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Apple student discount: go back to school for less in 2022

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Looking to use an Apple Student discount? While cut-price Apple products can be a pretty rare thing, those in higher education can take advantage of Apple's student programs to make some serious savings, even on some of Apple's newest products. If you need a powerful computer or tablet to aid your studies, particularly in a creative field, they can be a really smart buy. Plus, as part of the discount, Apple will give you a gift card worth up to $150/£120 to sweeten the deal. But which products actually get the discounts?

The amount you save with the Apple Student discount is not fixed, and varies from product to product, but as a rough guide, you can expect about 10% of the list price to be shaved off the product. That may not sound like much,  but all savings add up when you're preparing to go back to school, and with Apple products quite expensive from the get-go, the discount can and does represent a serious difference. It's always worth shopping around though, so make sure you're also checking out our guide to the best Apple deals to make sure you're getting the best prices.

We've put together this guide to make it easy for you to figure out what's available in the Apple Students discounts, how much you can save, and whether you're eligible (the short answer is you're eligible if you're in further or higher education, are the parent of a student or are working in higher education). We've included discounts for students heading back to school in both the US and UK, so you can jump straight to the relevant section depending on where you live. 

Not sure which Apple Product is for you yet? We have tons of great reviews of all the freshest products to help you out, including an Apple iPad Air (5th Gen, 2022) review, a Mac Studio review, and an Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) review – all products that can be bought on with student discounts, depending on where you live.

But if you just can't wait any more, scroll down for some Apple bargains to head back to school with for the new year...

Apple student discount deals: US

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Save on MacBooks (opens in new tab)
Being a student means you can take advantage of all sorts of Macbook deals, including on the latest models like the M1-equipped MacBook Pro. One deal with particularly like is on the MacBook Air, which could be yours for as little as $899.

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Save on iPads (opens in new tab)
There are some great savings to be had across the range of iPads, making them the ideal solution for taking notes in lectures. You can pick up a basic iPad from $309, while the iPad Pro is available from $749, and expect discounts on the iPad Air, too, starting at $549.

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Save on an iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro or Mac mini (opens in new tab)
Prefer a full-size computer to a MacBook? That's cool; there are Apple student discounts available across the Mac range, from the dinky little Mac Mini (from $649) through to the iMac (from $1,249) up to the mighty Mac Pro (from $5,599). There's even a discount available on the brand new Mac Studio starting at $1799.

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Get half-price Apple Music and free Apple TV+ (opens in new tab)
As a student you can get Apple Music for half-price, paying just $4.99 a month rather than the usual $9.99 for up to 48 months. Not only will you have access to over 75 million songs, you'll also get Apple TV + for free for a limited time, where you can binge award-winning shows like Ted Lasso and The Morning Show.

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Apple student discount: Get Pro Apps Bundle for $199.99 (opens in new tab)
Need to get to grips with industry-standard creative apps? With your Apple student discount, you can get five of Apple's top apps for $199.99. The Pro Apps Bundle includes Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Motion, Compressor and MainStage - perfect for any creative. 

Apple student discount deals: UK

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Save 10% on a range of MacBooks (opens in new tab)
You can save 10% on a brand new MacBook as a student in the UK. This even includes the new M2 Macbook Air, which can be had for as little as £1,149. And remember, Apple student discounts come with that £120 giftcard.

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Save 10% on a range of iPads (opens in new tab)
UK student discounts currently offer some impressive savings on the top-end iPads. You can get an iPad Air from £526, or an iPad Pro for as little as £711. There's also money off AppleCare+ for some extra peace of mind.

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Save on an iMac (opens in new tab)
If you're looking for a high-end iMac to do some serious creative grafting, students can snag some savings on an iMac. With UK discounts, one can be yours for as little as £1,124, which is an impressive price for one of these!

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Apple student discount: Get 50% off a subscription to Apple Music (opens in new tab)
Students in the UK, can get Apple Music and Apple TV free for three months, then after that half-price subscription to Apple Music. This means it'll cost you £4.99 a month instead of the usual £9.99, for up to 48 months.

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Apple student discount: Get Pro Apps Bundle for £215.98 (opens in new tab)

Need to get to grips with industry-standard creative apps? With your Apple student discount, you can get five of Apple's top apps for £215.98. The Pro Apps Bundle includes Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Motion, Compressor and MainStage - perfect for any creative. 

Who is eligible for an Apple student discount?

01. Further or higher education students

If you're 16 or older and are enrolled in further or higher education (like college or university) and you have a valid student ID, then you're eligible for the Apple student discount – yep, it's seriously that simple. As soon as you enrol at your sixth form, college or university, you can sign up to get the discount.

02. Parents of students 

Apple was even kind enough to extend the Apple student discount to the parents of those students who are eligible for the deal. That means you can save money when buying an Apple product for your child. Remember though, you can't also get the deal if you're purchasing a device for yourself. 

03. People working in education

If you've got this far and you're not a student or a parent, but you work in education then you're in luck. Any member of staff that work at colleges, sixth forms or universities (public or private) is also able to sign up for the discount. To claim your Apple student discount, you'll have to provide some documents that prove where you work. Even those of you working for the PTA or PTO can get on board. 

How to get an Apple student discount

We know it's hard to believe, but you don't have to be a student to get a discount. The Apple student discounts are available for pretty much anyone in the education industry, like teachers, education workers, parents, school board members and PTA members. All you have to do is visit the Apple Store for Education and then verify your credentials – how easy is that?

However, how you actually get your discount varies depending on where you are located. In the USA, just head over to the US Apple Store for Education (opens in new tab) (ideally use your university network for this part), and follow the steps to choose your items. It might also be helpful to have your proof of eligibility to hand when signing up. You might not need your proof, but it's good to have it just in case. 

Over in the UK, it's (unfortunately) not as simple. To get your student discount, head over to the UK Apple Store for Education (opens in new tab) where you can sign up online via the student discount website Unidays (opens in new tab). Unidays is free, but you will need to provide some details about your course and university, to make sure your account gets verified. 

Sounding like it's all a bit too much? Don't worry, if you call Apple, chat online or in-store with a member of the Apple staff, then they might be able to help you out.

What products does the discount apply to?

If you're on the hunt for a Mac, then the Apple Student discount applied to the MacBook Air (with the M1 or M2 chip), the MacBook Pro (13,14 or 16 inch), the iMac, Mac mini, Studio Display, Pro Display XDR, the Mac Pro and even the Mac Studio. But if you're looking for something a little more portable like the iPad, then right now you can save on the iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air and the iPad Pro. 

You can also equip your brand new device with some of the the best Apple apps going, with the Pro Apps bundle. The bundle includes Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor and MainStage – it's the perfect app bundle for any young creative. 

The other big Apple student discount at the moment is on Apple Music. This one's a bit simpler: a straightforward 50 per cent off, which means you pay $4.99 / £4.99 per month rather than the normal $9.99 / £9.99 per month for up to 48 months. Then on top of that, Apple are throwing in two month of Apple TV completely free – how ideal is that? 

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Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects. 

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