Best offers, discounts and freebies for students in 2021

There is no shame in trying to save money where you can at all times in your life, but especially as a student these days. Fortunately, there are a lot of companies that really want you to use their products, so they offer some really good discounts on so many products and services.

For example, with a valid .edu email address or proof of registration (via a validation service such as SheerID Where Unidays), you can get awesome deals on Microsoft Office, Spotify and Hulu subscriptions and even Amazon Prime.

We’ve rounded up all of the best opportunities in this article. Also, be sure to check with your school’s housing department and student bookstore, where you can find some free or cheap streaming services, as well as additional discounts on devices and software. For more information, see the best apps for students to save money and time and the best student credit cards.

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Student discounts on fitness and entertainment

These popular music and video streaming services give you breaks on subscriptions. And Peloton has just taken the stage as well.

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You don’t need a Peloton bike to take Peloton classes, which not only include cycling, but also HIIT, running, strength training, yoga and more. The Peloton app delivers all of this via phone, tablet, and most streaming devices.

The price of the regular subscription is $ 14 per month; verified students can get it for half of that. Plus, you get the first month free if you’ve never tried Peloton before.


Apple’s streaming service is already pretty affordable at $ 5 per month, but if you get an Apple Music student subscription (see below), you’ll get Apple TV Plus at no extra cost. Students can also get Spotify, Hulu, and Showtime bundled together for $ 5 per month, as described below. Ah, make decisions!

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In addition to the hardware discounts (see below), Apple offers its half-price Music subscription service for students. This subscription gives you access to some 50 million songs and is available on all your Apple devices. You also get Apple TV Plus.


Normally at $ 12 per month, YouTube Premium is a two-way deal: you get ad-free YouTube videos (including the ability to download them for offline viewing) and unlimited access to YouTube Music, which is basically the answer to YouTube to Spotify.

Do you just want YouTube Music? This service is $ 5 per month for students (regularly $ 10). Both options allow a one-month free trial if you want to test the waters first.


Not to be confused with the Prime Music benefit, which is included with an Amazon Prime, or Prime Student membership, which you can read below. Music Unlimited is Amazon’s big library music service, which rivals Apple Music and Spotify. Anyone with a Prime Student membership can get Music Unlimited for just $ 1 per month – by far the cheapest music streaming option in the world.

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Arguably the best student deal in student deal history, Spotify has a $ 5 ad-free plan that includes both Hulu (ad-supported) and Showtime. Non-students pay a minimum of $ 10, $ 6, and $ 11 per month, for a total of $ 27. That’s a lot of entertainment for $ 5.

If you already have a premium account, it’s pretty easy to upgrade to the student version. However, if you are on a family plan, check if it would be cheaper for the family to keep you on the $ 15 plan.

Do you just want Hulu? Keep reading.


If you don’t need or want Spotify or Showtime, Hulu now has a very cheap deal for students: just $ 2 per month for the standard plan (i.e. with ads) , $ 4 off the regular price.

As with most other offers of this type, all you need to do is prove your eligibility. Fortunately, this offer is good even if you are already a subscriber to Hulu. It’s not just for newcomers.

Student discounts on money management

If there’s one thing most college students could use a helping hand with, it’s money management.

You need a budget

You Need a Budget offers a host of tools and courses for this purpose. This normally costs $ 84 per year, but as a student you can get the first year absolutely free. But beware, unlike many other digital services, the only way to get this discount is to submit physical proof of registration to the business.

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Financial institutions can also offer offers to students. Bank of America, for example, will waive the monthly fee if you do all your banking through its banking app and ATMs.

Wells fargo

Wells Fargo has a similar offer to Bank of America and will waive monthly fees for students aged 17-24.

Student discounts on applications and software

While you can get software at a discount from your school bookstore, you won’t do better than for free.


Microsoft is selling Office Home and Student for $ 149. But you can do better than that with free Office 365 Education, which gives you free access to online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams (the latter potentially useful for organizing and running group projects) and other apps. Office. All that is required is a valid school email address.


Evernote offers students 50% off the premium version for one year. This comes down to $ 4 per month for industrial grade note taking. After that first year, however, the price drops to $ 8 per month.

Student discounts on purchases and technology

From Amazon to Groupon, you can save up to 50% on services and devices.

Read more: All the latest coupons from Amazon, Best buy, Groupon, Lenovo and Microsoft.


With an Amazon Prime Student membership, you can all enjoy the benefits of a Prime membership for half the price of regular service. The student program includes free one- and two-day shipping, video streaming via Prime Video, Prime Music, and unlimited online photo storage via Prime Photos.

Prime Student starts with a six-month free trial, then costs $ 59 per year (half the price of a regular Prime membership). You can participate for four years. In addition, if you rent, buy or sell textbooks through the Amazon Textbook Store, you can get free two-day delivery.


Apple has a long history of offering student price reductions, including a half-price Apple Music subscription (see above) and discounts on iPads and Macs. An offer available now: Buy a Mac (at the price of education) and get free Apple AirPods. Students can also save 20% on an AppleCare Plus warranty program.

Best buy

Best Buy is offering students savings on a wide variety of products, from laptops to TVs to mini-fridges. To get the discounts (which in some cases can be applied to existing sale prices), you must create or sign in to your My Best Buy account, then sign up for student deals. Fortunately, you don’t need an .edu email address, and in fact you don’t have to be a student; parents of middle school and kindergarten to grade 12 students can also register.


Groupon’s program offers college students an additional 25% off food, drink, activities, and other local offerings. That’s for the first six months. After that, you save 15% as long as you remain a qualifying student.

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Students, educators, and administrators can all get an additional 5% off Lenovo laptops, on top of any existing sales or bundles (with a few exclusions, of course). You will need to provide verification at checkout.

Adorama’s new program promises exclusive discounts on video, audio and photo equipment from brands like Sigma, Sony and FujiFilm. To enroll, simply create an Adorama account, then use Sheer ID to verify your student status.

Did you find any other great college bargains to share? List them in the comments!

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