Being a student is rough, especially since COVID-19 has made employment difficult. That’s why I’m going to share with you 15 perks all SFU students should know about! I've included links to these services where possible and any additional information you might need.
1. Apple Products – 10% Discount on iMac and iPads
This deal is available to all current and newly accepted university students as well as parents and teachers. During back-to-school sales in the Fall, this discount comes with a pair of FREE AirPods, so keep an eye out next September! Shop eligible iMac's and iPads.
2. Amazon Prime Student – 6 Month FREE Trial and 50% Discount
Sign up with Amazon Prime using your Student Number to receive a 6 month free trial of Amazon Prime! After your free trial, you will be charged $4.99 monthly – half the price of a regular subscription at $9.99/mo. Join Prime Student.
3. Spotify Premium – 1 Month FREE Trial and 50% Discount
It’s Spotify Premium, but cheaper. This is a deal for all university students at $4.99/mo. You get to access your music offline! Get Premium.
4. FREE 1-on-1 Advising Sessions– Resumes, Cover Letters, LinkedIn Profiles
SFU has Career Peers, student volunteers trained to advise you on improving your resume, cover letters and and your online presence for FREE, no matter what stage you’re at in your education or job search. Booking an appointment is quick and easy! You can also apply to volunteer as a Career Peer to receive training and experience being an advisor. Learn more.
5. SFU Financial Aid and Awards– Service Awards for Volunteering
SFU recognizes outstanding unpaid service to the University and/or the community, leadership, and volunteer work. You could very well win an award! Make sure you apply if and when you think you meet the eligibility requirements.
6. Microsoft Office 365 – FREE download
You can get full access to applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams for FREE while you’re a student. Simply enter your SFU student email at the link address. Get Office.
7. HP – Weekly New Deals and Laptops for Students
HP offers great deals on laptops and computers for university students! They update the deals and change them every now and then, so make sure you bookmark the student discount page in time for even bigger back-to-school sales next September! HP Student Deals.
8. YouTube Premium – 1 Month FREE Trial and 40% Discount
As a student, you can get a 1 month free trial of YouTube Premium, after which you’ll be charged $6.99/mo compared to the usual $11.99/mo! Get YouTube Premium.
9. LinkedIn Learning – FREE Access
Formerly known as Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning provides video tutorials on software programs, design practices, and business skills. Usually, a subscription is $299/year! This is available only to current SFU students, faculty, and staff. Alumni access is not permitted. Activate LinkedIn Learning.
10. Student Banking – FREE with 6 Banks
The average bank account costs $180/year! Open a Student Account with either Scotiabank, CIBC, BMO, RBC, TD Bank, or National Bank to bank for FREE while saving and studying. Contact these banks to find out details, as most of them do offer a student account and student credit cards.
11. FedEx Shipping – 20-30% Discount
When you’re shipping a package through FedEx, show your student ID when you pay, and you can get a 20-30% discount.
12. Student Pricing Card (SPC) – 10-30% Discount
Purchase an SPC card for $10 and receive a 10-30% discount from purchases in several hundred retail stores, franchises, markets, and organizations in different locations. Banking with CIBC grants you access to SPC perks for FREE! These savings could add up to hundreds of dollars each year. Learn more.
13. SFU Health & Counselling Services – FREE appointments
SFU's psychologists and clinical counsellors are available to help you work through issues in your life that may be hindering your university success. The topic can be major family problems or something like procrastination, exam anxiety, or perfectionism. Take advantage of this opportunity to seek help as soon as possible if you need it. See a counsellor.
14. Adobe Creative Cloud – 60% Discount
Students can get 20+ apps, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat Pro for only $25.99/mo. This means you’re only paying $312 per year, as opposed to $840 per year! That’s $2000 of savings over the course of your degree! You can try it for free before you buy, but don’t miss out. Get Adobe.
15. SFU Criterion on Demand – FREE
SFU students and staff have access to over 1500 films of different genres, including educational, romance, comedy, crime, science fiction, documentaries, and much more for FREE. If you’re feeling bored at home and don’t have Netflix, here are some movies! Connect to Criterion.
I’ve highlighted only 15 of the many deals and services available to SFU students! There are still many more ways to save (like opting out of Health and Dental fees if you already have coverage, or checking out SFU Recreation's free fitness classes). Bookmark this page, and make sure you use these discounts and free services to your best advantage while you still can. It takes almost no effort, and saving money will make you feel great!