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College students can save big on streaming services - check out deals from Amazon Prime, Hulu, Paramount Plus, and more

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Many streaming services offer discounts for college students.
  • College students can save money on many streaming services by claiming special discounts.
  • Some of the best student discounts include deals on Prime Video, Hulu, Paramount Plus, and more.
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While living in a shared dorm room my freshman year of college, I started regularly watching late-night movies on my laptop with a good pair of headphones. Living on a tight budget, I could only afford to choose one streaming service and would sometimes switch between different options month to month.

Student discounts weren't as common then, but times have changed over the last few years, and students on a budget now have the option to take advantage of many deals to help ease the burden of paying for multiple subscriptions. If you plan out your spending and snag the right discounts, you can now enjoy several streaming services without breaking the bank.

To help you decide what to sign up for, we rounded up the best streaming service deals that are currently available for college students in the US. To redeem most of these discounts you'll need to verify your student enrollment by using the .edu email address assigned by your university. Other requirements vary by service, so be sure to check each platform's website for full details.

For more streaming recommendations, take a look at our guide to the best streaming services. And, if you're looking for a compact smart TV or media player ideal for watching any of these apps in a dorm or apartment, check out these home entertainment gift ideas and recommendations for college students.

The best discounts on streaming services for college students in 2021:

Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video

Amazon offers a discounted plan for college students called Amazon Prime Student. The program includes a six-month free trial for new members and each month after the trial costs $6.49. An individual membership to Amazon Prime costs $13 a month, so by claiming the student membership, you get 50% off the standard price.

The student plan includes access to Prime Video where you can watch exclusive movies like "The Tomorrow War" and critically acclaimed series like "Fleabag."

In addition to Prime Video, student members receive fast and free shipping on millions of eligible items, deep discounts on services like Amazon Music Unlimited ($1/month instead of $8/month), and more exclusive deals that are further explained in our breakdown of Amazon Prime Student.

Prime Student members can also pay a discounted $1/month rate (for up to 12 months) to add select Prime Video channels, like Showtime, Epix, and Shudder.

The discounted Amazon Prime rate for students is valid until graduation, for a maximum length of four years.

Prime Student Monthly Subscription (small) Hulu
Hulu

Hulu offers their basic ad-supported plan to college students for $2/month until they graduate. The Hulu Basic Plan normally costs $6 a month, so the student discount saves you about 65%. 

Hulu Basic offers access to Hulu's full catalog of movies and original series. Hulu also features a big selection of network shows, including popular series like "Atlanta," "The Bachelor," and "Bob's Burgers."

You can find more information about pricing for all of Hulu's regular plans here.

Student Plan Monthly Subscription (small) Paramount Plus
Paramount Plus

Similar to Hulu, Paramount Plus offers their ad-supported plan to college students at a discounted rate. You can claim a 25% discount on the Essential Plan, which brings the price down to around $3.74 a month. Unlike most streaming service deals, current college students can lock in this discount for four years, even if they graduate.

With Paramount Plus, you can watch shows like "RuPaul's Drag Race," and "Love Island," along with movies like "The Ring," "Minority Report," and the "Indiana Jones" series. The service features content from Paramount, CBS, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, and The Smithsonian Channel. 

The platform also includes original series like "Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years" and the reboot of "iCarly," as well as blockbuster new releases like "A Quiet Place: Part II." Take a look at our full guide to original shows and movies on Paramount Plus for more information about current and upcoming titles.

Student Plan Monthly Subscription (small) Discovery Plus
Discovery Plus

For students enrolled in college, Discovery Plus offers $2 off their ad-supported plan, bringing the price down to just $3 a month. 

While the service doesn't have many scripted offerings, viewers who enjoy cooking shows and reality TV will find numerous options, including "Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations," "Man v. Food," "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," "Sister Wives," and "90 Day Fiancé."

Discovery Plus also includes many original programs developed exclusively for subscribers. Check out our full guide to streaming Discovery Plus here.

Student Offer Monthly Subscription (small) Apple TV Plus and Apple Music
Apple TV Plus on iPhone and Macbook
It's possible to cancel your Apple TV Plus subscription using different Apple devices.

Though Apple TV Plus doesn't offer a specific student plan, Apple Music does and, for a limited time, this discounted plan includes Apple TV Plus for free.

The Apple Music Student Plan costs $5 a month. That's $5 off the regular Apple Music price and the same cost of Apple TV Plus on its own. College students are eligible for this discount for up to four years as long as they remain enrolled in school.

With Apple TV Plus you can stream original series like "Ted Lasso," "Dickinson," and "The Morning Show." Apple Music allows you to stream over 75 million songs from your favorite artists without any interruptions from ads. You can also download music to supported devices for offline listening.

Music Student Monthly Subscription (small) Spotify Premium with Hulu and Showtime
Spotify Logo

Spotify is another company offering an exclusive deal for college students that combines music with streaming services. You can get Spotify Premium Student for $5 a month after a one-month free trial and, in addition to music, subscribers receive Showtime and ad-supported Hulu for free.

The student plan is $5 cheaper than the individual Spotify Premium plan which costs $10 a month. To retain access to Spotify Premium, ad-supported Hulu, and Showtime at this discounted rate, students must verify they are still enrolled in college every 12 months. The Spotify Premium Student bundle is valid for a maximum of four years.

Premium Student Monthly Subscription (small) YouTube Premium
YouTube Premium

YouTube Premium offers $5 off their individual plan to students, along with a one-month free trial for new customers.

This streaming service doesn't offer many original movies or shows, but for a discounted rate of $7 a month you can watch YouTube without ads, keep videos running in the background, and use the YouTube Music Premium app.

Annual verifications are required to keep the student discount.

Premium Student Plan Monthly Subscription (small) Streaming services without student deals
man using laptop watching shows

Though student discounts have become common, there are a few streaming services that don't currently offer any student deals. The following services don't have any active student discount offers: 

  • HBO Max
  • Disney Plus
  • Peacock
  • Netflix

In addition, even though there are multiple offers you can claim for live TV services like Sling TV, none of the deals we found are exclusive to college students.

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Published Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2021 19:16:42 +0000

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