The Complete List of College Student Discounts and Perks for 2020

Renee Layberry
May 25, 2021

Life as a college student usually means living on a budget. As a result, you’re always looking for ways to cut costs so that you have more money in the bank for unexpected expenses, next semester’s textbooks, and outings with friends.   Fortunately, many businesses offer student discounts. It’s their way to gain customers and offer welcome savings to college students.   Student discounts are easy to access, with many businesses ready to welcome you as a customer at a reduced rate. You can score lower monthly subscription prices for your favorite digital apps, pick up electronics at a reduced rate, dine out for less, and enjoy some serious savings on your clothing purchases.   Securing these deals is often as easy as showing your student ID or verifying your student credentials online. Check out this complete list of college student discounts for 2020 to see how much you can save.  

Digital deals

You’re probably on your laptop or smartphone a lot. From online classes to texting, scrolling through social media, or just listening to music, the time we spend online is constantly increasing. There are plenty of digital deals for college students, so take advantage of them if they apply to you.  


If you’re an Apple loyalist, you can get monthly savings on your favorite subscriptions. College students enrolled at a degree-granting university can get a discounted Apple Music subscription for up to 48 months. When you sign up, you’ll also receive Apple TV Plus for a limited time. There’s a free trial before you commit.  


Love getting lost on YouTube? Now, you can do it without those irksome ads – at a reduced student rate. YouTube Premium offers students a free one-month trial, after which the plan currently costs $6.99 per month, which is a $5 discount on the regular monthly fee.  


This is a two for one deal! Chegg is heavily focused on cheap textbook rentals and also for their only study platform that helps you become more efficient with your work. Looking for an easy way to stay on top of your school work and not waste all your time and effort studying ineffectively? Sign up for Chegg Study!  


Spotify Premium Student is a serious deal. For $4.99 a month, you get access to millions of songs, plus Hulu and Showtime for all your TV and movie watching needs. There’s a 30-day free trial and you can cancel your membership anytime.   Photo by Oleg Magni

Amazon music

College students can get a discount on Amazon’s music streaming service too. For $0.99 a month, you can sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited, which gives you access to 60 million songs. As usual, you must be enrolled at an accredited college or university to qualify and can cancel at any time.  


You do plenty of reading for class, so maybe you’re not always in the mood for reading for pleasure. With Audible, you can listen to your favorite books. Audible for Students offers a discounted monthly rate of $9.95. The membership includes 3 titles monthly and audio-guided workouts. Plus, you’ll get a $10 Amazon credit when you sign up.  

The New York Times

Want to stay on top of current events? You can secure a free 1-month membership to The New York Times when you sign up with your school email address. After that, you’ll pay just $1 a week to log on and read all of the articles you want.   Check your school, too. Some have no-cost digital subscriptions through their readership programs and may include other publications in their access.  

Adobe Creative Cloud

If you need Adobe Creative Cloud for class or for personal use, you can save with their student discount plan. Eligible students pay $19.99 a month for their first year, a savings of more than 60%. If you pre-pay the full year, you’ll save an additional $20. However, the advantage of the monthly plan is that you can stop and restart it without a cancellation fee.   

Tech discounts

Now that you’ve secured some digital deals for your smartphone and laptop, you need the right technology to enjoy all of those apps and tools. Fortunately, tech student discounts abound, allowing you to enjoy lower prices on your favorite electronics and accessories. Check out these deals you can get with your student ID or email address.  


Samsung offers students a 10% education discount, which you can stack with other deals for up to 30% in savings. Use this discount on a variety of electronics, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, and accessories.   Photo by Bram Naus


Microsoft also offers a 10% discount to students, which you can apply to laptops, PCs, and more. Plus, students at eligible institutions can sign up for Office 365 Education for free. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams – making all those term papers and presentations easier to tackle.  


If you’re looking for a simple and customizable phone plan, consider Tello. You can find student plans that start at $5 a month. Plans renew automatically every 30 days, and you can cancel, upgrade, or downgrade your plan at any time, without charge.  


AT&T is another wireless provider offering discounts for college students. However, eligibility depends on your school since AT&T has deals with certain campuses. So, if you’re in need of wireless service and AT&T is available in your area, it’s worth checking to see if you can score a reduced rate with a student discount.   Under its Access program, AT&T provides low-cost internet service for eligible households, too. This can be extremely useful for college students whose classes have been moved online.  

Best Buy

Need some new technology for the semester? Consider shopping at Best Buy, which offers a rotating selection of student-only discounts on various types of technology. You’ll have to create a Best Buy account to register with your student email address, which will give you access to the current deals.  

Food and retail discounts

Even if you’re living on a budget, you want to go shopping and out to eat every now and then. Keep those indulgences guilt-free by scoring student discounts when you dine and shop. Scour your city for deals like these.  


Next time you visit Chipotle for some chips and guacamole or a burrito, show them your student ID. At participating restaurants, Chipotle’s student discount gives you a free drink with your purchase.  

Dairy Queen

In the mood for something sweet? Visit your local Dairy Queen, where you can often get 10% off of your purchase simply by showing your student ID.  

Burger King

Burger King is a fast-food joint where you can get some discounted snacks and meals between classes. Many locations nationwide offer 10% off with your student ID.   Photo by Artem Beliaikin

Banana Republic

Shopping for a new outfit? Visit your local Banana Republic store, which offers a 15% “Style With Class” in-store-only discount on full-priced merchandise when you show your college ID.  

J. Crew

J. Crew is another retailer offering discounts for college students. You’ll receive 15% off your purchase in stores and online. You can verify your eligibility online or show your ID when shopping in stores.  


Madewell offers a 15% discount as well, and it’s easy to get. You’ll need to sign up for a Madewell Insider account, and verify your status as a college student. When you do, your discount will be applied automatically every time you shop for a full year.  


College students nationwide get 20% off when they shop online at Nike. You can use the discount once every 30 days after you confirm your eligibility by providing documentation showing you’re a college student.  

The bottom line

Sticking to your budget means you’re always looking for ways to save, whether you want discounted textbooks or deals when shopping and dining. With the help of these college student discounts, you can save money in a variety of ways.    While 10% off here and 15% off there might not sound like much, these deals can really add up and have a positive impact on your monthly budget. So, never be afraid to ask where you can use your college student discount.   Looking for something you didn't find on the list? Unidays has a widespread amount of offerings for students. Check them out for even more savings.