Student Deals and Discounts

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There’s a ton of deals and discounts available for students; you just need to know they’re offered and you could be saving money almost everywhere you look.  Here’s some great ones to keep in mind when you’re out shopping:

College Budget
This site is like groupon except it’s exclusively for college students or those with a “.edu” email address.  The deals are generally 50% or more off, and the shopping experiences highlighted are generally for things that college kids want, need, or use frequently.  Think t-shirts, iPhone cases, licensed university apparel, software classes on-line, Halloween costumes that probably should include a little bit more material, the list goes on.  If you have a .edu email address, use it to sign up here for free and check out which deals they have going on now.

In my area, you could be in gunsmith school and get this discount.  Pretty amazing.  It’s up to 10% off anything you buy, and I have yet to find a college that doesn’t qualify.  This deal applies not just to students, but faculty, staff, and parents as well.  You can get the discount on-line, in person, or when ordering over the phone.  To see if your school qualifies, check out their education store website.

Student Advantage
The Student Advantage card costs $20/year, but gets you discounts all over the place, like 10% when you shop on-line with Target, 15% off your stays at a number of hotel chains, and 20% off Greyhound bus fare.  If you browse their brands and notice places where you shop a lot anyways, the initial $20 investment may just be worth it.  Do your realistic math, first, though.  You can sign up and find more info here.

Travel Europe at 35% off?  Yes, please!  If you’re of traditional college age, 25 or younger, you qualify for 35% off the traditional adult price by purchasing a youth pass.  There are some country restrictions, and you must travel second class, but overall it’s a pretty sweet deal.  To check out the specifics of travel discounts and packages, look at the youth pass page.

Fly the world at ridiculously low rates if you have a .edu or .K12(state).us email address.  Not only will you get super low rates on Lufthansa flights, but you also get one free date change on student fares (that’s a convenience worth a savings of sometimes $600.)  Check out more of the program details here.

Your Local Chain Restaurant
Supposedly there is a slew of national chain restaurants that offer student discounts (usually 10% off.)  But honoring this discount policy is at the sole discretion of the individual store manager in most cases.  So how do you find out?  Simply ask.  The worst they can do is say no.  Make sure to have your student ID on hand just in case!

33 thoughts on “Student Deals and Discounts

  1. Pauline

    I used the ISIC (international student ID card) when I was traveling, it is widely accepted in many countries for museums, hostels… like the student advantage

  2. lil desiqua

    This is AWESOME! I hadn’t head of a lot of these deals. I work at a university so I have a “.edu” email address, and a “student” ID (doesn’t say student/staff/etc), so these will definitely work. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Miss Caitlin S.

    Love this!! My Brother is still in College and it’s my goal to use his Apple discount before that well runs dry! I didn’t know about all of these other ones… will definitely be adding this to the “things to buy before Conor graduates” file. And I’m definitely going to alert him to some of these as well!

  4. Ali W.

    These are great tips! My brother is in college (also) and so many people don’t know about these discounts. It’s so awesome that you are doing this!

  5. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Nice post. It’s one of the few things I miss about being a student. I can’t remember the name of the company off the top of my head, but there was one I used in grad school that sold most major software packages for up to 80% off

  6. Meredith

    This just makes me wish I was a student again–I never took advantage of half of this stuff and am now kicking myself. But, am going to share this with my friend who is in school now and will love this! Thanks, as always, for being so in the know!


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