Student ID hacks

It’s hard being a college student. You have to go to class, maintain a social life, and somehow figure out how to pay your bills too. Thankfully, there are a ton of different ways that your student ID and PDX email can help lighten that financial burden a little bit.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to best take advantage of your student ID and email while you still have them:

Academic Superstore

The Academic Superstore, an online marketplace that sells goods ranging from new laptops to 3D printers, gives students that can verify their enrollment discounts of up to 85 percent off the retail price of an item.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud gives you access to 20+ desktop applications for only $19 per month. With Creative Cloud, you can do all the photo or video editing you dreamed of without breaking the bank.

Amazon Prime Student

Amazon Prime Student is a cheaper version of the ever popular Amazon Prime service which gives its users free two-day shipping on prime orders, as well as a litany of other cool features including free access to movies, music streaming and TV networks. With this discount, the service is free for six months and then 50 percent off thereafter.

AMC Theaters

AMC Theaters sell discounted movie tickets to students every Thursday at participating locations.


Amtrak gives all students 10 percent off fares on both their train and bus services. This is a great discount, as it allows you to throw that extra money toward getting some great food wherever you may be headed.


Apple gives students up to $200 off their purchase when showing their student ID, depending on the value of the product.

FedEx Office

We all need to send our friends and family back home something once in awhile, and FedEx Office gives a 20 percent discount on shipping and a 30 percent discount on document services, making that a lot more feasible.


Students under 25 that maintain a “B” average or better can get up to a 15 percent discount on their insurance with Geico. Allstate has a similar program, giving full-time students up to 20 percent off their insurance if they qualify.

Logitech Student Store

Whether you’re looking for a new mouse, a new keyboard, or something else entirely, Logitech has got you covered. Portland State is a participant in a program that allows students (and teachers!) to get various Logitech products at a discounted rate.

Microsoft Store

Microsoft is giving students 10 percent off all products ordered online, as well as free shipping. If you’ve been debating whether or not to get that new Surface tablet after seeing everyone on campus using one, this might help sway your decision.


Various newspapers give great student discounts, with The Economist, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal giving up to 69 percent off, 50 percent off, and 75 percent off, respectively. The Washington Post is also completely free for students when they access it digitally.

Resume Writers gives students up to $100 off having a professional resume curated for you based on your work and school experience. This will look great not only at job interviews but also on a personal website.


Speaking of websites, Squarespace, a service that provides its users with tools to create their own, as well as simple preset layouts that make designing your own website incredibly easy, has a great discount for students.

With a discount of 50 percent off for the first year, you can start building up that portfolio or blog for only $72, excluding the cost of a domain.