Children aren’t cheap: As of 2015, it’ll cost about $233,000 to raise offspring to the age of 17. Tack on $25,000 to $50,000 a year on average for college expenses and things really start heating up. In fact, getting an education can be expensive for everyone involved, including parents, students, and educators. Thankfully, companies often give academic discounts on useful products and services. Students, and sometimes faculty and parents, can get discounts on everything from food and clothing to furniture and laptops.
Some places only require a valid student ID—think movie theaters, restaurants, and some retail stores. Companies online often validate student status with an .edu email or with registration through identify verification sites like UNiDAYS, Student Beans, or ID.Me. UNiDAYS and Student Beans also list partnered companies to make it easier for students to find discounts.
To find the best deals, Stacker scoured back-to-school sales from Amazon, Target, and office supplies sites. We also checked lists from news organizations, museums, and travel sites for student discounts. Click through to find places to save for parents, teachers, and students from kindergarten to college.
Purchase a Mac or an iPad Pro for college and get free Beats headphones. Beats Solo 3 Wireless, Powerbeats 3, or Beats X headphones come with the purchase of a Mac. The Beats X or the Powerbeats 3 headphones come with an iPad purchase. The deal ends Sept. 25.
While Apple doesn’t ask for verification to prove eligibility for the education discount, if someone is audited they will have to provide evidence.
College students can get a monthly subscription to Apple Music for $4.99, 50% off the standard monthly fee. The subscription gives users access to 45 million songs.
With a valid .edu email address, current K-12 teachers along with full-time and part-time U.S. college students, graduate students, faculty, and staff can get an academic rate of $5 per month for a digital subscription to the Washington Post.
Students and educators can get discounts on digital and home delivery from The New York Times. A basic subscription for students is available for $1 per week and educators get up to 50% off. The discount is available with a valid education email address.
With a verified academic email address, students can get a 15-week digital subscription to The Wall Street Journal for $1 per week. An annual subscription is $49.
With a valid school email address, students and educators can use Office 365 Education for free. Access includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams, and other classroom tools.
Until Sept. 1, Best Buy is offering a bevy of tech deals geared toward students. Get $150 off a MacBook or $100 off an HP or Lenovo. Students of all ages can sign up for discounts.
The shipping giant has a whole section dedicated to back-to-school items with suggestions for and from parents, teachers, and students. Pick from featured items or scroll through based on price.
College students can get deals on new or used textbooks through Amazon’s College Bookstore.
College students get a free six-month trial to Amazon Prime. After the trial runs out, students continue to get a discounted rate of $6.49 monthly for four years.
Get 25% off certain Staples-branded backpacks.
Staples has also lowered prices on products like glue, notebooks, and rulers.
Target offers $4 polos and $8 pants for student uniforms. Shirts come in 12 different colors.
Until Sept. 15, JC Penney is offering $10 off a purchase of $50 or more for kids’ clothing and accessories.
Get a 24-pack of crayons by Up&Up for $0.25 at Target.
A 10-count set of Up&Up washable markers are $0.50 at Target.
Office Depot-brand 3-prong folders are $0.35 each.
Grab a 140-page spiral Just Basics notebook for $0.25 from Office Depot.
Zipcar provides vehicle services at more than 600 universities. Using Zipcar can also help students get around without having to cover a car payment and insurance. Students 18 or older just need a valid driver’s licence to join. Through UniDAYS, students can get a $25 driving credit, apply for a $15 student membership, and pay no application fee.
Get a $15 e-card when you set up a Collegiate Membership with Sam’s Club. The account is verified through UNiDAYS.
After registering with UNiDAYS, college students can get 15% off online orders at Levi’s. Until Aug. 27, order online and get men's 511 Slim jeans from $42 and women's 700 Series jeans from $36.
Teachers and students 13 or older get more than a 60% discount on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, which includes tools for graphic design, photography, and video editing. Those with a school-issued email address are instantly verified. For those without an official email—like home-schooled students—additional verification is required.
With a valid student ID, New Yorkers aged 13 to 25 are also eligible for 15% off the lowest value or flexible fare when they book a ticket at least three days in advance for travel within the state. Some travel days are excluded.
The International Student Identity Card is recognized around the globe. Check the ISIC website for deals from bike rentals in Central Park to art museums in Amsterdam. The card costs $20 and delivery when ordering online can take up to a month. To qualify, students have to submit a digital photo, a scanned copy of proof of full-time student status that shows the date of issue—like an enrollment letter—and a scanned copy of proof of identity—like a passport or driver’s license.
Sign up with an .edu email and get a coupon for 20% off an entire purchase from Bed Bath and Beyond with its College Savings Pass through Dec. 31, 2019. Online orders get free shipping.
Dick’s Sporting Goods is offering 25% off select backpacks and bags. For school athletes, the site is taking up to 50% off select cleats.
Use the code APPLE18 until Aug. 31 and save 20% on online purchases of four or more books at Discover Books. Shipping is free.
AddALL.com doesn’t offer a specific deal for students, but it compares more than 40 websites to show users the best price on books, magazines, movies, and more. It shows if books are new or used, when an item will ship and how much shipping will cost based on location.
Students on the West Coast who want to walk through a rainforest, peruse an aquarium, or learn about space in a planetarium can get a discount at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Students aged 12 to 17 and college students with a valid ID can get $5 off the regular ticket price of $39.95. Children 4 to 11 get $10 off.
The Art Institute of Chicago offers children and student discounts for day entry or passes for regular visits. Children under 14 are free, while those 14 to 17 and college students with a valid ID get $6 off the $25 regular price. Students who are residents of Chicago or Illinois get an additional $5 and $3 off, respectively.
Discounts vary by location, but Regal often gives a lower rate to students with a valid ID. Check individual theaters to see if they offer a deal. Don’t forget about checking with local independent theaters too.
Those planning to ski or snowboard more than four days out of the year should sign up for one of the college Epic Passes. Pass holders get unlimited skiing at Vail resorts like Breckenridge in Colorado and Park City in Utah. Some cheaper passes—with restrictions—are also available.
Those aged 7 to 17 and college students 18 to 24 can get a season pass to Aspen Snowmass in Colorado for $679, which is $1,220 off the standard price. Students must be enrolled in an accredited four-year university to qualify for the college pass.
Students get 20% off plus free shipping with a $60 purchase after verifying with UNiDAYS. Customers can also get a voucher from H&M when they bring in a bag of any brand of clothing to recycle. Deals vary from store to store, so ask the cashier for details.
The North Face also offers deals for clothing recycling. Bring in used clothing and footwear, no matter the brand or condition, to get a $10 reward towards a purchase of $100 or more, which isn’t a difficult amount to spend at the outdoor shop.
For lovers of second-hand items who don’t want to peruse the used goods themselves, sign up for a “Goody Box” from the online used clothing store ThredUp. Customers deposit a non-refundable $10 to get a box with 10 customized options starting at $20 per piece. The deposit goes toward anything purchased.
College students get discounts at a lot of restaurants, including the home of the $5 footlong. Subway takes 10% off for students with a valid ID.
Get 55% off the first meal order kit with Home Chef by registering with Student Beans. The weekly meal delivery kits include prepared recipes, fresh ingredients, and detailed instructions.
Students get a 15% discount off their first box with HelloFresh, another meal kit delivery service, through UNiDAYS. The company offers meal plans for vegetarians and larger groups as well.
Students who are into urban cycling can sign up with Student Beans to get 25% off at Chrome Industries. Chrome offers rugged, comfortable backpacks that are great for commuting with laptops and books. Shoes and clothing are also available with the discount.
Until Aug. 29, L.L. Bean is offering 25% off packs along with kids’ clothing and shoes. Get 40% off deluxe book packs.
These personalized packs are good starter bags for kindergarten students. Personal Creations is currently offering them for $19.99, a $25 discount.
All kids need a place to store their pens, pencils, and other school supplies. Get a personalized plastic case for $9.99—a $5 price cut—at Personal Creations.
Get pants, sneakers, and tops for a discount during the back-to-school sale at kids clothing store Gymboree. Shipping and returns are free.
JC Penney always offers backpacks for $7, but they’re discounting these even further for back-to-school.
The department store also has low prices on lunch bags. Pick from several different designs and score a $5 pack.
Want a backpack and lunch bag combo? Some are discounted 50% or more for back-to-school.
Athletic clothing and footwear are up to 50% off as part of the back-to-school sale at Finish Line. Shoes and clothing for adults and kids are all on sale.
Until Aug. 25, Amazon is knocking $20 off the Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet. The kid version is on sale for $79.99. That’s $20 more than the regular Fire 7, but it comes with one year of FreeTime Unlimited—which gives kids access to 15,000 apps and games, videos, books, and content from educational sites like PBS Kids—plus a two-year warranty that allows parents to return broken tablets, no matter the cause.
Verified U.S. college students, K-12 staff, or college staff can get $100 off smartphones and tablets when they sign up for a new line with T-Mobile. The offer excludes products under $300.
For a limited time, students with a verified UNiDAYS account can get 15% off at ModCloth. The retailer sells women’s sizes from 00 to 28.
Urban Outfitters also partnered with UNiDAYS. Get 10% off when shopping online after verifying your student status.
The ethically made, sweatshop-free clothing at American Apparel online is 20% off for students with a verified UNiDAYS account.
Hotels.com offers students 10% off sitewide with their UNiDAYS account.
Websites are a great way to showcase work or resumes, or sell products. Website hosting and design company Squarespace offers students a 50% discount on their first year. Register with a valid .edu email.
Budget offers discounts for students moving across the street or across the country. Use the discount code TRUKU to receive 20% off local moves and 15% off one-way moves. Additional charges may apply for those under 24.
Students 21 and older can get 15% off cars and 20% off vans with a discount through Hertz.
At the push of a button, students can reorder essentials like paper towels, toilet paper, and dish detergent. They can even get refills on coffee or soylent—a meal replacement popularized by the tech industry. Parents who want to pay for the items can register the buttons with their accounts. For orders through Dec. 31, 2018, Amazon Prime members can register their Dash buttons and get a $4.99 credit—the cost of the button—after the first use.
For students who need to do simple math, Staples is selling standard calculators for $3.99.
To get a deal on makeup or skincare products, register with UNiDAYS to get a discount on brands like Ren Skincare and Sigma Beauty. Both offer students a 15% discount.
With a UniDAYS account, students get a 10% discount when they shop at The Art of Shaving online. Get razors, shaving oil, or brushes from the site.
This isn’t a deal unique to students, but it’s a great way to save on a pack of razors. For $5, customers get a starter kit from Dollar Shave Club with a razor handle, four razor cartridges, and samples of shave butter, body cleanser, and wet wipes.
Once settled in, students typically need additional items to fill their dorm rooms and apartments. Facebook Marketplace lets users search within their location to buy or sell products within any location.
For those who don’t want to go through Facebook, the LetGo app offers a simple way to buy or sell items. Scroll through the app to find products, or snap a picture and upload to sell to neighbors.