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If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry, you are not the first one. Personally, I didn’t know I could save so much money on Amazon until my last year of university! This means, unfortunately, that I missed on the benefits of this student discount for most of my time at university.. hopefully you don’t make my same mistake!
This is not the first time I mention this topic; I have already touched on it on this blog, so I do apologise if you find this repetitive. It’s just shocking to see how many students don’t know about it; there is a lot of savings to make when you add up all the benefits!
Please tell me you knew about it already, because I’m seeing far too many students who don’t. Prove me wrong, I’d be happy in this case! Nevertheless, I will now explain what it is, what benefits you get, how I used them to save money, and most importantly how to get it step by step.
You can skip to the end of this post if you just want to know that; mind that you will need to use your university email address for it and not your personal one.
I’m not really sure why it is not that known. However, I do also think this is not being advertised enough. Moreover, there is also a tendency for students to not take full advantage of their status. Particularly, it seems like most mature students are actually not aware of it (like I was).
Student discount on Amazon?
So what is it? This service has been specifically designed for students and it is great if you shop online. You get a 6-month free trial, let me repeat, 6-month free trial! You can cancel at any time, although I kept it also after that. Why did I keep it? Because after the that period it’s half the normal price of Prime until graduation!!
Unfortunately, as you have probably guessed, it only lasts until you are actually a student. However, it is up to you whether or not to keep it until you graduate or just use the free trial. In the last case, you just need to remember to cancel it before the sixth month, or it will automatically update to the half price discount (which is great in my opinion, currently £3.99 a month!)
Starting University? No worries! Below you can find everything I used around the campus
Similarly, if you decide to keep that discount you will need to remember to cancel the subscription when you graduate, as otherwise it will automatically update to a normal Amazon Prime right after that date. That’s what I did, but if you regularly shop online then you might want to keep it, up to you.
Regardless of what you want to do with it, it’s free to join so I would encourage you to get it! Amazon guidelines state that you can enjoy the benefits of the student account for up to four years (unless you cancel before that), or until you graduate; whichever comes first.
So what benefits do you get?
Here comes the best part, the benefits that you get. Firstly, free unlimited one-day deliveries, which is great when you need something urgent. One thing I want to say about this, please be considerate of the environment, avoid making lots of individual purchases; unless, obviously, you need something asap.
Secondly, you get Amazon Prime Video with it. I used this to save money! How? Simple, I cancelled my Netflix subscription since they are very similar services (movies, tv series, documentaries) and I was getting it for free! That for me was already a “student discount”!
Similarly, in the same bundle you also get Amazon Music. Again, for me it was another good monthly saving as I stopped renewing my other music subscription (Spotify). The savings really start to add-up when you consider all these services!
If that wasn’t enough, you also get other deals. The one I enjoyed the most was a 10% off textbooks (again other savings); 10% off selected clothing, shoes and accessories (just saying); and also other discounts on student essentials! Moreover, there are also often deals on laptops, electronics, nutrition and so on!
Need some motivation? In the image below you can find what I read to build good habits and a strong student mindset!
How to get the student discount
Now bear with me because I’m going to explain step by step how to get this student discount. It is very simple and can be done it both cases, whether you are already a Prime member (I was) or a new sign-up:
- Go to the Amazon Prime Student landing page;
- You will see this: Start your 6-month trial, click on “Try Prime Student”;
- Sign-up or sign-in if you already have a Prime account; ‘
- Insert your university email address (ac.uk or edu.ie if in the Republic of Ireland); ”
- Insert your expected graduation year;
- Payment details (only needed to sign up, first 6 months are free)
- Verify you email (Amazon will send it to your university email);
- Enjoy the benefits!
‘ If you have a Prime membership you don’t need to cancel it, Amazon will automatically change it to Prime Student once you get through the process above
” If you do not have an email address with those suffixes or you are having problems with your current one, you can write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will sort it out for you!
Basically, adding up the benefits and how I saved money with it: I had six months of free trial where I could watch movies on Amazon Prime Video, listen music on Prime Music, discounts on books, electronics, clothing etc and unlimited day-deliveries.
I did not only get rid of all other monthly (and costly) subscriptions for individual services (Netflix, Spotify etc), but after the free 6-month trial I had all of that for £3.99 a month! (whereas previously I’d need to pay double that price just to watch movies.)
Is this the best student discount? In my opinion it is up there, let me know what you think and if you knew about it. Obviously, there are other student discounts I used to save money, I will write another post about them as soon as I can! When you add-up all the benefits, you can make a lot of savings!
Lastly, before you go, feel free to share this post with your fellow students. I was gutted when I found out about it only in my last year, I could have saved a lot of money in my previous years! We need to help as many students as possible.
I really hope this post helps you save some money, take advantage of your student status while you can! I can ensure that you will miss those benefits after you graduate!
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