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Student discounts for 2021
Stretch your budget with shopping that rewards you for studying.
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.
The best student discounts online
Top fashion discounts
|Nike||20% off for high school and college students||Shop|
|Adidas||15% off for college students||Shop|
|A'GACI||15% off for college students|
|ASOS||10% off for college students||Shop|
|Gymshark||10% off for college students|
|Missguided||30% off for college students||Shop|
|Topshop||10% off for college students||Shop|
|Tommy Hilfiger||15% off for college students||Shop|
|Urban Outfitters||10% off for college students through Unidays||Shop|
|bebe||20% off for college students through Student Beans|
|New Balance||10% off for college students through Unidays|
|Express||15% off for college students through Unidays||Shop|
|Showpo||10% off for college students|
|boohoo||15% off for college students through Unidays||Shop|
|Dorothy Perkins||10% off for college students through Unidays||Shop|
|Gymshark||10% off for college students through Student Beans|
|J.Crew||15% off for college students|
|Kate Spade||15% off for college students||Shop|
|Modcloth||15% off for college students||Shop|
|Nasty Gal||Up to 50% off for college students||Shop|
Top tech and computer discounts
|Apple||Up to $300 off for college students|
|Microsoft||10% off for college students and $30 off Office||Shop|
|Lenovo||10%–15% off for college students||Shop|
|Adobe||Up to 60% off software for college students|
Top food and dining discounts
|HelloFresh||15% off every box for college students||Shop|
|GrubHub||$5 off your first three orders|
|Graze||First snack box free and 15% off future boxes||Shop|
|Home Chef||50% off first meal kit order|
Top discounts on mattresses and home goods
|Urban Outfitters||10% off for college students||Shop|
|Society6||15% off for college students|
|Mattress Firm||10% off with code BACK2SCHOOL||Shop|
|Eight Sleep||10% off for college students||Shop|
|Leesa||15% off for college students||Shop|
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.
- Visit Unidays to sign up for student discounts. Click Join now to get started.
- Enter your .edu email address and establish a password.
- Search for your educational institution to verify your account. Enter your name, what you’re studying and how long you plan to be in college.
- Confirm your enrollment through your school’s portal. If you don’t have access to your school’s portal, try an alternative method.
- Start saving. 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.
- Go to the Student Beans website to sign up. Click Sign up at upper right.
- Sign up with your email, Facebook or Google account. Enter your personal details, including your personal email. Student Beans is looking for your personal email here, not your educational one.
- Indicate whether you want to receive email from Student Beans and its partners. Don’t worry, you can opt out at any time.
- Search for your institution and select your graduation year.
- Enter and confirm your institutional email address. Click the link in your school email to confirm your account.
- Start saving. 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.
- Go to the ID.me website to sign up. Click Sign up at upper right.
- Sign up with your email, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google account.
- Once redirected to ID.me, click Student discounts to confirm your status.
- Confirm your school enrollment. If you’d rather, upload a document like a transcript or a student ID to prove that you’re a student.
- Click Begin to continue. You’ll need the last four digits of your Social Security number.
- Get those discounts! 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.
Perks of Prime Student include:
- Free two-day shipping with eligible purchases.
- Unlimited streaming for thousands of movies and TV shows.
- Unlimited photo storage.
- Exclusive deals and discounts.
- Access to Twitch Prime.
To use Amazon Prime Student, you must have an .edu email and be enrolled in at least one college course. Amazon does not accept alternate verification of student status.
Today’s top student deals
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to be enrolled full time to receive a student discount?
It depends on the discount program. Some brands accept part-time enrollment, while others require you full-time enrollment to qualify.
What is an institutional email?
It’s the email set up for you by your college or university. It most often ends in .edu.
Why isn’t my deal or discount working?
It could be that the deal expired or isn’t available where you live. If you have a question about a specific deal or discount code, contact the retailer or site directly.
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash
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