Best Streaming Services with Student Discounts and Black History Month Features



As spring break creeps up on the agenda and students push through the semester, students deserve a much needed getaway, even if it’s a virtual one. Various media production companies are delivering new television series and films this year like The Batman, releasing in theaters on March 4. Although new releases may not be immediately available on streaming platforms, college students can keep up with most of their current favorite television series, or re-watch iconic blockbusters on many streaming services with a special discount!

Be aware: Each streaming service’s terms apply. They require students to verify their eligibility through SheerID or UniDays every year. Students must have access to a functioning student email to qualify and re-new these discounts.

1. Amazon Prime Student

Amazon offers an exclusive plan for students called Amazon Prime Student. This plan includes a free six month Amazon Prime membership that includes the iconic free 2-day shipping. After six months, Amazon Prime offers a 50% discount off the regular $12.99 monthly fee for up to four years. Not only will students be able to read books from Prime Reading and order college necessities off Amazon for cheap, but they will also be able to stream Amazon’s huge catalog of movies and tv shows. In addition to shopping and entertainment, Prime Student offers free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photo. $6.49 for all of these features is probably one of the biggest student deals of all time!

Just when you thought Amazon had you fully covered, the discount extends to limited time deals that are perhaps necessary for student life. Students can get a free Grubhub+ membership for a month with free delivery, travel discounts on StudentUniverse, homework help from CourseHero, and free three month access to the Calm app for quality sleep. Amazon also offers add-ons like premium video channels Showtime and Epic for just 99 cents a month for 12 months. This is an incredible discount compared to the regular monthly fee that can cost anywhere from $3.99-$10.99 per month.

2. Hulu

Hulu has a student plan that offers a 65% discount off of the $6.99/month regular plan. Although this student plan is ad-supported, it offers unlimited tv networks and shows such as The Bachelor and Bob’s Burgers for a whopping reduced price of $1.99/month! Hulu does require students to verify their college or university enrollment annually through SheerID until graduation. 

3. Spotify with Hulu and Showtime

If you prefer new music over a new series, this bundle is for you! Students can opt out for the Spotify Premium student plan that includes Showtime and the ad-supported Hulu plan. Students can apply this bundle to existing accounts with any of the three. This bundle offers a range of entertainment that students can indulge in while working, commuting, or relaxing on a study break. Students will be able to stream ad-free music, playlists, and podcasts while also benefiting from the catalog of Hulu originals and Showtime classics for just $4.99/month after the 1-month free trial. The regular total price for all three services is $27. Students can get the same plan for just $5 for four years. Snag this deal while you can!

4. Youtube Premium

Youtube Premium is another streaming service offering a discounted plan for students. This plan includes the perks of the standard Premium plan for $6.99/month instead of $11.99/month. Students can sign up for the free 1-month trial to browse millions of videos and songs ad-free with unlimited access. Not only does Youtube Premium have uninterrupted streaming, but it also allows you to download videos for offline streaming. It also allows you to stream on background play, meaning you can listen to music and videos while your phone is on sleep mode. Students must verify their enrollment annually in order to keep the student discount. 

5. Discovery+

Discovery+ is one underrated streaming platform that offers a generous discount. After a free 7-day trial, the service gives students a 40% discount off the standard $4.99 monthly fee. For just $2.99, students have unlimited access to 55,000 episodes of classic and current shows from feel-good channels like TLC, Food Network, Lifetime, and more. Students must re-verify their enrollment every 12 months.

6. Paramount+

Another underrated streaming platform is Paramount+. Students can stream over 30,000 nostalgic channels and movies on demand like MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, CBS, Comedy Central and more! It also offers exclusive Paramount+ originals, reboot shows, and new blockbusters such as A Quiet Place: Part II. Paramount+ even throws in live sports, shows, and news into the deal. With limited ads, this student plan costs just $1.25/month instead of the regular plan’s $4.99 monthly fee. Saving those extra four dollars can go a long way as a student! Paramount+ does require annual verification of college or university enrollment through SheerID limited to four years.

7. Apple Music with Apple TV+

Last but not least, the popular Apple Music with Apple TV+ duo. Apple Music’s $4.99 student plan includes over 90 million songs and 30,000 playlists to stream ad-free and the ability to download them and play them offline. You can also stream live concerts, radios, and exclusive shows in high definition. Although Apple TV+ does not offer a student discount, you can stream Apple TV+ for free for a limited time with Apple Music. This duo costs $4.99/month for up to four years, which is super affordable compared to each service’s regular plans of $9.99 and $4.99 a month. To qualify for this 50% discount, students must verify their college or university enrollment annually through UniDays.

In honor of Black History Month, some streaming platforms are providing a hallmark of amazing documentaries and original works to celebrate.

Hulu has a “Black Stories” section, featuring a collection of classics, reality tv shows, and new additions like Bad Hair and Your Attention Please. Amazon Prime Video has a “Celebrate Black Voices” section, offering a selection dedicated to celebrating “Black joy. Black love. Black laughter.” It includes originals like The Underground Railroad and Harlem along with other movies like Coming 2 America, Beat Street, and the award winning film What’s Love Got to Do With It. Paramount+ exhibits a “Black Voices Matter” section that celebrates with comedies, movies, documentaries and more. These include, but are not limited to, Key and Peele, Chappelle’s Show, St. Louis Superman, and family favorites like The Neighborhood.

Even though not all popular streaming platforms offer student discounts, other streaming services take student life into excellent consideration and offer a plethora of entertainment forms and bargains. Kick off your break now with a perk of being a student!