Tuition, room and board may be the largest line items for college students but they are far from the only costs of higher education. College students need to outfit their dorms, buy books for classes, and pay for transportation to and from college. They may also need to buy boots or a heavier jacket if they attend school in a cold climate or clothes for an internship.
Fortunately, numerous companies offer student discounts to help teens (and their parents) feel a tiny bit less pain whenever they swipe their credit cards.
We compiled the following list (click the links for specific details) but know there are countless others that extend this financial perk to college students. Remember, as the saying goes, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get!” Students should always ask at the register for a discount with college ID in hand.
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Bed, Bath & Beyond – join the BEYOND+ program for $29 and get 20% off and free shipping for everything you buy for a year.
The Target Dorm Registry – offer for 15% off.
Amazon Prime for Students Prime Student 6-month Trial with unlimited FREE 2-day shipping and other special deals for students
Pottery Barn Teen: students get 15% off
Technology and School Supplies
Apple: Students can save up to $200 on a MacBook and up to $20 on an iPad.
Dell University: Discounts on technology for students.
Lenovo – discounts on tablets, laptops, etc.
Microsoft – various student discounts
Best Buy: discounts on electronics
Fed Ex: You can save 30% on a document with FedEx Envelop/Pak and 20% on a package with FedEx IP service with your student ID card!
Das Keyboard: 20% off a keyboard
Audible: Students save 30%
Logitech: students get 25% off
Zappos :10% off shoes, accessories, clothing, and more
Fanatics: 15% off the largest selection for officially-licensed merchandise for NCAA, NBA, MLB, NFL and colleges, teams and leagues.
ASOS: 10 percent off
Banana Republic: Another great place for internship clothes. 15 percent off full-priced items in store.
Club Monaco: 20 percent off regular and sale priced items in any Club Monaco store and online.
Topshop: 10 percent off Topshop apparel in stores and online.
Vineyard Vines: sign up for 15% discounts
LL Bean: 10% off
J Crew: College students get 15% off with student ID
Kate Spade: Students get 15% off
Madewell: students get 15% off
Dockers: students get 25% off
Transportation and Insurance
NJ Transit – college students get 25% off with select schools
ShortLine/Coach USA offers 15% discount for students traveling from or to selected schools listed on their website.
Eurail – 26 or under 35% off travel in Europe
Jiffy Lube: 15% off for students
Chains may offer discounts or free food or sides. Be prepared to show your student ID when you place your order.
Can’t Live Without
Spotify Premium 50% off
Unidays: site that gives many student discounts when you verify you are a student with your school email address