The college ID is a valuable object. It’s not only an emblem and access pass for campus ground, it’s also a way to get free or discounted admission to museums and other cultural institutions around the world.
While college students and recent graduates carry staggering amounts of debt and aren’t making much money, they are still, paradoxically, one of the most sought-after demographics for retailers.
To make their brands more popular among college students, some companies offer discounts to anyone with a college ID or email address.
A lot of companies on or near college campuses, like local or chain restaurants, also offer discounts that vary by location.
Here are the most student discounts out there:
FASHION AND CLOTHING
Alex & Ani: 10% off full-price purchases.
Asos: 10% off full-price online orders.
Banana Republic: 15% off full-price, in-store purchases for students and teachers.
Boohoo:35% off purchases for students. It’s the best student discount you’ll find from a clothing retailer.
Club Monaco: Both full-priced and sale items are 20% off with your valid college ID. If you’re shopping online, submit your email to receive a code.
Dockers:20% off online orders.
Express:15% off online and in-store purchases.
Forever 21:10% off full price online orders.
J.Crew:15% student (and teacher!) discount, but only in stores.
Kate Spade: 15% off at select stores. Ask at the register.
Levi’s:15% off online and in-store purchases.
The Limited: 10% off online and in-store purchases.
Madewell:15% student and discount, only in stores.
Ralph Lauren: 15% off at select stores. Ask at the register.
Topshop: 10% off online orders.
NEWS & ENTERTAINMENT
Apple Music:$5 per month for students.
Cinemark: Discounted tickets at select movie theaters. Discount varies by location.
The Economist:Discount varies by type of subscription.
The New York Times: $1 a week for online access.
Regal: Discounted tickets at select movie theaters. Discount varies by location.
The Wall Street Journal: $1 a week for both print delivery and digital access.
Allstate: Save up to 20% on car insurance if you have “good grades.”
Farmers: Students with “good grades” are eligible. Discount varies by state.
Geico: Students with “a good academic standing” can save up to 15%.
Nationwide: Students must maintain a minimum B average. Discount varies.
State Farm:Save up to 25% “just for getting good grades.”
Adobe:Students and teachers can get 60% off Creative Cloud.
Apple:The discounts change over the year, but you can generally get slightly cheaper laptops and iPads. They also offer occasional back-to-school deals, like free Beats headphones with a more expensive purchase.
Amazon: With a .edu email address, you can get Amazon Prime Student free for six months, with a $10 referral bonus for each friend you can get to sign up. After your six months are up, Amazon Prime costs only $49 per year instead of $99.
AT&T: Check if you’re eligible for discounts on a plan by entering your .edu email address on their discount page.
Dell: Students get 20% off PCs in the online store with other discounts that change year-round.
Lenovo:Discounts vary by item and where you live.
Microsoft: Students and teachers get 10% off, with other deals offered year-round.
Sprint: Check if you’re eligible from their Discount Program page.
T-Mobile: T-Mobile offers up to $60 off smartphones and 20% off phone accessories for students and teachers.
Verizon: Verizon makes their discount hard to find. Go to their discount page and scroll down to “Not yet a Verizon Wireless customer?” Enter your .edu email address where it asks for a “work address.” They’ll email you and tell you if you’re eligible for a discount.
Amtrack:15% off if you book in advance.
Short Line: The bus company gives different discounts depending on your school.
Greyhound: 10% off tickets. 40% with a Student Advantage Discount card, which costs $22.50 for the first year.
FedEx: 20% or 30% off shipping, depending on the kind of package.
Sam’s Club: Membership price discounts vary by location, and you get a $15 gift card.
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