Best Student Discounts 2021 | The Strategist

Carol E. Corker

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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.)

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.

Apple AirPods with Charging Case

Moleskine Classic 18 Month 2021-2022 Weekly Planner

AmazonBasics Velvet Suit Hangers (Pack of 50)

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

Prime Student members also get a free monthly Grubhub+ Student membership, which includes unlimited free delivery. Earn 10 percent Grubhub+ Cash on all off-campus pickup orders, plus donation matching and more. Activate the deal here.

There’s more: College students with Amazon Prime Student memberships can de-stress with the Calm app for three months free, and then just $9 per year (normally $70). Activate the deal here.

On top of student and educator discounts, Apple will also throw in a free pair of AirPods when you buy select Macs and iPads for college. AirPods with the regular wired charging case are free, or you can upgrade to the wireless case for $40 more. The noise-canceling AirPods Pro will cost you $90 more. As far as device-specific discounts go, students can take $100 off a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, $50 off the new iMac, and $50 off an iPad Pro or iPad Air. Both the AirPods Pro promotion and the device discounts are valid through September 27. Additionally, an Apple Music subscription for students is just $5 per month — half the price of a regular subscription — and now includes Apple TV+ for free.

Apple 13-Inch M1 Macbook Air

Apple’s lightest laptop has a super-clear Retina display and updated keyboard (that’ll seamlessly pair with all of your other Apple devices).

Apple 13-Inch M1 Macbook Pro

“Compared to the Air, MacBook Pros are a step up in power and storage capacity,” explains Strategist tech writer Jordan Bowman. The built-in speakers “don’t disappoint,” he assures, and if you upgrade to the faster 1.7-ghz i7 processor, you’ll be able to easily manage audio, video, and photo editing.

Students can take 20 percent off online and in-store at American Eagle with a unique promo code once verified through UNiDAYS.

Aerie OFFLINE Throw-Back Fleece Hoodie

Throw this hoodie on before heading over to the (somehow always freezing) library.

Aerie OFFLINE Real Me Crossover 7

Bike around campus in these seven-inch stretchy shorts, which have a universally flattering wrap waist and come in several different colorways.

Over at ASOS, college students can take 10 percent off their order year-round after verification of student status.

Converse Run Star Hike Hi Canvas Sneakers

The platform sneakers this deals writer once called “hands down, the most comfortable pair of Converse I’ve ever worn.”

The North Face Borealis Backpack

Through September 30, Bed Bath & Beyond is offering 20 percent off every order and free shipping on orders over $39 to university students. To receive your Unlimited College Savings Pass, click here: You’ll log into your Bed Bath & Beyond account (or create one) and then input your name and college to verify your student status.

Wild Sage Emma 2-Piece Twin/Twin XL Comforter Set

A textured two-piece comforter set that’s available in both lavender and the off-white shown.

Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer

Best Buy is offering discounts on select tech and accessories — including up to $400 off select Windows laptops and $160 off Beats headphones — exclusively for college students. Students can sign up and verify their student status here to shop the sale.

Lenovo Yoga 7i 2-in-1 15.6

A two-in-one touch screen laptop that can handle everything from studying to streaming.

Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Studio³ Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Drown out the sound of your noisy roommates with these noise-canceling headphones from Beats.

After verification through either UNiDAYS or Student Beans (both of which are free), students can take 20 percent off their Champion purchase.

Champion Women's Reverse Weave Boyfriend Hoodie

This cozy cotton hoodie from Champion will be much (much) cheaper than the spiritwear you’ll find at the bookstore.

Students can take 20 percent off their order with a unique code through UNiDAYS.

The Container Store 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer

Photo: Courtesy of Retailer

The Container Store White Nordic Storage Bins With Handles

Some non-fugly storage bins to keep clutter under control.

The Container Store Sage Green 3-Tier Rolling Cart

Stock this versatile rolling cart with everything from school supplies to snacks.

After creating an account through Student Beans, students can enjoy 25 percent off their order at Crocs.

Crocs Classic Clog

Take 20 percent off select styles at Dr. Martens through UNiDAYS.

Dr. Martens Women's 1460 Smooth Leather Lace-Up Boots

Also through UNiDAYS, students can take 15 percent off their purchase at H&M.

H&M Home Washed Linen Duvet Cover Set

A cooling linen duvet cover that’s easy to care for.

H&M Women's Knit Sweater

It’s not exactly chilly outside, but you’ll be glad to have this wool-blend sweater on hand once the temperature drops.

H&M Regular Fit Shirt Jacket

Throw this cotton-twill shirt jacket over your pajamas before heading over to the dining hall.

Herschel Supply Co. also offers a 10 percent discount through UNiDAYS.

Herschel Mid-Volume Classic Backpack

The classic 18-liter Herschel backpack with a handy front pocket.

Herschel Little America Backpack

Students can stream Hulu’s ad-supported plan for just $1.99 per month (regularly $5.99/month).

Once verified through Student Beans, students can take 15 percent off their Hunter purchase with a unique discount code at checkout.

Hunter Women's Original Chelsea Boots

We’d start with a pair of stylist-recommended leakproof rain boots.

Eligible college students and teachers get 15 percent off their online purchase at J.Crew.

J. Crew Baird McNutt Irish Linen Shirt

Strategist senior editor Anthony Rotunno says these linen button-downs “are light without feeling insignificant” and easy to layer on chilly days.

After verifying your student status, Levi’s offers a 25 percent discount on all apparel.

Levi's 501 Original Fit Jeans

Levi's Wedgie Fit Ankle Jeans

Levi’s Wedgie jeans — one of the most-recommended pairs on the Strategist site to date — are a favorite among editors, writers, and stylists alike for their cropped, comfortable fit.

After verifying your college or university, students and teachers can take 10 percent off select items at L.L.Bean.

L.L.Bean Boat and Tote, Zip-Top

Through Student Beans, students can take 25 percent off their order at Logitech.

Logitech Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard

One YouTuber told us that the crown at the top of this keyboard makes it easy to scroll around through Excel spreadsheets.

After signing into (or creating) a free Madewell Insider account and verifying their student status, students can take 15 percent off their purchase online and in-store.

Madewell Transport Tote

Several stylish women we’ve spoken to consider Madewell’s Transport Tote their go-to for daily use. The main compartment is large (and sturdy) enough to comfortably hold your water bottle, laptop, and textbooks.

Madewell High-Rise Knit Leggings

Former Strategist senior editor Casey Lewis has been a fan of these High-Rise Knit Leggings since 2008, lauding them for their substantial stretch, accommodating waistband, and opaque fabric.

Get 10 percent off your MUJI order with Student Beans.

Muji Notebook B5 (5-Pack)

Nike offers a 10 percent discount to eligible high school, college, and university students after verification.

Nike Dri-FIT Medium-Support Sports Bra

Nike Cortez

The “classic” sneakers beloved by one NBA all-star that can be dressed “up or down.”

One of the largest discounts on this list, use your unique discount code through Student Beans to enjoy 30 percent off your order at Reebok.

Reebok Club C 85 Sneakers

The unisex Reebok sneakers one designer calls “the sneaker of the year.” They’re cushioned, comfortable, and have a “European, understated feel.”

Students, parents, and educators can save up to an extra 15 percent on their purchase for a total of up to 30 percent off smartphones, laptops, tablets, and more. You can also get a free pair of Galaxy Buds Pro with your purchase of a Galaxy Book Pro. To activate the deal, you’ll need to register and verify your student status during checkout.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro

A do-it-all laptop with a 21-hour battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

The AirPods equivalent for Android users that, according to reviewers, “block out a lot of sound” and “automatically connect to your phone the moment you close the case and pop them into your ears.”

Students can bundle Spotify Premium, ad-supported Hulu, and SHOWTIME for just $4.99 per month. Plus, you can try out all three for one month free.

Through UNiDAYS, college students can save up to $25 per month on Unlimited phone plans at Verizon. One line on Start Unlimited is $60/month (regularly $70/month) and two lines on Start Unlimited is $95/month (regularly $120). Auto-pay and paper-free billing are required.

Enjoy YouTube and YouTube Music ad-free for one month, then only pay $6.99 (regularly $11.99) per month. Annual student verification is required.

On top of free shipping, college students and educators (including K-12 teachers, school administrators, and college faculty members) can take 10 percent off their Zappos purchase.

Merrell Women's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof

UGG Men's Scuff Slipper

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