In today’s world, the word “college” has become synonymous with “expensive”. Unfortunately, this is undeniably true. A college education is expensive. Even with scholarships and financial aid, it’s bound to put a dent in your pocket. Thankfully, society takes pity on us poor unfortunate souls and if you do your research, you can snag some pretty sweet deals.
J.Crew, H&M, Ann Taylor, Topshop, Levi’s, Banana Republic, and The Limited are just a few of the many stores that offer deals for college students. If you’re more of a thrift store shopper, you can check with your local Goodwill to see if they’ll give you 10% off with ID.
Are you in need of a new laptop for the school year? Apple offers a yearlong discount for students on various products and feature a back to school promotion each summer. Microsoft, Dell, and Lenovo also offer some sweet deals for students. Furthermore, depending on your phone company and what school you attend, you may be eligible for a student discount on your phone bill. It doesn’t hurt to check!
Hopefully, you’re not so broke that your diet consists of ramen noodles every single night. However, there is a way to please both your stomach and your wallet. It varies by location, but Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Arby’s, Chipotle, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway, and Qdoba are franchises that have been known to offer student discounts.
As a human being who hopefully wants to know what they’re talking about, it’s extremely helpful to be informed about recent news. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist all offer lower subscription rates to students. My personal favorite (and free) way to stay updated is theSkimm, which is a daily email newsletter that fills you in on what everyone else is talking about.
If you’re looking for something to do off campus, there are plenty of activities that won’t destroy your wallet. For example, museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science typically offer lower admission rates to students.
Going out to see a theatre production can be very pricey, and when you’re a college student it may seem like an impossible feat to even try. Most theatres do offer a discount to students but every theatre is different. My favorite local theatre (Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre) offers $20 day of show tickets to individuals under the age of 25. Score! If you’re lucky enough to live or go to school near New York, most Broadway shows also offer day of show student discounts.
This list most definitely does not include all of the establishments that offer a student discount. Google your favorite establishment/organization/store to see if there’s a student discount you’ve been missing out on. There are a ton of companies out there that want to help students out. Ultimately, it doesn’t hurt to ask if there’s a student discount. Take advantage of the savings while you still can.