The ultimate guide to student discounts across Canada

Sep 3 2019, 9:35 am

Student debt. Those are just two words that make most people shudder the instant they hear it.

It’s not a surprise considering how much student tuition has hiked up over the last couple of years, along with everything else. Nothing is getting cheaper.

But here’s a guide to help you save some cash (and relieve some of your stress) while you study in school.

Many businesses, retail stores, and restaurants offer discounts to students with proof of student enrolment (such as a student ID), which can turn into huge savings.

Students can also sign up for an ISIC Canada Card for $20 annual membership, or an SPC Card for $10 annual membership – both offering discounts at participating locations.

Make sure you always carry your student ID with you, as you never know whether or not an establishment does student discounts.

We’ve compiled an extensive list below of our favourite spots that offer student discounts. From food to clothing stores to technology, we’ve done the research so you don’t have to.

Retail

 

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Adidas: 30% off full price items online, and an additional 15% off sale items online for all university and college students.

Aerie: 10% off full price items and sale prices to customers with a valid SPC card.

American Eagle: 10% off full price items and sale prices to customers with a valid SPC card.

Aldo: 10% off full price and sale items at Aldo, Aldo Outlet, and Aldo Accessories to customers with a valid SPC card.

Ardene: 10% off full price and sale items to students with a valid SPC card.

Banana Republic: 15% off full price items in-store with a valid student ID.

Bath and Body Works: 10% off entire purchase (excluding sale items) with a valid SPC card.

Club Monaco: 15% off full price and sale items to customers with a valid student ID. For online orders, use your student email to receive a discount code.

Columbia: 15% off online purchases with a valid SPC card.

Forever 21: 10% off full price items in-store and online with a valid SPC card.

Gap Factory: 10% off full price items in-store with a valid SPC card.

Guess: Guess, Guess Accessories, and Guess Factory stores offer 15% off full price items in-store and online with a valid SPC card.

J.Crew: 15% off in-store purchases with a valid student ID. Offer is valid at J.Crew, J.Crew Factory, and J.Crew Mercantile stores.

Levis: 15% off in-store purchases with a valid SPC card, in select locations only.

Old Navy: 10% off in-store purchase with a valid SPC card.

New Balance: 15% off full-price items, and 5% off clearance items with a valid SPC card.

Reebok: 30% off full-price items, and 15% off sale items, online only.

TOMS: 15% off online purchases with a valid SPC card.

Topshop: 10-15% off full-priced items, in-store only, with a valid SPC card.

Urban Behaviour: 10% off regular and on-sale items

Urban Outfitters: 10% off entire purchase with a valid SPC card.

Technology

Apple: Students can get free wireless Beats headphones when they purchase 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.

Adobe: Full-time students can receive discounts on software, such as 60% off Creative Cloud.

Best Buy: Best Buy offers discounts on laptops, tablets, desktops, and small appliances to customers with a valid student ID.

Canon: Students receive student-specific pricing discounts, as well as 20% off repair parts and labour on eligible products if you register to be a member of the Student CPS program.

Dell: 5% off online purchases with a valid SPC card.

Henrys: 15% off Cameron filters, tripods, bags, flashes, video supports and rigs, lighting equipment, and accessories, as well as 10% savings on Aputure LEDS, monitors, and microphones with a valid student ID.

HP: Save $25 when you spend $100 storewide, for online purchases only

Lenovo: Reduced pricing on select hardware and accessories.

Microsoft: Discount pricing for students is offered on software such as Microsoft Office 365 subscription and Windows 10.

Prezi: Discounted education subscription rates for students.

Telecommunications

Bell: Student savings on different services such as unlimited data starting at $75 per month, as well as promotions on cell phones.

Fido: Student savings on internet service starting at $45 per month with 1-month of free service.

Rogers: Back-to-school offers available for students on phones and services

Shaw: Student savings on internet service and unlimited data starting at $55 per month.

Telus: Student savings on internet service, a free $500 prepaid Visa card, and unlimited data when you order Internet and Optik TV on a two year term.

Travel and Transport

 

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Air Canada: Air Canada offers the Student Pass, which is a prepaid package of six one-way flight credits for one student. You can fly anywhere within Canada or between Canada and the U.S., starting at $178 per flight credit.

Booking.com: Receive up to 50% off online books with a valid SPC card.

CheapOair: Get up to $30 off flight fees with a valid SPC card.

Choice Hotels: Up to 15-20% off room rates to students with a valid SPC card. Advanced reservations are required.

Desjardins: Offers discounts and savings for affordable car insurance

FlightHub: Exclusive deals for SPC members

Flight Centre: 50% off flight and hotel packages, $150 off flight and tour packages. In-store purchases only.

GO Transit: Students can receive a reloadable PRESTO card that enables them to save 22.5% off their first 30 rides, 95% the next 10 rides, and 100% off the succeeding rides.

Greyhound: Up to 45% off fares between select university campuses, 10% off adult fares with a valid student ID, and 10% off adult fare with an ISIC card.

Hotels.com: Up to 40% off online bookings plus an extra 8% off select hotels with a valid SPC card.

VIA Rail: Discounted train fares for students and youth.

Zipcar: Discounted membership rates for students.

Lifestyle

GoodLife: GoodLife Fitness offers discounted and short-term memberships.

Books and Magazines

The New York Times: Students can get 50% off the regular subscription rate as well as discounted rates on basic digital access.

The Star: Free The Star digital subscriptions for all post-secondary students across Canada.

The Wall Street Journal: Students can subscribe to the digital pack for $1 for 15 weeks.

Admission

 

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Art Gallery of Alberta: Free admission to post-secondary students and youth 17 years and under.

Art Gallery of Ontario: Student membership with unlimited admission for $45. Individuals (including students) 25 years and under are free, any time, all year, and students aged 26 plus are eligible for the new $35 AGO Annual Pass.

Museum of Vancouver: $17.25 entry with a valid student ID.

Ontario Science Centre: $16 entry with a valid student ID.

Rainbow Cinemas: Reduced ticket prices for students at select cinemas.

Ripley’s Aquarium: $23.80 admission with a valid student ID.

Royal Ontario Museum: $18 admission with a valid student ID, free admission on the third Monday of every month from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

TIFF Bell Lightbox: Watch movies for $11.50 year-round when you show a valid student ID.

Vancouver Art Gallery: $18 admission with a valid student ID.

Vancouver Aquarium: $30 admission with a valid student ID.

Food and Drinks

A&W: 10% off any combo meal.

Buffalo Wild Wings: 10% off any purchase at many locations throughout Canada – be sure to ask your server if the deal is available at your location.

Bulk Barn: 10% off on Wednesdays with a valid student ID.

Dairy Queen: Discount cards and affordable student meal deals available.

David’s Tea: 10% full price and sale items with a valid SPC card.

Dominos: save up with select promo codes

KFC: 10% off any KFC Big Box Meal with a valid SPC card.

Pizza Hut: 10% off with a valid SPC card.

Other

 

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Amazon Student: 50% off Amazon Prime services.

Apple Music: Get Apple Music for $4.99 for up to four years for students.

FedEx: When you’re shipping a package, you can get up to 30% off by showing a valid student ID.

Spotify: Get Spotify Premium for free for three months. Afterwards it’ll cost $4.99/month for students.