Here at 9to5Toys, we get that making ends meet as a student can be tough. From student loans to just barely making enough at your on-campus job, finding spare cash to treat yourself can be tricky. Whether you’re just about to head off to university for the first time or are looking for ways to cash in on some savings before graduation, we have you covered with the best student deals around.
Regardless of if you’re looking to score some discounted tech, clothing and more, we’ll help give your wallet a break. So while there won’t be a final exam, you’ll want to take notes on how you can save money for being a student.
At the top of our list for discounts is Amazon; they’ve got everything from textbooks, cool gear to outfit your dorm with and just about anything else you could want. Students can score a free six months of Amazon’s Prime service, not only netting you free two-day shipping, but access to Video streaming, unlimited photo storage and more as well.
After the trial expires, you’ll then be able to lock in the membership at 50% off the normal $100 rate. And because they’re is already raising the price of a Prime membership, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of Amazon’s discount here. Over the past four years, I’ve lost count on the amount of times where having a Prime membership has saved my back.
Starting out with the right gear is definitely an essential way to kick off the semester, and luckily Apple has those looking to score a new computer or accessories covered. Apple offers a variety of discounts for those with an active .edu email, with savings across its line of Macs, iPads and other hardware alongside a nice 50% price cut on Apple Music. Closer to fall, Apple will kick off its Back to School event, but those in need of a new machine can still save some notable cash.
Best Buy |
Not to be outdone by Apple, Best Buy’s lineup of student deals range from discounted Macs, PCs and a variety of other tech. Best Buy’s discounts update weekly, meaning you’ll want to periodically check back to see what gear you can score at a discount. Locking in the student savings does require an active .edu email, but after signing up you’ll be all set to reap the rewards.
News Subscriptions |
Staying informed and up to date with current events can give you the edge in class. Those with a valid school email can lock in a free The Washington Post subscription which you can read on a variety of devices. If the New York Times is more your style, students can drop the price of a weekly digital subscription to just a $1.
While saving on gear and accessories for school is great, just about everyone can appreciate scoring discounts on food. Whether you’re trying to grab a quick bite before class or just sick of eating at your campus’s cafeteria, all those meals add up. But luckily, a variety of fast food restaurants offer student deals so you can save on burritos, pizza, burgers and more. Many of the discounts vary by location, so be sure to check with your local establishment.
- Burger King: 10% off
- Dairy Queen: 10% off
- Dominos Pizza: Varys per location
- Papa John’s: Varys per location
- Pizza Hut: 10%-20% off
- Kroger: 5% off
- Qdoba: student burrito meals $5
- Subway: 10% off
- Taco Cabana: 20% off
- Waffle House: 10% off
For those looking to pick up some new threads to look their best for the next semester, a variety of retail stores offer anywhere from 10 to 20% discounts on clothing and other gear to update your style.
- Ann Taylor: Signing up here will net you 15% off both in-store and online purchases.
- Banana Republic: Shop in-store and bring your student ID to save 15% on full-priced items.
- Levi’s: Registering here can score you 15% off your next pair of jeans when ordering online.
- Champ Sports: Locking in the Student Advantage Card can save you 10%.
- Eastern Mountain Sports: Show your student ID and you’ll save 15% in-store.
- Dockers: Online shoppers can save 20% off once they’ve registered here.
- Charlotte Russe: 10% off in-store with ID
- J.Crew: In-store shoppers can save 15% off their purchase.
- Eddie Bauer: Save 15% on regularly priced merchandise in-store with valid student ID
- Urban Outfitters: 10% off
And if all that wasn’t enough to sate your appetite for deals, there are tons of other stores and locations that offer students noteworthy discounts.
- AMC Theatres: Discounted movie tickets every Thursday
- Regal Theaters: Up to 25% off tickets for select shows and dates
- Amtrak: Sign up for the Student Advantage card to save 15%
- Ann Taylor: 20% off
- The Art Institute of Chicago: $50 annual student membership
- Dell University: Savings vary by college, but from my experience the deals heavily favor refurbished models
- HP Academy Store: Score exclusive student discounts on laptops and desktop computers
- JoAnn Fabrics: 10% off for Student Discount Program members
- Metropolitan Museum of Art: $10 admission for students
- Ralph Lauren Rugby: 15% off
- Sam’s Club: Collegiate Annual Membership $40
- ThinkEDU: Save on college essentials like software, textbooks, dorm supplies and more
- Topshop: 10% off
- Western Digital Store: 20% off all products w/ .edu email address