17 best discounts for college students in 2021

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Between classes, extracurriculars and homework, college students rarely have time for anything more than a part-time job — and because of this, many operate on a tight budget. The good news is that college students are eligible for a range of student discounts and promotions to help keep those extra expenses low. Below is a list of the best student discounts to help you combat the college student budget.

17 best student discounts

If you’re a college student looking to cut down on costs, start with these discounts for subscription services, travel and tech tools.

Subscription services

Amazon Music

With Amazon Music, you get unlimited access to 70 million songs. This monthly subscription comes $7 cheaper for college students than for the average subscriber.

Price: $0.99 per month
Sign up: https://www.amazon.com/music/unlimited/student

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Student gets you a Prime membership at half the price. You get access to all of the Prime benefits, like free shipping, Prime Video and textbook rental.

Price: $6.49 per month
Sign up: https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Student/b?ie=UTF8&node=668781011

Apple Music

Apple Music boasts over 75 million songs available, and you can listen completely ad-free with a subscription. You can access the student subscription for up to 48 months for a discount of $5 per month.

Price: $4.99 per month
Sign up: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205928

Groupon

The Groupon Select Student Program gives you access to already-discounted local deals at even more of a discount. Get great deals on things like workout classes, local activities or restaurant dining. By signing up as a student, you’ll get an extra 25 percent off for the first six months and 15 percent off for the remainder of your time as a student.

Price: Free
Sign up: https://www.groupon.com/programs/student

Grubhub

With a Grubhub student membership, you can get free delivery on orders of $12 or more from select off-campus restaurants, as well as premium customer support features.

Price: Free
Sign up: https://lp.grubhub.com/campus/students/

Hulu

As a college student, you can get a discounted subscription to Hulu and watch your favorite shows whenever you find a free moment. Students receive a 65 percent discount on the ad-supported plan for as long as they’re enrolled in college.

Price: $1.99 per month
Sign up: https://www.hulu.com/student

Pandora

Anyone can listen to Pandora radio for free, but if you want to nix the ads and play any song you want, you’ll need Pandora Premium, available at a discount for students. Pandora Premium also offers features like offline listening and the ability to make your own playlists.

Price: $4.99 per month
Sign up: https://www.pandora.com/upgrade/premium/student

Paramount+

Paramount+ is a streaming service that gives you access to titles from CBS, Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central, just to name a few. As a student, you can get a 25 percent discount on your monthly subscription to the Limited Commercials plan.

Price: $4.49 per month
Sign up: https://www.paramountplus.com/account/edu/

SiriusXM

A SiriusXM Premier subscription gives students access to sports radio, news channels, comedy recordings and more. You can even create personalized stations based on your musical tastes.

Price: $1 for the first three months, then $4 per month
Sign up: https://www.siriusxm.com/offers/student

Spotify

With a Spotify student account, you not only get a discounted subscription to Spotify music; you also get Hulu and SHOWTIME for free. You’ll get benefits for up to 12 months, and you can renew each year for three years.

Price: $4.99 per month
Sign up: https://www.spotify.com/us/student/

YouTube

YouTube Premium means no ads, plus access to YouTube Music. Other perks include background play, downloads and offline access.

Price: 1-month free trial, then $6.99 per month
Sign up: https://www.youtube.com/premium/student

Travel

Amtrak

Whether you’re traveling home for the weekend or headed out on an adventure, discounted train tickets means that you can take more trips. Ticket prices vary, but you can get 15 percent off all ticket purchases.

Price: Free
Sign up: https://www.amtrak.com/student-discounts

Greyhound

If you prefer bus travel to train travel, Greyhound offers discounted tickets to students as well. Students are eligible for 10 percent off Greyhound travel, plus 15 percent off shipping with the Student Advantage Discount Card.

Price: Free
Sign up: https://www.greyhound.com/en/help-and-info/ticket-info/discounts

Hotels.com

If you and your friends are headed on a trip for spring break, Hotels.com will help you save up to 40 percent on room prices. All you’ll need to do is register and verify your student status.

Price: Free
Sign up: https://www.hotels.com/page/student-discount/

Zipcar

Some universities partner with Zipcar to bring students discounted rental car services. As a student, you pay $15 per year to become a Zipcar member and then pay a small fee each time you rent a car. With Zipcar, you can rent a car as little or as often as you want.

Price: $15 per month to become a member, plus varying fees to rent a car
Sign up: https://www.zipcar.com/universities

Helpful tools

Evernote

Evernote helps you take better notes. With Evernote Premium, you can access your notes offline and from multiple devices — including your phone, tablet and computer. College students get 50 percent off of a premium plan for a year.

Price: $4 per month
Sign up: https://evernote.com/students

Logitech

The right tech accessories can help you become a more efficient student. Logitech gives students 25 percent off all Logitech products — so you can get more affordable keyboards, webcams, smartphone accessories and more.

Price: Free
Sign up: https://www.logitech.com/en-us/promo/student-discount.html

The bottom line

This list isn’t comprehensive, so look for student deals wherever you go. If you take some extra time to research purchases and ask businesses if they have student discounts, you can save a lot of money over time.

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Written by
Emma Woodward
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Emma Woodward is a freelance writer who loves writing to demystify personal finance topics. She has written for companies and publications like Finch, Toast, JBD Clothiers and The Financial Diet.
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