University term kicks off this month - and if you want to get prepared then there's plenty of savings to be made across a number of tech products. This guide to finding the best student discounts and deals available will help you get everything you need for 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.
Lots of the deals we've handpicked are available year-round, but some of these deals are discounted for the Christmas season.
Adobe student deals
If your course involves any kind of design, video or photography elements then Adobe Creative Cloud is 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. In addition, for the Back to School season, Adobe is offering one month free. 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 your favourite series.
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.
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. Spotify Premium Student
Now: £4.99 per month (with free Google Nest Mini)
Spotify's Student account is half the price of the standard Premium plan, and includes Headspace bundled in. This month, you also get a free Google Nest Mini with all Premium accounts.
2. 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.
3. Mondly Language Learning App - Premium
Now: £89.99 (96% off)
Learn a new language with the Mondly app, which has a mega 96% discount right now on its Premium plan with lifetime access to all 41 languages.
4. 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.
5. Microsoft Student Store
Now: 10% off Surface range
The Microsoft Student Store offers a range of discounts on Microsoft products. Students can save hundreds of pounds on desktops and laptops and get Office 365 for free.
6. OnePlus Student Bundles
Now: Free accessories and discounts
Buy a phone in the OnePlus 8 series or Nord series and receive free accessories - including headphones and adaptors - and receive extra discounts on other mobile accessories.
7. Adobe Creative Cloud Student Discount
Was: £49.94 per month
Now: £16.24 per month (65% off + 1 free month)
Students and teachers usually get an incredible 65% off Adobe CC programs for the first year of use plus one free month free. Read our full guide to buying Adobe CC.
8. Dell Student Store
Now: Up to 20% off
Dell is offering up to 20% off of its XPS, Alienware, Dell Gaming devices and Dell peripherals.
9. Lenovo Student Store
Now: 5% off the site
Lenovo offers an extra 5% discount to students and teachers site-wide, excluding deals with a specific ecoupon. Learn more here.
10. 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.
11. 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 off)
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.
12. Udemy Online Courses
Was: From £20 to £200
Now: Starting from £12.99
Looking to train in an extra skill? Udemy offers online courses in a range of subjects - design, business, IT and academia. Many of their courses are discounted year round, and right now you can get some from as low as £12.99.
13. Tech Advisor Student Deals
From: Tech Advisor
A huge range of student deals via Tech Advisor's own Student Beans discounts site.
14. 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.
When is Black Friday 2020 - should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals - but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.