Raysha Duncan, Financial Aid Administrator
Student discounts are awesome. It’s the best surprise when you flash a cashier your student ID and automatically save money. There are so many opportunities to save just a bit when you buy that you’ve probably never even realized it. Certain companies even cater towards students by giving them special deals. First, let’s start off with the two most important student discounts: NO TAX IN THE UNION and RIDING CITY BUS FOR FREE! Every time you dine in the Union (or buy a Starbucks treat) and show your student ID, you don’t have to pay taxes! Also, City Bus will take you anywhere on their routes for free with your student ID. Here are a few more vendors that offer deals just for students:
Amazon: Joining Amazon Student gets you free two-day shipping for six months and exclusive email offers. The only drawback is after the six months, you will be automatically upgraded to Amazon Prime. BUT, you will receive it at the discounted student price of $39/year instead of $79/year it is now and the reduced price can be used for up to 4 years. And with the Amazon store location in Krach, students can get free shipping directly to the campus store!
AT&T: Purdue students and employees can get 20% off standard voice and data plans! This includes the latest iPhone 4, other smart phones, regular cell phones, and Laptop Connect. Already have AT&T? You’re still eligible too! They’ll attach the discount to your existing plan and it can even extend to your family plan if you’re the primary user on the FamilyTalk account. Go here for more details.
Apple: If you buy a Mac or an iPad from the Apple Online Store for Education or the Apple store you’ll receive a $100 gift card for apps for a Mac and $50 gift card for apps for an iPad. Click here for more details on their current deal.
Can’t afford to buy a Mac or iPad now but need a new one for the school year? You’re in luck! Apple offers a monthly payment plan for students, click here!
Need to go grocery shopping? Sam’s Club has a discounted student membership. It’s $40 to start up a membership AND they give you a $15 Sam’s Club gift card! If you love buying in bulk, this is the deal for you. Also, certain Kroger supermarkets (known in the Lafayette area as ‘Payless’) offer 5% off your purchase.
What about insurance?
Worried about staying healthy through the long Indiana winter? If you don’t have health insurance, or are worried about your health insurance not working all the way out here in Indiana, you’re in luck! Purdue offers its own health insurance plan for students! You can go here to view the details on what insurance plan works best for you. If that doesn’t sound like the right plan for you, you can also go here and enter in your information. The website will come up with cheapest rates that are only for students! I entered in my information, and my plans started at $68.50/month. While all the prices you see for health insurance seem steep, you have to remember that paying ahead of time will help you later in life when it is needed the most. It’s important to support good health in college, and having that reassurance of a health insurance is nice to have if you do get sick.
Another avenue student can receive discounts on is car insurance. Most insurers have discount policies in place for students who receive good grades, if you are a student that only drives the parent’s car while on break, and if you drive a small amount of miles with your own car. The best way to find more information about student discount policies is to contact your insurer.
Don’t feel like cooking? Here’s a list of restaurants that offer student discounts:
–Burger King: 10% off – ask your local restaurant if they take part
–McDonalds: 10% off – ask your local restaurant if they take part.
–Dairy Queen: 10% off
–Domino’s Pizza: Different discounts depending on your college location
–Papa Johns: Different discounts depending on your college location
–Pizza Hut: 10-20% off depending on location
–Qdoba: $5 student burrito meals
–Subway: 10% off
I found all of these here: In addition to the list above, below is a helpful list for if you find yourself needing to go on a shopping spree with all the money you’re saving:
–Ann Taylor LOFT: 15% off
–Ann Taylor: 20% off
–Banana Republic: 15% off
–Charlotte Russe: 10% off
–Club Monaco: 20% off regular priced items
–J. Crew: 15% off
–The Limited: 15% off
–Ralph Lauren Rugby: 15% off
–Urban Outfitters: 10% off on select dates
–Top Shop: 10% off
The best tip I found during my search for student discounts? Flash your student ID EVERYWHERE! You never know who will offer a student discount, and it can’t hurt to ask! You’d be surprised how many off-the-wall places you’ll end up saving money at.
Still want to save more? Here’s some websites that are solely dedicated to finding the best discounts for college students: