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Apple student discount: what is it, and how do you get it?

Apple student discount: Three students sitting on grass and using laptops
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An Apple Student discount can help you save cash on much-needed equipment. So how do you get it? Unfortunately, it's a little complicated. But don't worry, we'll explain everything here. 

Firstly, Apple doesn't offer student a standard discount across all of its products. But it does give you a discount on specific products. And some of these are very much worth buying. We'll give you full details of all the best deals further down this article. 

Secondly, you'll never see Apple use the actual words 'Apple Student Discount'. Instead it talks about 'Apple Education Pricing'. We'll get to the reason why in a moment.

Thirdly, these discount don't actually guarantee you're getting the lowest price on Apple products. You may sometimes find a cheaper deal with a third party, and it's worth checking our guides to the best M1 MacBook deals (opens in new tab) and the best iPhone deals (opens in new tab). However, most of the time, Apple Educational Pricing will be the easiest way to score a bargain on Apple products.

Fourthly, you need to establish that you're actually eligible for Apple Educational Pricing. Sadly, if you're under 16, you're not. On the flipside, you don't actually necessarily need to be a student to get a discount! There are three categories of people who can get an Apple Student discount, which we list below.

1. A further or higher education student

You can get an Apple student discount if you're 16 or older and enrolled in a further or higher education institution, such as university or college. You just need to show Apple your student ID to prove it. If you haven't started your course yet and don't yet have ID, you can provide your acceptance letter as proof instead. 

2. The parent of a further or higher education student

Apple recognises that even with a discount, students may not be able to afford their products. And so they allow parents who are buying Apple products for their offspring the chance to benefit from the Apple student discount too. 

That means that if you're a parent or guardian of a student in further or higher education (as described in category 1 above) and are buying an Apple device for them to use, you qualify for the discount too. 

3. A teacher or education worker

If you're a teacher, lecturer or anyone else working in education, you can also get an Apple student discount. That includes non-teaching jobs, such as those in administration, executives of a PTA (parent-teacher association), and home school teachers. To prove your eligibility, you'll need to give Apple some documentation that shows where you work.

How to get your Apple student discount

A group of students with backpacks walking to college

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As long as you're eligible (see above), you can get your Apple student discount by visiting the Apple Store for Education and then verifying your credentials. However, the process varies depending where you are in the world.

In the USA, visit the US Apple Store for Education (opens in new tab), and follow the steps to choose your items. It's basically like buying from Apple normally, only cheaper. Up until January 2022, Apple needed verification of your status, but since then it seems like they're taking it on trust. That may change at a moment's notice, though, so it's probably worth having your paperwork to hand just in case.

In the UK, Apple seems to be more fearful of people cheating the system, and so you have to verify your student or staff status to get a discount. First visit the UK Apple Store for Education (opens in new tab) and you'll be asked to sign up online via the student discount website Unidays (opens in new tab). This in itself is free. You'll need to provide the name of your college and details about your course, or similar information if you're a parent, teacher, lecturer or education worker. They'll then send you a verification email to make sure your address is genuine.

If you don't want to fill in any forms, though, there are three alternatives: call Apple on 0800 048 0408, use the web chat facility, or visit a physica Apple Store in person.

What can you get with an Apple student discount?

You can get an Apple student discount on a range of products. These include the MacBook Air 13in and MacBook Pro laptops, the 24-inch iMac, the top-of-the-range iPad Pro and the small but perfectly formed Mac Mini. In the US, there's also a great bundle offer on video and audio editing apps. You'll find the full range of discounted products on the Apple Store for Education website (opens in new tab).

Below, we've picked out some of the best offers available right now. We'll start with the best bargains for the US, but if you're on the other side of the Atlantic, then skip ahead to the best deals for the UK

Apple student discount deals: US

Save $100 on a MacBook Air M1 $999 $899 (opens in new tab)  
The MacBook Air 13-inch Air M1 is Apple’s thinnest and lightest notebook, perfect for carrying around campus. With Apple's latest M1 chip, it's super-fast and battery life is an impressive 15 hours for wireless internet use.

Save $100 on a MacBook Pro $1299 $1199 (opens in new tab)
With Apple's M1 chip and an 8-core GPU, the MacBook Pro is a seriously powerful laptop that can handle even the most resource-intensive tasks, such as video and image editing, without breaking a sweat.

Save $50 on a 24-inch iMac $1299 $1249 (opens in new tab)
Teaming the speed and efficiency of the M1 chip with a stunning screen, the 24-inch iMac is a stellar performer, with enough power to run even the most demanding software such as image or video editing tools.

Save $50 on the iPad Air $599 $549 (opens in new tab)
If you want more power than an entry-level iPad, but at an affordable price, the iPad Air is the best choice for you. You get a lovely large screen, enough power to run apps with ease, and $50 off with Apple Educational Pricing.

Save $50 on the iPad Pro $799 $749 (opens in new tab)
The iPad Pro M1 is, quite simply, the best tablet you can buy today, bar none. The HDR Mini-LED screen is astounding, the powerful M1 processor makes everything run quickly and smoothly, and everything else is top-tier too.

Save $50 on a Mac Mini M1: $699 $649 (opens in new tab)
The new Mac Mini M1 performs superbly, runs almost silently and exudes quality whatever you use it for. Its compact size makes it perfect for any student seeking a powerful Mac that doesn't take up too much space.

Get Final Cut Pro + 4 more pro video and audio editing apps for just $199 (opens in new tab)
This amazing value bundle is perfect for any filmmaking student. It includes industry standard video editing tool Final Cut Pro (itself normally $299), along with Logic Pro, Motion, Compressor and MainStage.

Apple student discount deals: UK

Save 10% on MacBooks (opens in new tab)
The M1 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are powerful laptops that run quickly, efficiently and have great battery life. So they're perfect for students, and with 10 per cent off the range, you'll be saving some serious cash.

Save 10% on iPads (opens in new tab)
Students can save up to 10% on on a brand new iPad; ideal for carrying around campus, and sophisticated enough to get some serious work done. Education discounts cover the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad and iPad mini.

Save on a range of desktop Macs
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Need a serious desktop computer for your studies? Whether you're looking at an iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro or Mac Mini, you'll be able to get a decent discount as a student with Apple's special education pricing.

Get Final Cut Pro & get 4 more pro video and audio editing apps for just £215.98 (opens in new tab)
Studying film-making? Then here's a great-value bundle you can't ignore. It gets you the industry standard video editing tool Final Cut Pro (normally £299), along with Logic Pro, Motion, Compressor and MainStage.

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Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq (opens in new tab), and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.