Money Monday: Top Deals for College Students and Grads

Posted by
Jeff Black On Oct 7 , 2013

Student life is always portrayed as easy-street. While we all love college movies about crazy, bored students drowning in money and liquor, the reality is that being in college usually means you are B-R-O-K-E, be it in money or in time. That’s why we offer more than just homework help here. Check out these deals below for the easiest ways to get around life and student expenses.

Being broke sucks, and a lot of businesses understand that, even though they don’t advertise it. We scoured the ‘net to find out where the best deals are, who’s giving them, and what you can get away with, even after you graduate. Some require a student ID, some require just your student email, and others are just promo codes. Keep checking this post for updates.

GEEK merch: Computers, Electronics, Etc…

  • Microsoft: 10% off on touchscreen PCs, free Office 365 University with certain products.
  • HP: Up to $400 off laptops, PCs and accessories, plus free shipping.
  • Apple: $100 App Store gift card, $50 GC with an iPad of iPhone purchase
  • Dell: $200 promo card with purchase of $700 PCs.
  • Norton Antivirus: 50% off
  • Sony: 10% off, various deals
  • JourneyEd & Academic Superstore: get reduced pricing on software
  • Inkjet Willy: WILLY10 promo code to get 10% off on that overpriced printer ink.

Entertainment & Sports:

  • AMC Theatres: Thursday is the new Friday, get discounted tickets any Thursday with a student ID
  • Cinemark: student discounts, offers vary
  • Regal: Their free discount program offers free popcorn, candies, drinks and even movies when you get a card.
  • Redbox: Free one-day rental when you create a new account, or like them on Facebook
  • Washington Wizards: Student Rush $15 tickets
  • DC United: College Nights benefit soccer fans living in or visiting the DC Metro
  • Washington Nationals: 25% off tickets under $25 for students who want to see Bryce Harper in person
  • NY Mets: $10 tickets with a valid ID

Arts Discounts:

  • Lincoln Center, NYC: Discounts on the Met Opera, NYC Ballet, Lincoln Center Theatre
  • MOMA, NYC: $11 off admission with a student ID
  • Art Institute of Chicago: Get a one year membership for $50. Free admission, 10% Museum Store discount, invitations to Members-only events.
  • Carnegie Hall: Student Rush Tickets for $10 on various performances.
  • Memphis Symphony Orchestra: Student Rush, $5
  • Madame Tussauds: 15% discount on admission to all American locations.

Autos, Insurance and Travel:

  • GM: “graduate preferred” pricing offers discounts on cars. Always be careful when dealing with the car industry, especially as grads!
  • NJ transit: monthly transportation up to 25% off
  • Global Auto Transportation: Need to get your car shipped? Get 10% off with these guys. It doesn’t sound like much, but car shipping can be very pricey.
  • Eurail: Studying abroad? Travel abroad with up to 35% off regular pricing
  • Allstate: 20% off full-time students under 25 y/o
  • Geico: students age 16-25 get up to 15% off when making a B average or better.
  • State Farm: offers various “Good Student” discounts
  • Travelers Insurance: B average students and students living at least 100 miles away receive special discounts
  • Farmers: Students under 25
  • Greyhound: 20%-40% off various travel packages.

Phones: Mobile providers are awful all around. Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T may offer up to 10% off , if you ask for it.


  • Sams Club: Collegiate membership is cheap – split it with your roommates or friends, and get a $15 gift card for signing up
  • Amazon: $39 for annual membership, gives shipping benefits and access to streaming videos online.
  • NY Times: various discounts for students.
  • WSJ: 75% off for students. Includes mobile, print and online content.
  • Gold’s Gym Student Discount: Varies per location, but generally a month-to-month rate of $20.00. You will have to ask for it.

More to be had, as we find them. Happy shopping!