The Best Student Apps with Benefits and Discounts

It’s not because of the great MSG flavor that ramen is so popular among college students. College is not cheap, but ramen is. Of course, there’s tuition, but there’s also living expenses and the money you’ll need to keep up with extracurricular activities, events, and, yes, classes.

Fortunately, some of the most popular applications and services—from music to meditation—offer student discounts; we’ve listed a couple below. Unidays(Opens in a new window) is a one-stop shop for student discounts, directing you to online and in-store savings on clothing, shoes, food, technology, travel, and events.

Creative Cloud by Adobe

With Adobe’s Creative Cloud, you can make your work stand out. The whole bundle of over 20 products (including Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro) is ordinarily $52.99 per month, but it’s only $19.99 per month with a student discount(Opens in a new window).


Amazon Prime

Amazon boxes at a warehouse (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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If you only want one service (and one item on your budget), Amazon Prime Student(Opens in a new window) is an excellent option. It covers delivery for supplies, streaming shows and movies, and access to a large music collection. Two-day Prime shipping, Amazon Video, exclusive offers, and photo cloud storage are all free for the first six months. It’s $6.49 per month or $59 per year after the free trial (rather than $119 per year), which gives you access to even more Prime features (Opens in a new window).


Apple Music

apple music app on the home screen of an iphone
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For college students, Apple offers a half-price Apple Music subscription for 48 months ($4.99 per month vs. $9.99 per month). It comes with Apple TV+ “for a short period,” however Apple does not indicate how long that is (currently, free trials run for seven days, or three months if you purchase a new Apple device). You can check your eligibility on the Unidays website.


Coursera

Coursera(Opens in a new window) classes can supplement your previous coursework or help you obtain credentials while still in school. Coursera for Students is offering free access to most courses, specializations, and professional credentials for a limited time (Opens in a new window). Many programs are still free if you aren’t a student, but Coursera Plus(Opens in a new window), which includes unlimited access and credentials, costs $399.


Evernote

Evernote is a fantastic tool for staying organized in college. However, at around $95 per year, it is not inexpensive. However, Evernote offers a 50% discount to students (Opens in a new window).


Headspace

Headspace

One of the most complete meditation apps available is Headspace. It offers a variety of courses on themes such as anxiety management, productivity, and creativity, as well as customized meditations for exam preparation and becoming more attentive of your connection with technology. Students who need to sleep have a whole section dedicated to wind downs, soundscapes, sleepcasts, and other sleep-related topics. There’s even a section dedicated to calming cardio. All of this costs $69.99 a year, but with a student plan(Opens in a new window), it’s only $9.99.


Microsoft Workplace 365

In college, you can’t avoid writing papers and giving presentations. Microsoft Office 365 won’t be able to accomplish anything for you, but it can assist you. It includes Word for writing, Excel for spreadsheets, PowerPoint for presentations, OneNote for note-taking, and Microsoft Teams for group collaboration. For college students, it’s also free.


New York Instances

Students can get half-price access to the New York Times’ website and app.


Peloton

You may use the Peloton app to exercise without using Peloton equipment. On-demand cycling, jogging, bootcamp, stretching, strength, cardio, and yoga classes are all available. Students can get a half-price subscription for $6.99 per month.


Spotify

Spotify on tablet, desktop, and phone
Spotify

Spotify Premium Student(Opens in a new window) is a steal for $4.99 per month, especially considering it includes Hulu (with advertisements) and Showtime memberships. The offer is valid for 12 months, but it can be renewed three times. Listen to music and podcasts without advertisements and download them for offline listening.


YouTube Music

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YouTube’s ad-free music-streaming service for students has been cut in half(Opens in a new window). YouTube Music is free for the first month, then $4.99 per month after that.


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