Student advantage: Best online deals and discounts for students

Student Advantage Cardholders are entitled to exclusive student discounts at more than 35,000 locations nationwide.

Student Advantage Cardholders are entitled to exclusive student discounts at more than 35,000 locations nationwide.

Student advantage is the name for a couple of different programs that can help students save money on their purchases. Saving money while in school is a necessity. Learning how to save and find the best online deals is a skill that will help you through the rest of your life. So roll up your sleeves and let’s learn what it takes to become a master saver and shopper. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Student Advantage

On October 15, 2013, Microsoft Office 365 Education announced its Student Advantage program. This is a suite of cloud-based productivity tools that includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher and One Note. In its blog, Frank Chiappone, senior marketing manager for Office 365 Education, described how the program works in a post titled, “Announcing Student Advantage.”

“Beginning December 1, 2013, education institutions worldwide that license Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. More than 35,000 institutions are automatically eligible to deliver the Student Advantage benefit to their students,” Chiappone said.

With a student subscription to Office 365 you can access your applications in the cloud with SkyDrive and place calls around the world with Skype. Your applications can be run on up to two devices (Mac, Pc and mobile). Typically, the student price for one year is $79.99.

Student Advantage® Discount Card

Though it has the same name, the Student Advantage® Discount Card is not affiliated with Microsoft, Inc. You can learn about the card at the Student Advantage website, which describes the card as, “[…] the nation’s most widely accepted student discount program. Cardholders enjoy exclusive discounts at thousands of locations around campuses nationwide and online.”

The savings are not entirely free, however. You have to pay a membership fee that amounts to about $23 for one year (including shipping of the card to you). Who is eligible to purchase the card?

  • Part-time students
  • Full-time students
  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • International students
  • Academic staff
  • Full- and part-time academic faculty and administrators

According to Student Advantage, some of the companies that honor the card include:

  • FootLocker
  • T-Mobile
  • BookRenter

As with any kind of card, always read the fine print relating to fees and where you can use the card.

Travel discounts

Students who travel, and that’s pretty much everybody, will appreciate the many discounts that can be had when presenting your student identification card. Some of the companies that offer student discounts include:

Greyhound: Use your Student Advantage® Discount Card and save anywhere from 20 to 40 percent on fares and package shipping. Greyhound bus terminals are found in most medium to large cities.

StaTravel: Offers discount cards for full-time college students, youth under age 26 and teachers. Be sure to apply for your International Student Identity Card (ISIC) to be able to take advantage of the many savings opportunities.

Amtrak: you’ll get 15 percent off most routes if you book with your Student Advantage® card. You’ll also receive two points for every dollar spent on Amtrak travel.

Rail Europe: Youth passes offer discounted travel to those between the ages of 16 and 25 years. The passes can be used only in second class, and apply to some, not all, trains, and are subject to availability.

Get fancy

Sweats and jeans may be OK dress for now. But eventually you’re going to have to dress the part of a career professional. Save yourself a bundle by checking out the many student discounts available from clothing retailers. These and other discounts are related by Tucker Cummings in his June 20, 2013, post for Christian Science Monitor titled, “The best discounts for college students.”

Regarding clothing discounts, Cumming said, “And while labels like J.Crew and Club Monaco connote chic style at a cost, these student-friendly clothiers and others, like The Limited, Ann Taylor, Steve Madden and Target, offer discounts of up to 20 percent off for students.”

Other student deals and discounts with your student ID:

  • Student Universe: find deals on textbooks, iTunes, travel, clothing and more
  • AMC Theatres: Thursday night is student discount night
  • Academic SuperStore and JourneyEd: deals on software
  • Museums: Museum of Modern Art in New York, or Denver Museum to name a few. Check with your favorite museum to see if they offer a student discount.
  • Amazon student: free Amazon Prime trial for one year
  • Food: Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Subway, Burger King, Waffle House

What are the best student discounts that you’ve found? Tell us about them in the comments below.

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