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Amazon Student: What is it and is it worth the money?

Published 24 September 2016 by

We all know how expensive life is for students these days. Next year, annual tuition fees will rise to £9,250, and this could apply to existing students. With student debt on the rise, it’s very important in this lead up to freshers’ week and the start of the new academic year to checklist all the essentials and make a robust budget.

Once you’ve settled in, partied hard, it’s time get studying and keep one eye on finances. That’s why discounted offers on food, clothes, books, travel and gadgets come in handy. Here we look at Amazon Student, what it is, and where it will save you some money.

What is Amazon Student?

Amazon Student is a membership programme for those in full-time higher education. It’s the in-education version of their Prime Service, offering discounts on books, music and software. It includes access to TV shows and entertainment and – as you won’t be watching any programmes live – you won’t have to pay the TV licence fee for these.

It normally costs £39 a year for Amazon Student but right now, they’re offering a free six month trial run. Once the trial period is over, subscribers have the chance to cancel, or they’ll be automatically subscribed to Amazon Prime Student. Apart from the main discounts listed below, members get access to the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library and Kindle First so if you love electronic books, this is a great bonus.

The main discounted offers:

•  10% off Amazon devices

•  10% off books

•  10% off clothing and shoes

•  20% off Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan

•  Up to 20% off AmazonBasics

Is it worth it?

Amazon Student is definitely worth trialling for the free six-month offer, especially to do a shop for books and any gadgets you need for uni. You’ll need a university or college email address to apply for this – that’s any email address ending in ‘.ac.uk’. You’ll also need to put in some details about your course, so Amazon knows when you’re due to graduate.

Weigh up the different benefits available to work out if you think you’ll get value for money from it after the free trial expires. If you don’t think it’s worth the cost for you, make sure you cancel before the end of the six-month free trial – otherwise Amazon will automatically start charging you for Amazon Student. If you don’t want to pay for services you don’t need, find out how you can cancel a free trial before it costs you.

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