40 College Student Discounts for Back-to-School


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Money is scarce for many college students, so finding ways to save is key. Many merchants offer discounts aimed at students, whether on clothes, electronics, textbooks, or even movie tickets, although they're not always easy to find. Here are 40 discounts that can help college students save on the things they need and want while hitting the books -- you can also find those textbooks on the cheap as well.

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Banana Republic gives a 15 percent discount to students on full-priced attire for men and women in-store only.

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Through the free UniDays student discount program, students can receive 15 percent off Levi's apparel when they shop online at us.levi.com.

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Through UniDays, students can receive 20 percent off Reebok items when they shop online at reebok.com.

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Students can enjoy a 15 percent discount in-store and online on both regular-priced and sale items at this clothing retailer.

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Dockers offers a one-time 20 percent discount to students who shop online using UniDays.

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Goodwill offers a 20 percent discount every Tuesday to students who show a valid student ID at checkout.

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The casual and professional clothing retailer provides a 15 percent discount to college students with valid ID on full-price items at J.Crew, J.Crew Factory, and J.Crew Mercantile stores. This offer is not available online.

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College students enjoy 15 percent off Madewell clothing with valid student ID.

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Urban Outfitters is another retailer with a student discount available through UniDays, offering members 10 percent off.

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Students who shop at Original Penguin automatically save 10 percent on online purchases after registering through UniDays.

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Apple offers students discounted prices on a range of Mac computers and iPads for school, in addition to student financing options and discounts on AppleCare protection plans. Apple is also giving students who purchase eligible Macs and iPads a free pair of Beats headphones through Sept. 25.

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Eligible students receive an additional 10 percent off previously discounted refurbished products, including notebooks, tablets, and desktops, from the HP Business Outlet. The program includes free shipping on orders over $100 and a 10-day return or exchange policy.

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By registering for Best Buy's College Student Deals program, students can save on software, devices, appliances, and more.

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AT&T provides monthly cellphone service discounts to students at eligible schools. To check for eligibility, enter a school email address on the AT&T Business Programs web page.

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Students who are new to T-Mobile can sign up by phone for a student discount on select smartphones.

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Through Dell University, students are eligible for several special deals on a range of Dell products, from laptops to TVs and gaming PCs. Students can save $150 on select computers with the coupon code: STUDENT150.

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Adobe offers discounts on monthly plans that include access to all its applications, including Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator. The All Apps plan is available to students at 60 percent off, for $20 monthly. Additionally, Adobe offers the Photography plan, which consists of Photoshop CC and Lightroom for $10.

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Students enrolled in eligible universities around the country can receive free shipping and a variety of discounts on laptops and tablets from Lenovo. Eligible schools can be found by searching Lenovo's website.

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Amazon offers a student version of its Prime membership (which provides benefits including free two-day shipping on many items) for free for six months, then at half the regular cost: $49 a year.

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Sony provides discounted pricing on its products to qualified students through partner resellers such as Amazon and Newegg. Registering on the Sony website lets students shop through resellers for Sony software at discounted rates.

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Microsoft gives students attending eligible schools a minimum 10 percent discount online. Once students register through the Microsoft Store online, the discount is applied automatically during checkout.

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College yogis can receive discounts on individual classes, class packages, and membership at CorePower Yoga studios by showing a valid student ID.

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Many YMCAs across the country feature fitness facilities and programs at a discount for students.

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Participating Cinemark movie theaters (including Century, Tinseltown, Rave, and CinéArts) offer discounted movie tickets to students with valid ID.

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Spotify offers half off the monthly subscription fee for its premium service to qualified students attending accredited institutions.

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The Economist offers students a discounted rate for subscriptions to print and digital versions of the magazine. The least expensive option is the digital-only subscription, which is available at $12 for the first 12 weeks and $34 every 12 weeks thereafter.

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Students can obtain a discounted subscription to the digital version of The New York Times for $1 a week.

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Students can take advantage of reduced rates on the print and digital versions of The Wall Street Journal. Digital-only or digital-plus-print subscriptions are offered at the same semester rate: $15 for 15 weeks, or opt for a year for $49.

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Exhibitions at this noted Miami museum focus on modern and contemporary art and "highlight Miami's diverse community and pivotal geographic location." Students can save $4 off the $16 admission with a valid ID (or take advantage of free admission on the second Saturday and the first Thursday of the every month).

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An easy walk or trolley ride from the nearby Auraria Campus, Denver Center offers several ways for students to save, including $16 advance tickets through the center's website, student matinees, and $10 night-of-performance tickets. Note: Student discounts typically aren't available for Broadway performances.

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The largest art museum in the western United States, Los Angeles County Museum of Art features nearly 130,000 objects on display. Students eager to take in all the museum has to offer can purchase an annual membership for $30 -- half off -- which provides unlimited general admission. (LACMA also offers free days on the second Tuesday of each month and certain federal holidays.)

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For $10, students can attend select shows at Carnegie Hall in New York. Students can buy up to two tickets when they show a valid ID.

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College students can purchase a Boston Symphony Orchestra College Card and see as many eligible shows as they like throughout the season. The price was $25 last season, but, at deadline, it had not yet been set for the coming season.

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The Art Institute of Chicago gives students a discount on admission, starting at $14 for students in Chicago, $16 for students in Illinois, and $19 for all other students, a savings of $6 off regular-priced admission.

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Students can purchase discounted rush tickets 90 minutes before the start of Houston Ballet performances for $10 with valid ID.

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Starting two hours before a performance, students can pick up student rush tickets at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York for $30.

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On weekdays, students can attend the Metropolitan Opera in New York for $25. Weekend student tickets are available for $35.

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Full-time students can enjoy admission to the Museum of Modern Art in New York for $14, or $9 off the regular adult admission price. Admission to MoMA PS1 is $5 for students.

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Students looking to travel by train can save 15 percent on any Amtrak Value and Flexible rail fares by booking online at least three days before the travel date.

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Coach USA offers discounted bus trips to students at select schools, with rates for travel anytime, Friday trips, and shuttles that run during school breaks.

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