I hope you’re all having a great week. Thanksgiving was this past weekend, which meant a long weekend, food, and friends/family! I know I had a great time. (Though the scale probably won’t…)
It also means that the Winter Holidays are here! I know that a lot of people have a lot of expenses during this period of time (gifts, travel, etc). So, I thought it was the perfect time for me to come out with this article I’ve been thinking about for a little bit.
There are a lot of services and websites that have trials that can be really beneficial, especially for students. There are also a lot of services and websites that have special pricing when you use your student email.
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any of these services, products or websites. Any and all codes given are the default offer codes given by the website, I am not receiving any referral incentives from any of them.
So, without further adieu—
There are a number of classes that assign novels as part of the curriculum. I’ve personally had to read novels for an Intro to Biology course (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and a Philosophy class (multiple books related to art) . Sometimes, devoting all my time to reading a book just isn’t feasible (or ideal). That’s where the beauty of audiobooks really shines. You can listen to them when driving, doing chores, working out, etc.
Audible.com is a website owned by Amazon that works as a sort-of “Netflix of audiobooks”. You pay a monthly subscription and in turn receive credits for downloading audiobooks. As a new subscriber, you receive a FREE 30 Day Trial— what this means is that you get one free credit that you can use to download any audiobook in their catalog (some of the audiobooks cost upwards of $40!). Even if you cancel your trial before the 30 days, you get to keep the book! (They also offer you 3 months for $8/month when you cancel, which I actually agreed to).
Amazon Prime Student
Oh, Amazon. What a love-hate relationship we have. I love you for your good prices, great selection, and super-fast shipping. But I hate you because you make impulse online shopping so easy (and in turn, my bank account goes down!)
Amazon truly is a great place to buy things, especially for students. They have great prices on textbooks (and even rent them!). I pretty much only buy my electronics, books, accessories and (yes, really) shoes from them. With Prime, you get free TWO DAY shipping on things sold by Amazon and their partners. You also get access to their TV and movie streaming service, which is like Netflix except they have exclusives from partners such as HBO and their own Amazon Studios content.
Amazon Prime Student gives you a FREE 6-month trial of Amazon Prime, after which you can sign up for a year of Prime at a FIFTY PERCENT discount off regular price ($50/year vs $100). All you need is your .edu BC email address!
Apple’s new streaming service launched this summer, and was one of the two reasons Apple purchased Beats for $3 Billion last year. It has about any song you’d want (including Taylor Swift, which no other streaming service does) as well as music videos (Hotline Bling’s viral meme-bearing music video was released exclusively on Apple Music). They have a 24-hour commercial-free radio station called Beats 1, and have a LOT of curated playlists that become better recommendations the more you rate songs. My favorite thing about it is that it integrates Siri voice control, so I can tell Siri “Play ‘Zombies’ by The Cranberries” and she does it.
Apple Music is available on all Apple products (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV) as well as any computer that runs iTunes (yes, including Windows PCs). They even have a beta app for Android! It includes a free 3-month trial for new users. Afterwards, it is $9.99 a month.
Unfortunately, they do not have a student discount. However, our next entry does..
The original, the classic, the OG. Spotify was the trailblazer when it came to ad-free unlimited music streaming services. The seasoned veteran to Apple Music’s fresh-faced rookie. While they have a free ad-supported service that let’s you stream music on “shuffle”, their full service (Premium) is the true gem.
Just like Apple Music, they have almost-every song you’d want (but no T. Swift. Which may be a deal-breaker for some, I know). They also have a lot of playlists (a lot of my friends really love their “study music” playlists).
The number-one thing that Spotify Premium has over Apple Music is the price. Although their free trial is only 30 Days, they have a really great student discount. With your .edu student email, you get 50% off the regular price— for a total of only $4.99 a month. This is a really, really good deal in my opinion. You get on-demand unlimited music streaming for less than the cost of a Venti frappuccino. The bang for your buck is amazing.
Uber & Lyft
These services are technically different, but for simplicity’s sake I’m including them in the same entry. They are both car service apps, which solve every single negative aspect of traditional car services and taxi companies. You hail the car through an app, track their location to you, and pay for your ride through the app using your credit/debit card. No cash required.
They both also offer a lot more ease-of-mind than traditional taxi cabs. Drivers are vetted using background checks. Cars must be 10 years old or younger (but most of them are only a few years old, in my experience) and pass a multi-point inspection. Like I mentioned, you have proof of how long they’ll take to get to you (the worst thing I’ve ever experienced with a taxi cab is them lying about how far they are and waiting forever).
As for which one is better— well, I use them both. Sometimes an Uber driver will be too far away, while Lyft will have a closer one. Some of my friends swear by Lyft, others swear by Uber. I will say that Lyft seems to have more “discounts” on rides than Uber (they will send you an email sometimes saying that rides are currently __% off for a certain time).
Uber and Lyft are GREAT services to use to ensure that you and your friends stay safe when going out. There’s no need to stress out about who is driving or if you have a ride, because there is a professional and easy-to-use service at your disposal. They both also have great first-time-user offers:
Uber: FIRST RIDE FREE UP TO $22 (Use code FEELIN22)
I will say that you should check with your friends first in case they have an Uber or Lyft account first. Using one of their referral codes, both of you end up getting ride credits (rather than just you).
Again, I’d like to reiterate: the offers I am advertising are default offers. I am receiving no benefit.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Now, this one is really great. It’s also really useful for a lot of students who are into graphic design, photography, media arts, etc.
Creative Cloud is Adobe’s new service (also released just this summer) that includes all of their creative applications— and I mean all. You name it—
- After Effects
- Premiere Pro
- and more
The price is usually $19.99/month for one app or $49.99/month for all. They have a free 30-day trial for their “all” membership, but what is really great is their special student pricing. With your .edu student email, you can get their All Apps membership for only $19.99/month. This is absolutely the best deal on this whole list. It does not apply to everyone, but for those of us who do creative things as a job or hobby, it really is an invaluable resource.
And for Black Friday, from now until November 27, it is only $15.99/month. So, even GREATER savings.
I hope that this list helped some of you! As always, set a reminder to yourself to cancel a trial in case you don’t end up using it that much or didn’t like it. What I usually do is set up a reminder on my phone for 28 days from the day I sign up.
Happy Holidays, talk to you soon!