You’ve got tuition to pay and limited time to work outside of hitting the books. But a small budget doesn’t mean avoiding all wardrobe splurges or nights out with friends.
Many of your favorite retailers offer discounts and programs for easy saving while you’re a student. Look to the web to save a few bucks on clothes, food and more.
What is a student discount — and how can I get one?
Student discounts are special savings offered to shoppers who can prove they’re pursuing higher education. Some discounts include high school students, but most are for students in postsecondary education at universities, community colleges, trade schools or other places of higher education.
When shopping in person, you typically flash your student ID to receive a store discount. But shopping online can be trickier, requiring online platforms like Student Beans, ID.me and Unidays to verify your student status.
Register as a student with Unidays to gain access to discounts online and in stores. A Unidays account can save you money on Apple and Samsung products, food delivery through services like Grubhub and Postmates, clothes and shoes from Adidas and Urban Outfitters and so much more.
You must be at least 16 years old to sign up with Unidays, and you can download an app for savings on the go. You’ll use your student email and log in to your college’s online portal for verification.
For savings on food and drink, travel, fashion and more, Student Beans is a top destination. It doesn’t support as many brand-name partners as Unidays, but there’s still plenty to discover.
Student Beans offers apps for Android and iOS, if you prefer to browse the deals from your phone.
ID.me is a digital ID verification platform that offers exclusive deals to students and teachers, members of the military and first responders. Save on favorite brands like ASOS and Nike and at stores like Target.
It even offers student discounts on cars! That’s right, buy a Ford car or truck online through ID.me for a cash bonus of up to $500.
How do I know if I’m eligible for a student discount?
Sites and brands require different eligibility. But if you’re enrolled in higher education and have an .edu email, it’s typically easy to qualify. Some discounts apply to high school students as well, but most are exclusively for the college kids.
To use Unidays, you must have a personal email from an educational institution that typically ends in .edu. If you don’t have one, contact the Unidays support team to see if it can verify your status as a student. You must be at least 16 years old to use Unidays.
Click Join now to get started.
Enter your name, what you’re studying and how long you plan to be in college.
If you don’t have access to your school’s portal, try an alternative method.
You’ll receive instant verification after Unidays confirms your student status.
Student Beans requirements
High school and college students qualify for Student Beans. Simply verify your student status through a confirmation link sent to your institutional email. If you don’t have a school, college or university email account, Student Beans accepts your acceptance letter, a student ID or an academic transcript as confirmation of enrollment.
Click Sign up at upper right.
Student Beans is looking for your personal email here, not your educational one.
Don’t worry, you can opt out at any time.
Click the link in your school email to confirm your account.
After clicking the link, you’re redirected to the Student Beans homepage to start finding great deals. You’ll see your name at upper right, which indicates that you’re logged in.
To verify your student status with ID.me, you provide your institution’s name and personal information, including the last four digits of your Social Security number. Or upload your student ID or a copy of a recent transcript to confirm enrollment.
Click Sign up at upper right.
If you’d rather, upload a document like a transcript or a student ID to prove that you’re a student.
You’ll need the last four digits of your Social Security number.
You’re ready to start saving money through ID.me.
Amazon Prime for students
Amazon Prime Student gives students access to free two-day shipping and video streaming at no cost for six months. After that, you’ll pay 50% of the standard Amazon Prime membership. Use Prime Student for four full years or until you graduate, whichever comes first.
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