Dealhacker: The Best Student Tech Discounts In Australia

Money can be tight when you're studying, but there's one big advantage: you can receive student discounts on all sorts of goods. Here are the best permanent student tech discounts in Australia.

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We've rounded up the most prominent deals we know of below, but it's always worth asking if a student discount or other concession is available. Keep your university-issued ID with you at all times, and don't be afraid to enquire politely if there are any student deals on offer.

Microsoft offers a number of student-specific deals:

Adobe also offers some solid student edition offers:

  • Creative Cloud is $14.99 a month (rather than the regular $49.99 a month)
  • Acrobat Pro is $89 (a big saving on $637)
  • Photoshop Lightroom is $99 (rather than $186)
  • Photoshop Elements 12 and Premier Elements 12 is $149.99 (down from $129.99 for each product)

Apple has a specific store for university buyers, though much of the product it sells is the same price as regular gear.

Know of additional deals we should include here? Tell us in the comments.


    Dell also have deals with a lot of schools and universities that provide discounts for students through their "EPP".

    The link I've got for it looks a bit dodgy, so I won't share it just in case, but if you Google "dell Australia epp", and go to the EPP site, you can type in the name of your school or uni and see if they participate in the program.

    I am interested in that Win 8.1 deal but Microsoft confuses me. Is it a full pro version & not some student hacked down version?
    I think it says I need to have win7 and install on top as an upgrade (so annoying) I do not want an OS like that, I am suss on upgrades from experience and would rather do a fresh install of win8 with no upgrade is it possible?

      If it is like before it is a full version, but upgrade only eg requires a previous install (working or non working Windows). You have the option of clean install with all windows disks (and options) just as long as you don't reformat with a 3rd party tool, eg have to boot with the disk and choose the clean install option.

      Last edited 06/03/14 10:11 pm

    Lenovo has a dedicated 'education store'

    Is it just me, or does university student, and paying for software seem like a tall order?

    Depending on your institution you may be able to get some of the above cheaper/free @ (hint hint, some institutions are stupid and don't limit downloads to the right student groups).

    And for anybody doing a course related to software development... DreamSpark!

    Free MS software FTW!

      Love Dreamspark. Best thing my uni has ever done for me.

    If you join Student Edge ( you can get extra discounts on stuff, including up to 12% on the Apple Education store. There's an extra $40 or so off the base macbook pro model, so obviously every item has a different discount.

    I'm looking for a usable version of Adobe CS6?

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