By Umaima Anwar
Your degree will definitely get you places, but so can your school ID. A solid way to save big as a college student is to take advantage of student discounts. Whether it be out of sympathy or just a smart business tactic many companies offer very generous discounts to students both online and in-stores. Rather than searching through hundreds of websites yourself, here are some of the most relevant discounts you should consider looking into:
Apple: When lugging all your books to the campus library becomes a little too exhausting, investing in a laptop can both figuratively and literally lessen the burden. According to their website, Apple offers exclusive discounts to “College students, students accepted to college, parents buying for college students, faculty, homeschool teachers, and staff at all grade levels.” You have the opportunity to save big, and sometimes they even extend their offers and throw in a pair of Beats by Dre Headphones for free with every Macbook purchase before the start of a school year.
Levi’s: Known for their high-quality jeans, Levi’s knows that their major market lies in students buying some back-to-school clothing. However, thanks to a year-round discount, you don’t have to wait until September to save on some comfortable jeans. Just visit their website, verify your student status, and sign-up for 15% off every purchase.
Amazon Student: When online shopping, sometimes paying for shipping is half the battle. Thanks to your student status you can now get a 6-Month Free Trial with Amazon Prime. This definitely comes in handy when it’s time to buy or rent some textbooks. You also have the added benefit of saving $5 every time you tell a friend to sign up. Once your free trial ends, don’t fret because you can extend your membership for 50% off the full Prime Subscription. That comes with the added benefit of access to over thousands of shows and movies to stream from. Think of it as kind-of free Netflix.
Greyhound, Megabus, and Amtrak: With summer fast approaching plane ticket and gas prices are bound to go up. Bus services like Greyhound or Megabus and train services like Amtrak make sure to have discounts for college students who are looking to travel on a budget. Amtrak even offers seasonal sales for even better deals along with your 15% off student discount. Just like Amtrak, Greyhound and Megabus can transport you to most major cities but for an overall lower price. Megabus technically has a pre-added discount because it was created specifically to help students travel and is the least expensive option. Greyhound, on the other hand, offers up to 20% off tickets. All three even have the added bonus of free wifi; which is a must have for those lengthy trips.
J Crew and Banana Republic: While certainly on the pricier side of things, sometimes it’s worth investing in that high-quality blazer or outfit that’s perfect for a job interview or a summer internship. Both of these stores sell key pieces and basics you can definitely style in many different ways. This comes in handy when you’re on a college student budget and looking to get the most out of your money. Both places offer a solid 15% off in-stores only. Just remember to show up with your school ID!
FedEx: Paying for shipping may be half the battle, but returning is the other. While FedEx’s promise to “Deliver your dream to the world” may be up for debate, they are willing to do it at a discounted price. They offer up to 20% off for students when mailing packages. This is definitely useful near the end of the semester. Mailing back textbook rentals can be a hassle if they aren’t pre-paid for, so using this discount can ease the process.
Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile: As top cell phone plan providers, these three companies have many students as customers. They have started specific Student Discount Programs. However, the catch is not every student can receive one. You must be affiliated with a certain school or organization that has ties to the company. To check which one can offer you some savings visit their websites or give them a call. If you’re willing to sit through hold and lucky enough to be eligible, definitely take advantage!
State Farm: Attending a community college means commuting to class every day. Just ask Jake; not only is it vital to have car insurance, it’s just as important to be able to actually afford it. They have implemented a “Good Student Discount.” This program not only gives you insurance, it can serve as motivation because only certain GPAs and higher are eligible. They give a full 25% off and the offer stands even after you graduate! You can receive student discounts until you’re 25. Head over to their website for details.
Spotify and Tidal: Unless you’re using an app like SoundCloud, you most likely have to pay for your music. The best way to avoid ads, create playlists, and listen to brand new songs right when they are released is signing up for either Spotify or Tidal. While Apple Music does offer a 3-Month Free Trial for every user, they have no student discounts. Spotify and Tidal are also less expensive. Spotify already has free music, but you have access to many more features at half the price of a regular membership with your student status. After your free month trial expires Tidal also gives you the option of applying for a discount with simply your name, birthday, and the college you attend. Certain artists only exclusively release albums on Tidal and the listening experience for both services is very enhanced. This is one discount you should definitely take advantage of if you haven’t already!
Now instead of constantly reaching for your wallet you can try flashing that school ID every one in a while. College already comes with many responsibilities, worrying about those small expenses shouldn’t add to the list. Be sure to keep these discounts in mind when you’re making your next purchase and remember to share them with your fellow students.