discounts for college students

As you are already aware — attending college isn’t cheap. Obviously, the main reason is the growing cost of tuition each year. According to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the average tuition at four-year public colleges has increased in all 50 states. On average, tuition has surged by 37 percent, with net costs rising by 24 percent. Here are 101 discounts for college students.

As a result of the overwhelming student costs — both the student and their parents are beyond-stressed-out over money. And it’s likely to be much worse on the heels of the COVID-19 surrounding us. How bad is it? Well, according to a national survey conducted by Ohio State, seven out of ten students are worried about their finances.

“Nearly 60 percent [of respondents] said they worry about having enough money to pay for school, while half are concerned about paying their monthly expenses,” said [study co-author] Anne McDaniel. “32 percent of students reported neglecting their studies at least sometimes because of the money they owed.”

More alarming were the findings published in the “Hungry and Homeless in College” report. It stated that food insecurity ranges from 20 to 40 percent of students. While homelessness impacted roughly 13 percent of community college students.

In short, college students can use any financial assistance that’s available to them, such as the following X discounts. Will a few discounts resolve all financial struggles? No. But, as the adage goes, anything is better than nothing, and I’m hoping you’ll sign up for, apply, and take advantage of the generosity of the following businesses.

Apparel and Retail

1. Adidas

If you verify your status via UNiDAYS, Adidas offers a 15% discount. They’ll also throw in free shipping.

2. Aerie

Again, you’ll have to prove your status through UNiDAYS. But, if you do, Aerie offers a 20% discount to students for in-store and online purchases.

3. Aeropostale

UNiDAYS is back at it again with a 15% one-time discount to Aeropostale. However, it’s only applicable to select online orders.

4. Alex and Ani

Students are eligible for a 15% discount on select accessories as long as they sign in and verify their status through SheerID.

5. Alternative Apparel

If you’re a student and register via UNiDAYS can receive a 20% discount.

6. Amazon

The granddaddy of all retailers offers a 15% student discount and above on everything from beauty products to computers to groceries to video games. Just make sure to pay attention since deals change weekly. Promo deals vary every week.

7. American Eagle

Students can secure a 20% discount for online and in-store purchases. You only have to verify through UNiDAYS though can get a 20% discount from American Eagle for online and in-store purchases.

8. ASOS

Students who register and verify their status can obtain a 10% discount on all full-priced purchases.

9. Baggallini

Need a new backpack, handbag, or travel gear? If so, Baggallini offers students a 10% discount after they sign in and verify via Student Beans.

10. Barbell Apparel

As long as you sign in with a Student Beans account, students can take a 15% on clothing and accessories.

11. Calvin Klein

Simply register your college email address with UNiDAYS and college students will save 10% off their online purchase at Calvin Klein.

12. Champion

Actively enrolled students are eligible for a 10% discount. Students must first verify their status through ID.me.

13. Club Monaco

If you register for an account with your .edu email address, you can get a 15% discount online and in-store.

14. Converse

Students can get a 15% discount if they verify their student status through SheerID.

15. Dearfoams

Need a pair of slippers to lounge around the dorm? Unlock a 10% discount after registering for a Student Beans account.

16. Design By Humans

Students can get a 20% discount if they verify their status through Student Beans. However, a minimum purchase of $20 is required.

17. DressLily

In addition to a 15% discount, DressLily offers free shipping for students who spend $45 or more. As always, you must sign up and verify through Student Beans.

18. Express

If you’re a student with a valid UNiDAYS, you can receive a 5% discount both online and in-store.

19. Fanatics

Need some fresh gear to cheer on your favorite team? Students are eligible for a 15% off at Fanatics. We will have to sign in with UNiDAYS to verify your student status.

20. FitFlop

If you’re in need of a new pair of sandals, sneakers, or boots, and have a Student Beans account, you can snag a 20% discount.

21. French Connection

Students can get a 20% discount on home decor, accessories, and clothing if they sign in with UNiDAYS.

22. Glasses.com

Verified by UNiDAYS, eligible students can save an astounding 50% off select eyewear.

23. Goodwill

If you’re on a budget, you can find some gems at your local Goodwill — I know I have in the past. Even better? They offer student discounts. For example, every Thursday is student day at local Goodwills where students can receive 10% off their entire purchase.

24. H&M

Students can receive a 15% discount. You should know the drill by now though and will need a valid UNiDAYS account.

25. Hanes

Actively enrolled students can get an additional 10% off their purchase.

26. Happy Socks

With a Student Beans account, you can receive 20% off and free shipping on your order of comfy socks, underwear, or swimwear.

27. Hollister

All you have to do to access an extra 10% discount on jeans and any other apparel to sign in through your handy UNiDAYS account.

28. I SAW IT FIRST

Through Student Beans, users can receive a 10% discount on women’s apparel like dresses and denim.

29. In The Style

Here’s yet another discount, this time 10%, offered by Student Beans.

30. Ivory Ella

Want to save 15% on your next clothing purchase at Ivory Ella? Use your money-saving Student Beans account at checkout.

31. JanSport

Obviously you’re going to need a backpack to carry around all your books. Thankful, JanSport offers a solid 20% discount on their durable backpacks or bags.

32. J.Crew

After verifying your eligibility through SheerID, you’ll be able to obtain a 15% discount. Note that this is only available for online orders.

33. Journeys

If you spend over $75 at Journey’s UNiDAYS will hook you up with a $10 off your purchase.

34. Kate Spade

Students can enjoy 15% off Kate Spade products online. You will have to sign in through UNiDAYS.

35. Kipling

If you need a backpack, laptop bag, luggage, or accessories like wallets or lunch bags, check out Kipling. And, since you’re a student, you’re able to get 15% off your order.

36. Leesa

If you sign in with ID.me, you can receive 15% off the Leesa mattress.

37. Levi’s

Via UNiDAYS, college students can obtain a 15% student discount.

38. ModCloth

As long as you sign in and verify your status with a valid UNiDAYS account, this women’s apparel site will offer a favorable 25% student discount.

39. New Balance

Students possessing a UNiDAYS account can receive a 10% discount off their online purchase.

40. Nike

Verify your status with SheerID and you’ll have access to a decent 20% discount.

41. Original Penguin

You can unlock a 15% discount with Student Beans.

42. Overstock

Students are able to join Club O for free. In turn, you can enjoy perks like free shipping, rewards, and returns.

43. PacSun

Thanks to UNiDAYS, college students can take 10% off their online purchases.

44. Puma

You can score a 10% discount on Puma apparel and footwear through UNiDAYS.

45. Rag & Bone

Offering casual and semi-formal appeal for men and women, Rag & Bone offers 15% off through UNiDAYS.

46. Reebok

Arguably one of the best discounts available. With a valid student email address, Reebok offers a staggering 50% off student discount.

47. Sally Beauty Supply

If you’re attending beauty school you can use your ID to receive exclusive discounts and offers on all of your beauty supplies.

48. Shoe Carnival

Through Student Beans, you can access a 20% off discount on your next pair of kicks.

49. Sunglass Hut

If you need a new pair of shades, then visit Sunglass Hut to access your 15% student discount.

50. S’Well

Simply sign-up using your .edu email address and you’ll have access to the exclusive Student Store, as well as 20% off.

51. Threadless

Our good friends at UNiDAYS have made it possible to land a 30% student discount.

52. Tillys

UNiDAYS haven’t let you down yet, have they? Well, they’re keeping the streak going with this 10% student discount.

53. TOMS

Just use code STUDENT10 at checkout and you’ll get 10% off, while also making a positive impact in the world.

54. Topo Designs

With Student Beans, students can save 10% on their online orders.

55. Topshop

Student Beans is back at again! Here you can take 10% off your order.

56. Under Armour

College students can access a 10% discount with UNiDAYS.

57. Vineyard Vines

College and grad students can get 15% off everything.

58. Winky Lux

Students can obtain 15% off makeup and skincare products with Student Beans.

Banking and Financing

59. Chase

Eligible college students who open up a new checking account will receive $100. Chase also offers flexible savings accounts and the Freedom Student credit card. Students can 1% cash back, an annual $20 good standing reward, and no annual fee.

60. Deserve EDU

Ideal for international students or anyone building their credit, this card offers 1% cashback on all purchases. There are also no annual or foreign transaction fees. And, if you spend $500 in the first three billing cycles, they’ll include a year of Amazon Prime Student.

61. Discover

If you’re enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school, you can obtain a loan at a great rate through Discover. The company also has offer cards specifically for students including the Discover it card with a decent 5% cashback on purchases.

62. Mint

Mint is a free app that helps you create and stick to a budget — even when you’re broke. Additionally, Due has been listed as a top tool for managing money according to the Stanford Blog.

63. PNC Bank

If you need a student loan or credit card, PNC Bank has you covered. I’m a big fan of their Virtual Wallet Student, however. It contains your checking, reserve, and saving accounts all into one.

64. U.S. Bank

In addition to a checking account with no monthly maintenance fees, there also no ATM fees and overdraft protection.

Bookstores

65. Barnes & Noble

No surprise here. Just browse their site to find discounts on new and used textbooks, as well as rental. More importantly, in most cases, students can save up to a whopping 90% on used textbooks.

66. Bookoutlet

Through Student Beans, students can unlock 10% off their order.

67. Guilford Press

Here you can enjoy 40% off the price of books, journals, newsletters, and even videos.

68. Kindle Store

If you purchase your textbooks here, you’ll score an impressive 85% off the normal price.

69. Slugbooks.com

While the site doesn’t offer discounts, it does allow you to compare textbook prices from Amazon, BookRenter, and even your college book store. As a result, you’ll find your textbooks at an unbeatable price.

Cellphones

70. AT&T

Enter your .edu email address to see what online discounts on products and services you’re eligible for.

71. OnePlus

Thanks to Student Beans, you can get 10% off of your order.

72. Smartish

After signing in with VerifyPass you’ll score a 15% student discount on phones and accessories.

73. US Mobile

Since this cell phone company was started by students for students, it’s no surprise that they would hook you up with a sweet deal. In fact, plans start at just $15 per month.

74. Verizon

Verizon offers a $10-per-month discount on a single line or $25-per-month discount on two lines if you’re a student subscribing to an unlimited plan.

Computers, Apps, and Software

75. Adobe

Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat Pro, is available to students at 60% off.

76. Apple

In need of a Mac or IPad? Make sure to take advantage of Apple’s back-to-school discounts. The company will also throw in a free pair of AirPods too, along with 20% off AppleCare.

77. Dell

If you need a new laptop, and you aren’t an Apple fan, then dude or dudette you’re getting a Dell. If you shop at Dell University for exclusive offers, discounts, and free shipping. You’ll also earn up to 6% back in rewards through the company’s Advantage Loyalty Program.

78. Evernote

Since note-taking is essential while attending class, it would be beneficial to have a note-taking app like Evernote. And, thankfully, they offer students 50% off a full year of Evernote Premium.

79. GitHub

If you’re dabbling in coding, then you should be well aware of GitHub. But, did you know that with the GitHub Student Developer Pack you’ll have access to hundreds of software development tools for free? You’ll also earn free credits for services like AWS and Digital Ocean.

80. Lenovo

Through a partnership with ID.me, students can save an extra 8% sitewide on laptops, phones, or whatever piece of tech you need.

81. Logitech

If you verify your status with UNiDAYS you can score 25% off Logitech products like mice, keyboards, presentation remotes, and headsets.

82. Microsoft Office 365

Using your valid school email address, you’ll get Office 365 Education for free, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams,

83. Norton Software

Most educational institutions require some sort of protection against cyberthreats. If you’re in that camp, then head over to Norton. You’ll be able to snag $40 off Norton Antivirus Plus, $50 off Norton 360 Standard, and $60 off Norton 360 Deluxe or Norton 360 with LifeLock Select for the first year of your subscription.

84. PureVPN

If you really want to step-up your security game, then you need a secure VPN. Besides disguising your identity and protecting your data, a VPN allows you to bypass geo-restricted channels if you’re traveling abroad. Students can get 40% off a 1-year plan from PureVPN.

Dining and Groceries

85. Fast food franchises.

The reason why this was lumped together is that nationwide chains let individual franchise owners decide whether or not to offer student discounts. If you live in a college town, however, you’re likely to receive a discount — usually 10% of your order or a free drink.

The following chains have been known to offer student discounts:

  • Arby’s
  • Applebee’s
  • Burger King
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chipotle
  • Dairy Queen
  • Dominos
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Krispy Kreme
  • McDonald’s
  • Pizza Hut
  • Qdoba
  • Subway
  • Waffle House

86. HelloFresh

If you prefer to cook at home, it’s healthier and usually cheaper, then try out a meal service like HelloFresh where students can 50% off your first order. Other meal delivery services that offer student discounts are Freshly and Home Chef.

87. Kroger

At select Kroger grocery stores, students are eligible for a 5% discount on food. Check your local store to see what discounts you can get as a student.

88. illy

Are you in need of coffee for your next study session? Obviously, that’s a yes. The good news is that illy offers a 25% discount.

89. Thrive Market

Get delicious and healthy food delivered to you at a 25% to 50% discount on groceries.

Subscriptions and Memberships

90. 1-800-Contacts

Simply verify your student status with UNiDAYS and you’ll get a 10% discount on those much-needed contacts.

91. 24 Hour Fitness

Most gyms offer student discounts on memberships. However, it depends on the gym location. Other gym or fitness options are Gold’s Gym or CorePower Yoga.

92. Audible

Student membership, at $9.95/month, includes:

  • 3 titles every month: 1 audiobook & 2 Audible Originals.
  • Audio-guided workouts-cya freshman 15.
  • Lifehack: adjust the narration speed to save time.

You can also land a $10 Amazon gift card.

93. Sam’s Club

If you have roommates, then buying in bulk makes sense since it can save everyone money. And, with the Sam’s Club Collegiate Membership can save you even more. Besides a discounted membership, you’ll also receive a $15 gift card just for signing up.

94. Skillshare

Did you know that there are over 20,000 courses on Skillshare ranging from film to graphic design to business analytics? Right now, students can secure 2 free months of Premium Membership. With the skills you learn, you can be on your way to starting your own business during or after school.

95. Spotify, Hulu, and Showtime

$4.99. That’s how much this bundle will cost students. That’s an unbelievable deal.

96. The New York Times

If you need to stay up-to-date on current affairs, then you can get unlimited digital access to the New York Times for just $1 a week as a student.

97. Xfinity

If your university is eligible, monthly internet plans start at around $55/month. You’ll also get a $150 Visa Prepaid card and 6-months of Amazon Unlimited Music.

Travel, Transportation, and Entertainment

98. Car insurance and rentals.

Most car insurance providers offer a student discount. For example, Allstate and State Farm offer 25% off car insurance. The catch? You need to have good grades and be under the age of 25.

Esurance, Farmers, Geico, Nationwide, Mercury, and Travelers also offer varying student discounts.

If you don’t own a vehicle, you can rent one from ZipCar at a discount. And, if you’re moving, companies like Penske can also help students with a 10% off discount.

99. Concerts, performances, and art events.

Some campuses host events for free, at a reasonable price for ballet, classical concerts, and theater performances. However, local venues and companies like Ticketmaster will also occasionally offer student ticket prices to shows as well.

100. Movies and sports.

Theaters like AMC, Cinemark, and Regal offer discounted movie prices to students.

Additionally, you can attend live sporting events either on-campus or your closest city. Pretty much every MLB, NBA, and NHL teams provide discounted tickets for students.

101. Museums

Most museums around the country offer student discounts. In fact, they may even offer free admission to students on specific days.

102. Public transportation.

Finally, if you’re a student in more urban areas, you can get a discount on public transportation around your city. However, Amtrak, Coach USA, and Greyhound also offer discounts. And, if you’re studying abroad or going on vacation, so does Eurorail.

If you find a deal that will help out your fellow-students please list it in the comments below so that others can use your idea, too.

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Deanna Ritchie is a writer and editor at Due and several other sites. Specializing in content marketing, SEO, productivity, and helping others gain better financial insights.

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