TechKnow: The Best Tech Deals for College Students

By on August 26, 2014

Is it time for a new tablet? Whether or not you call yourself a tech-geek, you probably like to have the latest and best technology out there. Either you have had that laptop for ten years too long, or you realized that picking up the cheapest thing you can find at Wal-Mart probably wasn’t the best idea. In any case, you can still get the best stuff out there without emptying your wallet.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of deals out there for college students trying to survive in the ever-changing technological world. Granted, there are not a lot of deals that let you leave a store with the latest tech for free, but there are enough that recognize that every penny counts, and you want as many of those pennies to stay in your pocket as possible.

So, here are a few deals from some of the biggest tech names out there. Of course, this list isn’t the end all be all of student discounts. The best way to make sure you’re getting the best price on what you want is to ask and do your research.

Here is a small list of tech discounts to cut out some of the work for you:


Apple does actually offer discounts to some of its university-bound following. The discounts are available for Mac computers and iPads, and they range from $200 off discounts to $50 Apple store gift cards. The discounts are actually available for university students, students accepted into a university, and parents buying for their university students. Financing is also available for those students who do not have a thousand bucks on hand.


For those who are not into the Apple lifestyle, Microsoft offers a variety of discounts for students as well. The best thing about Microsoft’s education discount is that it is not just for tablets, laptops, or PC’s. There are also discounts available on software, headphones, and a myriad of accessories. Once you register as a student on the Microsoft website getting your product is as easy as 1-2-3. The only downside to the discount is that it does not come with a financing option. 

Just to let you know, Amazon is awesome. If you do your research and know exactly what you want to get then you should definitely check out the prices on Amazon. The prices are generally cheaper there; while they are available to everyone, not just students, Amazon does offer an Amazon Prime Student membership for quick, free shipping on all your merchandise. Besides being able to find textbooks cheaper than most bookstores, you can also get discounts on two day shipping and a variety of movies, TV shows, and Kindle books with Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime is usually $99, but students pay half the price with the Amazon Prime Student membership. The best part is that you don’t miss out on any of the deals just because you are a student.
You can gain access to the HP Academy by simply verifying your student email address, which is coming in handy more and more. Through this program HP offers a variety of discounts on computers, laptops, tablets, and accessories. Eligible products usually have 20% discounted off their regular price and shipping is free on all orders. You can even consult with an agent to see which product will best fit your needs. Just put in your email address and shop away.
If you are looking for a one stop shop for all your technology needs, then Best Buy is where you want to be. Always be on the look out for any type of savings – there is usually a sale going on. If you shop in the store have the associate give you as many details about the product as possible. As an added bonus to the sales that Best Buy generally has, they also offer College Student Deals. Once again you verify your student email address, and you are sent a variety of coupons on different pieces of technology. Right now they are even offering $150 off Surface Pro 3 tablets. Keep in mind that these deals do expire, so if you see something you want you have to grab it quick.
No matter what you are shopping for make sure you look around.  The best deals can be right around the corner, and you don’t want to miss out on them.

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