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At the time of writing this article, I just completed my BTech in Computer Science Engineering. It was only when the pandemic began, everyone at my college got an institutional email. Though I’m not a student anymore I thought it would be helpful for others if I shared a great grand list of Edu email perks.
How to get an institutional email address as a student?
Institutional email addresses are the ones that end with .edu.* or .ac.*. While many institutions provide email accounts at the time of joining, not everyone does. Each institution has its own guidelines on issuing email addresses, check the university website for details, else, get in touch with your faculty or system administrator for details.
I have a college issued email address but it ends with a noneducational TLD (.org, .com, etc). How can I avail these edu email perks?
Many of the following discounts have multiple ways to verify your student status so even if you don’t have the edu email address please go through this list and try to redeem the offer. In case, the webpage doesn’t allow you to access the discount, reach out to the company staff with sufficient proofs of your academic enrollment and they might help you.
GitHub Education Pack
Some of the apps and services listed below require you to enrol in the GitHub Education Pack. GitHub Education Pack was introduced a few years back and now many companies are jumping onboard this programme to offer student discounts. Click the link below and get your GitHub Education Pack before anything else.
Free/ Discounted Software
- Adobe Creative Cloud (60% Off): Adobe Creative Cloud for students & teachers include Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Lightroom, InDesign, Spark, Premiere Rush, Adobe XD, Acrobat Pro, and other Adobe apps for 60% off.
- Notion (Free): Notion is an all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases. It’s is an excellent tool for students and I beg you to try it if you haven’t already!
- Tableau (Free): Tableau is a data analyzing and visualizing tool to help you get insights from your data and make data-driven decisions.
- AutoDesk Products (Free for 1 year): AutoDesk is the company that makes 3DS MAX, Maya, SketchBook, etc. They offer 1-year access to students on all their products.
- Office 365 (Free): From Word to Powerpoint, Office 365 needs no introduction. It’s the software that everyone has used and an absolute addition for any student.
- 1Password (6 Months Free): 1Password is the easiest way to store and use strong passwords. Log in to sites and fill forms securely with a single click.
- LastPass (6 months free): LastPass, another excellent password manager offers a free version of their product but with this 6 month trial of their premium plan, you get to enjoy 1GB of encrypted storage.
- LucidChart (Free): It is a web application for collaborative drawing, chart, and diagram generation. LucidChart would make an excellent tool for any student and especially engineering students.
- JetBrains (Free): JetBrains offer several IDEs and tools including PyCharm, IntelliJ, and more.
- Evernote (50% Off): Evernote is a popular note-taking app that allows users to create notes, which can be text, drawings, photographs, or saved web content.
- Ulysses (50% Off): An iOS only note-taking app and a previous Apple design award winner.
- GSuite for Education (Free): GSuite may perhaps be the only service that most people will end up using. Your campus should be enrolled in the GSuite for Education program for you to take advantage of the offer. With GSuite your Google Drive storage limits are bumped up from 15GB to unlimited! You also get many other advantages such as increased Google Meet time limit, recording capabilities, and more but the very thing that excites me the most is the increased quota limits for Google AppScripts. If you are interested in programming, you should check out AppScript, it can do wonders (read: mail merging HTML emails with Gmail)!
- Canva PRO (Free for 1 year):
Great designs are no longer a luxury but a necessity and Canva makes designing an absolute breeze. Canva Pro valued at $119 is completely free with the GitHub Education Pack. Students can use Canva for designing class posters, resume, LinkedIn cover, infographics, and what not! This is one of the most useful edu email perks that students should take advantage of.
- Prezi (Free & discounted paid plans): Prezi is a modern solution for remote presentations. It lets you share the presentation and a video of yourself with the viewers. This is an excellent tool for students and educators alike. Prezi integrates well with Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other popular platforms.
- Loom Pro (Free): Loom lets you easily create and share screen/webcam recordings.
- CleanShotX for Mac (30% Off): CleanShot is an amazing tool for capturing screenshots and screen recordings.
- Mindmeister (50% Off): Mind maps are a proven way to help you effectively organize and recall information. Create good mind maps now and it will help you immensely during last-minute revisions.
- WolframAlpha: WolframAlpha is a computational search engine so you could query something like “derivative of x^4 sin x” or “height of tallest building * 100” and it will give you the exact answer!! It’s one of those products which you should definitely try than reading about it. Although the discount is a mere 13%, it can easily become an invaluable tool for students from different backgrounds but the one thing where it shines is solving complex mathematical queries step by step. Student developers should also check out their API for sparking ideas for your next project.
- OverLeaf: Overleaf is an online latex editor and something that I have personally used and loved.
- Mathpix: An excellent tool to convert images/screenshots to LaTeX format which can be used in editors such as Overleaf or export to many other formats like TSV, HTML, Markdown, MathML, MS Word, etc. Users who sign up with any of these email (.edu., *.ac.uk, *.ac.jp, *.ac.in, *.ac.id) will receive 100 snips per month.
- YNAB (1 year free): You Need A Budget app is a popular budgeting app to help you save money. They have a generous 1-year free access to their service on signing up with an edu email.
- Ableton (40% Off): Ableton is a music creation and performance software.
- Fetch File Transfer (Free): A Mac-only FTP client for people who move a lot of data across websites.
Student Discounts on Entertainment Subscriptions
- Apple Music: Apple Music subscriptions for students also comes with Apple TV+ for a limited time.
- Spotify: They have the best music recommendations and playlists for focus, workout, or whatever!
- YouTube Premium: It’s one of the discounted subscriptions that provide a very good value. The subscriptions enroll you to ad-free YouTube experience, YouTube Music Premium, and offline support. Since much of the learning happens on YouTube these days, an ad-free experience can make a huge difference.
- Amazon Prime (6 months free Prime+ 2 months kindle): Six months of free Prime is a good duration to binge through all the Prime exclusives. If that is not enough you also get a 50% discount for subsequent renewals!
Student Discounts on Website Builders, Hosting & Domains
- Namecheap: You can get a free .me domain name from Namecheap using the GitHub education pack.
- Squarespace (50% Off): A popular website builder tool with many amazing templates to get started with.
- Wix (50% Off): Both Squarespace and Wix offer discounts on premium plans. These site builders are excellent for creating some interactive presentations or online portfolio.
Free and Discounted Courses
- FrontEndMasters (6 months ) – They offer amazing courses for all front end technologies like React, Angular, D3, WebPack, etc. If you are interested in availing this offer, activate the GitHub education pack and visit this URL.
- Vue Mastery: If you want to learn Vue, then check out their listed courses. They offer a student discount on request. To avail the offer, email their team from your institutional email address.
- Pluralsight: Another awesome platform for online technical learning. They don’t offer a student discount directly but you can get it through one of Microsoft’s Azure for Students offer. In the case of Pluralsight, we have also covered a different method to get a 3-month free trial.
Other Professional Memberships
- ResearchGate: It is a social networking site for scientists and researchers. To sign up on their platform you will need an institutional email address.
Even more student developer discounts
Lately, I discovered this long list of student-developer discounts on GitHub. So check that out as well for even more discounts!
If you know something else that should be added to this list, please let me know in the comments. Also share this list with your friends!