This guide to finding the best student discounts and deals available will help you get everything you need for back to school season without breaking the bank, including laptops, tablets, smartphones and software.
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 ensure that your new term gets off to the best possible start. Also see our round up of the best tech for college and university.
You might also like to check out our round-up of the best student bank accounts, and the best laptops for students to help you prepare for the new school year. We've also made a list of the best phone contracts for students.
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 to help you find the best deals we've picked out the top ten for you to scroll through below.
Free Beats wireless headphones with Mac or iPad Pro
Now: Free Beats headphones worth up to £249
Amazon Prime Student
Was: £79.99 per year
Now: 6 months free, then £39 per year (50% off)
Apple Education Store Discount
Now: Save on Macs, MacBooks, iPads and 50% off Apple Music
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.
If you’re looking for specific tech deals, continue reading as we’ve got more tips and tricks to getting great student discounts to share with you.
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.
However, the student discount available is fantastic, at 69% off until 7th September. You can get the entire package for just £14 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, including exclusive offers on the newest iPad with Apple Pencil support.
Right now, Apple is also running a promotion where you get a free pair of Beats headphones when you buy a Mac or iPad Pro.
You can save on Apple Music, AppleCare and the Apple Pencil too.
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 20% on its range of laptops and tablets. 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 there is a university version of the Office365 suite that’s available for £59.99 or £5.99 per month. This price allows you to install Word, Excel and all the other Office apps on two PCs, Macs or tablets, alongside two smartphones.
If you’re looking for a new laptop then Microsoft offers students up to up to £250 off its Surface i5 and i7 laptops.