8 Freebies Only College Students Can Get

Save Big With These College Freebies

If you're a college student or know someone who is, you won't want to miss this list of freebies available just for students. This will help you stretch your budget and have fun doing so.

College students are usually strapped for cash, but companies know they're one of the most influential markets out there. They know that a great way to get their loyalty is by giving out free stuff, both around campus and online.

There's quite a variety of freebies out there, including free Amazon Prime just for students, free food on campus, and even free tax preparation. You'll also want to keep your eye out around campus because there may just be some freebies or ​free samples around the corner.​​

Some of these do require proof, such as a .edu email address or a college I.D. Check with each individual company to see what you need to provide to get your free stuff. It will take a little effort, but the payoff will be well worth it.

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Free Amazon Prime With Prime Student

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College students can get 6-months of Amazon Prime for free with Amazon Prime Student. This includes free two-day shipping with no minimum purchase, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, unlimited Prime reading, and unlimited storage for your photos. You'll also get early access to select Amazon Lightning deals.

Keep in mind that after your 6-month of free Prime Student is over, they'll automatically renew you for Amazon Prime at a special student rate. However, you can cancel before this happens.

You'll need to provide proof of enrollment to get this freebie.

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Free Food on Campus

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Lucky for you, some hungry college kids have created some websites and apps that will help you find free food on your college campus.

Free Food on Campus lets you search your college campus to see if there are any events going on that will feed you for free. If you're hosting an event, this is a great way to list it and get all the students you can to come.

There are also quite a few freebie days, where you can pick up some free food or drinks on certain dates of the year. This includes free donuts, coffee, and even free pretzels.

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Free Microsoft Office

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Students currently enrolled in college can get Office 365 Education for free, which includes online versions of Office, and a bunch of other productivity applications that are going to help you research and collaborate on projects. You'll need a valid school email address when you sign up.

As a student, you can also get free software from Autodesk, free developer tools through GitHub, free Notion Personal Pro plan for research and task tracking, and free QuickBooks.

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Free Museum & Event Admission

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Events that take place on campus are often completely free for students. This often includes sporting events, lectures, performances, and more. Showing your student ID at the door is usually all you need to do.

In addition to school-related, on-campus events, museums around the country offer free or highly discounted admission on certain days of the week, or sometimes all the time. This gives you a great opportunity to get off campus and take in something new.

For example, MoMA offers free admission for NYC college students all year around. Any on-campus museums are usually free for students to get in.

You'll want to check with your local museums and see if they have free admission for college students. If they don't, they may have great discounts that will make your visit almost free.

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Free Checking Accounts

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Banks in college towns often offer free checking accounts for students that waive those pesky checking account fees the rest of us often have to pay.

Keep your eye out for those bank signs promoting free student checking accounts. Also don't be afraid to give your local banks and credit unions a call to see what they can do for you.

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Gym Membership

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Your enrollment in college means you're able to use all those college facilities for free, and that includes the recreation center.

Not only can you take advantage of free use of those treadmills and weights, you may also be able to take part in free fitness classes and even meditation classes.

Sometimes, these offers are extended through, or valid exclusively during, the summer. Planet Fitness, for example, lets any student up to 19 enjoy a free summer membership.

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Tax Preperation

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Most universities have a program set up where their business students get to practice preparing taxes by helping other students with their taxes. 

A professor will be checking their work when they're done, so you don't need to worry if they make a mistake.

Contact your college's business school to see if this program is available where you attend.

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Free Samples Around Campus

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Companies love to get college student support on their up-and-coming products, and college campuses are one of their favorite places to visit to do so.

Keep your eye out for tables set around campus. They may have some awesome free samples, and they're more than happy to hand them out to you.

Some companies also have brand ambassadors who are actually college students who get paid to get you on board with new products and services. They usually have free samples with them and even coupons you can use to redeem for free products.