There are plenty of free things for college students, you just have to know where to look. So we 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 some of KCL’s College Student Guide to Couponing.
1. Get 6 months of Amazon Prime for free with Amazon Student.
Amazon Prime is a service where you get free two-day shipping on millions of Amazon products. You also get free access to TV shows and movies to stream. The problem? It’s $119.00 a year. For a student, that can be a little steep.
Instead, get Amazon Prime FREE for six months through Amazon Student.
NOTE: After six months, you’ll automatically be upgraded to Amazon Prime at 50% off, but you can cancel at any time.
Also be sure to check out more freebies you can get from Amazon!
2. Get 12 weeks free of The Washington Post with Amazon Prime.
When you take advantage of the Amazon Prime deal we mentioned above, you’ll also have access to six months of The Washington Post online for free as well!
All you need to do is log in with Amazon to start your free trial.
3. Receive student discounts when you shop at these retailers.
Many retailers offer discounts specifically for college students. If only I’d had these when I was in college…sigh.
- ASOS: 10% off when you register and verify your student status
Banana Republic: 15% off in-store with a valid student ID
- H&M: 15% off your entire purchase
- J.Crew: 15% off your entire purchase in-store with valid student ID
- Juicy Couture: 15% off your entire purchase with valid student ID
- ModCloth: 30% off when you register and verify your student status with UNiDAYS
- Madewell: 15% off when you show your valid student ID in-store
- ghd: 10% off when you verify your student ID with UNiDAYS
4. Get Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel for free from Microsoft.
What student doesn’t need Microsoft Office? With its steep price point of $69.99 a year, it can be a pretty big hit for college students.
The good news? Microsoft offers this for FREE to college students. All you need is a valid school email address! You’ll also receive 1 TB of free online storage.
5. Manage your budget for free with You Need a Budget.
It can be hard to manage your money when you’re on your own and still trying to figure out the ropes. Luckily, You Need a Budget offers their software to students for free for a year.
YNAB syncs with your bank account and is available online and for iOS and Android. All you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org, send them proof of your registration, and they’ll send you a license key good ’til the end of the school year.
6. Save on electronics with ‘College Student Deals’ at Best Buy.
There’s nothing that will make you cringe more than needing to buy a new laptop for school, but have no fear. 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 student discounts save you money on laptops, they’ll also save you on Insignia TVs, LG microwaves, even Keurigs!
Don’t forget about Best Buy’s price matching policy. If you find something cheaper at one of their local competitors or on some sites like Amazon.com, Best Buy will price match for you!
7. Save time by using LastPass as your password manager for free.
Juggling personal passwords and school passwords can be a hassle. LastPass is a software program that remembers your passwords for you by creating a master password. It also has an auto-fill function for forms you need to complete online as well.
There is a free version and a premium version, but students get 6 months of LastPass PREMIUM for free! With premium, members get two-step authentication, sharing features to family and friends and no limit to how many devices are linked.
8. See if you qualify for free tuition reimbursement through your employer.
Did you know that some employers (like Best Buy) will reimburse college tuition costs? Starbucks will even pay for all of it!
Talk to your employer to see if there is a policy in place, and check out 11 companies that already have tuition reimbursement programs.
9. Use one of these banks to score 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:
10. 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.
You will need to be a student or educator in order to register.
11. Use your student ID to peruse museums for free.
Many museums offer free admission for college students. For example, if you attend a select university in NYC, you can get free admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Check your local museums to see if they offer free admission for students.
At the very least, you’ll usually be able to get a student discount.
12. Earn points toward free food with Pocket Points.
Download the Pocket Points app and sign up to start earning credits like a free Chick-fil-A sandwich or 25% off Papa John’s!
To earn these rewards, all you have to do is stay off your phone during class and while driving. You’ll earn points based on the amount of time you stay off your phone and redeem them for coupons and freebies.
If you get your teacher to register, he or she can create their own rewards. 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.
13. Get professional memberships for free.
These are awesome for students because they offer great networking opportunities, mentors and more education about your field.
14. Some areas let students ride public transport for free.
Check your university for public transportation student discounts. Sometimes they’re even free like at the University of Pittsburgh.
Tons of colleges also offer some kind of free shuttle service for students from campus to residential areas.
15. Get the Spotify student discount and save up to $21.98 a month.
The Spotify student discount allows you access to Spotify Premium (regularly $10.99/month), Hulu (regularly $5.99/month) and SHOWTIME (regularly $10.99/month) for just $4.99 a month. That means music with no commercials, downloadable music and all the shows you could need!
After you’ve gotten all the free things for college students, check out these tips and deals to save even more money!
- KCL’s College Student Guide to Couponing
- 17 Ways to Get Free Stuff on Amazon
- 26 Insane Benefits to Becoming an Amazon Prime Member
- 11 Online Jobs for College Students
- 11 Companies That Will Pay For Your College Degree
- 26 Genius Ways I’m Paying Off My Student Loans