12 Student Discounts Broke College Kids Can't Avoid NOT To Use

12 Student Discounts Broke College Kids Can't Avoid NOT To Use

Because money doesn't grow on trees.


As summer winds down and the fall semester grows nearer, many students (and parents) begin the annual pilgrimages to the stores to stock up on items needed to head back to school. Whether you are a new or returning student, I just wanted to share some of my favorite perks and discounts you can get with your college ID and .edu email.

While some of these are well-known, others you may be less aware of. I always recommend looking into whether your favorite stores and brands offer student discounts.

Here are some of my fave deals to save you money!

1. Spotify Premium with Hulu bundle

As if listening to music ad-free wasn't enough, Spotify Premium joined with Hulu to bring you your fave music and fave shows! This is a steal at $4.99 considering how Spotify Premium is normally $9.99 a month and Hulu is $7.99 a month.

2. NYT for $1 a week

Looking for inspiration for your next Odyssey articles? Just wanting to be well-read? Then the New York Times student subscription is for you! You can get basic digital access to NYT articles and the NYT archives (great primary sources for school projects) for only $1 a week or about $4 a month. For college students, the NYT app is great for reading on the go!


UNiDAYS makes it easy for college students by verifying student status and finding student discounts for you. They have great offers like 20% off at American Eagle and Aerie, 20% off at PacSun, 15% off at Express, 15% off at Pink and more!

4. Amazon Prime for 50% off

Students can get a complimentary 6-month trial then Amazon Prime membership for $6.49 a month! In addition to getting free 2-day shipping on more than 100 million items, you also have access to Amazon Prime video where you can watch many TV shows and movies for free!

5. Office 365 for free

Students can get Office 365 (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote) with valid student email address for free! Plus, once downloaded it's yours to keep even after you graduate.

6. Washington Post for free

If you don't want to pay for NYT or want access to more news sources, you can get access to the Washington Post for free with a valid .edu email address!

7. free drink at Chipotle & Chick-Fil-A

Some locations will give a free drink with your meal if you show your student ID. Always worth a try!

8. BD’s Mongolian Grill's Student Nights

BD's Mongo is a create your own stir-fry restaurant. It's a great place to go with one stir-fry bowl and soup/salad bar trip for $14.99 or unlimited bowls and trips for $17.99. Some locations also offer a student night, where with your valid student id you can get the one bowl deal for $9.99 or unlimited bowls for $11.99!

9. Groupon

Groupon is a great place for students to find deals on events and places from concerts to gift cards for your favorite local restaurants. Students also get 25% extra off local deals for their first 6-months then 15% off for the rest of their college years.

10. HBO Go

Many universities and colleges offer free access to HBO Go by logging into your college student account. Brace yourselves, that means you can keep up with Game of Thrones throughout the school year!

11. Bed Bath & Beyond's College Savings Pass

Definitely the place to go to get dorm and apartment basics. If you sign up for their College Savings Pass (CPS), you can get 20% off your entire purchase for every purchase you make at CSP and get free standard shipping for all purchases made online. Most of their coupons also never expire so you can save them all up. They also have a great program where you can buy something at one of their stores and pick it up later in-store at a BB&B location closer to your campus! This is ideal if you are going to school far away from home.

12. Starbucks loyalty program

Although not a college discount, definitely join Starbucks rewards program if you're an avid coffee drinker. In addition to getting a free drink after accumulating so many points, you can get FREE REFILLS on all drip coffee and tea! This makes Starbucks a great place to spend an afternoon studying while caffeinating.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it's a great place to start looking into getting more for your money as a student! My motto is that it never hurts to ask if a place has a student discount. You might just be surprised at some of the deals and discounts you can get just by asking!

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Every Time I See A College Tour Group Walk By I Just Want to Scream 'It's a TRAAAPP!'

The tour guide is good - they're just a liar.

It's officially that time of year - anywhere you walk on campus, there's bound to be a gaggle of parents and befuddled high school students winding their way through building after building. In front of them stands an overenthusiastic tour guide, spouting off statistics about the school so fast they'll make your head spin.

Unfortunately, what the tour guide says doesn't exactly line up with what goes on at the school. Oh, the things we students wish we could shout out to the parents as they pass by.

1. "You'll get sick of the dining!"

It may look like there's something new to eat every single day, but by the end of the semester, you'll be sick of everything except the things closest at home.

2. "I'm only here for the free t-shirts!"


3. "IT'S A TRAP!"

Seriously, part two. You get two of three things: a social life, sleep, or good grades. Whoever said you could have all three is lying.

4. "Welcome to the real world, suckers!"

It's got confrontation, taking care of yourself, and formal emails. (Which, of course, your professor will respond with 'k thnx bai' sent from their iPhone.)

5. "Say goodbye to sleep!"

There are three types of people on campus: tea drinkers, coffee drinkers, and people with energy drinks running through their veins.


Check all of your housing options before you move in. The dorm they're showing you might be the worst housing area on campus.


You're getting squat. Free tuition? Try the tune of $13k a year. Or more. Depending.

8. "The library is NOT the best study place."

Depending on your major, there are several places for you to study that aren't the library.

9. "The health center sucks!"

True fact: word through the grapevine is that someone once got antibiotics for a sprained ankle.You may as well sell that leg on the black market to cover the costs.

10. "Believe the roommate horror stories!"

All random roommates are horrible unless proven otherwise. (But be wary of everyone.)

11. "SI (student instructor) sessions are useless."

You will learn nothing . Chances are you'll end up correcting the instructor.

12. "The freshman fifteen is optional."

Some people don't gain it at all, and some people really gain it. It's up to you.

13. "You'll need a car!!"

If, for some reason you can't pay for the overpriced parking pass, find a friend who can.

14. "Hookup culture is real!"

But it's not for everyone. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean you have to.

15. "Campus jobs are a myth!"

Campus job? What's a campus job? Do you have work-study? No? No job for you. Have you tried the local coffee shop?

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