Students, parents and faculty members alike can all benefit from Microsoft’s student discounts. Especially now that Microsoft’s launched its back to school sale, there’s even more reason to flex your student status and pick up a top discount on that Surface laptop or Surface Pro 7 laptop you’ve been eyeing.

Here, we’re going through what sorts of discounts to expect and eligibility requirements, along with how to get free access to Office 365 Education.

Microsoft Student Discount

How much is the discount and who can get it?

Students from K-12 as well as higher education students, faculty and parents all qualify for the student discount with up to 10% off on selected products. As Microsoft states in its terms "Only full-time and part-time students, teachers, and parents purchasing on behalf of students and school employees are eligible to the education discount".

You'll need to verify your status with a Microsoft account (more on this below). Once you've verified, the discount automatically applies to any eligible products you add to cart.

You won’t be able to combine the student discount on other offers though. Additionally, Microsoft notes that if the product already has a discount that exceeds 10%, you won't get an additional student discount.

Also eligible are military personnel, whether active, former or retired, and their families.

How does Microsoft verify student eligibility?

If you’re shopping at the Microsoft Store in person, you’ll have to show your student ID card to verify your student status. 

Online, however, Microsoft doesn’t require you to verify right away like the Apple Education Store UK does. You do need to “confirm” your eligibility for special student pricing on Microsoft’s Student Pricing Terms page, before you start shopping. You’ll then need to sign in with a Microsoft account.

Though Microsoft doesn’t verify your student status upfront, you may be contacted to provide proof at a later date. If you’re unable to verify your status then, you would have to pay the full price of the device. Other ways of getting the student discount is to go via Unidays.

See our full guide to using Unidays.

Also read: How to get an Apple Education discount

What kind of deals can you get with a Microsoft student discount?

Up to 10% off Microsoft Surface devices

Microsoft offers students deals across a broad range of its products with a highlight on its Surface devices, with up to 10% off. Right now deals include:

  • Up to £65 off the Surface Go 2 bundle with Type Cover and Microsoft 365
  • Up to £270 off the Surface Pro 7
  • Up to £280 off the Surface Pro 7 bundle with Type cover and Microsoft 365
  • £240 off Surface Laptop 3
  • Up to £260 off the Surface Laptop 3 with Microsoft 365

See all Microsoft Surface deals for students.

Free Office 365 Education for students

Students and teachers also have the advantage of free web access to Office 365, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote as well as Microsoft Teams on Android or Windows devices. You will need a valid school email address to sign up.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Office 365 is the cloud-based version of Microsoft 365 (except you don't need a separate subscription). Like Microsoft 365, all the apps update automatically except the access is web-only. For desktop app access, Microsoft offers other plans for Education starting at £2.20 per month which includes additional security and management tools.

The free option includes access to Outlook for the web with a 50 GB mailbox and unlimited personal cloud storage, which greatly outdoes Google Drive's 15GB limit.

Also read: Which version of Microsoft 365 should you buy?

Is there a Xbox student discount?

Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn't offer a separate student discount on Xbox games and consoles (and seem quite protective over Xbox discounts if you ask us!). As per its terms and conditions to the student discount Microsoft outlines the following exclusions:

  • Digital games, digital apps, in-app content and subscriptions, films, TV shows and associated content
  • Gift cards and services/subscriptions (e.g. Skype, Xbox Live)
  • Xbox consoles, games and accessories
  • Products that have been personalised or customised
  • Office software & apps

What is Microsoft's Shape the Future program?

Microsoft's Shape the Future program offers discounts on Windows 10 laptops and 2-in-1 devices  to help schools transition to remote learning. The laptops aren't just Microsoft's own hardware, but also from other leading brands like HP, Dell and Lenovo with prices starting at £219/US$219. The discounts will be available until 30 September to K-12 schools only, though not higher education institutions.

You will need a valid email address affiliated with a school to be eligible. Verify your eligibility over at Microsoft or learn more about education devices from Microsoft.

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