15 Retailers and Apps That Offer Student Discounts


15 Retailers and Apps That Offer Student Discounts

A guide for those who love to shop, but are on a budget

September 26, 2020
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Love to shop but have a limited budget? Not to worry. Many national and local retailers offer discounts to college students that can result in substantial savings. Simply show your Terrier ID card in person, or use your BU email online and you can save as much as 15 percent on items from food to housewares and apparel. Check out our list of 15 stores and services that could save you money. Many have more than one spot in and around Boston and most have online options. So before you head out to do fall shopping, check out our list. You’ll be glad you did.

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ASOS, the popular British online fashion and cosmetics retailer, offers stylish clothing lines for both men and women. It’s a must for anyone looking for the latest in trendy fashion, whether hoodies and jeans or evening wear. You’ll also find sunglasses, bags, scarves, hats, watches, jewelry, and gift items. It also sells face and body products.

Discount: 10 percent off with your .edu email address
Location: Online

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This popular high-end furniture chain has a store in the heart of Fenway, conveniently close to campus. While the furniture may be out of most students’ price range, you’ll find bedding, rugs, kitchenware, pillows, and more for a dorm room or apartment. Check out the online store for an even wider selection and better sales.

Discount: 15 percent off with student ID, in person only 
Location: 160 Brookline Ave., Boston

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GrubHub is the indispensable online food delivery company—especially since staying in is staying safe during the pandemic. Simply download the app, choose one of the many local restaurants, and get food delivered straight to your door. Some popular local restaurants offering GrubHub delivery are T-Anthony’s, Sweetgreen, and Zaftigs. 

Discount: Various student discounts and promotions on the app
Location: Online

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All you need to use this free app is a valid student email address. Unidays provides discount codes for food and drink and various retailers, like Levi’s, Dr. Martens, Express, Apple, Seamless, Adidas, and more. Most discounts are good for online shopping only. Sign up and check out a complete list of discounts here.

Discount: Varies based on the item
Location: Online

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Designed for college students, Amazon Prime Student is a six-month trial service that offers two-day free delivery on all Amazon orders, unlimited streaming of Prime movies and TV shows, 20 percent off preorder and new release video games, and exclusive deals on phone cases, snacks, apparel, personal care, and more. At the end of the six-month trial, students can enroll in Amazon Prime at half the usual cost, plus you’ll be eligible for deals exclusive to students. You’ll need a valid student email address.

Discount: The six-month trial period is free. Students are then eligible for half off regular Amazon Prime membership ($6.49 a month).
Location: Online 

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Apple provides discounts on numerous electronics, including $200 off iPads and MacBooks and a free pair of Airpods to students with a valid student ID. You can also get discounts on Apple’s popular music subscription and access to Apple TV+ (free for the first six months, and then half price, $4.99 per month). 

Discount: Discount depends on the product—see website for details 
Locations: 815 Boylston St., Boston; Shops at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill; CambridgeSide, 100 CambridgeSide Place, Cambridge; online

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One of the world’s most respected and widely read newspapers, the New York Times is essential reading, regardless of your major. It offers a great online student discount, making it easy to stay up-to-date on breaking news. COM students get free access if they sign up here and sign in with their BU email. Access will be granted within a week. 

Discount: Free for the first four weeks and then $1 a week (online subscription only) 
Location: Online

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Moleskine is known for its timeless, elegant notebooks, planners, wallets, and pens. You’ll find classic black notebooks and special edition notebooks—currently including the Wizard of Oz and Legend of Zelda, and for an extra $7, personalized notebooks and planners.  

Discount: 15 percent off with student ID 
Locations: Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston; 35a Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge; online

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While it’s not a student discount, Honey is still a great tool for saving online. The browser extension helps you save big by finding you discounts and deals when you enter a retailer’s website—whether for food, clothing, furniture, and more. Honey also offers the option to join Honey Gold, which gets you points that you can redeem as gift cards to your favorite stores. 

Discount: Varies depending on site and product
Location: Online

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If you’re looking for reasonably priced jeans or a timeless top, clothing and accessories store American Eagle Outfitters is the place for you. The store sells men’s and women’s apparel: jeans, hoodies, sweaters, jackets, coats, and more. It emphasizes body-positivity and diversity, with women’s sizes from 00 to 24 and extra-short to extra-long. Partner store Aerie carries comfortable undergarments.  

Discount: 20 percent off with Unidays
Locations: Marketplace Center, 200 State St., Boston; CambridgeSide, 100 CambridgeSide Place, Cambridge 

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Whether you’re looking for a great pair of running shoes, sweatshirts, fleece tops, or running shorts and pants, Adidas has it all. This longtime favorite of athletes is renowned for its durable sportswear. 

Discount: 15 percent off and free shipping, online only
Location: Online

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Madewell is known for its colorful women’s tees, dresses, sweaters, skirts, and accessories, as well as for its sustainably produced denim jeans. The company also has a vibrant men’s clothing line, available at the Newbury Street location. Popular labels include Brixton, Madewell x Lively, Madewell x Penfield, and Vans. 

Discount: 15 percent off online and in-store with student ID
Locations: 329 Newbury St., Boston; Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston; online

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A must for those who prefer a preppy, tailored look, J.Crew offers classic clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. Among the brand names are Banjanan, Hatch, and Tribe Alive. You’ll find tweed blazers, turtleneck sweater dresses, and plenty of cashmere—suitable for the cold-weather months ahead. 

Discount: 15 percent off online and in-store with student ID
Locations: Copley Place, 100 Huntington Ave., Boston; Shops at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill; CambridgeSide, 100 CambridgeSide Place, Cambridge; online

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A self-described “preppy chain for the whole family,” Vineyard Vines offers a wide range of button-down shirts, polos, blazers, sweaters, pants, ties, and belts, as well as colorful shorts for men and blouses, skirts, and shorts for women. 

Discount: 15 percent off with student ID 
Locations: Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston; Shops at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill; online

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Love to cook, but unsure what to buy? Hello Fresh is for you. The online food delivery service provides ingredients and recipes for easy-to-make and nutritious meals. The service has four meal-plan options: meat and veggie, veggie, family friendly, and low calorie. You can choose how many people you want to feed and how many recipes/meals to order each week. 

Discount: 15 percent off every box subscription when you sign up as a new customer 
Location: Online 

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