All the Best Student Discounts and Freebies in 2020

College can be expensive, but a student ID can help you save up to 60% on clothes, food, apps, and more.
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The cost of college continues to skyrocket, so if you're in school, it only makes sense to find all the student deals you can (or all the deals you can — period). Read on to learn where and how to get the best college discounts.

What Student Deals to Expect

College student discounts are available in all kinds of product categories, from clothes and contact lenses to student laptop and iPad deals. Apple student discount, anyone?

The most common student discount is 10% off, but deals can go as high as 60% off.

The most common discount is 10% off, but student deals can go as high as 60% off. Don't be blinded by these savings, though; scoring a student discount doesn't automatically mean you're getting the best price. You still have to shop around!

It's important to note that several insurance companies offer "good student" discounts. These have different requirements, including good grades, which may or may not be specified. Be sure to check with an agent before purchasing.

How to Get a Student Discount

Student deals are typically easy to redeem. Expect to show a student ID in stores, and you'll usually need a .edu email address when buying online. Some sites may also require you to create a unique login or be verified by a third-party service — UNiDAYS and SheerID are two common ones. However, even with the extra hoops to jump through, scoring student discounts is pretty simple.

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The hardest part is figuring out where you can snag student deals — it's about as tough as finding birthday freebies or military discounts. Not all retailers advertise these offers, and many businesses provide discounts at the discretion of the local manager. That means you may snag bargain prices at the Burger King across the street from campus, but nothing from the Burger King across town.

Below, we've gathered almost 90 of the top student deals. If your favorite store isn't on our list, it's worth asking if they'll offer a shopping discount, as well.

The Best Student Discounts and Freebies

Store Discount Details
1-800 CONTACTS 10% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
adidas 20% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Adobe Over 60% off Creative Cloud apps Available to home-schooled, primary or secondary school, and university or college students that are least 13 years of age
Aeropostale 15% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Allstate Discounted auto insurance For full-time students with good grades
Amazon Free 6-month trial; $6.49 in subsequent months
AMC Theatres Discounted tickets May only be available on select days at certain locations
American Eagle Outfitters 20% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Amtrak Up to 25% off Select regions only
Apple Apple education pricing on Macs or iPads Available to college students and their parents, faculty, staff, and home-school teachers
Arby's 10% off Only available at participating locations
AT&T Discounted rates Only available for certain schools
Audible 33% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Autodesk Free 3D design software
Banana Republic 15% off Not valid at factory stores
Best Buy Discounted products available through Student Deals
Budget Truck Rental 20% off local moves; 15% off 1-way moves Enter coupon code "TRUKU"
Buffalo Wild Wings Discounts on select food items Varies by location
Burger King 10% off Only available at participating locations
Champion 10% off Discount also applies at Champion.com
Chick-fil-A Free drink Varies by location
Cinemark Theatres Discounted tickets Only available at select theaters
Club Monaco 15% off Applies to both online and in-store purchases
Costco Receive a free $20 Costco Shop Card with purchase of Gold Star membership Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Dairy Queen 10% off Only available at participating locations
Das Keyboard 20% off new mechanical keyboard models Also available to educators
Dell Discounted products available through Dell University
Dockers 20% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Dorothy Perkins 10% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Dunkin' 10% off Only available at participating locations
Esurance Discounted auto insurance For students with a B- average or better
Evernote 50% off Evernote Premium
Express 5% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Farmers Insurance Discounted auto insurance For full-time students with good grades
Firehouse Subs 10% off Only available at participating locations
Forever 21 15% off online purchases Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Geico Discounted auto insurance For full-time students with a B average or better
General Motors Discounted vehicles Available to current college students, grad students, and recent graduates
GlassesUSA 60% off select items Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Goodwill Discount on "student day" Varies by location
Hanes 10% off Discount applies at Hanes.com
Hollister 10% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Hulu Spotify Premium with Hulu and SHOWTIME for $4.99 a month Sign up through Spotify for the joint membership
J.Crew 15% off Available online only
Jack Wills 10% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Jockey 10% off Must verify student status through ID.me
Joe's Jeans 15% off Must verify student status through Student Beans
Journeys $10 off online orders of $75 or more Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Karen Kane 20% off Must verify student status
Lenovo Additional 8% off Also available to educators
Levi's 15% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Madewell 15% off Available in-store and online
Microsoft Free Office 365; 10% off select Windows devices
ModCloth 25% off Must verify student status through Student Beans
Nationwide Discounted auto insurance For students with a B average or better
New Balance 15% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
New York Times Discounted subscriptions Also available to educators
Penske 10% off truck rentals Enter coupon code "STUDENT*"
PUMA 10% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Reebok 50% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Regal Entertainment Group Discounted tickets Varies by location
Rosetta Stone 10% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Sally Beauty Discounted products Must be enrolled in beauty school
Sam's Club Receive a free $10 eGift card with purchase of membership
Shoney's Student discount available Varies by location
SiriusXM SiriusXM Student Premier package for $4 a month Must verify student status through SheerID
Spotify Spotify Premium with Hulu and SHOWTIME for $4.99 a month Sign up through Spotify for the joint membership
Spy Optic 20% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Squarespace 50% off first full year of Squarespace
State Farm Up to 25% off auto insurance Savings last until age 25
Subway 10% off Varies by location
Taco Bell 10% off Only available at participating locations
Taco Cabana 20% off Only available at participating locations
TCBY 15% off Varies by location
TIDAL 50% off For students age 16 and up; must verify student status through SheerID
Tommy Hilfiger 10% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Toms 10% off Enter coupon code "STUDENT10"
Topshop 10% off Must verify student status through Student Beans
Travelers Insurance Discounted auto insurance For students with a B average or better
Under Armour Extra 10% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Urban Outfitters 10% off Must verify student status through UNiDAYS
Vimeo 50% off annual Vimeo Plus, Pro, Business, or Premium membership Must verify student status through Student Beans
Vineyard Vines 15% off Must verify student status through SheerID
Waffle House 10% off Only available at participating locations
Wall Street Journal Discounted subscriptions Also available to professors and universities
Zipcar Special rates Must verify student status through UNiDAYS

Readers, did we miss any popular student discounts? Let us know in the comments below!


DealNews Contributing Writer

After spending several years as a governmental accountant, Allison transitioned into the world of freelance writing. Her work has appeared on on a number of reputable sites, including The Wall Street Journal, Investopedia, Daily Finance, MSN Money, and Credit.com.
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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mrsderanged
Kipling offers a student discount, as well.