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Big list of student discounts

Being the proverbial starving student is not without benefits. Here's where to find bargains meant just for you.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 21, 2012 11:17AM

This post comes from Kelly Kehoe at partner blog Wise Bread.


Wise Bread on MSN MoneyIf you're barely scraping by on your university student's income -- or Mom and Dad are giving you a very limited budget -- then student discounts can really help you stretch those funds.


Here's a look at major discounts obtainable to those with a valid student ID card or college email address (See also: "9 places to get student discounts."):



If you're looking for great deals on pricey gadgets for school, look no further than the following section.

  • Apple Store for Education. The Apple Store for Education offers discounts on Apple products (particularly favorable for MacBooks and software) for college students and teachers, administrators, staff, and school board members for K-12.
  • HP Pavilion. PC and laptop discounts are available to students and educators at HP Pavilion's online store.
  • Dell University. You can get discounts on PCs and laptops specially designed with students' needs in mind at Dell University.
  • Sony Education Store. Students can find discounts of up to 10% on VAIO products upon checkout at the Sony Education Store.


Looking to travel on a budget as a college student? There are several deals created just for you.

  • Student Universe. One of the best websites offering low-cost flights and hotel bookings for students is I've used this one personally. Most flight offerings were much less than the stated price on airline websites, and even less than most other "discount travel" sites.
  • American Airlines. American Airlines offers flight discounts for current college students, including 5% on land components (hotels, tours, rental cars, theme park tickets, etc.) when booking through their site.
  • Student Air Travel Association. One of the biggest travel agencies in the world is the Student Air Travel Association, which targets the traveling college student crowd.
  • Squaw Valley lift tickets. College students can find $59 Squaw Valley lift tickets (regularly $70 to $84) at the world-renowned skiing resort that once hosted the Winter Olympics. You can check to see if your local ski area offers discounts as well.

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Restaurants in college towns love university students for two reasons: They eat a lot, and they tell their friends afterward (assuming the food was good). Relying on word-of-mouth marketing is crucial to these food joints staying in business, so they often offer student specials throughout the week. You never know which restaurants and fast-food places may offer a student discount, so be sure to carry your school ID with you wherever you go, just in case.



Looking for a way to kill a few hours without a lot of cash? Check out the following options for entertainment.

  • Regal Movie Theaters. Students can get discounted movie tickets on select days at Regal Movie Theaters (price depends on location). Other movie theaters offer discounts for students as well. For more information, call or check the website of your local cinema.
  • Broadway shows. To help students save money and still get to see their favorite performances, many Broadway shows have begun offering tickets through a Student Rush pricing structure. For smaller theaters, especially those on high school or university campuses, student discounts are usually offered to those who show an ID. To see if a local theater offers student discounts, give them a call or check for ticketing options online.
  • Museums. Across the country, there are hundreds of museums that value their educationally inclined visitors and often have significant discounts for high school and college students with valid ID cards. For example, Columbia University students get free admission to 34 museums in New York through the CU Arts Program. The same applies in many other cities, so be sure to contact the museum before purchasing tickets. You might be able to save 50% or more off the regular admission price.


The following three items do not fit into a specific category, but they are too good not to mention.

  • International Student Identity Card. The International Student Identity Card has more than 4.5 million members worldwide and more than 40,000 discounts offered to members. This includes language schools, transportation, magazines, hostels, motels, clothing, etc.
  • Amazon Student. Free two-day shipping on millions of items, and special deals and promotions are offered to members of Amazon Student.
  • Sam's Club. Get a $15 gift card through the Sam's Club collegiate program when you sign up or renew your membership. 

What about your college town? Share other student discounts that you know about in the comments below.


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