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Hot Deals: 31 Ways to Save Money This Summer

Travel, tech, clothes, music, snacks. Your student ID will get you great discounts on all these things—and some free stuff.

Sure, school’s out for the summer, but stay smart by saving money on everything from movies to ice cream to your beach playlist. Read on for deals on clothes, airfare, Amazon Prime, and more when you use your student ID or email address.

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Sign up for Amazon Prime Student with your .edu email address for Amazon Prime perks: free shipping and free TV and movie streaming, plus access to other special deals. Following a 6-month free trial, Amazon Prime Student is $6.49 per month—big savings compared to the standard $119 for the year.

The free UNiDAYS membership for U.S. college students 16 years and older offers discounts from more than 150 brands. Current offers include 10% off at 1-800-Contacts, 50% off membership to Aaptiv audio-based fitness classes, 20% off barre3 online fitness classes, and $15 off Seamless and Grubhub—plus ZipCar student membership deals and even free Bareburger fries (when you purchase a burger or other entrée)! Level up your summer wardrobe with discounts at retailers such as asos, boohooMAN, Aerie, Dolls Kill, and PacSun. If you need to look sharp for a summer wedding, designer label rentals are 25% off with an Update membership at Rent the Runway. Download the UNiDAYS app for iOS or Android.

The ISIC (International Student Identity Card), which proves official student status globally for those 12 and older and provides access to more than 150,000 student discounts, has been around since 1953—but has been updated for the digital age. Use the app’s search tool to find discounts on everything from bike rentals in San Francisco to street food in Croatia. Available for iOS and Android.

Student Beans, founded in the U.K. in 2005 (and named after British student staple baked beans!) is now available in more than 150 countries, including the U.S. The app offers verification technology to pair students with discounts for 650 brands. Browse the app or the website for discounts on Hunter boots for rainy summer days, Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL for summer selfies, and Lonely Planet items for summer vacation planning. If you’re building a website this summer, Wix premium plans are 50% off.

Students 16 and up are eligible to purchase a Student Advantage Card. The $30 per year membership for the card and app will get you discounts on travel, entertainment, dining, and retail, including beauty, clothing, and electronics. For example, get 10% off Greyhound travel and 15% off package shipping (worth keeping in mind for when you’re heading back to school).

Travel: Summer getaways

Put the vacation back in summer by taking advantage of discounts on airfare, car rentals, and accommodations from StudentUniverse, a travel booking site for students and youth. A free StudentUniverse membership, available to anyone under age 26, can get you up to 30% off on hotels, plus discounts on flights from close to 100 airlines. You’ll also find deals on tours and special promo codes to use for additional discounts.

Sixt Rent a Car not only allows those age 21 (and older) to rent a vehicle—many other rental companies require proof that you’re 25—but it also offers a student discount of up to 5% off if you book online.

Amtrak offers student discounts of 15% off regular adult fares for those 13 to 25 with a valid student ID in New York, California, and throughout the Midwest. Terms and conditions apply.

Traveling abroad this summer? Those age 27 and under can buy a Eurail Youth Pass for travel in 31 European countries at 23% less than the usual fare. (The same discount applies for a travel pass within a single country.)

Music: Summer playlists and streaming

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Create the ultimate summer playlist without the ad interruptions with Spotify Premium for Students for just $4.99 per month. Membership also includes Hulu access and Showtime streaming (for a total monthly savings of $21.98).

Students at a degree-granting university or college (verified by UNiDAYS) can sign up for Apple Music for up to 4 years at $4.99 per month, instead of the regular $9.99 monthly rate.

Electronics: Summer tech

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Need something to play your discounted songs and movies on? Apple’s education pricing varies, but current and newly accepted college students and their parents (as well as faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers) have access to discounted iMacs, MacBooks, and iPads. Get a free pair of Beats headphones with purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad!

Dell University offers discounted laptops, gaming PCs, electronics, and accessories for students, as well as Dell Rewards, 30-day price match guarantee, financing options, and free shipping.

Microsoft Office 365 might not signal summer fun, but students and educators can get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams for free.

Sign up for Student Deals at Best Buy for special member offers.

Adobe offers 60% off Creative Cloud for students, so you’ll have something to do on rainy summer days.

Food: Summer sustenance

Many food chains offer student discounts, though offers can vary by location. Some Burger King, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Arby’s restaurants offer 10% off if you flash your student ID. A student ID will get you a free drink at Chick-fil-A and a small drink at various Chipotle locations. Qdoba offers a free drink with meal purchase for students with ID, while select locations offer student meal deals (prices vary) for an entrée, drink, and chips and salsa.

Clothing: Summer chic

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Get beach-ready with 15% off at Vineyard Vines. J. Crew and Madewell offer 15% off for students and teachers. Banana Republic and stackable bangle company Alex and Ani offer 15% off for students. TOMS gives a 10% discount to students, and for every type of purchase you make, a similar item goes to a child in need.

Summer culture: Museums, movies under the stars, and more

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Most museums offer special student pricing, whether you’re taking in modern art in the spiral of the Guggenheim, perusing surgical tools at the Mütter Museum, or visiting an albino alligator at the California Academy of Sciences.

Cool off this summer at a movie theater offering student discounts. Your student ID will get you discounts at select Regal theaters and Cinemark theaters. Many cities and parks departments offer free outdoor movies during the summer, so don’t forget to check your local listings.

Fitness: Summer classes in session

When you’re not throwing a Frisbee on the beach, check out the many free outdoor workouts and fitness classes, as well as discounts and deals. The Lifetime Fitness student membership doesn’t just offer a discounted rate, you can also pause your membership when you’re back at school. Summer student pricing is available at many YMCAs, and check with your local gyms: New York Sports Club, for example, offers student membership rates.

If you enjoy boutique or specialty fitness classes, some studios offer special deals. CorePower Yoga offers student discounts on 10-class packs and their unlimited membership plans (prices vary by location). Some Pure Barre studios offer special rates with a valid student ID; prices also vary depending on studio location.

Furniture + decor: Summer redecorating

You might remember this as a dorm room hack: Take advantage of deals to spruce up your room or your summer sublet. PBteen offers a one-time 15% student discount, participating West Elm stores have varying student discounts, and Bed Bath & Beyond has special deals for students.

Newsworthy: Summer reading

Don’t let your brain turn to mush from the summer heat. Stay in the know with The New York Times, which offers an academic subscription for $1 a week. Teachers, full- and part-time U.S. college students, grad students, faculty, and staff are eligible for the Washington Post academic rate of $5 every four weeks. The Wall Street Journal student subscription is $4 per month.

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