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Best Student Discounts You Didn’t Know You Could Get

Turns out, your student ID is good for more than just meal swipes. Check out these spots near UCSB that give the best student discounts.

Feeling the heat of costly textbooks, tuition, and all the other expenses that add to that hefty college price tag? Take advantage of these student discounts that you can get near campus or online. Cutting down on your student spending is easier than you thought it would be!

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Food

McDonald’s

Head over to Micky D’s at 6900 Marketplace Drive if you’re craving a burger and fries, and get a 10% discount with your UC Santa Barbara student ID. That’s one great option for a limited budget, and not too bad tasting, either. Also check out their nationwide student discounts.

Sweet Alley

To satisfy your sweet tooth, Sweet Alley offers up some great fro-yo for a great deal. It’s also the only frozen yogurt shop in IV (find it at 955 Embarcadero del Mar). You can load up on toppings or buy bulk candy, acai bowls, and smoothies. They also serve egg waffles, a Hong Kong street dessert. Best yet, all menu items are available to buy at lower student prices!

Tech

New York Times online

If you like to stay updated with news from the wider world beyond IV, a “basic” New York Times subscription is $1 per week for as long as you’re a student. The basic package includes access to NYTimes.com, NY Times apps, and unlimited articles, including archives that date back to 1851. To be eligible for the student rate, you just have to enter your student email address for verification.

Spotify and Hulu

Of course you need tunes while you’re heading to Freebirds, the beach, class, or the Rec Center—but are you tired of downloading music with a YouTube converter? Annoyed with paying high prices to stream your favorite study playlists? With your student email, you can get 50% off of Spotify Premium, which now includes Hulu, too! (That’s $4.99 a month for a year.) You can renew every 12 months, as long as you’re an eligible student. More good news: With this plan, you get Hulu’s Limited Commercials plan for streaming movies and shows.

Microsoft Store

Most students frequently use Microsoft programs. Unfortunately, Microsoft Office 365 Personal costs about $70 a year. Fortunately, though, currently enrolled UCSB students can download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus desktop applications for free under the Microsoft Student Advantage program. All you have to do is log in with your UCSB U-Mail account and install the software.

Books

Textbookrentals.com

If you want to cut down the costs of books and school supplies, there are several options to turn to that won’t leave you and your wallet in tears. Compare multiple sites using Textbookrentals.com, which can show you price comparisons between companies like Amazon and AbeBooks.

Textbookrentals.com also compares the prices of renting, buying, or having the electronic version of the book. You won’t have to step into the bookstore again after discovering this site, unless you want to pick up some UCSB merch.

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