All the Best Discounts and Freebies for Students

College can be expensive, but a student ID can help you save big on clothes, food, electronics, and more.
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Going to college can be expensive, so it only makes sense to save wherever you can. If you're a student, you can get lots of discounts just by flashing your student ID. After a while, even small discounts add up to real savings.

What Discounts to Expect

Student discounts can be found in all kinds of product categories, from cars to contact lenses. The most common discount is 10% off, but deals can go as high as 55% off. Don't be blinded by these savings, though; just because you're scoring a student discount doesn't mean you're getting the best price. You still need to shop around!

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How to Get Student Discounts

Discounts are typically easy to get. In stores you often have to show a student ID, and online, you usually need an .edu email address. Some online sites may also require you to make a login or be verified by a third-party service — Unidays and SheerID are two common ones — before they'll let you access the deals. However, even with the extra hoops to jump through, getting these prices is pretty simple.

The hardest part, really, is finding out where you can snag student deals, or even birthday freebies or military discounts. Not all retailers advertise these offers, and many businesses offer discounts at the discretion of the local manager. That means you may get bargain prices at the Burger King across the street from your university, but nothing from the Burger King across town.

SEE ALSO: The Best Birthday Freebies: A Complete Guide

Below, we've gathered some of the top student deals. If you have a favorite store that isn't on our list, it's worth asking if they'll offer a discount, too.

Store Discount Details
1-800 CONTACTS 10% off
Adobe Discounted subscription to Creative Cloud apps
Alex and Ani 10% off
Allstate Discounted auto insurance
Amazon Six free months of Amazon Prime; $5.49 a month after that
AMC Theatres Discounted tickets
Amtrak 15% off
Apple Discounted products; Apple Music for $4.99 a month
Arby's 10% off
AT&T Discounted rates Only available for certain schools
Autodesk Free software
Banana Republic 15% off
Best Buy Discounted products
Betabrand 15% off
Billabong 10% off 55% off
Budget Truck Rental Up to 20% off
Buffalo Wild Wings 10% off
Burger King 10% off
Champion 10% off
Charlotte Russe 10% off
Chick-fil-A Free drink
Cinemark Theatres Discounted tickets
Club Monaco 15% off
Cole Haan 15% off
Dairy Queen 10% off
Das Keyboard 20% off
Dell Discounted products
Dockers 20% off
Dorothy Perkins 10% off
Dune London 10% off
Dunkin' Donuts 10% off
eBags 25% off
Eddie Bauer 10% off
Esurance Discounted auto insurance For students with at least a B average
Evernote 50% off Evernote Premium
Express 15% off
Farmers Insurance Discounted auto insurance For full-time students with good grades
FedEx 20% to 30% off
Firehouse Subs 10% off
Geico Discounted auto insurance For full-time students with at least a B average
General Motors Discounted vehicles
Glasses USA 55% off
Goodwill 20% off Tuesdays only
Hanes 10% off
Hollister 10% off
Hulu Spotify Premium and Hulu Limited Commercials for $4.99 a month Sign up through Spotify for the joint membership
J.Crew 15% off
Jack Wills 10% off
Jockey 10% off
Joe's Jeans 20% off
Karen Kane 20% off
Lenovo 10% off
Levi's 15% off
Madewell 15% off
Microsoft Free Office 365; 10% off Windows devices
ModCloth 15% off
Motorola 10% off
Nationwide Discounted auto insurance For students with at least a B average
Necessary Clothing 20% off
New Balance 10% off
New York Times Discounted subscriptions
Newegg Discounted products
Oasis 10% off
Panasonic 10% off
Penske 10% or more off all truck rentals
Pizza Hut 10% to 20% off
PUMA 10% off
Reebok 20% off
Regal Entertainment Group Discounted tickets
Rosetta Stone 10% off
Sally Beauty Discounted products Must be enrolled in beauty school
Sam's Club $25 gift card with membership
Shoney's 15% off
Sony Discounted products
Spotify Spotify Premium and Hulu Limited Commercials for $4.99 a month Sign up through Spotify for the joint membership
Sprint Discounted rates Only available for certain schools
Spy Optic 20% off
Squarespace 50% off
State Farm Discounted auto insurance For students with good grades
Straight Talk Wireless 10% off
Subway 10% off
T-Mobile Discounted devices
Taco Bell 10% off
Taco Cabana 10% off
TCBY 15% off
Tommy Hilfiger 15% off
Toms 10% off
Topshop 10% off
Travelers Insurance Discounted auto insurance For students with at least a B average
Under Armour 10% off
Urban Outfitters 10% off
Vineyard Vines 15% off In-store only
Waffle House 10% off
Wall Street Journal Discounted subscriptions

Readers, what other great student discounts do you like to use? Let us know in the comments below!

DealNews Contributing Writer

Originally working in IT, Elizabeth now writes on tech, gaming, and general consumer issues. Her articles have appeared in USA Today, Time, AOL, PriceGrabber, and more. She has been one of DealNews' most regular contributors since 2013, researching everything from vacuums to renters insurance to help consumers.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. 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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