This guide to finding the best student discounts and deals available will help you get everything you need for the first term of university, including laptops, tablets, smartphones and software, without breaking the bank.
There are some great bargains to be found on tech and gadgets, particularly if you happen to be a student. We’ve gathered together the best deals we could find to make sure you can stay thrifty and save on your student budget. Also see our round up of the best tech for college and university.
Where to find the best student deals and discounts
Once you start looking, you'll realise that there are thousands of deals designed exclusively for students elsewhere on the web. It can be quite overwhelming, so we've picked out the best.
We’ve got even more student tech discounts available to browse on our dedicated Tech Advisor student discounts page. You can search all types of student tech deals there, to find everything you’re looking for quickly and easily.
Adobe student deals
If your course involves any kind of design, video or photography elements then Adobe Creative Cloud will be an excellent suite of software to have in your arsenal. Sadly this is rather expensive, which doesn’t lend itself easily to a student budget. See our dedicated guide to Adobe CC.
There is of course, the student discount, which is at a fantastic 65% off. You can get the entire package for just £16.24 per month compared with the regular price of £49.94 per month. Get Creative Cloud for Students here.
Amazon Prime for students
Being a student isn’t all about work. Sometimes you need to take a break from pouring over textbooks, a chance to relax, recharge, and binge watch Arrow.
One excellent way of doing this is through Amazon’s Student version of Prime. There’s a whopping six month free trial, and after that your membership is half price, so just £39. With Prime, you get access to the Amazon Video library for unlimited streaming, but you’ll also get free next day delivery and plenty more.
Apple Education Store
Apple has a good student discount programme available if you know where to look.
Right now, Apple is running a promotion that gets you a free pair of Beats headphones when you buy a qualifying Mac or iPad via the Education Store. The offer is available to current or recently accepted students, parents buying for university students and teachers and staff. Find out more here.
Dell student deals
Dell has a similar student store, offering a number of discounts across its range of laptops and desktops when you create a free account. Considering the fact that Dell are making some of the best PCs on the market at the moment, this is a tempting offer.
Lenovo student deals
Much like Microsoft and Apple, Lenovo has its own store for students where it promises savings of up to 5% on its range of laptops. To access the deals you’ll need to create a free account on the Student Store.
Microsoft student deals
Microsoft has its own Student Store, which includes a decent range of deals and discounts. On the software side, student can get Office 365 for free, which Microsoft emphasises is not a trial. You need you school email address to claim. Office 365 includes Word, Excel and all the other Office apps. Read our full guide to getting Microsoft Office.
Best student discounts right now
1. Apple Education Store Discount
Now: Save on Macs, MacBooks and iPads
An Education Store discount can save you hundreds on Mac computers. Here's everything you need to know about getting an Education Store discount from Apple.
2. Amazon Prime Student
Was: £79.99 per year
Now: 6 months free, then £39 per year (50% off)
You can get a six month trial of Amazon Prime absolutely free if you are a student. After that, you'll get Prime for only 3.99 per month, or £39 per year (depending on the plan you choose), which is a bargain when you consider its features. Find out more about Amazon Prime here.
3. Microsoft Student Store
Now: Up to £506 off
The Microsoft Student Store offers a range of discounts on Microsoft products. Students can save up to £506 on the premium Surface range and get Office 365 for free.
4. Adobe Creative Cloud Student Discount
Was: £49.94 per month
Now: £16.24 per month (65% off)
Students and teachers get an incredible 65% off Adobe CC programs. Read our full guide to buying Adobe CC.
5. Dell Student Store
Now: 10% off
Dell typically offers students 10% off its XPS, Alienware and Dell Gaming devices, and up to 20% off Dell peripherals.
6. HP PCs, Printers, Inks & Accessories
From: HP (via Student Beans)
Now: Up to 35% off
The discount includes 10% savings on printers and 15% on inks via a Student Beans student discount.
7. Lenovo Student Store
Now: Up to 20% off
Lenovo offers 20% off its Think range and 15% off its Idea range laptops to students and teachers. Learn more here.
8. YouTube Premium
Was: £11.99 per month
Now: £6.99 per month (£4 off)
YouTube Premium offers YouTube and YouTube Music ad-free. Students get a discounted membership, plus a three month free trial.
9. Perlego Online eTextbook Library
Was: £15 per month or £120 per year
Now: £12 per month or £96 per year (£3 per month or £24 per year)
Perlego is like Spotify for university books. Pay a reasonable subscription fee to access their online library. As a student, you get a 14-day free trial and a discount off both the monthly and annual plans.
10. Tech Advisor Student Deals
From: Tech Advisor
A huge range of student deals via Tech Advisor's own Student Beans discounts site.
11. Tech Advisor Voucher Codes
From: Tech Advisor
Now: for Argos, HP, Dell, Currys & More
Save across major brands with Tech Advisor's dedicated page for voucher codes.
Click here for the best Microsoft voucher codes.