If you're a student (or parent of a student), teacher or lecturer, or work for an educational institution in some other way, you can save money on your next Mac, MacBook or iPad purchase. In this article we show how to get a student discount from Apple's Education Store.
Apple is keen to make inroads into the education market, and students are a big market for the company. To this end it has an entire separate education store that offers a hefty discount on Mac computers and iPad tablets.
Most Apple customers aren't aware of the Education Store, or don't think the discount applies to them. But this is a mistake, because Apple throws the education net quite wide, and there's a good chance you qualify.
Who qualifies for an Apple education discount?
Students are the most obvious group: if you're attending post-secondary education, or have been accepted into a post-secondary institution, you qualify. (Post-secondary means university, or any other formal education that takes place after secondary education is complete. This therefore excludes sixth-form colleges, although it may be worth inquiring at an Apple Store to see if the company is prepared to relax the rules.)
Parents of students do not qualify when buying for themselves, but they can pick up a discounted Mac for their son or daughter from the education store. Again, this is limited to parents of post-secondary students.
Beyond this, however, anybody who works in an education environment qualifies for a discount on Apple computers. It's not just limited to teachers and lecturers, but also covers administrative workers and other staff members. Essentially it's anybody who works at or for a school, college or university. (This is not limited to post-secondary institutions. Apple refers to "any education institution".)
Let's check those Apple terms and conditions in full:
"Those eligible to purchase from the Apple Store for Education Individuals include teachers, staff, students and parents as follows:
Employees of any education institution - Any employee of a public or private education institution in the UK is eligible.
Post-secondary Education Students - Students attending or accepted into a post-secondary education institution in the UK are eligible to purchase.
Parents of post-secondary students - Parents purchasing on behalf of their child, who is a student currently attending or accepted into a public or private post-secondary education institution in the UK, are eligible to purchase."
If you don't qualify for an Apple Education Store discount, we'd recommend instead checking out the Apple Refurbished Store, which offers discounts for everyone.
How to get an Apple student discount
You will need to verify that you are a student or hold another qualifying occupation. If you go via the UK link above you'll be encouraged to use UNiDAYS to get access. Enter your email address and a password, your name, institution, subject of study, years of study and course length.
UK customers can also use the rival verification service Student Beans, which works in the same way as UNiDAYS. (For full disclosure an employee of Student Beans is married to a Macworld editor.)
In the US, you won't require any sort of login or ID to order from the Education Store, but Apple can request to see evidence that you are a student at any point during or after the purchase and will charge an additional fee if you fail to provide it.
The Apple Store for Education is much like the regular one; it just has different pricing. It's usually best to log on from your university network if you can, and to make sure you have quick access to some form of official identification that proves you qualify for the education discount. Your student ID is a good choice.
If you don't want to register via a verification site, you can also call Apple, use Apple's Chat online feature, or visit an Apple Store. The staff there will guide you through the process.
Buying for an educational institute
Apple has other stores for those who are buying a Mac for an educational institution (for students to work on).
You can visit the UK Apple Store for Schools and Universities or the US equivalent. You'll need to register with Apple before you can make any purchases. Alternatively you can call Apple direct on 0800 912 0207 if you're in the UK, or 1-800-800-APPL in the US.
What discount will I get on the Apple Store for Education?
Apple doesn't offer a single, universal discount. It sets different prices for each product range. The discounts are only currently available for Mac computers (iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini) and iPads - there are no special discounts for other Apple products.
Mac student discounts
iPad student discounts
You can also get a small discount on iPads from the UK Education Store - between £20 and £50 depending on the model. Take a closer look at the prices in Apple's UK Education Store.
The savings on the iPad in the US Education Store are also quite small at up to $50. Take a closer look at Apple's US Education Store.
If you're thinking of buying an iPad for college or university you might like to read our guide to the Best iPad for students.
There are no discounts on the iPhone, Apple TV or Apple Watch, or on accessories or software for these items.
If you're interested in further tech deals for students, visit our dedicated Macworld student deals site.
How to sign up for a student membership discount for Apple Music
Apple's student membership scheme for Apple Music offers those in full-time education a 50% subscription discount. (You can still get three months of music streaming for free, but students will pay less after the trial period expires.)
In the UK this discount brings the monthly cost of Apple Music membership down from £9.99/$9.99 to £4.99/$4.99. But there are identical schemes in Ireland, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Denmark, each offering half off the usual price.
To qualify for the student discount, you'll need to prove that you're enrolled at an eligible university or college.
The Student Membership tier is the third membership tier Apple has offered to UK consumers, alongside Individual Membership (£9.99/$9.99 per month) and Family Membership (£14.99/$14.99). Visit Apple's site for more details and to sign up.
If you're a student and signing up for Apple Music on your iPhone or iPad, tap where it says 'Are you a University Student?' and you'll be directed to a verification system - if your college or university is eligible you'll get the reduced subscription rate.
And that's it - enjoy your discounted Apple products! If you're undecided about which Mac you need, check out our guide to the best Mac for students.