All the best deals and freebies for college kids

There's a reason college students famously gravitate to ramen noodles: The latter are cheap and the former are broke, what with staggering tuition costs having turned out their pockets, hobo-style.

Thankfully, lots of companies offer great discounts and freebies to anyone with a student ID. Because I now have a broke kid in college, I've compiled this list of some of the best deals for the ramen set. This is a good one to bookmark, as I'll be expanding and updating the list as I locate new options.

Student discounts on entertainment

Apple Music for $5 per month: In addition to hardware discounts (see below), Apple offers its Music subscription service at half price for students. That subscription nets you access to some 50 million songs, and of course it's accessible on all your Apple devices.

Spotify Premium and more for $5 per month: Arguably the best student deal in the history of student deals, Spotify offers a $5 ad-free plan that includes both Hulu and Showtime. Non-students pay a minimum of $10, $6 and $11 per month, for a grand total of $27. That's an awful lot of entertainment for $5.

Student discounts on money management

You Need a Budget free for one year: If there's one thing most students need help with, it's learning to manage money. You Need a Budget (YNAB) offers a wealth of tools and classes to that end. It normally costs $84 per year, but students can get their first year absolutely free.

Student discounts on software

Adobe Creative Cloud for $20 per month: Adobe's student bundle is undoubtedly the envy of anyone paying full price, as it includes over 20 apps -- and cloud storage -- but comes at a discount of better than 60%. However, the $20-per-month price ends after the first year; then it jumps to $30. That's still a significant savings, though.

Microsoft Office 365 for free: Although modern students may be a bit more accustomed to Google Docs, Microsoft aims to sway them with Office 365 Education at no charge. That version includes not only Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but also OneNote and Microsoft Teams (the latter potentially useful for organizing and executing group projects). All that's required is a valid school email address.

Unfortunately, while Microsoft rival SoftMaker offers its full SoftMaker Office 2018 suite free for schools and teachers, students no longer have the option of purchasing it at a discount. Too bad -- I liked the idea of a lifetime license for just $10.

Student discounts on shopping and tech

Amazon Prime Student: Free for six months, then 50% off: Whether it's textbooks, No. 2 pencils or more coffee pods for the Keurig, students can undoubtedly take advantage of the super-fast shipping afforded Prime subscribers -- to say nothing of the many other Prime perks. A trial subscription is available free for the first six months; after that, it's $6.49 per month or $59 annually -- half the regular price.

Apple discounts and bundles: Apple has long offered price breaks for students, including a half-price Apple Music subscription (see above) and discounts on iPads and Macs. One deal that's available now: Buy a Mac or iPad (at education pricing) and get a free Beats Studio3 Wireless headphone. Students can also save 20% on an AppleCare warranty program.

Best Buy discounts: Best Buy offers student savings on a wide variety of products, from laptops to TVs to mini fridges. To get the discounts (which in some cases can be applied to existing sale prices), you need to create or sign into your My Best Buy account, then sign up for student deals. Thankfully, you don't need a .edu email address, and in fact you don't actually have to be a student: parents of college and K-12 students can sign up as well.

Groupon local deals: Save 25%: Groupon's program affords college students an extra 25% off food, drink, activity and other local deals. That's for the first six months; after that, you save 15% for as long as you remain an eligible student.

Lenovo laptops: Save an extra 5%: Students, teachers and administrators can all score an extra 5% off Lenovo's laptops, and that's on top of any existing sales or bundles (with a few exclusions, of course). You'll have to provide verification at checkout.

Microsoft Store savings: In addition to free Office (see above), Microsoft promises discounts for both students and their parents. However, it's not immediately clear how to obtain those discounts. At this writing, Surface Book 2 and Surface Laptop prices were the same via the student portal as they were through the main Microsoft Store. And this has been the case since we first wrote about this last year. If you're thinking about a Surface product for school, it might be worth visiting a brick-and-mortar Microsoft store to see if there's really a student discount.

Have you found any other great college deals to share? List them in the comments!

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