Did you know your student status can give you exclusive access to an enormous range of discounts? 💸
With Australia’s cost of living skyrocketing, it’s never been a better time to take advantage of student perks. To help you master your money-saving skills, we have put together a list of our favourite little-known student discounts in Australia. Whether you’re going out for a feast with friends or treating yourself to a new pair of shoes, with these student discounts you can maximise your budget – and, more importantly, your time – to make your uni life more affordable.
How do I get student discounts?
Well… by being a student! As an international student studying in Australia, you will probably be given some sort of student ID, usually in the form of a card. Sometimes, accessing student discounts can be as easy as showing one of these cards to the cashier before payment. In some cases, you may need a registered student email account with ‘.edu’ at the end. You can always ask store staff or have a quick search of a business’ website to see if they offer any deals for students.
Have you downloaded the UNiDAYS app on your phone yet? If not, get onto it! This app will help you get online student discounts quickly and easily. Best of all, UNiDAYS is free and all you need is your student email address to sign up. UNiDAYS offers a huge range of deals, from big brands in fashion, lifestyle, and technology, such as ASOS, the ICONIC, and even Apple!
Similar to UNiDAYS, Student Beans works as the central hub for heaps of student discounts that are tailor-made for your life in Australia! Want to know what freebies you can get on your birthday? You might be able to find some gems in their blog section!
The ISIC is the only globally accepted student identity product that provides student status verification. This allows you to identify yourself as a student and access thousands of discounts worldwide. The ISIC is available to primary, secondary and tertiary students and costs $30.
As a student, you get 10 per cent off if you shop online at ASOS. ASOS is great for stocking up on affordable basics, and the site features an excellent range of gifts if you need something for an upcoming birthday. Get your discount code through the ASOS student validation form, or you can get the code if you sign up to be a UNiDAYS or Student Beans member.
Stocking both Australian and international brands, THE ICONIC is the perfect online store to keep up with the latest trends. The items available on THE ICONIC tend to be a little more expensive than other online retailers, such as ASOS, but the site offers a great opportunity to support local Aussie fashion and accessory brands, and you can filter your searches through their ‘Considered Edit’ to find sustainable options. THE ICONIC provides a 10 per cent off discount for all UNiDAYS members, so be sure to sign up using your student email address to save some coin.
Not only can you access special promotions and earn points (which lead to free movies!) when you sign up for the Cinebuzz Rewards Program, but you can also enjoy a student rate of $12 tickets Monday to Thursday. The perfect mid-week treat!
Gym memberships can be an expensive investment, but they’re a good way to get you motivated to exercise. Luckily, Fitness First provides concession discounts to all university students. Visit your nearest Fitness First gym to sign up and find out more.
If you’re looking for a relaxed night at the movies, show your student card at any HOYTS Cinemas branch for a student discount. The staff will sign you up as a Student Edge member and you’ll be able to access exclusive discounts. Find out more about this promotion here.
Spotify’s repetitious ’30 minutes of ad-free music’ refrain is the most annoying interruption when you’re listening to music on your way to classes. But did you know that you can get one month free and a cheaper subscription rate when you sign up for Spotify Premium as a student?
You don’t need stamina to bowl – it’s the one sport that almost anyone can participate in and enjoy. It’s the perfect activity for a cheap night out with friends or even a first date. Strike Bowling offers an $12 bowling rate from Monday to Thursday through your UNiDAYS account. Make sure you also subscribe to their newsletter to get their promotions and deals straight to your inbox.
If you’re a student, Flight Centre offers discounted airfares in-store on domestic flights across Australia and international flights to Asia, North America, Europe and South America. If you have an ISIC, there are discounts available on food, clothing and various experiences too. Head to your nearest store to find out more!
Domino’s is a great place to score a Friday movie night meal or to cater for any good house party. While the pizzas are already fairly cheap, UNiDAYS members can also enjoy 33 per cent off!
Up to half-price off your meal for both eat-in and takeaway?! The best thing about EatClub is that you don’t really have to be a student to enjoy all the discounts. All you need is to sign up and have the EatClub app installed on your phone and you can enjoy the off-peak hour discounts of up to 50 per cent off!
Frugl Grocery is your go-to app in Australia if you’re looking to save on those grocery bills and make healthier choices at the same time. Think of it as your savvy shopping buddy, showing you where to find the best deals on over 45,000 products across the big supermarkets. Every week, you can take advantage of almost 10,000 deals, including some 50% off discounts. So, you always know you’re getting the best prices out there.
Whether you love their high-tech specs for creative projects or the simplicity and modern look of their products, there’s no doubt that Apple is one of the most popular technology brands among students.
As a current or newly accepted university student, you can take advantage of the Apple Education Store, which gives special Apple student discounts in Australia on selected Mac and iPad models. You can also get a discounted monthly rate for Apple Music, with free access to Apple TV+ for a limited time.
From the red outback to the sparkling coast, you might want to buy a drone to capture shots of all the gorgeous landscapes during your time in Australia. The D1 Educational Store gives discounts for some of its products and bundles. If you are a photography enthusiast, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of this.
As an international student, having a laptop that is capable of handling your day-to-day study needs (plus the ability to video-chat with family back home!) is important. Check out Harvey Norman’s Bring Your Own Device program, which includes a range of Acer, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo laptops. Shop in-store and the staff will be able to help find the right device for you. They also always provide a 10 per cent off student discount on Microsoft Surface products.
JB Hi-Fi’s student discounts can be accessed through JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions. You can either apply for a Microsoft Surface range coupon here or take your student ID into a store and price match any standard Apple Education Store product.
The Microsoft Office 365 suite is your best friend when it comes to completing your assignments. Did you know you can actually get it for free by signing up through your student email address? The suite includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools.
In addition, the Microsoft Education Store offers some great discounts on selected Surface laptops and accessories.
Always running low on data in the middle of the month? The Optus student discount offers you 10 per cent off when you subscribe to one of their eligible plans. Even better, they also offer discounts for home internet plan subscriptions, prepaid SIM cards, and mobile phone devices.
Plus, until 2 April 2024, eligible students can get100GB for $39/mth for 12 months when they sign up to a new mobile service. Check out the Optus Student Hub to find out more.