The costs of being a college student are high. Having a student ID, though, can help you save some money on food, clothes, entertainment, and more. Here are some of the discounts and deals available to you with a student ID.
Your college years are a great time to establish a relationship with a bank you trust and to learn to manage your finances — especially if you're living on your own. Consider opening a basic checking account at a bank that waives account fees for students.
Certain credit cards issuers, like Discover, also offer special cash-back incentives you can take advantage of with your student ID or .edu email address.
While living mostly off of noodles may seem like a rite of passage for college students, you can save on food you actually want to eat. For example, if you're a student, you can get a free drink with your student ID at Chipotle and Chick-fil-A, as well as 10% off meals at Burger King, Subway, and Arby's.
Local coffee shops and restaurants may offer discounts, too, so look out for notices and remember to ask.
You can save up to 50% on discounted entertainment bundles, such as Spotify Premium with Hulu, and get a special price on movie theater tickets with your student ID. Make sure you call ahead or check your local theater's website to find out what deals are offered and how to get the discount applied. In some cases, you may have to join a rewards club or purchase tickets online in advance.
A number of retailers offer student-specific deals for online and in-store shopping on clothes, shoes, and more, including:
This year, students are expected to spend roughly $591 on electronics and computer hardware, according to a 2019 survey conducted by Deloitte. To defray some of those costs, companies like Apple, Adobe, and Microsoft offer special rates:
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