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The Best Places to Score an Awesome Student Discount

Whether it's online or in-store, these retailers show their appreciation for their student customers by offering significant savings.
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College is expensive, but at least your student status can net you some notable savings. More retailers are appealing to students with exclusive discounts that can seriously stack up. Here, we've gathered up the best ones.

A Note on Student Discount Sites

As student discounts have increased in popularity, it's become necessary for retailers to verify student status (especially for online retailers that can't easily view an ID). To keep discount abuse down, ensuring that they can continue to offer these savings, some merchants require students to register with certain sites if they want to take advantage of these programs.

ISIC
ISIC is the International Student Identity Card, which offers global and local benefits. There are three tiers of membership, priced at $25 for basic, $99 for the second tier, and $199 for the third tier. Explore the discounts they offer — it could come in handy whether you're studying at home or abroad.

StudentRate
StudentRate is a discount site that's free to join. Shopping through this site rewards you with cash back at participating online retailers.

UNiDays
UNiDAYS is one of the most popular discount sites. Students join for free and when their status is verified, they can begin shopping online and in-store with their UNiDAYS membership.

StudentUniverse
StudentUniverse is another site that's free to join. It offers discounts on flights, hotels, and tours, making travel more affordable for students. It's also not limited to only students, and notes that some deals can be booked by anyone ages 18-25.

ID.me
ID.me is a site that's free to join and helps you manage all your digital ID cards. It's made primarily for students, military, first responders, teachers, and government employees. ID.me is a digital wallet setup, and some discounts can only be obtained by verification through this site.

Which Stores Have Student Discounts?

Clothing Savings How to Redeem
Club Monaco 20% off regularly-priced and sale items In-store: Show valid student ID
Online: Enter valid .EDU email address to receive discount code
Ann Taylor Style for Students 15% off regularly-priced items In-store: Show valid student ID
Online: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
Banana Republic 15% off regularly-priced items In-store only: Show valid student ID
Dockers 20% off Online only: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
J. Crew 15% off In-store only: Show valid student ID
Levi's 15% off Online only: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
The Limited 15% off In-store only: Show valid student ID
TopShop 10% cash back Online only: Shop with StudentRate membership for discount
Eastern Mountain Sports 20% off regularly-priced EMS items
15% off regularly-priced national brand items
In-store only: Show valid student ID at participating locations in 12 states
ASOS 10% off regularly-priced items Online only: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
ModCloth 15% off Online only: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
Oasis 10% off Online only: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
Dune 10% off for students studying in the US Online only: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
Warehouse 15% off Online only: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
Madewell 15% off In-store only: Show valid student ID
Goodwill 20% off on Tuesdays In-store only: Show valid student ID
Jack Wills 10% off Online only: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
Boohoo 35% off Online only: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
Betabrand 15% off Online only: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
Original Penguin 10% off Online only: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
Vineyard Vines 15% off for students only (teachers aren't eligible) In-store only: Show valid student ID
Toms Shoes 10% cash back Online only: Shop with StudentRate membership for discount
Medelita Discount lab apparel Online only: Scan valid student ID
Software Savings How to Redeem
Adobe 60% off Creative Cloud Online only: Register with .EDU email for discount
Norton 50% off select products Online only: Register with .EDU email for discount
Autodesk Free software Online only: Register with .EDU email for discount
Microsoft Dreamspark Free developer software Online only: Register with .EDU email for discount
Prezi Free and discounted presentation software Online only: Register with .EDU email for discount
ZW3D Free CAD/CAM software Online only: Register with .EDU email for discount
BitBucket Free Git code management software Online only: Apply with .EDU email for discount
Solid Edge Free 3D software Online only: Apply with .EDU email for discount
Fetch Free file transfer Online only: Apply with .EDU email for discount
GitHub Free developer tools Online only: Register with .EDU email for discount
LastPass Free password sync service Online only: Register with .EDU email for discount
Electronics Savings How to Redeem
Dell University Special offer with purchase (currently an HDTV) Online only
Microsoft 10% off or more until 12/31/16 Online only
Lenovo Education pricing Online only: Choose state and school from drop-down columns
Apple Up to $200 off or more
Often receive a free gift with purchase
Online only: Shop with UNiDAYS account for discount
AT&T Discounted plan Online only: Check eligibility with .EDU email
Verizon Discounted plan Online only: Check eligibility with .EDU email
Fujitsu 5% off select LIFEBOOK notebook and tablet PCs Call 1-800-FUJITSU for discount
T-Mobile $60 off smartphones and tablets Online only: Check eligibility with .EDU email
Subscriptions Savings How to Redeem
Wall Street Journal 75% off subscriptions Online only: Register with .EDU email for discount
Amazon Prime Student Free 6-month trial, 50% off after that Online only: Register with .EDU email for discount
The New York Times Weekly subscriptions for as little as $3.75 per week Online only: Register with .EDU email for discount
Spotify 50% off Premium for 12 months Online only: Register with .EDU email for discount
Travel/Moving Savings How to Redeem
Amtrak 15% off In-store only: Show valid student ID
Budget Truck Rental 15% off one-way moves
20% off local moves
Online only: Book online with discount code "TRUKU"
EZ Rent a Car 5% off until 01/01/18 In-store only: Show valid student ID
Penske 10% off all truck rentals
Additional 10% off if you book one-way rental online
In-store only: Show valid student ID
Sixt Car Rentals 5% off In-store only: Show valid student ID
Everything Else Savings How to Redeem
Cinemark Theaters Student pricing In-store only: Show valid student ID at participating locations
Best Buy Receive special coupons Online only: Register with .EDU email to receive discounts
Overstock.com Free Club O Gold membership Online only: Register with ID.me to verify student status
Pottery Barn Teen 15% off In-store: Show valid student ID
Online: Register with .EDU email for discount
FedEx 20% off packages
30% off documents
In-store only: Show valid student ID

Readers, what kind of student discounts have you seen? Did we miss any of your favorite stores? Let us know in the comments below!


Staff Writer

As a college student, Julie wrote for the college newspaper and freelanced for the website College Candy. Since then she has worked as freelancer through Textbroker and has written press releases, feature pages, and other miscellaneous pieces for a software company. She enjoys writing both as a hobby and a career, and is always working on some kind of story.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Unless marked as a "Sponsored Deal," the opinions expressed here are those of the author and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the companies mentioned. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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