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Best Student Discounts for 2022

February 25, 2022

We all know that college is expensive and this is the first time that many students are responsible for their finances. It can be difficult or even overwhelming to get your money in order, but there are some deals and discounts that make it easier on your wallet!

Some students aren’t aware of the many exclusive discounts that are available to students while enrolled in college. Some subscriptions are made available just by registering using a .edu email address. Not only will students be able to save a few dollars (or maybe more than a few) by registering as a student, but will they receive exclusive benefits most of the time. Being aware of these discounts can be beneficial for college students that are learning to be more financially independent. 

Here are some of the best student discounts available in 2022:

Amazon Prime

As a student, Amazon Prime offers a free six-month subscription. After that free six-month trial is over, it costs only $6.49 per month for as long as you are a student. With this subscription, you’ll receive a catalog of their TV shows and movies, free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photo, and the usual perks of two-day shipping. This discount extends beyond Amazon as well, like offering exclusive deals to GrubHub, the Calm App, discounts on flights from StudentUniverse, and help from Course Hero. As if that isn’t enough for the perks of Amazon Prime, there are add-ons to this plan, including access to premium video channels Like Showtime, Epix, Sundance Now, and more for just $0.99 a month each for up to 12 months. What a deal!

Spotify Premium

As for Spotify, students are able to buy access to both TV and music streaming options. For as low as $4.99 a month, students have access to ad-free listening to Spotify Premium, Hulu, and Showtime all in one. That’s half the price of regular memberships and without the extra perks of Hulu and Showtime. For the first month of access, all listening and watching is completely free! It should be noted that this plan has to be renewed annually and you can only use it for up to four years.

YouTube Premium 

Students have access to watch ad-free videos on the go with YouTube Premium. The option to download and watch offline viewing is only $6.99 a month. You’ll have complete access to Youtube music if your other streaming platforms are not cutting it for you. You have the option to try out Youtube Premium for a one-month free trial.

Apple Music and Apple TV+

When students sign up for Apple Music, they also get access to AppleTV+, all for only $4.99 a month! This subscription will not only allow students access to over fifty million songs but will also allow students to watch original movie pictures. This discounted rate is available for up to 4 years. 

Audible

Students have the option to purchase audiobooks, for either school or for entertainment through a discounted rate using Audible. New members are able to join for as low as $9.95 a month. Students are able to save over 30% and receive a $10 Amazon.com credit.

Notion

Are you having trouble organizing all your notes for all your different classes, projects, and assignments? Organize your personal tasks and notes with Notion’s free Personal Pro plan. Unlimited pages & blocks, file uploads, and version history. Just sign up with a school email address. The best part is there is no credit card required to sign up!

UNiDAYS

UNiDAYS is a discount website founded in 2011 that is available for free to students worldwide. Current students in higher education can sign up with UNiDAYS to get discounted deals on products and services.

Skillshare

College can be a really busy time and can be hard to find a way to decompress or learn a new skill. Skillshare is an online learning community of educational videos for a variety of different topics. Normally, Skillshare offers free one-month trials of their premium service. After that, it’s $15/month ($8.25/month if you pay annually).

Adobe Creative Cloud

Students can get the full suite of Adobe products such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects for just $19.99/month. That’s a 60% savings over the usual price of $52.99/month!

If you just want access to Photoshop, you can get the Photography Plan for just $9.99/month (whether or not you’re a student). This gives you access to Photoshop and Lightroom, plus 20GB of cloud storage.

Office 365

Although you might already get access to the Microsoft Office Suite for free through your college, if your school doesn’t offer it for some reason, you can still get free access to Office 365 Education if you’re a student. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams. Just like most of the offers above, all you need is a valid student (.edu) email address to sign up!

Merchandise and Food Discounts

When you’re a student, often times local businesses in your town or city will offer a discount, anywhere from 10 to even 25% off. Many restaurants and store chains offer a deal for students such as Chipotle and Chick-Fil-A and even movies theaters. The twist to getting these discounts compared to most of the digital resources, is you need to do is show them your student ID.

College can be stressful for many different resources, but subscriptions and tools shouldn’t be on that list. We hope that this helps you save some money while you are in school and make some of your resources more affordable!

Student Life

Starting College on the Right Foot

February 23, 2022

College is a whole different ball game than high school, and contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with the classes or work you’ll be doing. For many students, college is the first time you will be responsible for yourself in more ways than one. One of the most significant differences is being in complete control of your education. You get to decide what you would like to study and what classes you get to take. You have the power to determine your academic future!

For many students, this can be overwhelming with so much new incoming information. We are here to help give a few pointers to ensure that you don’t overlook important details, whether it is your first semester or your last.

Important Policies and Procedures to Know

One of the most important things to look into when choosing a college or university is what policies they have in place. This can often get overlooked when enrolling because so many exciting things are happening all at once. Some of the policies we suggest you look into are:

  • Student and Class Policies – This can include policy and procedure documents related to student life at your university for things like student leaves, student misconduct, grading, courses, degrees, and even the quality of campus life for all students. It is vital that you also look into the policies on adding or dropping classes, important enrollment deadlines, and even the refund policy should you need to withdraw from classes. Of course, no one wants to think about bad things happening, but you should be prepared for the unexpected and be aware of what your school can do or not do if something were to happen.
  • Renters and Tuition InsuranceGradGuard offers protection plans designed specifically for the risks of college life. Pipes burst, backpacks get stolen, and illness or injury can keep you from your studies. Many colleges and universities do not offer refunds if a student needs to withdraw from classes after the first few weeks of class. Nearly all schools don’t replace stolen or damaged student property, either. Both of these factors can be detrimental to a student’s success. GradGuard is smart to consider given all of the risks that could happen.

Schedule

Managing a schedule is hard, but you can get the hang of it in no time with some practice. Before classes start or when you have some spare time, take a moment to think about all of the different things on your plate: attending classes, doing homework, studying, sleeping, hanging out with friends, and taking care of yourself; not just by eating the proper meals, but creating a budget or having clean clothes to wear. Details like this can get pushed aside when life becomes hectic, but knowing this ahead of time is an excellent way to ensure they don’t get forgotten. These are all essential everyday things that are vital for us to succeed in life, but can be hard to manage the different elements for the first time on our own. Lean on your friends and family to help you create a schedule that works for your so one of these areas in your life doesn’t suffer.

Work-Life Balance 

A good work-life balance is often talked about, but frequently overlooked. It’s easy to get stuck in the mindset that you must work, work, work all the time. But with all that hustle comes the great need for rest. You must have the appropriate downtime to relax and recuperate after using your body and brain. Eating healthy meals and getting the right amount of sleep is just as crucial to your success as making sure you attend classes and study. If we put out too much energy and don’t give ourselves enough time to unwind, it can lead to bigger problems like excessive stress, weight gain, and even depression. You will need to know your limits and listen to your body when it tells you it is time for a break. It can always be hard to say no in college, but there will always be another chance to do something. If you need to stay home and take care of yourself, your friends will understand! Understanding this concept now will benefit you greatly in the future with your career.

Resources

With this in mind, it can be hard to keep track of important resources and departments you may need in the future. Your college or university most likely will offer many different services or people on campus that you can turn to if you need help getting on the right track. 

  1. Staff – If you need help understanding any university policies, you can reach out to your academic advisor or a faculty member. They have a solid understanding of procedures if there is something that you do not understand.
  2. Study Centers or Resource Labs – There are often many tools available to students that are not well known. If you need help with classes or course material, the university or your specific college may have a tutoring program to assist you when needed. 
  3. Health Services – When you are feeling under the weather or are struggling with your mental health, you can visit your school’s health services facility. This is important if you are sick or if you are having a hard time balancing your workload. They should have doctors and counselors available to you when you need them, and the good news is you don’t have to travel far to get medical help if and when you need it.
  4. Student Handbook -Another place that you may be able to find information you are looking for is in your student handbook. You should read through this at the start of the semester to make sure that you understand the policies and procedures that are in place. This may also include details such as how to join clubs and organizations on campus, give you an idea of surrounding stores and restaurants by campus, and maybe even some student discounts!

There’s a lot of information to consider when you’re first starting college, but it shouldn’t be too overwhelming. Start early and don’t panic; make checklists of the most important stuff to know and you’ll be good to go!