40 great discounts for broke college students

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Ah, college. It’s an investment in your future, but it demands time and money.

You might need a break from thoughts about ramen noodle recipes and how much you’ve been blowing on takeout and delivery.

And thoughts about debt, including when interest starts on student loans (immediately).

And whether that first job will pay the bills, and what the average student loan interest rate is.

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And whether someone can be arrested for abuse of a credit card. And why no one has thought of letting you redeem points for crypto. (Except someone did.)

And whether it’d be better to pay overdraft fees and bum off friends or get a budget tracker.

Speaking of budgets, if you’re a student looking to keep yours in line, we’ve rounded up discounts from national companies for clothes, restaurants, travel and transport, and entertainment.

Note that discounts are subject to change and may vary by location. You may want to contact your local stores in advance to ensure they participate in the student discount program or to see if they may offer a slightly different discount than other branches.

Related: Student loan refinancing: Pros and cons

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Clothes

This list includes 10 nationwide brands that offer student discounts on clothing.

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1. Aeropostale

Aeropostale offers a 15% student discount. You can cash in on this deal online or in-store.

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2. J.Crew

J.Crew gives students (and teachers!) 15% off purchases in-store and online.

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3. Hanes

Need some basics, like tees or undergarments? Hanes offers students 10% off online purchases.

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4. The North Face

The North Face gives students 10% off at its full-price locations, meaning it doesn’t apply to outlet stores. You can also use this discount online, plus score free shipping.

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5. Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger offers students 10% off. However, you’ll first have to sign up with UniDAYS, a popular site that helps stores verify that customers are students. It’s free to sign up, and it can help you find additional stores with student discounts!

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6. Levi’s

Levi’s offers students 15% off online purchases.

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7. Club Monaco

Students who are Club Monaco fans can cash in a cool 15% off online and in-store.

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8. Docker’s

Docker’s offers students a generous 25% off purchases made online.

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9. Outdoor Voices

Students shopping on the Outdoor Voices website can score 20% off. You’ll first have to join StudentBeans, a site similar to UniDAYS that helps verify student status and offers discounts to partner stores.

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10. Champion

Champion also offers 20% off to students who sign up with StudentBeans.

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Restaurants

These 10 national chains offer college discounts. Local restaurants may also offer student discounts, but these are some of the most common student discounts from national chains that we found.

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11. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Name one college student who couldn’t use 10% off coffee (or tea)!

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12. McDonald’s

McDonald’s is already a pretty fast and cheap option, but it also gives students an extra 10% off.

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13. Chick-fil-A

Most Chick-fil-A locations offer students a free drink with any purchase.

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14. Dunkin’

Flash your student ID and you could get 10% off your order at your local Dunkin’.

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15. Arby’s

Arby’s offers 10% off to students.

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16. Buffalo Wild Wings

Want to catch the game and eat some wings with friends? Go to Buffalo Wild Wings and score 10% off, too.

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17. Waffle House

Need a late-night meal? Waffle House offers students 10% off.

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18. IHOP

If you don’t have a Waffle House nearby, IHOP also offers 10% off.

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19. Qdoba

Qdoba has two discount options for students: either a free drink with your purchase or a burrito meal for just $5.

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20. Taco Bell

Trying to get your next Taco Bell fix? Satisfy your craving while earning 10% off.

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Travel & Transportation

Need cheap transportation home for your next break? Or maybe you need an inexpensive hotel or moving company. These 10 discounts can cover an array of your travel and transportation needs.

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21. Greyhound

Through Student Advantage, Greyhound offers 10% off travel and 15% off package shipments sent through Greyhound Package Xpress. The Student Advantage card costs $30 a year and offers students — and parents — a wide range of discounts.

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22. Amtrak

Amtrak offers students 15% off on purchases made one day in advance; plus you can earn extra bonus points.

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23. Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels offers students 10% off its hotels, which include:

  • Ascend
  • Cambria Suites
  • Clarion
  • Comfort Inn
  • Comfort Suites
  • EconoLodge
  • MainStay Suites
  • Quality Inn
  • Rodeway Inn

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24. United Airlines

United Airlines gives students 5% off flights. StudentUniverse provides a range of other flight and hotel deals.

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25. Hotels.com

Hotels.com offers up to 40% off select hotels booked through the website.

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26. FlixBus

Flixbus gives StudentBeans members 15% off tickets.

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27. Hertz

Hertz offers students 21 and older 15% off cars and 20% off vans.

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28. Budget Truck Rentals

Budget Truck Rentals offers students 20% off local moves and 15% off one-way moves.

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29. Penske

Penske shaves 10% off truck rentals when you book online.

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30. Red Coach

Red Coach, a popular bus company like Greyhound, offers students 10% off tickets.

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Entertainment

Many students may think they don’t have the money for entertainment, but 10 national companies offer some sweet student discounts.

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31. AMC

AMC discounts depend on location, but they are usually 20% off.

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32. Cinemark

Cinemark discounts also vary by location, but you can plan on scoring about 10% off.

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33. Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Student offers students six months of Prime for free. After that, you can get Prime for $59 a year.

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34. Apple Streaming

Students can get Apple Music at a discounted rate for up to 48 months and then can get Apple TV+ for a limited time.

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35. Hulu

Hulu offers students its ad-supported plan for just $1.99 a month.

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36. Spotify Bundle

Students can get a Spotify, Hulu, and Showtime bundle for $4.99 a month.

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37. The Washington Post

The Washington Post has a digital student subscription plan for just $1 a month.

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38. Paramount+

Paramount+ offers students 25% off any monthly subscription.

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39. YouTube Premium

YouTube Premium is available to students at a discounted rate of $6.99 a month.

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40. The Economist

The Economist offers students an annual digital subscription for a steep 75% off.

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The Takeaway

Student discounts may add up to some serious savings, but lots of undergraduate and graduate students will face a challenge to repay loans.

Refinancing, or taking out one new private student loan, ideally with a lower interest rate, to pay off the old ones, could be a good move for someone with private student loans or higher-interest federal student loans who doesn’t plan to use federal programs like income-driven repayment plans, loan forgiveness, or forbearance.

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