Apple's Back To School promotion has returned to the UK, Europe, the US and elsewhere, offering students and teachers a chance to get a free pair of Apple AirPods when they buy a Mac or iPad from the UK Education Store or the US Education Store.

The offer launched in the US in June but it is now available in the UK too as of 8 July.

What is Apple's Student deal 2020

Apple's promotion means that if you are at university, or about to start university or higher education, and you want to buy a new Mac or iPad, you will be able to receive a free pair of AirPods (normally worth £159/$159).

Alternatively, you can get £159/$159 off the AirPods with Wireless Charger or AirPods Pro if you choose to upgrade to them.

In the past Apple's Back to School deal bundled a pair of Beats headphones. 

This means students can get:

  • A free set of AirPods worth £159/$159
  • Or, an AirPods and Wireless charging case set worth £199/$199 and pay the £40/$40 difference
  • Or, the ANC-enabled AirPods Pro and pay the difference of £90/$90

How to get Apple's Back to School deal

To get the deal you need to follow these steps:

Go to this Apple webpage if you are in the US

Go to this Apple webpage if you are in the UK

In the UK you need to verify your student or staff status with UNiDAYS here.

We run through everything you need to know about using Apple's Education Store in this guide to shopping in the Apple Education Store.

Apple Back to School deals on Mac

In the US Apple has knocked up to $200 off the price of Macs in the Apple Back to School Sale. This includes offers on the updated MacBook Air (2020) and updated 13in MacBook Pro, both of which have $100 off.

The MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac and iMac Pro are all eligible for the free AirPods offer.

You will be able to view similar deals in the UK if you log on through the UNiDAYS website. Keep in mind, in order to take advantage of Apple Education pricing in the UK requires verification via UNiDAYS. More information in our guide to using the Apple Education Store in the UK.

Educational Store discounts up to £280 are available for UK students.

Apple Back to School deals on iPad

If you'd prefer an iPad, you'll find education pricing available to save you some cash on the tablet itself, and again you'll get the AirPods thrown in.

The iPad Pro and iPad Air are both eligible for this offer.

In the US you'll also find 20% off AppleCare+ protection and select accessories, including the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, which has $10 off the 2nd generation model. You can also get a free personal engraving.

Take a look at all the deals available on Apple US's Back To School page.

It's worth checking out our student deals hub for more great back to school offers.