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The Best Student Discounts (and What We’d Buy With Them)

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Whether you’re decorating your dorm room or upgrading your laptop, back-to-school shopping is no easy (or inexpensive) task. In order to make the process a little easier on your wallet, we put our sales-sleuthing skills to the test to find all of the best discounts for college students, some of which can even be applied year-round (and until graduation). Discounts range from 20 percent off leggings to $100 off laptops, and all are exclusively for college students — meaning you’ll need a .edu email address to access them. While several of the discounts can be activated directly through the brand or retailer, some require you to set up a (free) account on websites like UNiDAYS or Student Beans to shop. It’s also worth noting that while some of these deals are fixed, some discounts change year-round, and we’ll be updating this post accordingly. In short: If nothing below catches your eye, keep checking back. (And if something does, as always, don’t dilly dally.)


In collaboration with Billie Eilish, Adobe is offering students a 60 percent discount on an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, which includes access to more than 20 apps — including Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro — and 100GB of cloud storage. The subscription starts at just $20 per month (regularly $53 per month) for verified students and teachers.

Amazon Prime Student

If you’re not already using your parents’ account, students can sign up for Amazon Prime Student for just $6.50 per month, or $78 per year. Amazon Prime Student offers the same perks as a standard Prime membership including free two-day shipping, free same-day delivery in select areas, and access to the entire Prime Video library. Plus, the first six months are free.


The Apple earbuds beloved by teens, athletes, tech experts, and Strategist writers for their comfortable fit and seamless Bluetooth syncing.

A college-RA-approved weekly planner from Moleskine, with extra space for notes and doodles.

Space-saving hangers that one RA says lasted her all four years of college.

Amazon Prime Student x Audible

Until September 30, Prime Student members can get three months of