However, at this time, it is still closed due to COVID-19.
- Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Memphis is known for its barbecue, but the city has also produced some legendary musicians. Student Tickets are available at select performances for just $5. You cannot order student tickets online or over the phone; they must be purchased at the box office. Check back for this opportunity because it appears they are opening back up with tickets going on sale on August 1st. Their website will be able to provide more information.
- New England Aquarium
Students receive a $2 discount on adult admission to the aquarium, IMAX theatre, or combo tickets for both attractions.
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
CollegeFest (previously College Day on the Parkway) is an annual event hosted by the museum and the City of Philadelphia. Several cultural institutions around the city open their doors to students free of charge. Scheduled this year for September 11-12, 2021, check out all of the attractions by jumping on one of the free shuttles.
- Your Local Institution
Even if you don’t find the museum or theatre nearest you on this list, it can’t hurt to ask about a discount. Many institutions offer some sort of reduced admission for students.
Before you visit, call the location to see if they offer a student discount. Some American locations will provide a special rate with proof of student ID. They are temporarily closed at this time in 2021.
- The Metropolitan Opera
Usually, the New York's renowned opera company offers special discounts to full-time graduate and undergraduate students, as well as invitations to special events. Ticket prices for weekday performances are $25, plus a $2.50 facility fee, or $35 for Friday and Saturday performances, plus a $2.50 facility fee. They are closed at this time so tune in to see when they open again.
Save even more on movies with discount gift cards for AMC Theatres and Cinemark.
TRANSPORTATION & INSURANCE
Chevrolet is offering college students and recent grads preferred pricing on most of their vehicles. You must create an online account to receive your discount code authorization, which you can present at your local dealership.
- New Jersey Transit
Numerous colleges participate in the N.J. Transit University Partnership Program. Click the link above to see if your school is on the list. If it is, you can save 25% on monthly passes.
Don’t tell your parents, but the discount on bus fare from CoachUSA and Shortline makes heading home for the weekend more affordable. They offer 15% off tickets originating in or going to the city shown on your student ID.
Look into getting a Eurail Youth Pass if you’re a student abroad in Europe. You can save an average of 25% off the regular Adult Fare.
Allstate offers a car insurance discount of up to 20% off for full-time students under the age of 25. Contact your local agent for more details.
Full-time students between ages of 16 and 25 can get up to $200 off Geico car insurance when they maintain a “B” average or better.
The company known for it’s quirky commercials offers a car insurance discount to full-time students under the age of 25 who maintain a “B” average (3.0 GPA). Additionally, Pac-12 students and alumni can save up to 15% off their premiums. With a clean driving record, Esurance will lower premiums every six months.
- State Farm
State Farm has a Good Student Discount that varies depending on where you live. Their website indicates savings of up to 25%, plus you can continue receiving the special rate until you turn 25, even if you already graduated.
- Travelers Insurance
There are a couple discounts for students from Travelers. The first is the standard Student Discount of up to 8% for maintaining at least a “B” average and under the age of 25. They also have a Student Away at School Discount of up to 7% for parents with dependents attending school at least 100 miles away.
- Farmers Insurance
Full-time students under the age of 25 with qualifying grades are eligible for the Farmers Student Discount.
- Rail Europe
This European train-ticketing service provides varying discounts for those 16 to 25 years of age.
Save 20% on unrestricted tickets to thousands of locations. Save 40% on package shipping through Greyhound PackageXpress. May require Student Advantage Card.
EXERCISE & SPORTS
- Eastern Mountain Sport
If you live in one of the 12 states with an Eastern Mountain Sports retail location, your student ID will get you 20% off regularly priced EMS brand items, and 15% off full-price national brand products.
- CorePower Yoga
Full-time students can save up to 25% off drop-in classes, 10-class packs, Black Tag memberships and three-month unlimited memberships at CorePower Yoga studios throughout the country. Discounts vary by region.
- Ski Colorado Ikon Pass
If your college selection was based on powder conditions as much as academics, make sure to check out the Ikon Base Pass. For the price of a few textbooks, you can get unlimited skiing at Winter Park/Mary Jane and Copper Mountain all season long.
- College New England Pass
Pick up a College New England Pass to enjoy discounted skiing and no blackout dates all season long at Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Loon Mountain.
- D.C. United
The storied MLS franchise has a few College Nights throughout the season. Order tickets with your .edu email address before game day and get discount sideline level seats.
- Washington Nationals
Check out a baseball game with friends at a discounted rate when you register for Student Pass.
- New York Mets
Students can get tickets for just $10 with a valid ID, though orders are subject to a $2 order fee).
After speaking with a customer-service representative at Sprint, they confirmed they do have a student discount, but it varies by school. The standard seems to be 10% off your total monthly bill.
Depending on what school you attend, you may be eligible for a discount on your monthly bill from Verizon.
Like the rest of the cell-phone providers, AT&T offers a discount for students at participating schools.
Some schools are eligible for monthly bill discounts. Fill out the form to see if you are eligible.
Cricket offers a discounted plan for students that includes unlimited talk, text and 3G data.
SUBSCRIPTIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Sam's Club
Buying in bulk with roommates saves money, but the Sam’s Club Collegiate Membership can save you even more. In addition to discounted membership, you get a $15 gift card for signing up.
The Amazon Prime Student program is free to join and includes six months of free two-day shipping. Members also receive the capability to stream movies and TV shows through Prime Video. When the six-month trial ends, members can continue their Amazon Prime Student membership for a discounted rate of 50% off (limited to four years or until graduation).
- New York Times
Some professors will require you to read The New York Times for class. Luckily, the paper offers discounted subscriptions for students. The savings depend on what level of service you select.
- The Wall Street Journal
Students can get a subscription to the Wall Street Journal for 75% off regular rates. This includes print, mobile and online content.
- The Economist
Students can get 12 weeks for only $30 or entire year for $96
- Spotify Premium
Start working on those playlists. Being a student can save you 50% off a Spotify Premium account. That's right - no ads and no limits.
APPAREL & RETAIL
- 1-800 Contacts
Receive 10% off your purchase and free shipping when you register with UNiDAYS.
- Ann Taylor
As of 2020, Ann Taylor discontinued their student discount program. However, you can receive special offers from Ann Taylor when you sign up for email notifications.
ASOS offers students 10% off full-priced items through their website. Register or login with UNiDAYS to redeem the savings.
- Brooks Brothers
Receive a 15% discount in-stores with your valid college ID or a college acceptance letter.
- J. Crew
There’s a 15% student discount at J. Crew on regularly priced merchandise. The savings can only be applied to in-store purchases.
- Kate Spade
Receive 15% of full-priced Kate Spade items in-store with a valid student ID.
America’s favorite denim brand offers 15% off online orders to college students studying in the U.S. Register and verify your student status with UNiDAYS to get the offer.
- Banana Republic
Banana Republic has an Education Discount for both teachers and students. With a valid ID, you can get 15% off full-priced purchases.
- Sally Beauty Supply
Beauty-school students can sign-up for the Sally Beauty Student Discount Card to get reduced pricing on most products.
College students registered with UNiDAYS save 20% on full-price and sale merchandise. The discount cannot be applied to gift cards, taxes or shipping.
Through the UNiDAYS registration, college students get a 10% discount on full-price orders with ModCloth. The offer is not applicable on shipping charges or gift card purchases.
- Club Monaco
With college ID you can save 20% on your entire purchase, and the discount is applied to both regular and sale items.
- Dune London
Registered UNiDAYS users get 10% off full-priced orders from Dune London. The discount is offered through a unique code which is generated every time you log into UNiDAYS. Delivery charges still apply to all orders.
Madewell offers a 15% discount at all of their stores with a student ID.
College students receive 10% off in-store or online.
- Eddie Bauer
Receive 10% off full-priced items in-store with your student ID.
- Barnes and Noble
Find a variety of discounts on new and used textbooks, as well as textbook rentals.
On Thursdays get 10% off your purchase with a student ID.
- Jack Wills
Available to college students studying in the US, UK and Ireland, the 15% discount to Jack Wills applies only to full-priced items. The coupon code can be obtained by verifying student status through UNiDAYS and cannot be used in conjunction with their free shipping offer on orders over $75.
Get 10% off your order when you register or log in with UNiDAYS. The discount cannot be used with any other offer and is not applicable to delivery charges or gift card purchases.
- Original Penguin
Use your valid student ID to get 15% off full-priced merchandise. The discount is not available for factory store purchases or online orders.
College students registered with UNiDAYS can get 10% off their orders. Terms and conditions apply, so read the fine print before you shop.
Get 15% off your order when you use UNiDAYS to verify your student status.
- Kenneth Cole
Take 20% off full-price, in-store purchases with student ID.
Save even more at retail stores with discount gift cards for TJ Maxx, Ann Taylor, Sally Beauty Supply, Barnes and Noble, J.Crew and Banana Republic.
Most nationwide chains leave the decision about whether or not to offer student discounts up to individual franchise owners. While participation is more prevalent in college towns, many merchants find student discounts beneficial to business. Though none of these can be guaranteed, here are some common discounts reported by students throughout the country. To be sure the discount is offered, call and ask your local store.
- bd’s Mongolian Grill
Some locations offer a Student Night, where college and high school students with valid IDs receive on bowl of stir fry for $9.99. This offer is typically limited to one night per week.
Receive a free drink from Chipotle with purchase and a valid student ID.
Free drink with a Qdoba purchase and a valid student ID.
Get 10% off your total Subway purchase with a valid student ID.
- Burger King
Receive 10% off your total Burger King purchase with a valid student ID.
- Waffle House
10% off your total purchase with a valid student ID.
Receive a free drink with each Chick-fil-A purchase when you show your valid student ID.
10% off your total Arby's purchase with a valid student ID.
10% off your total McDonald's purchase with a valid student ID.
- Buffalo Wild Wings
10% off your total Buffalo Wild Wings purchase with a valid student ID.
- Dairy Queen
The official Dairy Queen site encourages franchise owners to offer a discount. The most common seems to be 10% off total purchase with a valid student ID.
- Jiffy Lube
Get $10 or 10% off your total Jiffy Lube bill when you present a valid student ID.
- Student Advantage Card
Both part-time and full-time students over the age of 16 are eligible to purchase a card. The annual cost is $22.50 and it can be used at dozens of national brands, as well as thousands of local businesses.
This free registration verifies your status as a student so participating retailers can generate a unique coupon code for your online discount.
- International Student Identity Card
This card is a useful ally for students both abroad and at home. Any full-time student over the age of 12 can pick one up. Their website claims you can use the card for 40,000 discounts in 125 countries.
Save more at restaurants with these gift cards.
It's nice to get perks and discounts as a student, and there are plenty of things for you to do on this list. While some places are still closed due to COVID-19, you can check back periodically to see when they will open back up.