We don't need a cheap dorm room...what else is there discounted for students?
May 24, 2010 9:44 AM   Subscribe

We're in our mid forties and my wife is going back to college (well grad school actually). What student discounts should we be on the lookout for now that she is officially .edu ??

Since we're both 20+ years out of school, I figured AMF youngins could point us in the right direction where we might be able to save some money. MS Office, IIRC, had some superdeal for students on office. What else should we be thinking of?
posted by teg4rvn to Work & Money (20 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Apple has student discounts for almost all products.
posted by nestor_makhno at 9:54 AM on May 24, 2010

My college has a page dedicated to discounts that they've negotiated with various companies, like car insurance, banking, sports tickets, and all kinds of things.
posted by amethysts at 9:55 AM on May 24, 2010

Adobe software is pretty massively discounted for students. Lots of student priced software can be found at JourneyEd.

Apple provides modest discounts on some of its hardware and software. You can see the education version of the online Apple store by going here.

Some slightly discounted travel is available from STA Travel.
posted by jedicus at 9:55 AM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

Assuming that you're in the states, the first thing you should look out for is Education Tax Credits. I think you can get somewhere around $4k back on your tax return, but I need to check.

A lot of small businesses in college towns offer discounts to students, it never hurts to ask.
posted by InTransit at 9:57 AM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

You get discounts (and even free tickets) to lots of wonderful and usually v. expensive "high"-culture stuff! Museums, operas, plays, orchestral concerts, the ballet, etc. etc. A lot of them have age limits, sadly, but if you whip out your student ID with the ticket money they'll put you through.

Your university online portal should have special links to online shops (the Apple store, Dell, etc.) where the student discount is already figured into the price. For specific things, ask/email Student Activities. Hell, you'll probably be automatically stuck on their list, so actually read those emails (unlike the rest of us.)
posted by griphus at 9:59 AM on May 24, 2010

Also checkout Student Universe to see if they have any hookups that you're interested in.
posted by msbutah at 10:02 AM on May 24, 2010

I've gotten cheaper movie tickets, improv show tickets, yoga classes, haircuts, diner meals. Apparently I could use my student ID here to get discounts on occult products and mini golf.

Also, Banana Republic, J Crew, and the Gap also offer student discounts.
posted by knile at 10:15 AM on May 24, 2010

Microsoft offers students discounts and some universities have special deals (I bought office 2007 for less than $15).

Sprint also has a decent discount with my university.

If her uni is big enough many many business will have negotiated deals with them (for example my gym waived the expensive registration fee because of my .edu address).
posted by oddman at 10:19 AM on May 24, 2010

I get a 15% discount at Eastern Mountain Sports with my student ID.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 10:36 AM on May 24, 2010

I traveled a lot (2X/month) on amtrak in the NE corridor for a couple of years and the discounts my student advantage card gave me paid back the $25 (I think) fee in about two trips. Combine that with rewards and I saved hundreds.

I never used it for any other discounts though, can only speak to the value of it if you're traveling on the train a lot.
posted by gaspode at 10:38 AM on May 24, 2010

Depending on where you are, some of the best deals can be the kinds of cultural things mentioned by griphus. With my student ID, I can get into almost all museumes in NYC for free. Not only that, if I go to the box office the day of the show, I can get 2nd row seats for Carnegie Hall, Met Opera, NY Phil, etc, for just $20.
posted by dantekgeek at 10:54 AM on May 24, 2010

Which school, dantegeek?
posted by griphus at 10:56 AM on May 24, 2010

Many women's clothing stores have student discounts. Perhaps men's stores, too, but I never shop there.
posted by lilac girl at 11:41 AM on May 24, 2010

nytimes subscription
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 11:44 AM on May 24, 2010

Oh, and nobody's mentioned Google Voice's new initiative to be useful to students.
posted by knile at 12:43 PM on May 24, 2010

Lots of magazines offer student discounts, as do music, theater, and art venues. Also check with her school for things like public transit passes, technology things, and travel stuff.
posted by phisbe at 12:50 PM on May 24, 2010

If there is any software you can think of that you've been wanting to try/buy, check out the price with the student discount. You can save a TON.

Also, even as an alum, my husband has access to his school's library, through which we can access all kinds of magazines and such online. We just used this to research tires in Consumer Reports.

google "student discount [city]" to find a bunch of local stuff.
posted by wwartorff at 2:46 PM on May 24, 2010

You may be eligible for a discount on your cell phone bill. Varies by university and carrier.
posted by puritycontrol at 6:50 PM on May 24, 2010

Software, computers, laptops, PDAs, all kinds of electronics discounted to students, faculty, and staff. Check the student bookstore for details.
posted by exphysicist345 at 9:16 PM on May 24, 2010

Response by poster: OP here. Amazon Prime free now for students:

Amazon Student
posted by teg4rvn at 10:30 AM on July 13, 2010

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