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Student Discounts: 40+ Stores Offering Discounts for College Students

Isn't it funny that some of our happiest, most exciting, and (dare I say) care-free years--our college years--are also some of our poorest?

List of Student Discounts

College students can get some sweet discounts with a student ID!

Any student or parent with a student in college will tell you that college can be a stressful time on a family's budget. For both students and parents, balancing tuition expenses, grocery bills, rent, and transportation costs can be a juggling act. We have compiled a list of 40 stores with student discounts to help you or your college student save big!

Student Travel Discounts

College offers students a plethora of travel opportunities. Whether your student is studying abroad in Europe, or celebrating spring break in Mexico, there are a number of student discounts on flight,  hotels, hostels, activities, and even traveler's insurance available to students. We found a variety of fantastic travel discount websites exclusive to students, but these are the cream of the crop:

Discounts with Student ID

While some savvy student shoppers are familiar with showing a student ID to receive in-store discounts, many people are unaware of this little trick until after graduation! Our advice to college (and even high school students) is to bring your student ID with you when you shop, and to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a student discount. Most stores do not publicly advertise their student discount, and the discount is often spread through word-of-mouth. By asking the sale associate, students can be confident that they will get the best discount possible. Here is a student discount list that offers deals just for students:

  • Academic Superstore: Provides student discounts on computers, electronics, software, and other college necessities
  • Amazon Student: Free Amazon Prime trial for 1 year; includes unlimited free 2-day shipping with all orders and one-day shipping upgrade $3.99 per item
  • AMC Theatres: Student discounted movie tickets every Thursday
  • Amtrak: Save 15% with your Student Advantage card or your International Student Identity Card.
  • Ann Taylor LOFT: 15% off
  • Ann Taylor: 20% off
  • Apple: 8% off (online and in-store)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago: $50 annual student membership, plus other various discounts within the Art Institute
  • Banana Republic: 15% off
  • Blockbuster: discounts when you show your report card
  • Broadway in Chicago: Ticket prices as low as $14.50 for select performances
  • Burger King: 10% off (varies by location)
  • Charlotte Russe: 10% off in-store with ID
  • Club Monaco: 20% off regular-priced items
  • Dairy Queen: 10% off (varies by location)
  • Dell University: Savings vary by college
  • Dominos Pizza: various student discounts based on location
  • Eddie Bauer: 15% off on regular priced merchandise in-store with valid student ID
  • The GM College Discount: offers savings on  Chevrolet, Buick or GMC cars
  • HP Academy Store: offers exclusive student discounts on laptops and desktop computers
  • J. Crew: 15% off regular-priced items
  • JoAnn: 10% for Student Discount Program members
  • JourneyEd: provides student discounts on computers, electronics, software, and other college necessities
  • Kroger: 5% off at select locations
  • The Limited: 15% off
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: $10 admission for students or $8 admission for students outside New York City, $2 for students within New York City with groups of $10 or more
  • Papa John’s: various student discounts based on location
  • Pizza Hut: 10%-20% off (varies by location)
  • Qdoba: student burrito meals $5
  • Ralph Lauren Rugby: 15% off
  • Regal Theaters: Up to 25% off tickets for select shows and dates
  • Sam’s Club: Collegiate Annual Membership $40 plus FREE $15 Sam’s Club gift card
  • Subway: 10% off
  • Taco Cabana: 20% off (varies by location)
  • ThinkEDU: student discounts on software, textbooks, dorm supplies, Apple products, collegiate apparel and more
  • Topshop: 10% off
  • Urban Outfitters: 10% off (on select dates only)
  • Waffle House: 10% off
  • Western Digital Store: 20% off all products when you create an account with a school email address.

Choosing your student discount strategy is up to you, but students should be aware that there are always discounts to take advantage of. After all, our college years fly by, and the prices of “the real world” can wait.

Make sure to check out our compilation of Teacher Discounts that can help your favorite professors save big!

Are we missing any student discounts? Leave a comment and we will update our list!

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40+ Stores with Student Discounts (PDF, 94KB)

Last updated 12/31/13

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72 Responses to “Student Discounts: 40+ Stores Offering Discounts for College Students”

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  3. BRIOT says:

    Are these student discounts limited to college students, or do grade school kids qualify w/ their ID?

  4. Bekkee says:

    journeyed.com is great for student software, etc.

  5. Aakriti says:

    Students who buy their PC from HP will get a student discount on their purchase PLUS a free Xbox if their PC is over $690…pretty sweet deal.
    To get the Xbox offer you have to call HP Academy – 800.632.8251

  6. Caitlin at Bradsdeals says:

    BRIOT, typically, these discounts are reserved for college students, and even high school students. However, it’s always best to double-check with a sales associate. Asking never hurts! If you do check, and a store allows a grade school student the discount, please let us know! We’d love to share that info with other Bradsdeals readers :)

  7. Caitlin at Bradsdeals says:

    Bekkee & Aakriti, thanks for the tips! We will definitely check out these websites!

  8. Jamie says:

    Charlotte Russe also offers a discount to college kids when they present their ID… perfect for those buy one get one half off shoes :D

    • Caitlin at Brad's Deals says:

      Hey Jamie, thanks for the info! Any chance you might know the percentage that Charlotte Russe takes off for college students? We will add this store to our student discounts list! :)

  9. Jamie says:

    I believe it’s ten percent.

  10. Diana says:

    I couldnt find on the McDonalds website anywhere stating a 10% discount for students??

    • SavingFreak says:

      The McDonald’s 10% is on a store by store basis since they are franchised. No one store can be forced to do any promotion from corporate.

  11. Shelly says:

    What’s the best way to forward this to my college kids?

  12. Ronda says:

    This is a very helpful website that lists many more student discounts. Hope you find this helpful as everyone is getting prepared to start back to school.

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  22. melissa m. says:

    I’m an assistant manager at Landmark Theatres. We offer students (with valid ID) a discount, making their price $7.25 instead of 9.00 or 9.50 on sundays. every wednesdays our price is 6.50 all day and night so additional savings for students there! not valid on saturdays or holidays

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  24. Mecca says:

    Alumni Hall gives a 10% discount with a college ID. And by the way the this is so helpful I had no clue all these places did this I will definitely be printing this off at work tomorrow and keeping it in my purse at all times. Thanks so much for the information.

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  35. Mark says:

    I work at Qdoba and my boss has never once mentioned the college student $5 burrito meal… Is it Qdoba-wide?

    • Caitlin at Brad's Deals says:

      Hey Mark, thanks for the comment! Many of these discounts do vary by location. I would ask your boss about this discount, and see if it applies to your restaurant. It never hurts to ask :)

  36. BrainyLainey says:

    JoAnn’s Fabrics also offers a student discount but they will not honor it without in-person presentation of student ID card.

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  39. Mike Taylor says:

    20% student discount from Taco Cabana too!

  40. Laura says:

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  41. jamie mallinson says:

    Any great deals or discounts on any clothing apparel. Shoes, purses, restraunts, hotels, travel discounts for a college student like I am and have two more years as a student.

  42. Alyse says:

    Wow I never really paid attention to researching student deals until now and had yet actually realize how many companies actually offer them. This was an awesome resource. THANKS!

  43. Dorotha Pullen says:

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  47. Janet says:

    Hi there… are the deals/savings… etc applicable in Canada. Thanks!!!

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  49. Kate F says:

    According to the Amtrak website, the student discount is 15%, not buy 1 get 1 50% off.

  50. al says:

    Also ask your cell phone provider.
    AT+T gave me a discount.

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