International students guide #1: the best student discounts

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International students often live on a shoestring budget. Even with the help of part-time jobs, they wind up saving very little with a horde of bills and groceries to pay for.

Thankfully, there are plenty of student discounts to be availed. From Apple to Optus to Event Cinemas, some of the biggest brands make concessions for students – all you need is your university ID card!

Check out these student-friendly options to avoid burning a hole in your pocket:


Offering student discounts across fashion, beauty, lifestyle, food & drink, health & fitness, and technology brands, an account with Unidays is bound to come in handy. All you need to do is sign up using your university email and verify your account.

Student Beans

Here’s another website you would not regret looking into. Student Beans offers discounts at various clothing stores like The Iconic, Gym Shark, and ASOS and entertainment facilities like skydiving.

Student Edge

Not only does this student website offer deals with major brands like Uber Eats, Apple, Taylor & Francis (helpful for sourcing books!), but they also have a job portal, online forums to share your thoughts and ask questions, and online learning tools to help you upskill.

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Laptops and other electronics

Did you know that Apple offers discounts for students? They’re currently offering free Airpods and 20 per cent off AppleCare with the purchase of a Macbook or iPad, valid till 13 March 2023. Other brands like Microsoft, Huawei, and Lenovo offer equally helpful discounts on their electronics.

PS: Keep your student ID on hand if you plan to shop at JB HiFi, they occasionally offer 5-10 per cent off your total bill if you inquire about their discounts at the counter.

Phone Networks

Students can obtain a 10% off discount when purchasing a SIM card and/or mobile plans at Optus.

Adobe Creative Cloud

When you sign up for an Adobe Creative Cloud account using your university email address, you can get up to 70 per cent off on an annual subscription. For $22 a month, students can make the most of software like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Audition, and many others.


There’s nothing worse than a Spotify ad interrupting your perfectly curated playlist. Thankfully, student discounts mean you can get a Spotify Premium account for just $5.99 a month (which is normally priced at $11.99)


These entertainment venues are a great place for a day out with friends, to enjoy bowling, laser tag, karaoke, and escape rooms under one roof. They generally offer $8 bowling sessions from Monday- Thursday before 8PM. This offer is unavailable presently due to COVID restrictions, but keep your eyes peeled for updates!

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Most cinema chains offer special student prices. At Dendys, you can buy tickets for just $9 on Wednesdays. You can also get tickets for  $8 tickets on Mondays and $10 tickets on Tuesday at Event Cinemas by becoming a Cinebuzz member and obtaining a special student promo code at the counter.


Break a sweat (but not the bank) at gyms like Fitness First which offers a 15 per cent student discount upon joining (via Student Edge). They also offer a free three-day guest pass. Similarly, Crunch Fitness offers special student memberships that aren’t available online, but can be availed in-person at their gyms.

With inputs from Rhea L Nath.

Have we missed any student discounts? Let us know in the comments below!

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Swagatalakshmi Roychowdhury
Swagatalakshmi Roychowdhury
Swagatalakshmi Roychowdhury is a writer and painter. She graduated from Macquarie University with a degree in Bachelor of Media and Communications. Currently, she works as a Business Journalist at ausbiz.

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