Monday, September 2, 2013

List of Things You Can Get for Free With a .EDU Email ID

One of the perks of being a student is the ability to get student discounts. Many retailers offer handsome rebates on products such as clothing, magazine subscription, movie and flight tickets, insurance and of course, software. Some service related industries and software companies in particular give one hundred percent rebates on their products. In this article, we will focus only on those products. Those who are interested in all types of student discounts, a simple search for “student discounts” on your favorite search engine will reveal plenty of offers.

To be eligible for student discounts, sometimes all you need is a .edu email address provided to you by your university or college. If you have one and it still hasn’t expired, give yourself a shot at these freebies.

Microsoft DreamSpark


DreamSpark is a Microsoft program to provide students with Microsoft software at no charge. The program was originally available for university/college students in Belarus, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, the U.K. and the U.S., but has now been expanded to more than 80 countries and is offered to many high school students. To register, students must visit the DreamSpark website and verify their identity. If an institution is not listed on the available list, the user may manually verify their student status by uploading a proof such as an ID card.

Software that are available for free download through the DreamSpark program include multiple editions of Visual Studio, Expression Studio, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Server, and Windows Embedded. DreamSpark also offers waiver on Windows Marketplace and Windows Store, and from time to time, announces discount on flagship products such as Microsoft Office and Windows.



Autodesk is terribly philanthropic towards students. Under their students program, the software company gives away practically everything they own, which includes:

AutoCAD for Mac
Autodesk 3ds Max
Autodesk 3ds Max Design
Autodesk Alias Automotive
Autodesk Alias Design
Autodesk AutoCAD
Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical
Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D
Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical
Autodesk AutoCAD MEP
Autodesk AutoCAD P and ID
Autodesk AutoCAD Plant 3D
Autodesk AutoCAD Raster Design
Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing
Autodesk Ecotect Analysis
Autodesk Fusion 360
Autodesk Green Building Studio
Autodesk Impression
Autodesk InfraWorks
Autodesk Inventor Professional
Autodesk Inventor Publisher
Autodesk Maya
Autodesk MotionBuilder
Autodesk Mudbox
Autodesk Navisworks Manage
Autodesk Quantity Takeoff
Autodesk Revit
Autodesk Revit Architecture
Autodesk Revit MEP
Autodesk Revit Structure
Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional
Autodesk Showcase
Autodesk Sim 360
Autodesk Sim 360 Pro
Autodesk Simulation CFD
Autodesk Simulation Mechanical
Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Adviser Ultimate
Autodesk Simulation Multiphysics
Autodesk Smoke
Autodesk Softimage
Autodesk T_Splines Plug_in for Rhino
Autodesk tsElements Plug_in
Autodesk Vault Basic Server
Autodesk VRED Professional

Amazon Prime


Amazon Prime is a service under which the online retail giant offers free two-day shipping on all eligible purchases, as well as discounted one-day shipping rates, instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video, borrow Kindle books for free reading and other benefits, for a flat annual fee (currently $79/year).

For students, Amazon offers this service free for 6 months after which they get a 50% discount.

LastPass Password Manager

LastPass Password Manager is an online password management service, and is available as a plugin for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari. The basic service of LastPass is free, which includes one-click login, form filling and cross-browser synchronization. Under Premium subscription, one gets the ability to import and export data, backup and restore, stronger passwords and more.

Those having a .edu email ID can get LastPass Premium for 6 months.

The Washington Post

Founded in 1877, The Washington Post is one of the oldest and most widely circulated newspapers in the United States of America. The newspaper offers free digital subscription to anyone with a valid .edu, as well as, .gov and .mil email address.


WestHost offers students with a .edu email ID, free webhosting for a year.


ZW3D is all-in-one, CAD/CAM software, which enables concept to finished product design in an integrated, collaborative environment. Supported by its Show-n-Tell built-in learning system, ZW3D includes data exchange to allow efficient reuse and sharing of designs, hybrid modeling with its unique Overdrive kernel, mold and die design with cavity preparation tools and component libraries, and intelligent, adaptive CNC machining from 2-axis through to 5-axis.

Students are offered free 12-month licenses.


Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software, not unlike Microsoft PowerPoint, and storytelling tool for presenting ideas on a virtual canvas. The product employs a Zooming User Interface (ZUI), which allows users to zoom in and out of their presentation media, and allows users to display and navigate through information within 3D space.

Prezi can be used by teachers and students to collaborate on presentations with multiple users having access and the ability to edit the same presentation. At no extra cost, students can remove the Prezi logoi and replace with their own and also get 500MB of storage space.


GitHub is a web-based hosting service for software development projects that use the Git revision control system. GitHub offers both paid plans for private repositories, and free accounts for open source projects.

GitHub offers Educational Accounts for academic people (student, teacher, etc.) for 2 years that includes 5 repositories. These plans usually cost between $7/month and $22/month.


Lucidchart is a web-based diagramming software which allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, UML designs, mind maps, software prototypes, and many other diagram types. Built on web standards such as HTML5 and JavaScript, Lucidchart is supported in all modern web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer 8+.

Lucidchart offers Educational accounts, which are equivalent to Pro accounts, to all students having .edu, .ac.* and .k12.*.us email IDs for free.


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