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17 best discounts for college students in 2022

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Between classes, extracurriculars and part-time jobs, many college students live on a tight budget. The good news is that college students are eligible for a slew of student discounts that can help keep their expenses low. Below is a list of the best student discounts to help you stick to your 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, tech tools and more.

Shopping

  • Amazon Prime: Amazon Prime Student gets you a Prime membership at half the price. You get access to all Prime benefits, like free shipping, Prime Video and textbook rental (six months free, then $7.49 per month).
  • Groupon: The Groupon Select Student Program gives you access to already-low local deals at even more of a discount. Get great deals on workout classes, local attractions, restaurants and more. 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 (free).
  • 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 (free).

Video

  • Hulu: As a college student, you can get a discounted subscription to Hulu and watch your favorite shows whenever you want. Students receive a 70 percent discount on the ad-supported plan as long as they’re enrolled in college ($1.99 per month).
  • Paramount+: Paramount+ is a streaming service that gives you access to titles from CBS, Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. As a student, you can get a 25 percent discount on your monthly subscription to the Essential plan ($3.74 per month).
  • YouTube: YouTube Premium means no ads, plus access to YouTube Music. Other perks include background play, downloads and offline access (one month free, then $6.99 per month).

Music

  • Amazon Music: With Amazon Music, you get unlimited access to 90 million songs. This monthly subscription is $8 cheaper for college students than for the average subscriber ($0.99 per month).
  • Apple Music: Apple Music boasts more than 90 million songs, and you can listen completely ad-free with a subscription. You can access the student subscription for up to 48 months at a $5 per month discount ($4.99 per month).
  • Pandora: Anyone can listen to Pandora radio for free, but you’ll need Pandora Premium if you want to skip the ads and play any song you want. Pandora Premium offers a discounted rate for students and also offers features like offline listening and the ability to make your own playlists ($4.99 per month).
  • SiriusXM: A SiriusXM Platinum subscription gives students access to sports radio, news channels, comedy recordings and more. You can even create personalized stations based on your musical tastes ($1 for the first three months, then $4 per month).
  • Spotify: With a Spotify student account, you can get a discounted subscription to Spotify music, as well as Hulu and SHOWTIME. You’ll get benefits for up to 12 months, and you can renew each year for three years (one month free, then $4.99 per month).

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 (free).
  • Greyhound: If you prefer bus travel to train travel, Greyhound offers discounted tickets to students. Students are eligible for 10 percent off Greyhound travel, plus 15 percent off shipping with the Student Advantage Discount Card (free).
  • 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 (free).
  • Zipcar: Some universities partner with Zipcar to offer students discounted rental car services. As a student, you’ll pay $35 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 ($35 per year to become a member, plus extra fees to rent a car).

Study tools

  • Evernote: Evernote is a software that helps you take better notes. With Evernote Personal, you can access your notes offline and from multiple devices — including your phone, tablet and computer. College students get 50 percent off a personal plan for one year ($35 per year).
  • 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 (free).

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.

Written by
Emma Woodward
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Emma Woodward is a former contributor for Bankrate and 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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