30+ Ways to Unlock Student ID Discounts

Paying for college is expensive. But student ID discounts can save you money on everyday purchases — and those small savings quickly add up. Read on for the ultimate guide to student ID discounts.

Cell Phones and Computers

Mobile phone carriers like Verizon, Sprint and AT&T offer discounts on your monthly bill, while T-Mobile offers discounts on phones and tablets.

It’s essential to have a working laptop at college. Apple and Dell offer discounts on computers and other hardware. But where would a computer be without software? Microsoft slashes prices for students on essentials, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, while Adobe cuts the price of its Creative Cloud software. Your school may also be able to offer you discounts on software needed for your major.

Clothing

At retailers like Banana Republic and J.Crew, you save 15 percent on full-price items each time you shop in store. Other stores, including Alex and Ani, offer a 10 percent discount with valid ID. Brands including Express and Under Armour offer discounts via UNiDAYS.

Gyms

While your school may have a gym, you might be looking for additional workout classes, access to a pool or other amenities not available on campus. Many gyms like Gold’s and the YMCA offer discounts. Contact your local branch to find out what’s on offer. Yoga studios like Corepower Yoga offer special student pricing, as do many CrossFit gyms and Pure Barre studios.

Movies, Music and Museums

National movie theater chains like Regal Cinemas usually offer reduced student pricing. Visit your local theater for details.

Are you a music lover? Spotify offers discounted membership for students, as does Apple Music.

Museums often slash prices for students attending nearby universities and colleges. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, for example, offers discounted tickets to ID holders from schools in its University Membership program. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium also offer discounts, just to name a few.

Newspapers and Magazines

Publications like The Economist, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal offer reduced subscription rates for students. With The New York Times, you get your first four weeks free and can snag additional savings when you refer a friend.

Financial Services

When you’re a student, you’re also beginning your financial life. Many banks offer special products (with special perks) to help you get started off on the right foot, from student checking accounts to credit cards with waived fees.

Restaurants and Shows

Some chain restaurants and fast-food joints have deals for students. However, most don’t advertise these and offers vary from location to location. Check before you order to see what freebies you can score. Locally owned restaurants and cafes near your school likely offer deals, too. Some schools maintain a directory of local eateries that have specials for students.

Student Rush tickets for Broadway shows offer steep discounts — the only catch is they don’t go on sale until the morning of the show or, in some cases, just a few hours before. Carnegie Hall, the Houston Ballet and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra also offer deals for students. Check your local theaters for student pricing and policies, and remember that the seats usually aren’t the best in house.

Transportation

Amtrak offers a 15 percent discount to students who book at least three days in advance. You can also save $5 off Megabus tickets when you sign up via UNiDAYS. If your campus has Zipcar, you can score a reduced membership rate.

To receive any discount, make sure to have your student ID with you. Most establishments will ask to see your ID before applying a discount, while online retailers will often require a valid student email address.

Find even more student discounts by Googling your town or city’s name plus “student discounts” to see if any local establishments offer students a break. If you have specific interests — watching baseball games or skiing, for example — include that in your search, too. And when in doubt, ask: You never know when you may score a deal just for having your ID!

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