Perhaps one of the only financial silver linings of being a college student is the heaps of student discounts you can get with just a flash of your student ID (or that student email you were given ages ago that you really should’ve remembered).
When it seems like almost every retailer is going to give you some sort of special discount as a student, it can be very easy to get carried away and feel the need to spend money — despite how counterproductive this is to your financial future.
If you take a glance at any 60+ list of student discounts online, you’ll find deals on all sorts of things you shouldn’t even consider spending money on if you’re on a tight budget. For example, why do you keep looking at plane tickets for a summer trip to Sweden just because you get a 15 percent discount at some random hotel in the area when you can hardly afford to make your rent for that month?
Here are a few student discounts you will actually use and you should probably take advantage of while you still can.
Amazon has a great deal for students that gives them a free six-month trial of Amazon Prime, which allows students to get free two-day shipping on all prime items and $5 one-day shipping. After six months, students can continue their membership for half the price.
Spotify Premium for Students (now with Hulu)
For only $5 a month, students can get access to almost any song they can think of, ad-free and offline. Recently, Spotify joined forces with Hulu as well, so that students can get both apps for the same low price of $5 a month.
Plenty of insurance companies offer a student discount, but none beat State Farm, who offers a whopping 25 percent off for students who maintain good grades. Another added bonus? This deal lasts until you turn 25 years old, giving you plenty of time to save money on expensive insurance premiums.
Microsoft Office 365
Students and teachers are both eligible for Office 365 for Education. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams and additional classroom tools — all for free!
As a student, you can get all apps from Adobe Creative Cloud for only $20 per month, this is 60 percent off of the normal price of $50 per month.
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
If you’re looking for something fun (and cheap) to do with friends, then head over the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. General admission is $7.50 with a valid student I.D. and 100 percent free on Thursdays.
While you won’t get a discount on your monthly plans, T-Mobile’s “campus exclusive” deal let’s students save $60 on any smartphone purchase that they make through the cell phone provider.
Metro offers a 50 percent discount on all their bus and light-rail services for students. To get this discount, simply apply for a “Student Fare Card.”
If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity, UH students get free admission into the Houston Zoo. Be sure to take advantage of this and visit our mascot, Shasta, while you’re there.
The New York Times
If you’re someone who likes to stay informed about what’s going on in the world around you, this is a must. College students get a special rate of 99 cents per week for the first four weeks, and then get 50 percent off of the newspaper’s standard rate after that.