There are quite a few things that I miss about college—sleeping late, days off in the middle of the week, study groups with friends—well, the friends more than the studying! However, I think I miss the student discounts the most. I always flashed my student ID at local shops and restaurants, but there are quite a few services that students can score great deals on that I never took advantage of. Here are eight discounts every student should utilize:

1. Automobiles

If you’re in school and in the market for a new car, there are quite a few discounts to be had. Most major car companies, such as Ford, offer student discounts. Ford’s program offers students $500 when they buy or lease any eligible new Ford or Lincoln during their program period. This offer is available to all full-time and part-time college undergrads, graduate students, trade school students and recent graduates. Honda offers new grads or students that are four months away from graduating special lease and financing terms on new and pre-owned Hondas. A nice perk of this program is that you have up to two years after graduating to take advantage of it! Other companies that offer programs geared toward students and new grads are Acura, GM and Toyota.

2. Transportation

Maybe you don’t want to buy a new car but still need to get somewhere. Several transportation lines offer students a discount. Greyhound offers a student discount card that can be purchased for $20 and offers a 20 percent unrestricted discount on walk-up fares or online bookings. It also offers a 40-percent discount on package shipping sent through Greyhound Xpress. Amtrak has a similar program, which offers students a 15 percent discount on rail fares with the purchase of a $20 Student Advantage Discount Card. Both the Amtrak and Greyhound cards also garner discounts of up to 50 percent at select clothing, food and entertainment retailers like Armani Exchange, and Pearl Vision.

3. Subscriptions

Depending on your major, many classes require students to have a subscription to publications like The Wall Street Journal. Fortunately, many major publications offer a substantial discount for students. In fact, The Wall Street Journal actually offers students a discount of 75 percent off the regular rate for print, online and mobile subscriptions. A regular subscription to The Economist is priced at $2.74 per week, but they offer students a rate of $1.88 per week, which includes both print and digital access. Other publications that offer special rates for students include Foreign Affairs and The New York Times.

4. Gyms

Just because you’re a broke student doesn’t mean you have to give up working out! Many gyms offer discounts to students. Most gyms are franchises, and it is left up to each franchise owner whether or not they offer discounts, but some participating gyms include 24 Hour Fitness, Golds Gym and the YMCA. In addition to these nationwide gyms, many smaller, privately-owned gyms offer discounts if you present your student ID, so before you choose a gym be sure to call around to inquire about discounts for students.

5. Museums and theaters

I’ve always loved going to the theater and museums but rarely went when I was in college because I thought I couldn’t afford it. I wish I had known that the majority of these venues offer discounted rates for students. And the discounts can be quite substantial—the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which is regularly priced at $25 per ticket, offers students a rate of $14. Other venues that offer discounts include The MET, the New England Aquarium, the Houston Ballet, the Denver Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh. However, these discounts aren’t exclusive to venues in major metropolitan cities. Most smaller local museums and theaters also offer discounts to students, so if you have a favorite museum, theater or symphony, it is always worth inquiring about.

6. Banks

If you’re a student you have a lot better things to spend your money on than bank fees—and fortunately there’s no need to! Nearly every bank offers some sort of student discount or student checking accounts. These vary from bank to bank but usually include features such as free checking, reduced or zero fees, free checks and other benefits. One example is Citibank, which offers students a checking account with no monthly service fees, fee-free use of non-Citibank ATMs and the ability to enroll in their Citi ThankYou Rewards Program. Other banks that offer similar programs for students include Wells Fargo, Bank of America, US Bank and Chase.

7. Cell phones

Most students wouldn’t even consider going without a cell phone, but those bills can take a large chunk out of anyone’s budget. It turns out that many providers offer students discounts. T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint all offer student discounts that vary from 6–10 percent off the totally monthly bill. Most providers, including the aforementioned companies, offer these discounts to students at select schools, so check with your provider to see if your school qualifies. You can check online to see if you qualify with AT&T and Sprint.

8. Insurance

Insurance is another hefty monthly bill that no one enjoys paying, but if you’re a student you may be able to bring that bill down a bit. Allstate, Travelers, Essurance, Geico, State Farm, Farmers and many others offer various discounts to students. Most insurance companies require that students have at least a B average and be enrolled full-time to receive this discount. The majority of them also require students be under the age of 25. Although the discounts vary from company to company, some of them can be as high as 20 percent!


More on this subject:

The Big List of Student Discounts and Freebies

8 Discounts Every Student Should Utilize