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Save on laptops, streaming services, and more with your student ID

Ivana Pino@ivana_pino
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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.

Banking

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.

  • Bank of America: Zero monthly maintenance fee on select accounts for eligible students
  • Chase: Get up to $100 when you open a Chase College Checking account
  • U.S. Bank: No monthly maintenance fee

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.

Dining

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.

Entertainment and streaming services

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.

  • Cinemark: Adult tickets generally range from $12 to $13.50 at Cinemark, but a student discount can bring that price down — call your local Cinemark to ask about details
  • Regal: Adult tickets generally go for $13 to $16.50, but certain locations offer student pricing, though discounts vary
  • Apple Music: $4.99% per month, rather than $9.99
  • Spotify Premium, now with Showtime and Hulu: $4.99 per month, rather than $9.99
  • Amazon Music Unlimited: $4.99/month, as opposed to $7.99/month for Prime members and $9.99/month for non-Prime members, or six months for $6 with the Prime student discount

Retail

A number of retailers offer student-specific deals for online and in-store shopping on clothes, shoes, and more, including:

  • ASOS: 5% cash back on all purchases
  • Nike: 10% off purchases on Nike.com
  • Amazon Prime Student: For $6.49 per month, you get access to faster shipping or free delivery on your Amazon purchases, plus exclusive discounts and freebies for students
  • Forever 21: 15% off when you shop online
  • H&M: 15% off purchases online and in-store

Tech

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:

  • Apple Education Pricing: College students and their parents can save up to $200 on new Mac products and 20% on AppleCare
  • Adobe: Students and teachers are eligible for over 60% off Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes applications like Photoshop and Premiere Pro for graphic design, photography and video editing
  • Best Buy: Student Deals program offers students in-store and online coupon codes
  • Dell: Dell University offers discounted electronics, free shipping, and a price match guarantee — and students can earn up to 6% back in rewards
  • Microsoft: 10% off, or $40/month for 24 months, on Microsoft Office products like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and others

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