The Best College Student Deals for Streaming

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Once in college you could get into the dilemma of entertainment or saving money (or paying your rent). Here are some of the best student options for streaming movies, TV shows, and more so you can save some money!

For many, college is a challenge because of a lack of money and space. College students are forced to share rooms, apartments, bathrooms, and many other things. The idea is to sacrifice in the present for a better future.

It can be difficult just to work and not play. Here is my guide on how to stream movies, TV, music, audiobooks, and so much more. Streaming on your mobile devices while listening to headphones is a great way to escape into your own little world.

We’ve put together several student streaming offers to help you make these choices a little more accessible!

In this post we will discuss the following services. Be sure to let us know if we’ve missed anything you love!

Main student

Prime Student is a special Amazon Prime membership for students. It has a ridiculously long six month free trial, and after that, it’s only 50% off the standard price from Amazon. Prime Student includes Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading, Prime Delivery, Amazon Photo and exclusive offers for students. Students can also purchase Amazon Music Unlimited for $ 0.99 per month.

Spotify Premium Student Bundle

The Spotify Premium Student Bundle is an incredible offer with a three month free trial. Three months is pretty good. It includes Spotify Premium, ad-supported Hulu, and SHOWTIME. After three months, the bundle will only cost $ 4.99 per month. You can cancel at any time.

Apple Music Student Subscription

For $ 4.99 a month, you get loads of great, ad-free music and Apple TV +.

CBS All Access

CBS is offering a 25% CBS All Access discount that includes many CBS shows, live CBS streams, and CBS original shows.

Audible for students

Audible is $ 9.99 per month, which is a 30% discount. You will also receive $ 10 Amazon credit. Shouldn’t college students read a lot haha? With Audible, you get a high quality audiobook every month. If you don’t like your book, you can exchange it.


After a 60-day free trial, Pandora Premium Student costs just $ 4.99 per month. You get ad-free listening and offline music. You can create and share your playlists.

Sirius XM

Sirius XM is a satellite radio that can be streamed. Students can get Sirius XM Premium for $ 4 per month. Sirius XM offers a wide variety of content, so there should be something for everyone. You can check the details here. We love SiriusXM!

Youtube music

A wide variety of ad-free music. Student pricing is only $ 4.99 per month after a one month free trial. Google bought YouTube, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they take pride in helping people find what they’re looking for and what they like.


Tidal is a music streaming company that highlights audio streaming options with high fidelity. Students can get a free 30-day trial. After that, they will receive a 50% discount on their subscription levels.

The New York Times

The New York Times offers students a month-long free trial. Thereafter, access to all of the New York Times content will cost $ 4 every 4 weeks.

Free resources

Free resources for movies and television are often free due to lack of demand or are sponsored by advertising. Free content usually means an older and less mainstream stream that is exactly what you’re looking for.

I found several exceptions to the rule and was surprised by content that is not very old and seems quite popular. I imagine they’re like bouncer sales getting people in the door to see advertisements for their other content.

Below are free resources designed specifically for students.

The university library

The university I attended had a limited selection of movies and television to check out. It seemed to me that part of it was meant for film majors, but another part was for a wider audience.

I will mention that my university had free screenings of foreign films every six months so this might be the case at your school. Our on campus theater was super cheap, but the lines were always crazy. I didn’t care.

In addition, your college / university may have a partnership that is a content provider. I remember getting WatchESPN on campus when I was in college and I know some offers from HBOGO.

Local public library

I know transportation can be a problem for some students, but your local library is a great resource for free entertainment.

I had a child while studying and used our local library for children’s books. I can still picture my two year old surrounded by pages from a Thomas & Friends book. I didn’t want to have to pay for it.

Libraries have movies, TV shows, music CDs, audio books, e-books, and more. Sometimes they work with websites / apps to make their audiobooks or other digital content available online. This can make transportation less of a hindrance for students to use library resources.


Many libraries use a website / app called Hoopla that allows cardholders to access their movies and TV shows online.

canopy is a website that students can access for free to watch thoughtful movies.

A general tip: Many streaming content providers offer free trials. Consider taking turns with your roommates. Don’t forget to cancel!

For a general list of free content resources, click here.

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