There’s a reason college students famously gravitate to ramen noodles: The latter is cheap, and the former is broke, what with staggering tuition costs having turned out their pockets, hobo-style.
Thankfully, lots of companies offer great discounts and freebies to anyone with a student ID. Because I now have a broke kid in college, I’ve compiled this list of some of the best deals for the ramen set. This is a good one to bookmark, as I’ll be expanding and updating the list as I locate new options.
To get access to Free Students Perks Available Online 2020, you usually just need to show you’re enrolled in a school, either with a .edu email account or through a validation service such as SheerID and Unidays.
Here are Free Students Perks Available Online 2020
Student Discounts On Entertainment
This popular music (and, in some cases, video) streaming services give you a break on subscriptions.
Apple TV Plus: Free with Apple Music subscription
Apple’s new streaming service is already reasonably affordable at $4.99 per month, but if you sign up for an Apple Music student subscription (see below), you’ll get Apple TV Plus at no extra charge. Also, as noted below, students can get Spotify, Hulu and Showtime for $4.99 per month.
Apple Music Student subscription: $4.99 per month
In addition to hardware discounts (see below), Apple offers its Music subscription service at half price for students. That subscription nets you access to some 50 million songs, and of course, it’s accessible on all your Apple devices. You also get Apple TV Plus (see above).
YouTube Premium: $6.99 per month
Typically $11.99 per month, YouTube Premium is a twofer: You get ad-free YouTube videos (including the option to download them for offline viewing) and unlimited access to YouTube Music, which is YouTube’s answer to Spotify. (Google Play Music is included as well, in case you’re already using that service and prefer to stick with it.)
Just want YouTube Music? It’s $4.99 per month for students (regularly $9.99). Both options allow for a free three-month trial.
Amazon Music Unlimited: 99 cents per month
Not to be confused with the Prime Music benefit that’s included with an Amazon Prime subscription (or Prime Student; see below), Music Unlimited is Amazon’s full-on, massive-library music service that rivals the likes of Apple Music and Spotify. But anyone who has a Prime Student subscription can get Music Unlimited for just 99 cents per month — by far the cheapest music-streaming option anywhere.
Spotify Premium for Students: $4.99 per month
Includes Hulu and Showtime, Spotify arguably the best student deal in the history of student deals, Spotify offers a $5 ad-free plan that includes both Hulu and Showtime. Nonstudents pay a minimum of $10, $6 and $11 per month, for a total of $27.
That’s an awful lot of entertainment for $5. if you already have a premium account, it’s easy enough to convert to the student version. If you are part of a family plan, however, check if it would be cheaper for the family to keep you on the $14.99 project or have you break off.
Student discounts on money management
If there’s one thing most students could use a hand with, it’s managing money.
You Need a Budget: The first year free
You Need a Budget offers a wealth of tools and classes to that end. It usually costs $84 per year, but as a student, you can get the first year free.
Student discounts on apps and software
While you may be able to get software at a discount through your school’s bookstore, you won’t do any better than free.
Office 365 Education: Free
Microsoft has Office Home & Student for $149. But you can do better than that with the free Office 365 Education, which gives you access to the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams (the latter potentially useful for organizing and executing group projects) and other Office apps for free. All that’s required is a valid school email address. For $30 a year, you can get the desktop version of the productivity suite, too.
Evernote Premium: $4 per month for the first year
Evernote gives students 50% off the premium version for a year. That works out to $4 a month for industrial-strength note-taking. The offer is good for one year, however, and then the price goes to the regular $7.99 a month.
SoftMaker: Free for schools and teachers
Unfortunately, while Microsoft’s rival SoftMaker offers its full SoftMaker Office 2018 suite free for schools and teachers, students no longer have the option of purchasing it at a discount. Too bad — I liked the idea of a lifetime license for just $10.
Student discounts on shopping and tech
From Amazon to Groupon, you can save up to 50% on services and devices.
Amazon Prime Student: $59 per year
With an Amazon Prime Student membership, you can all get the benefits of a Prime subscription for half the price of the regular service. The student program includes free two-day shipping, video streaming via Prime Video, Prime Music (after the six-month trial), and unlimited online photo storage through Prime Photos. Prime Student starts with a free six-month trial and then goes for $59 a year (half the $119 cost of a regular Prime subscription.
Apple discounts and bundles
Apple has long offered price breaks for students, including a half-price Apple Music subscription (see above) and discounts on iPads and Macs. One deal that’s available now: Buy a Mac or iPad (at education pricing) and get a free Beats Studio3 Wireless headphone. Students can also save 20% on an AppleCare warranty program.
Best Buy offers student savings on a wide variety of products, from laptops to TVs to mini-fridges. To get the discounts (which in some cases can be applied to existing sale prices), you need to create or sign in to your My Best Buy account, then sign up for student deals.
Groupon: Save an extra 25%
Groupon’s program affords college students an extra 25% off food, drink, activity and other local deals. That’s for the first six months; after that, you save 15% for as long as you remain an eligible student.
Lenovo laptops: Save an extra 5%
Students, teachers and administrators can all score an extra 5% off Lenovo’s laptops, and that’s on top of any existing sales or bundles (with a few exclusions, of course). You’ll have to provide verification at checkout.
In addition to free Office (see above), Microsoft promises discounts for both students and their parents. However, it’s not immediately clear how to obtain those discounts. At this writing, Surface Book 2 and Surface Laptop prices were the same via the student portal as they were through the main Microsoft Store. And this has been the case since we first wrote about this last year