Underrated Services—Student Learner ID Perks

At some point in our college lives, we realise that it is crucial to save up and avoid spending our monthly allowances. Which, for some unexplainable reason, happens way too often. Although, it is our bright luck that we are in the 21st Century and not in the 1990s and apparently, according to some parents and seniors’ life was much different back then. We find ourselves lucky because today, each student with a valid student ID is eligible for multiple services at discounted prices (making it easier on the pocket).

These services range from educational services like Grammarly—for writing those emails to hundreds of companies for internships, Spotify—for downloading & listening to songs while running to the 9 AM class without ads, Apple Students Plan—to buy a 1.2 lakh device for 1.1 lakh; and many more like these.

Let’s look at what all discounts you can avail yourself with your Manipal Learners ID and how to avail yourself them:

  • Spotify Premium
    Who doesn’t like listening to ad-free, offline music at a price affordable to every student? Spotify Premium has a 50% discount for student plans, which is totally hassle-free.

To grab the offer, select premium on the Spotify app and scroll down all the way to the bottom to find Spotify for Students. Select either a one-month plan for 66/-or a yearly subscription for 59/- per month as per your choice!

Note: To qualify for the student discount, you need to verify yourself as a student, for which you need your college id and a few identification details. The verification process might take up to two days to complete.

  • YouTube Premium
    YouTube offers its Premium plan to students at a nominal cost of 79 INR/m and includes YouTube Music and the YouTube app. This might be a personal opinion, but YouTube Music’s algorithm is godsent. One can find the student plan among the other plans available in the YouTube Premium tab on the app or the browser.

All it requires is your college ID proof to verify your identity as a student, and there is no need to create a separate account with your learner’s ID. But can you imagine locking your phone screen while being on YouTube? 2015 I could have never thought that to be possible, and even less for it to be for just 80 bucks a month. That’s literally less than the cost of just one taco.

  • Apple Music
    Just like Spotify, students enrolled in any degree-granting universities and colleges can access Apple Music at a discounted rate for up to 48 months, i.e., four years. The cost was recently increased over the summer from 49 INR to 59 INR, which still stands surprisingly cheaper than Spotify.

To join the plan, open the Apple Music app or iTunes and go to Listen Now or For You. Once there, tap or click the trial offer (one trial per person or family) and choose Student, then tap or click Verify Eligibility.

You’ll be taken to the UNiDAYS website, where you’ll need to follow the onscreen prompts to verify your enrollment. After UNiDAYS verifies that you’re a student, you’ll be redirected to the Apple Music app or iTunes. Sign in with the Apple ID and password you use to make purchases and after adding a valid payment method, tap or click Join. 

  • Grammarly Premium

As a student you will require the perfect Grammar tool, and nobody does it better than Grammarly, Especially for Creative writing projects and well-researched papers Grammarly Premium is sure to come in handy for all students. Grammarly offers a wide range of services such as spell-check and punctuations, but with Premium the scope of perfection increases with the help of plenty more features.

Go to https://grammarly.com/edu/signup and sign up using your learner id, provided by the institution, and you’re ready to go!

  • Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is one of the most handy assets when it comes to the benefits it provides for a student. It comes with multiple benefits, such as zero shipping fee on prime products, Amazon Prime Music and Streaming services, along with Prime Day Deals and Discounts which is perfect for the pecket-friendly needs of a student. Free shipping, zero cancellation charges and discounts come in handy for students, not to mention entire binge-watching seasons a day before end-semester examinations start. Youth Offer for prime gets you all these features at a 50% discount!

To avail of the offer, you need to download the Amazon Mobile App and sign in with their email. After that, select ‘Youth Offer’ and tap on Join Prime. An ID proof and a selfie is needed as a part of the authentication process. Once the payment is completed, and the authentication process is complete, students receive a 50% cashback as Amazon Pay cashback.

  • Canva Pro 

Be it newsletters, Instagram posts, or posters – Canva Pro makes everything easier. Unlimited templates, elements and animations, Canva Pro, has it all. The best part is that it is free for students; all you need is a .edu email.

Note: To avail the offer, you need to avail the GitHub Student Developer Pack, which consists of multiple features, including Canva Pro.

  • Apple Students

Apple also offers discounted prices on its devices and products for students under its student benefit programme. The process for verifying your eligibility is the same as Apple Music, except it requires you to verify on a mobile device or desktop rather than a specified application.

The plan offers discounts on MacBooks, Macs, iPads, iPhones and so on, and apple additionally extends its generous discount by throwing in a free pair of AirPods as well for the complete ecosystem experience. You’ll also save on Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard, get 20% off AppleCare+ footnote3 and more.

  •  Samsung Student Advantage Programme

Samsung never fails in its attempts to keep up with its top competitors like Apple and doesn’t fall too far behind in terms of Student plans as well. Samsung offers a 10% student discount on all its products on the official Samsung Website except for Smartphones and Tabs, which discount 5% from the MRP. The plan includes no-cost EMI options and free delivery services as well.

Samsung follows a similar step-by-step verification with UNiDays on its official website. Whether Samsung’s plan or Apple’s plan is better is entirely subjective naturally, but nevertheless is a blessing for most students.

  • Microsoft 365

The days of pirating the latest Microsoft 365 days are over (until you graduate), as Microsoft allows students with a valid student ID to avail their Microsoft 365 Education Suite for free. This includes all the essentials that a student needs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools.

Thankfully, your Manipal Learner ID takes care of everything as all that you need to do is search for Microsoft Office 365 Education on Google enter your Learner ID, and the rest is taken care of as you follow the steps. The plan also lets students avail other services as well like OneDrive.


Life as a university student can sometimes feel overburdening at times. Especially now that all of us are college-going adults and somehow have to be responsible for our finances. This is often a reality check that freshers receive a few weeks into college life, but these benefits make life quite a lot easier. I mean, you might not have the best attendance at times, but hey, at least your music is ad-free, and your grammar is perfect.


Written by: Aditya Kapur and Ayuttam Abhiram for MTTN

Edited by: Ramya S Prakash for MTTN

Featured Image by: Aayush Niraj for MTTN

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