Put your student card to use and save big with these hidden shopping discounts

Kate Mendonca
Shopping Editor
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Between the costs of tuition, books and housing, being a student get expensive. According to Macleans, the average Canadian student spent $19,485 over the course of 2018, and that number is only expected to rise as school fees generally increase by around 3 per cent each year.

It’s safe to say that students can definitely use a break, which is why many retailers offer exclusive deals and discounts that makes the cost of shopping just a little bit more affordable.

Whether you’re in the market for new clothes or tech, here are some of the best student offers to take advantage of this school year.


For trendy pieces at an affordable price, head to Topshop to save 10 per cent on your purchase in stores when you show off your student ID card. When shopping online, you’ll also receive a 10 per cent discount when you log in as a student.

Spotty Open Back Shirt Dress. Image via Topshop.

SHOP IT: Topshop, $63 (£39)


With a valid university or college email address, you can sign up to access discounts of 30 per cent off regular priced items, as well as 10 per cent off outlet items. The only catch? This discount is valid for online purchases only.

Ultraboost 19 Shoes. Image via Adidas.

SHOP IT: Adidas, $250


University students can score a pair of Beats headphones with the purchase of any Mac laptop or iPad. With purchase, students will also receive a six-month membership to Apple Music, as well as discounts on AppleCare+ device protection.

13-inch MacBook Air. Image via Apple.

SHOP IT: Apple, from $1,319

Club Monaco

Regular prices at Club Monaco may be out of reach for many students, so with a valid ID card, they can save an extra 15 per cent on all merchandise (including sale!) when you shop in stores or online.

The Relaxed Slim. Image via Club Monaco.

SHOP IT: Club Monaco, $149

Banana Republic

Available to both students and teachers, this is one retailer that will take you from student to the office with their professional wardrobe staples. Save 15 per cent on regular priced items at Banana Republic when you show your student or teacher ID card in stores.

Slim Luxury-Touch Polo. Image via Banana Republic.

SHOP IT: Banana Republic, $24 (originally $62)

Forever 21

With their affordable and on-trend buys, Forever 21 is ideal for a student’s budget. Save even more when you sign up for an account and receive 15 per cent off on any online order, including regular price and sale merchandise.

Smocked Pointelle Top. Image via Forever 21.

SHOP IT: Forever 21, $20


Step up your sneaker game this back to school season with Nike’s student discount. To claim your student discount, register with UNiDAYS for access to 10 per cent off on online orders.

Nike Sportswear Hayward Futura 2.0. Image via Nike.

SHOP IT: Nike, $65


Another deal the benefits both students and educators, you can get access to the full Microsoft Office suite for free when you sign up using a valid school address.

Microsoft Surface Go. Image via Microsoft.

SHOP IT: Microsoft, $479 (originally $529)


Get cozy with Roots’ ultra soft sweatshirts and track pants, and save 15 per cent on your purchase when you show your student ID and a valid SPC Card.

Park Slim Sweatpant. Image via Roots.

SHOP IT: Roots, $45 (originally $74)


Wet weather is on the way, making a good pair of rain boots are a must. At Hunter, students can save 20 per cent online as well as in store to keep feet warm and dry all season long.

Women's Refined Slim Fit Chelsea Boots. Image via Hunter.

SHOP IT: Hunter, $170

Frank and Oak

This back to school season, look no further than Frank and Oak for stylish basics made sustainably, which students can save 20 per cent per on.

Good Cotton Reverse Jersey Bomber. Image via Frank and Oak.

SHOP IT: Frank and Oak, $90

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