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Student FAQs

Why should I use Student IDeals?

  We cater to your needs to help you save and get more. Everyone wants more out of his or her college experience. We’re here to help.

How do I join?

  Download the app and sign up by providing your name and school given .edu email (example: After you fill out your user profile (just a few questions) the discounts are all yours.

What if I don’t have a .edu?

Don’t worry. We have your back! When signing up just click the “Don’t have a .edu?” option above the top right corner of the sign up fields.

Where can I use Student IDeals?

You can use Student IDeals at shops, restaurants, and for activities all over the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. We plan to expand our services nationwide soon.

Do I have to be a Student to use your service?

Yes. You show merchants your valid Student ID to redeem Student IDeals.

How do I redeem a deal?

To redeem, simply bring your student ID and show it to the merchant. Help us build our service by telling them Student IDeals sent you there! This will reinforce our overall community support and ultimately bring you more deals.

There’s a business I love that’s not on Student IDeals. Can you add it?

Absolutely, this is where you come in. Shake your phone in a venue to find available deals. If no deal is currently provided you can “Request a Deal Now” with the click of a button. Every month, we will try and sign up the businesses that have received the most deal requests.

I went into a business and they wouldn’t give me my Student Discount, What gives?

Not them apparently. Please report the issue by flagging it with the flag button found in the lower left of the deal card. Our service will follow up with the venue and learn from your user activity feedback because, unfortunately, these things change. Update us so you and your friends don’t fall into the same trap.

I already use GroupOn and Yelp. How are you different?

Our service is specifically for students and avoids the “fine print.” We did a ton of research, surveys, and polls to figure out what students want and where students would want to save the most. Then we made it happen. Did Groupon or Yelp do that? Didn’t think so.

I have a Student Advantage or ISIC Card. How is this different?

Physical card? Annual fee? Poor content? You can’t be serious. Join the free service that is treating students like the tech savvy and forward-thinking individuals we are.

What about my privacy?

Fear not! We don’t share your email address or any personally identifiable information with anyone. We swear. If you want, check out our privacy policy.

What’s next? What’s in the next release?

We’re working expanding nationwide and incorporating some cool new features. Follow us on your social media networks for updates. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.

Who are you guys?

We are a team of students and graduates from Occidental College. We also work with entrepreneurs from established Internet successes like AOL Instant Messenger, Idealab, and InterTrust.

How much does Student IDeals cost?

Nothing. But it delivers big value. Merchants and brands love students and want your business.

What about inappropriate businesses?

There are all kinds of businesses that you won’t find on Student IDeals because of what they sell. We know we operate around campuses and school regulations are there for a reason. We note as restrictions, items that require proof of age, and, of course, we comply with federal, state and local regulations. Reach us at with any questions. If there’s a business listed you think is not appropriate, please “report abuse” at the same email.

How do you make money?

Our listing service is completely free; however, we offer a variety of auxiliary marketing opportunities for businesses looking for a stronger student presence. Contact Us for more information.

Merchant FAQs

How much does it cost?

A Student IDeals listing is completely free! Our goal is to help direct student traffic right to your door.

How do I sign up?

Just click on Merchant Sign Up and simply fill out our short survey regarding your business and contact information

Why should I offer a student discount?

A discount is a great way to attract students to your business. As a group, college students think differently than your ordinary customers, and they spend significant amounts

(over $400 billion annually in the US).

Our FREE service connects you with over 450,000 DC area college students. All you have to do is offer a student discount, we suggest 10% off or more, and your business is eligible to be listed.

What are the benefits of signing up?

  • Lower advertising costs by creating a free business page.
  • Increased student traffic as students typically travel in groups of two or more.
  • The ability to create new promotions or deals to highlight specific products.
  • Increased basket size of purchases resulting from the discounts.
  • The opportunity for increased digital promotions.
  • A never ending supply of customers — every year brings a new batch of student consumers.

How does the app work?

  • Users are verified as students by their .edu email address.
  • Students can search and discover businesses based on interest, location, or time of day.
  • Students redeem their discount by showing a valid student ID to you, the merchant.
  • Students can seamlessly share deals and their experiences to friends within the app and via social media.

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