Irregular Latin conjugations, trigonometry, stumbling through the Shakespearean sonnets in all their iambic pentameter glory—being a student sure is tough! Especially when on top of mountains of term papers and problem sets, you’re broke—so broke that your bank account balance is less than your ACT score. Fortunately, a myriad of companies offer student discounts and freebies to acknowledge your commitment to education and to help make life on your paltry student budget a bit easier. So relish in your student status and flash your student ID card all over town for special student discounts and freebies—you deserve it!

Apparel:

Generally, student discounts at retail stores cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and cannot be applied toward the purchase of gift cards or be used on prior purchases or online purchases. Contact your local store for more details.

  • Ann Taylor: Present your Student ID at any Ann Taylor store and receive 20% off all your full-price, in-store purchases.
  • Ann Taylor Loft: Present your Student ID at any Ann Taylor Loft and receive 15% off all your full-price, in-store purchases.
  • Banana Republic: Present your Student ID at any Banana Republic store (U.S. and Canada only) and receive 15% off your full-priced purchases. Offer valid in stores only.
  • Charlotte Russe: Present your Student ID at any Charlotte Russe store and receive 10% off all in-store merchandise.
  • Eddie Bauer: Present your Student ID at any Eddie Bauer store and receive 15% off all full-price, in-store merchandise.
  • Goodwill: Student discounts vary depending on store location. For example, Goodwill stores in New York and New Jersey have student discount days on weekdays where students receive a 10% discount. At Goodwill stores in Hawaii, a student discount of 20% off full-price merchandise is offered on Sundays when accompanied by a current and valid college ID. Inquire with your local Goodwill as to its student discount program.
  • J.Crew: Present your Student ID at any J.Crew store and receive 15% off all your full-price, in-store purchases.
  • Juicy Couture: Present your Student ID at any Juicy Couture store and receive 15% off all your in-store purchases.
  • Madewell: Present your Student ID at any Madewell store and receive 15% off all your full-price, in-store purchases.
  • The Limited: Present your student ID at any The Limited store to save 15% off all of your in-store purchases.
  • Ralph Lauren Rugby: Present your student ID at any Ralph Lauren Rugby and receive 15% off all of your full-price, in-store purchases. This student discount is also valid for full-price online purchases when you register your school email address (it must end in .edu) here and use the provided shopping code.
  • Steve Madden: Present your Student ID at any Steve Madden store and receive 10% off all your in-store purchases.

Dining:

Most national dining chains leave the decision as to whether or not they offer a student discount up to the franchise store owner. Franchises located in college towns are more likely to offer student discounts. Inquire at your local store to determine participation.

  • Arby’s: At participating locations, receive 10% off your order with a valid Student ID.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: At participating locations, receive 10% off your order with a valid Student ID.
  • Burger King: At participating locations, receive 10% off your order with a valid Student ID.
  • Chipotle: At participating locations, receive a free soft drink with purchase with a valid Student ID.
  • Chick-fil-A: At participating locations, receive a free soft drink with purchase with a valid Student ID.
  • Dairy Queen: At participating locations, receive 10% off your order with a valid Student ID.
  • McDonald’s: At participating locations, receive 10% off your order with a valid Student ID.
  • Qdoba:  At participating locations, receive a free soft drink with purchase with a valid Student ID.
  • Subway: At participating locations, receive 10% off your order with a valid Student ID.
  • Waffle House:  At participating locations, receive 10% off your order with a valid Student ID.

 Computers, Laptops, Software, and Other Electronics:

  • Academic Superstore: Check out this site for student discounts on computers, software, electronics, and other college necessities such as dorm room items and books.
  • Adobe: Students can save up to 80% off retail prices for Adobe products including the student editions of Adobe Creative Suite 6 software and Adobe Creative Cloud membership. To browse a complete list of products available for students at discounted rates, click here.
  • Apple: At the Apple Store for Students, Apple offers special education pricing on Apple computers, software and select third-party products to college students and parents buying for college students.
  • JourneyEd: Check out this site for special student discounts on academic software, computer hardware, books, electronics, and more.
  • Microsoft: At the Microsoft Student Store, college students can buy select Microsoft programs at special student rates.
  • Norton: Students can save up to 50% off retail prices for select Norton AntiVirus software. Click here for more information.

Entertainment:

  • AMC Theaters: Thursday night is student night at AMC Theaters. Present your Student ID at the box office to buy discounted tickets.
  • Cinemark: Show a valid Student ID at the box office and receive a special Student Discount. Discount days and times vary by location. Contact your local Cinemark theater box office for more information.

Make sure to check out the previously published KCL article “Smart Savings: Freebies and Discounts for Good Grades” for a list of companies that offer discounts or freebies for students with high marks on their most recent report cards as well as information about car insurance discounts for student drivers with good grades.

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7 thoughts on “The Big List of Student Discounts and Freebies”

  1. Stephanie Reid says:

    The chicfila in Valdosta Ga does BOGO on any combo meal on Mondays.

  2. Jeanette says:

    The IHOP in my town gives a discount with a college ID.

  3. Brian Tran says:

    Does this only apply to college students or also high school students?

    • Anonymous says:

       Well when I was in high school, I was taking college classes and had a college I.D. (which I used to get some of these discounts). All you need is a college I.D.

  4. A quick Google search said that Chipotle ended its free student drink promo a while ago =[…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting this!

    “so broke that your bank account balance is less than your ACT score” I never laughed so hard in my life.

  6. Can’t wait to check out these discounts for students