College students get plenty of free stuff, but you just have to know where to look. So, I created a list of college student discounts and freebies that will save you loads!
If you want to save even more money — because what college student doesn’t — check out KCL’s College Student Guide to Couponing.
Oh, and while you’re at it, download the KCL app to learn more ways to save every day.
1. The Amazon Student discount gets you 6 months of Prime for free.
Amazon Prime offers free two-day shipping, a massive video library, and LOADS more. Instead of paying $119 for a year, Amazon Prime Student offers the first six months free, and then a student rate of $59/year or $6.49/month.
NOTE: After six months, you’ll automatically be upgraded to Amazon Prime at 50% off ($6.49/month or $59/year), but you can cancel at any time.
2. Use Amazon Student discount to save on entertainment, food, and more.
Amazon also offers Amazon Music Unlimited and SHOWTIME for just $0.99 a month (each) as a student exclusive from time to time as well as discounts on textbook and etextbook rentals, so jump on the student freebies while you can!
Here are a few more things you can get with an Amazon student discount:
- Grubhub+ Student: Free delivery on all meals (for deliveries over $12)
- Calm: three-month free subscription. Afterward, you’ll only have to pay $8.99 for a year subscription (normally a $69.99 value)
- StudentUniverse: 10% off flights and hotels
- CourseHero: One month free. Then it’ll be $9.95/month (normally $39.95/month)
Plus, when you’re an Amazon Prime member, you get some great benefits.
Discounts on Subscriptions for College Students
3. Enjoy newspaper subscriptions for as low as $1/month.
- The New York Times: $1/week when you take advantage of the student discount (that’s $4/month for unlimited access to online articles through NYTimes)
- The Wall Street Journal: $4/month for all articles and podcasts produced by WSJ
- Washington Post: $1/month when you verify your student status
- Los Angeles Times: $1/week when you pay for a full year ($52)
4. Manage your budget for free with You Need a Budget.
When money’s tight, a service like You Need a Budget can be super helpful. YNAB is a service that syncs with your bank account and helps you with spending habits, saving, and more.
It normally costs $11.99/month, but You Need a Budget offers its software to students for free for a year.
Email email@example.com, send them proof of your registration, and they’ll send you a license key good ’til the end of the school year.
5. Get a student discount on the Headspace app.
Headspace is a great app you can download on your phone that offers many meditation programs that’ll help you relax after class.
The Headspace student discount will cost you $9.99/year as opposed to the $69.99/year you would spend if you weren’t a student.
6. Peloton offers student discounts on their exercise programs.
If you can’t go to a gym or a gym membership is too expensive, Peloton is a great alternative that only costs students $6.99/month ($12.99/month + tax for everyone else).
The app has great live and recorded workouts including yoga, Pilates, and strength training. You don’t need one of their expensive bikes or treadmills to use it!
Discounts on Technology for College Students
7. Students get free AirPods when buying a Mac or iPad.
Before every new school year, Apple has special offers for students.
In 2021, students get free AirPods with the purchase of an Apple product, plus save 20% on AppleCare.
8. Get Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for free from Microsoft.
What student doesn’t need Microsoft Office 365? Microsoft offers this suite of programs — which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more — for FREE to college students.
All you need is a valid school email address. You’ll also receive 1 TB of free OneDrive online storage.
9. Get an amazing student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud.
Students can get a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for only $19.99/month. This subscription normally costs $52.99/month, so that’ll save you about $400 a year! The subscription comes with Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro.
10. Beef up your slide presentations with Prezi for free.
Prezi normally charges users $7/month to have access to their interactive presentation software, but students who can verify their enrollment status get a Prezi basic student plan for free, or a premium plan for just $3 a month.
11. Gain access to free 3D design software with Autodesk.
If you’re a college student studying engineering, architecture, or simply want to get into 3D design, you can get over 50 different types of software downloads for free through Autodesk for a year. These programs would normally cost you $59,515/year, but you can get these programs for free.
You will need to be a student or educator in order to register, and Autodesk will verify your student status when you make an account by asking you several questions.
Discounts on Shopping for College Students
12. Save 20% at Bed Bath & Beyond July-Sept. with their College Pass.
You just need to upload a school issued document (acceptance letter, school ID, class schedule, tuition receipt) to be eligible for 20% off every purchase through Sept. 30. You will also receive free shipping when you spend over $39, or you can request pickup at any Bed Bath & Beyond location.
13. Sign up for UNiDAYS for the best student discounts at retailers.
UNiDAYS is an amazing discount website dedicated to giving you the best college student discounts. All you need to do is upload proof of your admission to the site and you can get discounts on dozens of stores. Here are some of their best offers:
- Adidas: 25% off all online orders
- Microsoft: 10% off laptops, tablets, and accessories
- H&M: 15% off all online orders
- Hello Fresh: 15% off all online orders
If you’re looking for more ways your student ID can save you on retailers, KCL has you covered!
14. Save on electronics with “College Student Deals” at Best Buy.
Best Buy offers a service called ‘College Student Deals’ where college students get unique coupon codes delivered straight to their inbox.
Not only will the Best Buy student discounts slash prices on laptops, but they’ll also save you up to $400 on laptops and $100 on select televisions.
Discounts on Entertainment for College Students
15. Use the Spotify student discount to get Spotify, Hulu, and Showtime for $5/month total.
The Spotify student discount isn’t just about discounting Spotify Premium, which is regularly $9.99/month. For just $4.99/month, it also throws in Hulu (reg. $5.99/month) and Showtime (reg. $10.99/month).
16. Use your student ID to get discounts on your streaming services.
Your college ID will help you get discounts on your favorite streaming services.
- Paramount+ offers a 25% discount on a standard subscription (with commercials). That’s $3.74 less per month.
- Discovery+ offers students $2 off, making the service $3/month.
- Apple TV is bundled with an Apple Music subscription for students. This makes both services $5/month total.
- YouTube Premium offers students a $5 discount which makes the service $7/month for ad-free YouTube and unlimited access to YouTube music.
- MLB is giving students free access to watch baseball games when they sign up with ID.me.
17. Get discounts when you watch movies in theaters.
Several movie theaters offer different student discounts when you show your student ID. Here are a few deals that I found (and used), but be sure to call ahead to see if the deal is applicable to your theater, as prices may differ from location to location.
- AMC: $1 off regular prices on Thursdays (8% savings)
- Cinemark: Discounted tickets at select theaters. Discounts differ from location to location, but they will typically be $1 off regular prices (7% savings)
- Regal: Discounted tickets at select theaters. Discounts differ from location to location, but they will typically be $1.95 off regular prices (15% savings)
Discounts on Career Development Services for College Students
18. Find jobs and internships relevant to your major with Handshake.
Check out Handshake if you’re looking for internships or positions in your field of study. Handshake is a free site just for college students to help you land that first internship.
To sign up, just fill out a profile with your school-provided email. Then you can find internships either by browsing job boards or by getting in touch with a recruiter.
19. Submit your resume to The Ladders and get a free analysis from career experts.
The Ladders resume review service is free and offers pointers so you can improve your resume and increase your chances of landing a job
If you want to get more out of your Ladders account, you can spend $25/month for their premium service which allows you to auto-apply to jobs and protection on your account.
20. Student discounts can be used to earn certificates and learn skills.
There are lots of websites out there that will help you continue your education and develop your professional skills — and these offer student discounts:
- Coursera: Students can get one certification course free. If you want unlimited access to the site, it’ll cost you $399/year.
- Skillshare: With 50% off a premium membership, students will pay $7.50/month instead of $15. You’ll also get a seven-day free trial, so there is no downside to signing up.
- Udemy: Students get a 65% off coupon when signing up for Student Beans. That drops the price from $29.99 to $14.99.
- LinkedIn Learning: Students get a free monthlong trial, and afterward, it costs $30/month. Just use your school email when you sign up.
There are lots of free online and in-store classes, too!
21. See if you qualify for free tuition reimbursement through your employer.
Did you know that some employers will reimburse some college tuition costs? Starbucks will even pay for all of it!
Here are a few of the best places that will pay for your college:
- Walmart covers 100% of tuition with their Live Better U program.
- Amazon covers 95% of tuition for high-demand degrees.
- Starbucks will reimburse tuition costs with the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.
- Chick-fil-A covers up to $25,000 when you win their Chick-fil-A Remarkable Futures scholarship.
- Papa John’s reimburses tuition after working at least 90 days and 20+ hours a week through the Dough for Degrees program.
- Chili’s covers 25% of your tuition after working for three months.
For a list of companies that will pay for your college, look no further than KCL.
22. Join professional societies for free.
Joining a professional society offers great networking opportunities and access to mentors in your field of study. Here are the ones that are free for college students to join.
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- American Planning Association
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- American Institute of Physics
Discounts for Students for Financial Needs
23. At these banks, students get a free checking account.
There’s absolutely no need to pay a monthly fee for a checking account if you’re a student. Thanks to the following banks, students have no monthly fee for opening a checking account with them:
- LendingClub Rewards Checking: Save up to 1% on everyday purchases with 0.15% APR for free
- Chase College Checking Account: It’s free for students ages 17-24, comes with no service fees for up to five years, plus students unlock $100 for opening an account
- US Bank: Students get a U.S. Bank Visa® debit card and no ATM transaction fees at U.S. Bank ATMs and no monthly maintenance fees
- Bank of America: Students 24 and under get a free checking account with waived monthly maintenance fees
There are many ways to save on your banking accounts and even get paid to sign up.
Discounts on Dining for College Students
24. Show your student ID to get discounts at restaurants.
Here are some of the best places to get student discounts at restaurants using your student ID:
- Burger King gives you 10% off your order by showing your student ID.
- Chick-fil-A and Chipotle will give you a free drink with your order.
- Dunkin’ Donuts will give you 10% off at participating locations.
- McDonald’s gives you 10% off your order.
- Taco Bell offers a 10% discount after you show your ID at participating locations.
Plus, there are many more ways you can save on dining by using your student ID.
25. Earn points toward free food with Pocket Points.
Pocket Points is an app that rewards you with coupons and freebies for staying OFF your phone while driving and during class.
Sign up for Pocket Points and download the app to start earning credits like a free Chick-fil-A sandwich or 25% off Papa John’s.
If you get your teacher to register, they can create rewards for their students. For example, if you stay off your phone for 10 hours of class, they could give you 10 bonus points or drop your lowest assignment grade.
Discounts on Travel for College Students
26. Use your student ID to get discounts on travel.
Here are some of the best deals for traveling while getting your degree:
- Amtrak gives a 15% discount to students on all tickets.
- Greyhound offers a 10% discount on all student tickets.
- Zipcar gives discounts based on which university you attend.
- Check your local Metro station to see if there are any discounts. For example, the DC Metro gives free passes to students, and New York gives three free rides a day for students.
There are many more ways to save while traveling.
27. Some areas let students ride public transit for free.
Check your university for public transportation student discounts, or see what discounts you can get through the transit agency.
Most California universities offer a credit towards a monthly student pass, like Chapman University, which gives students $100 a month, bringing a pass to under $100 per month.
Plenty of colleges also offer some kind of free shuttle service for students from campus to residential areas.