We all know the struggle of paying for University and then having to live on a strict budget. You end up living off cheap pasta and KD for breakfast, lunch and dinner while studying your ass off and craving to be on vacation. Just yesterday I contemplated eating a moldy muffin because I was too lazy and too cheap to buy breakfast... and guess what... I ATE IT. That was the moment I realized that university and the fall semester had official began in my mind.
So, to help us all out I decided to compose a list of ALL the student discounts you can get at your favorite stores and where to find the cheapest textbooks. I promise, if you follow some of these tips, you will find more money in your bank account and less stress in your life!
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If you're looking to step up your back to school wardrobe, Topshop is the place to go. They offer 10% off discounts with your student ID! Definitely the place to go this fall if you're looking for a cute skirt to wear to class, an adorable fall jacket, or cute fall boots!
2. Urban Outfitters
Save 10% off on specific days with your Student ID. Sign up for their Student Program to be told when to use your discount.
Students save 20% with their student discount on regular-priced items. You can purchase anything on sale and you’ll still be able to receive 10% off.
4. Banana Republic
Save 15% on full-priced, in-store purchases only.
This store offers 20% off for students. Register to receive the same 20% off for online purchases.
6. H&M - LIMITED TIME
I happened to just be shopping the other day when I stumbled into H&M who was offering students 15% off if they had a valid student ID!
7. Forever 21 - LIMITED TIME
Same goes for Forever 21! If you are a student, your whole bill goes down 15%!
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Get wireless Beats headphones when you buy an eligible computer, tablet or smartphone with a valid student ID. Apple also offers special education pricing on Apple computers, select software and third party products to post-secondary students, parents buying for a post-secondary student, or faculty and teachers. Find out if you qualify for Education Pricing here.
2. Best Buy
Yup, that's right Best Buy has some awesome deals for students such as exclusive deals on laptops, tablets and small appliances. So if you're in desperate need of new laptop to make it through this new school year, you should definitely head over to Best Buy and one for cheap!
Amazon is offering an almost unbelievable student deal right now. All you have to do is sign up for a free 6 month trial of Amazon Prime and you'll receive all of your orders within 2 days! Once your 6 month trial is up, you'll get 50% off the regular price of Amazon Prime from there on out. That's pretty amazing if you ask me! I legit just ordered a textbook for $60 from Amazon as opposed to $175!
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Travel & Transportation Discounts:
1. Opus Card
If you don't already know about this one, it's a huge life saver for all students. Regular fare for a monthly opus is card is $83 and the price of a student monthly fare is only $49.75. That's a huge difference and will definitely help you when you want to get around the big city of Montreal this year.
2. Via Rail
If you're a Montreal student that came from anywhere else in Canada, one of the easiest ways to get back home is by train. Luckily Via Rail offers some awesome student offers which make it totally affordable for us to head back for holidays like Thanksgiving this fall, or anytime we want really!
Check out their student deals here!
3. Bus Fares
Need to visit some family or just looking for a quick trip to clear your head after all that studying? Just hop on a Greyhound and take advantage of their student fares.
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As a student, groceries are very important but they can also get pretty expensive. Lucky for us, Provigo offers 10% off all your groceries on Mondays with your student ID! So it's time to move your grocery day to Mondays, everybody.
2. Yoga Classes
Lots of Montreal yoga studios offer awesome student prices of 15% off regular monthly fees! Try Luna Yoga and Yoga Tree to name a couple. If you do your research I'm sure you can find so many more close to your area of Montreal!
3. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal's Museum of Fine offers amazing discounts for not only students, but for all young adults aged 13-30! They have reduced the price of this age group for major exhibitions from the regular price of $20 to the discounted price of only $12! That's a pretty good price to pay for an awesome cultural experience right here in the city. Or if you're looking for a completely free visit Thursdays are free for all students!
4. Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen is one of the most classic ice cream shops that just never gets old. Their blizzards are literally amazing and if anyone disagrees you should definitely give it one more shot because you won't be disappointed. Now, they're offer a student discount of 10% off your order at most locations! Head over to the nearest Dairy Queen near you to get your discounted treat.
5. Espace Nomad Spa
Now that we're back to school it's only a matter of time before the midterms, assignments, and exams start piling on the stress. Lucky for us students though, Espace Nomad, a spa in the Mile End, is offering 20% off all facials and massages for students on Thursday evenings! Sometimes we need to treat ourselves, and fall is the perfect time for that.
Visit their website to book your reservation!
6. Haircut At Academie Tornade
It's fall now, which means it's the perfect time to switch up your hair do! Try a style that you've been wanting to try but have been nervous to, or just get a trim you've been needing all summer. At Academie Tornade hair salon they offer haircuts by students for only $7! You'll definitely be saving the big bucks here.
7. Montreal Biodome
If you've been wanting to explore the amazing things this city has to offer, such as the Montreal Biodome now's your chance. The Biodome is home to lots of exotic animals in their recreated natural habitats. Good news for students is that they offer student discounts from the regular price of $19.75 down to $14.50!
8. SPC Savings Card:
If you’re a student all you need to do is show your SPC Card at thousands of participating locations to receive instant savings every time you shop. Offers vary but most are 10% to 15% off.
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Where To Buy Cheap Textbooks:
A new year means a new semester for students, which also means a new list of books to buy, and by consequence, a pretty hefty bill at the bookstore. Even when used editions are available, Montreal universities tend to charge a few pretty pennies for required texts, which is why MesLivres, a book-buying and selling service for students, was made.
Instead of having to spend hours trawling every Bunz spinoff page to find someone who actually wants your seventeenth-century poetry journal, studEtree streamlines the process of selling off your used textbooks into one blissfully simple online platform that is about a million times more organized than you could ever hope to be.
Enter SwapMyBooks.ca, a Montreal-made site designed to help students buy and sell used books to each other, allowing students to actually make or save some money. Created by JSMB graduate Gabrielle Jaques, the book-selling site was created in direct response to the way university bookstores buy and sell used books. Jaques notoed in a CTV interview how she had purchased $280 textbooks, which were kept in near-mint condition, only to be bought back by the U-bookstore for $18.