The incredibly large impact that Spotify has had on our lives and the world is obvious; now when someone says “let’s play some music” they think of Spotify. Thus, after the company announced that it would provide students with a discount to listen to music and podcasts, the world went simply crazy about it. Let’s know about the ‘Spotify Student Discount’.
The student discount offered by Spotify is called Student Premium and you can apply to get it as long as you’re a college student. Getting this premium subscription, plus additional benefits like access to Hulu means that you pay 50% less than a premium subscription. Keep reading to learn all about this amazing offer!
Spotify is an audio and media services provider founded in 2006. It works as a service whose main features are allowed for all users while some additional features are only available for subscribed users in exchange for a monthly fee. By 2021, Spotify is reportedly used in more than 180 countries by at least 400 million people weekly, which makes it a worldwide famous company.
Spotify service works on several devices and systems like macOS, Windows, Android, iOS, and Roku digital media player, besides others. Although a user can access thousands of songs and playlists for free, subscribed users pay $9.99 per month to have a Spotify Premium subscription, which includes unlimited access and ad-free service.
How does Student premium work?
The student discount offered by Spotify consists of a subscription named “Student Premium”. This service enables college students to pay half the price a user would pay for Spotify Premium. The current price is $4.99 per month and, at the present moment, it includes not only the advantages formerly mentioned (plus the chance to download your music to your device) but also access to two different services: Hulu and SHOWTIME, which usually cost $5.99 and $10.99 respectively.
The process to subscribe to Student Premium is done through SheerID, a company that works as a third party for other organizations by verifying if their users apply or not to their services. In this case, SheerID is in charge of verifying your student status.
Steps to subscribe to Spotify’s premium services:
The only thing a person must do to subscribe is followed these steps:
- Log in or sign up to Spotify. You do it at Spotify.com
- Go to “Premium” on the upper menu.
- Scroll down to see the premium plans and select “Student”.
- Click on “Get started”.
- Wait to be redirected to a page that asks you to “Unlock your student discount”.
- Fill out the form that requires your name, e-mail address, and other information, like the name of the college you’re attending.
- Tap on “Next”.
- Upload one of the following documents to prove your student status:
- Screenshot of your current class schedule.
- Screenshot of a degree report.
- A tuition receipt.
- An official transcript.
- An enrollment letter (not an acceptance letter).
- Tap on “next”.
- When SheerID has confirmed your status as a student, you will proceed to complete your payment.
There are some important things you should know before attempting to get Student Premium: Firstly, you need to attend an accredited university or college. In the case you live and study in the U.S., only registered colleges apply (they are part of the current system). In contrast, if you live and study in a different country and your university is not registered in the system, you can request to add it through SheerID, although the process might take up to 30 days.
Secondly, Student Premium subscriptions can’t last for longer than 4 years. Also, you need to renew your subscription every year.
Thirdly, you don’t need to be new to Hulu or SHOWTIME to get the deal offered by Student Premium. However, you’ll have to switch your billings for both services to your Spotify bill. For doing so, you may activate these services through Spotify’s website (on the Services page).
Lastly, you can keep on using Student Premium even if you´re studying abroad. Just be sure that the region/country where you’re studying matches your account. Feel free to change your region by updating the payment method of Spotify for one that is supported in the country where you are.
Renewing Student Premium Subscription
If you’re already subscribed to Student Premium and almost reaching the end of your first year of use, don´t worry about it! Spotify will notify you when your subscription is about to end via email. When you do, click on the link provided that says “Extend Discount” and follow the same process you did when you first subscribed. At the end of it, the page will confirm your renewal.
Spotify offers student discounts as a special type of subscription: Student Premium. By becoming a member you get all the benefits of Spotify Premium plus free access to Hulu and SHOWTIME. You only need to get your student status verified by SheerID and then enjoy up to 4 years of Spotify for only $4.99 per month.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the Student Premium subscription paid?
The three services are billed to your Spotify account, so you pay them the same way, and at the same time when you pay Spotify.
Can I subscribe to Student Premium if I have already tried Spotify Premium?
Yes, but you won’t get the free month as first-time Spotify Premium users get.