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As a student, your budget is likely stretched thin, so saving where you can is essential. Amazon Prime Student is a great service to help you cut delivery costs, streaming subscription costs and overall expenses.

If you’re tired of annoying delivery costs and inflated prices, check out Amazon Prime Student and how you can apply. 

Amazon Prime Student Overview – Key Takeaways

Cost$4.99/monthly or $49/yearly($4.08/monthly)
Free trial for the first 6 months (expect Quebec) 
EligibilityBe a college or university student with a student email address.
What’s included– 2-day Prime Delivery (no minimum order size)
– 1-day Prime Delivery in select cities
– Prime Video
– Prime Music
– Unlimited Photo Storage
– Lightning Deals
– Prime Gaming

What Is Amazon Prime Student? 

Amazon Prime Student offers the same benefits as a traditional Amazon Prime subscription but at a lower fee for eligible members. It is a discount service for those pursuing higher education.

Those who are eligible can receive Amazon Prime member benefits such as 2-day Prime delivery, Prime video, Prime Music, Prime gaming, unlimited photo storage and Amazon lighting deals.

Who’s Eligible For Amazon Prime Student?

Only post-secondary students can access Amazon Prime Student and must be able to provide proof of their eligibility upon request. To sign up for Amazon Prime Student, you must:

  • Be a registered Amazon user.
  • Be a college, university or CEGEP Student enrolled in at least one course.
  • Have a valid college, university or CEGEP email address.

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How Much Does Amazon Prime Student Cost? 

If you’re eligible for Amazon Prime Student, you can receive the regular Amazon Prime benefits at no cost for the first 6 months of your subscription. After 6 months, you can enjoy the same benefits at about half the price of regular members, only $4.99/month

Amazon Prime Student Cost In Quebec

If you’re a Quebec resident, you aren’t eligible for the 6-month free trial of Prime Student. You can, however, receive a 7-month Amazon Prime Student trial for only $4.99. The first 6 months are free of charge, but starting the 7th month you’ll be charged $4.99. You could also opt for the 18-month subscription for $49 a year. With this option, the first 6 months are free after which the yearly cost is $49.  

How To Register For Amazon Prime Student

Registering for Amazon Prime Student is a simple process. 

  1. First, create an Amazon account using your email address. 
  2. Then, visit the Prime Student signup page to get started.
  3. Complete and submit the form. 
  4. Click on the verification link that Amazon emails you to complete the process.

How To Switch To A Prime Student Membership From An Existing Prime Account 

If you’re already an Amazon Prime member and you’d like to register for Amazon Prime Student, the process is super simple. Navigate to the Prime Studnet page on Amazon.ca and sign up. You will receive a refund for the remaining months left on your current Amazon Prime subscription.

What’s The Difference Between Amazon Prime And Amazon Prime Student? 

Amazon Prime StudentAmazon Prime
Cost$4.99/month or $49 yearly (first 6 months are free, except for Quebec)$9.99/ month
EligibilityMust be a college, CEGEP or university studentAnyone can create an account
Duration4 yearsNo time limit
Prime DeliveryIncluded Included 
Prime VideoIncluded Included 
Prime MusicIncluded Included 
Prime GamingIncluded Included 
Prime ReadingNot includedIncluded
Photo DriveIncluded Included 
Lightning DealsIncluded Included 

Benefits Of Amazon Prime Student

There are countless benefits to signing up for Amazon Prime Student. 

More Affordable Than Regular Prime

You can access so many perks including free shipping for at least 6 months. After that, you can enjoy the same benefits at a lower rate than the regular Prime membership ($4.99 vs. $9.99 per month). 

Fast and Free Delivery

Avoid paying shipping costs for most products and receive your orders within one or two days. This saves you money in the long run, especially if you order online often. 

Amazon Music Prime

Instead of paying for Apple Music or Spotify each month, you can enjoy ad-free music with Amazon Music Prime. You can also listen to podcasts, and stream on more than one device. 

Prime Video

Similar to Netflix, Prime Video is a streaming service with both new and old movie and television titles, available for free to Amazon Prime members. 

Prime Gaming

This feature of Prime offers free games for you to download, as well as other gaming content for a price. Additionally, you’ll receive a free monthly channel subscription on Twitch. 

Free Photo Drive

Store your photos securely at no cost with Amazon Photos. With this feature of your Prime Account, you can back up, organize, and share your photos on multiple devices with others. This is great for people who often find their phone storage overflowing. By storing photos on Amazon Photos, you can delete them from your phone’s photo memory. 

Early Access to Lightning Deals

Amazon Prime members have exclusive access to Prime Day and Prime Early Access Sales as well as limited-time sales on certain products. 

How To Cancel An Amazon Prime Student Account

Yes, you can cancel your Prime Student membership at any time by visiting Amazon’s Student Membership page. However, if you cancel and register again later, you won’t be eligible for the introductory free 6-month trial. 

Final Thoughts

As a student, everything seems to add up financially. Grocery bills, tuition, bus fare, and delivery fees on products from Amazon. With an Amazon Student Prime account, you can save money every month by enjoying multiple services within one subscription.

Amazon Prime Student FAQs

How do I verify my student status with Amazon Prime Student?

Despite still being a student, Amazon will likely auto-renew your Prime membership at the regular rate unless you verify your student status. To do that, visit the Student Membership page to re-verify your status, and provide any requested documentation. 

How long can you access Amazon Student Prime? 

You’re able to access Amazon Student Prime for up to 4 years, provided that you’re still a student. 

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is an event for Amazon Prime members in which they receive access to generous website deals that are otherwise unavailable throughout the year, or to non-member Amazon shoppers. Occurring in July each year, Amazon Prime Day takes place for 48 hours. Amazon has also started hosting a second large annual sale.  In 2022 it was called the Prime Early Access sale and in 2023 the Prime Big Deal Days.

What does Amazon Prime include?

Amazon Prime is a $9.99/month membership program offered by Amazon that gives shoppers of the website extra perks and benefits. The most notable benefit is the free one-day and free two-day shipping on eligible products. Customers can order most products and pay zero dollars in shipping and have the item delivered to their doorstep within a day or two. Some other benefits include:
  • Unlimited movie and TV streaming with Prime Video
  • On-demand, ad-free music access with Prime Music
  • Early access to deals
  • Rewards Mastercard with 2.5% cashback
  • Discounts for family items, like diapers
  • Secure unlimited photo space with Amazon Photos
  • Access to books and magazines with Prime Reading
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Chrissy is a Toronto-based communications advisor. With an English degree from the University of Toronto and editing courses under her belt from Ryerson University, she has continued her lifelong passion for writing and editing. In addition to working for Loans Canada on a variety of financial topics, Chrissy has a few years of resume writing and editing under her belt, and takes great pleasure in helping people find work that fits with their experience and passions. When she isn't working, you can find her practicing yoga, hanging out with her dog, reading up on financial and real estate news, or planning her next trip abroad.

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