How to Get a Netflix Student Discount

Does Netflix have a student discount? No, but similar streamers do!

What to Know

  • Netflix doesn't offer a student discount, but services like Paramount+, Amazon Prime, and YouTube Premium do.
  • Free alternatives to Netflix include Tubi, Crackle, and Vudu.

Netflix has a massive library of TV shows and movies, including a lot of brand-new originals and old favorites, but it doesn't have a student discount. If you're a student trying to get by on a tight budget, there is unfortunately no Netflix student discount to help ease that burden.

Still, students looking to stretch their entertainment dollars do have a few options. Netflix no longer offers a free trial period, but there are several fantastic alternatives that have student discounts, and some free TV and movie streaming sites that can save you even more money.

Your eligibility for a student discount might depend on your school. This guide covers popular services like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, YouTube, and Paramount+ (Formerly CBS All Access).

Get Friends or Family to Loan You Their Profile or Split Costs

Since Netflix stopped offering free trials, the best way to access Netflix on the cheap is to ask a parent or friend for a profile on their account. You might even consider offering to pay the difference to upgrade to a plan that would let you stream without interrupting their viewing. Also consider teaming up with fellow students who want to share a new account so you can split the cost together.

Netflix Alternatives With Student Discounts

Netflix creates a lot of original content, so there is no direct replacement for the service. You won't find Netflix originals anywhere else. Netflix also has buys the rights to stream a lot of uber-popular television shows and movies they didn't make themselves, but that's always changing.

If you don't have your heart set on a specific Netflix exclusive, some other streaming services offer student discounts.

These services have exclusive shows and movies, just like Netflix, and they all compete to offer the best selection possible. Here are the best alternatives to Netflix that offer student discounts:

  • Amazon Prime Student: Amazon Prime's student plan provides all of the regular Prime benefits at a significant discount. In addition to streaming TV shows and movies, you'll also get music, free shipping, and more.
  • YouTube Premium: This service removes ads from YouTube, gives you access to YouTube Premium shows and movies, and also includes access to YouTube Music.
  • Hulu and Spotify Bundle: Hulu doesn't have a student discount, but you can sign up for the Spotify student discount and get Hulu for free.
  • Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access): This is the basic Paramount streaming service provided at a discount to students.

What is the Amazon Prime Student Discount?

Amazon Prime Video is part of Amazon Prime. This service started as a membership program with the sole benefit of providing two-day free shipping, but it has expanded to a lot more.

A screenshot of Amazon Prime Student.
What We Like
  • Comes with a generous free trial period.

  • Prime Originals include movies and TV shows you can't get anywhere else.

  • Includes free Amazon shipping and other benefits.

What We Don't Like
  • Eligibility ends after four years of membership or when you graduate (whichever comes first).

  • Manual verification, without a .edu email address, can take up to five days.

  • The Prime Video interface on the website is poorly designed.

With an Amazon Prime Student subscription, you get free shipping, access to Amazon's free streaming library of movies and TV shows, the Amazon Prime Music streaming service, and a variety of exclusive deals designed just for college students.

This service includes a very generous free trial period, after which you pay about half of what the regular Amazon Prime subscription costs. After four years, or if you can't verify your enrollment, your student subscription converts to a regular one.

Signing up for Amazon Prime Student requires access to a .edu email address. If your school doesn't issue email addresses to students, you may still be able to sign up through a manual verification process.

What is the Hulu Student Discount?

Hulu is a streaming service that provides access to a lot of TV shows on the same day, or within the same week, that they first air. It also has original TV shows that you can't get anywhere else. It doesn't have a student discount, but it is available in a student bundle with Spotify and Showtime.

A screenshot of the Spotify and Hulu student discount.
What We Like
  • You get access to Hulu, Spotify, and Showtime for about half the price of Hulu alone.

  • Hulu produces original programming that you can't get anywhere else.

What We Don't Like
  • There is no student discount just for Hulu.

  • There is no option to switch to an ad-free Hulu plan, and this discount doesn't work with the Hulu with Live TV service.

When you sign up for the Spotify student discount, you also get free access to Hulu and Showtime. The Hulu subscription is the ad-supported plan, and there is no option to pay extra to upgrade. The overall cost for all three services is about half of what you would pay for Hulu alone.

Spotify uses SheerID to verify student enrollment, so if you've already verified through SheerID for any other discount, you won't have to do so again.

What is the YouTube Premium Student Discount?

YouTube Premium is a service that removes advertisements from regular YouTube videos, gives you access to original shows and movies, and includes the YouTube Music service. When you sign up, you can choose between a family plan discount and a student discount.

A screenshot of the YouTube Premium student discount.
What We Like
  • No ads on regular YouTube videos.

  • Includes YouTube Originals that you can't watch anywhere else.

What We Don't Like
  • The interface for finding and watching YouTube Premium shows is poorly implemented.

  • Has far less premium content than competing services.

The YouTube Premium student discount saves you about 60 percent off the regular price, and it includes everything that you get with a standard subscription. It requires annual verification, so if you graduate or leave school, you'll have to cancel or switch to a regular subscription.

YouTube uses SheerID to verify enrollment, so signing up is easy if you've ever verified through SheerID before.

What is the Paramount+ Student Discount?

Paramount+ gives you access to a live stream of your local CBS affiliate and on-demand access to a vast catalog of TV shows. It's more limited than streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, but it's also less expensive. Plus you can take advantage of the Paramount+ student discount to save even more.

Paramount+ student discount.
What We Like
  • Cheap live CBS television and on-demand content.

  • Includes access to exclusive shows like Star Trek Discovery.

What We Don't Like
  • Only works with the limited commercials plan.

  • Some channels overlap with other services like Hulu.

The Paramount+ student discount saves you 25 percent off the regular price of a subscription plan. It's only available with the limited commercials plan, so you can't use it with the more expensive plan that gets rid of commercials altogether. Aside from that, it's the same as a full-priced subscription.

CBS uses the SheerID service to verify enrollment and provide you with a student discount. If you've ever verified through SheerID before, you'll be able to sign up for this service with your existing credentials.

Free Alternatives to Netflix

If you want to save even more money, there are several free streaming service alternatives to Netflix that allow you to stream TV shows and movies without paying anything at all. Some of these sites even let you watch without creating an account, let alone paying a monthly fee.

Sites like Tubi, Crackle, and Vudu all provide viable alternatives to Netflix without charging a subscription. These services are typically supported by ads, just like broadcast television.

  • Can I share my Netflix password?

    Yes, but you might need to pay an extra fee. The company announced in 2022 that users will no longer be able to share Netflix passwords for free with others outside of their households.

  • How do I get Netflix for free?

    Some cellphone carriers and cable providers offer promotions that include a free Netflix subscription. For example, if you sign up for a T-Mobile One and add at least one additional line, free Netflix is included in your phone bill.

  • How do I enter Netflix secret codes?

    To use Netflix secret codes, enter into a web browser’s address bar and add the code at the end. Netflix codes unlock specific genre categories like anime, comedy, and horror.

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