With phones, laptops, tablets and iPads becoming the new norm over paper and pen, it can be difficult for many students to afford these electronic devices, let alone have enough money to subscribe to everything. That’s where being a student works in your favour - those with school, college or university credentials are often able to receive discounts on products and apps.
Many popular smartphone apps offer student discounts on their memberships, Spotify for instance allows you to save you 50% off your monthly bill. Some laptop retailers will offer student deals on their computers too - you just need to know where to look.
Check out our list below to see how you can save money on tech as a student.
Founded in 1984, Lenovo is a electronics company from China. With a number of both budget-friendly and expensive high-end laptops on offer, Lenovo is a solid choice for many college and university students looking to upgrade their worn-out desktop or laptop.
The array of touchscreens, laptops-to-tablets, and smartphones on offer makes Lenovo a tempting choice for students to purchase their much-needed devices from.
However, all of these flashy electronics can add a hefty bill at the checkout, so Lenovo has its own store for students, offering them up to 5% off a range of laptops. All you need to do is create a free student account, and browse the offers available.
Also founded in 1984, American company Dell specialises in selling desktop computers, monitors and laptops.
If you’re on the lookout for a cheaper alternative to the large array of PCs out there, Dell’s student store offers a number of discounts when you sign up for a free student account, such as 15% off laptops.
Dell has proved itself a worthy competitor over years and years of computer development, so the chance at nabbing one of their high-end laptops at a discount is very tempting.
Other brands may offer hardware discounts too, but Lenovo and Dell are two of the biggest manufacturers that support student deals.
If you’re a student, chances are you need to use Microsoft Office 365, in order to access Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and other Office apps. The good thing is, if you enter a valid school email address, you get access to Office 365 for free - not a trial.
Furthermore, Microsoft’s student store offers huge discounts on their range of PCs, many of which save you more than £100!
A popular streaming app for iPhone and Android users alike, Amazon Prime can be installed on almost any device, but it doesn’t come cheap.
Amazon Prime allows customers to take advantage of free next-day delivery for products ordered on Amazon, and have access to a range of videos, music and books online.
At £79.00 per year, or £7.99 a month, this can be too costly for some, particularly with other subscriptions on top. Students, however, can try out a six-month free trial of Amazon Prime, giving them access to all the educational and leisure movies on offer.
Students can use Prime to save money on the expensive delivery charges on books and study equipment. After the trial, students can keep using Amazon Prime for £39 per year, half the usual rate.
For students studying a course that specialises in art, design, photography, video, or editing, Adobe software is often a necessity.
Adobe’s Creative Cloud is a set of software that contains powerful tools to edit, manipulate, manage, and publish your photos, videos, AR technology, graphics, code, and illustrations.
It is quite an expensive package, but the student discount offers you a whopping 65% off, allowing you access to the entire package for £16.24 per month, rather than £49.94.
This diverse platform can be used for multiple purposes, from lifestyle videos, educational tutorials, comedic skits, short films and much more. While it is typically looked at as a distraction from work, YouTube can also be used as an educational tool to help students understand topics or learn new skills.
YouTube Premium offers an ad-free experience at a discounted rate for students. Students can also access YouTube Music Premium, for an alternative to many other music streaming apps.
Originally, the Premium membership costs £11.99 per month, but students can sign up for just £6.99 per month with a three-month free trial to begin with.
So there you have it. Students can access a wide range of discounts on popular electronic devices and apps. You should also keep an eye out on the App store and Google Play store for discounts, as many smartphone apps include student membership options. All you need is a valid school, college or university email account, and you’re all set to start saving!
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