Nine student discounts to help you stay entertained on a budget

Here are some of the most popular streaming services and shopping sites that provide students with full access at an affordable rate


Many popular apps, such as Amazon Prime and Spotify, offer student discounts to help you stay entertained on a budget. (Photo courtesy of Julie Blunt)

Julie Blunt, Staff Writer

Television shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and “Bob’s Burgers” are perfect to binge watch when you have free time. Listening to the newest Taylor Swift song or the best pop album while studying can relieve the anxiety of school work. However, the cost of college can take a toll on a student’s ability to keep entertainment in their budget. 

Entertainment seems to be one of the best ways for college students to socialize and ease stress or anxiety. Students may be working part-time or full-time jobs while having to pay rent or deal with other situations that can put stress on the student financially and mentally.

Because they need to pay for things like groceries, gas, and taxes, many students can’t afford to sign up for the most popular streaming apps or TV providers. It can be upsetting when wanting to watch the latest trending movie or listen to the newest album.

Nevertheless, many apps or companies have discounts for college students specifically. Here are nine discounted resources to provide students with everyday needs and wants. 

  1. UniDays

UniDays is a portal for students to find discounts on clothes, electronics, memberships, food and more. Unidays is free with registration and provides discounts for in-store, online or in-app purchases for over 150 providers such as Apple Music, Audible, and Hulu. 


    2. Amazon Prime Student

Amazon Prime for students offers discounted access to resources such as Course Hero, Showtime, Amazon Music Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and more, along with an Amazon Prime account for $6.49 a month. 


   3. Apple Music

An Apple Music Student subscription is provided through UniDays. This account gives students with unlimited access to all Apple Music and limited access to Apple TV+ for $4.99 a month instead of $9.99 a month.


   4. Spotify

Premium Student is a bundle discount with access to the streaming services Showtime and ad-supported Hulu along with unlimited music through Spotify Premium. With one-month free, Spotify Premium Student costs $4.99 a month. 


   5. YouTube

Youtube Premium for students provides access to ad-free, downloadable videos and background play, and YouTube music for $6.99 a month. YouTube music provides ad-free music and free downloads. 


   6. Hulu 

Hulu is a streaming service that provides entertainment through television and movies such as “How I Met Your Mother”, “Rick and Morty”, “Letterkenny” and more. Hulu for students provides access to all movies and TV shows provided for $1.99 a month 


   7. Audible Student 

Audible for students is an online and mobile app with audiobooks and podcasts. Their student discount gives access to three titles a month, free audiobook exchanges, and a $10 Amazon credit all for $9.95 a month.


   8. Headspace Student

Headspace is a mental health and wellness mobile app and web browser that provides meditation and relaxation techniques for those needing some mindfulness and relaxation. Headspace is discounted at $6.99 a year for students with proof of enrollment or $69.99 a year for regular access. 


   9. Talkspace 

Talkspace provides online therapy resources through licensed therapists for students year-round. Using the UniDays portal, students are able to get $100 off their first month of Talkspace.