Amazon Prime for students: Everything you need to know

Enjoy Amazon Prime benefits at a discounted price with Amazon Prime Student

Logo of Amazon Prime Student, which is basically a version of Amazon Prime for students

Do you know that there’s a version of Amazon Prime for students? Prime Student is an Amazon Prime promotion and membership program created specifically for higher education students. Prime Student is cheaper than the standard Amazon Prime subscription, so if you’re currently in college and want to enjoy Amazon Prime benefits at a discounted price, here’s everything you need to know about Prime Student.

How much does Prime Student cost?

Prime Student costs $7.49 per month or $69 per year. Prime Student members, however, will only start paying a subscription fee after a free six-month trial. Subscribers must pay tax on their  Prime Student membership if they live in Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.

Do students get Amazon Prime for free?

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A Prime Student member gets a free six-month trial.

Students can get a free six-month trial of Amazon Prime if they sign up for Prime Student. As a Prime Student member, you receive select benefits of Amazon Prime during your six-month trial period. After your six-month trial, your Prime Student membership makes you eligible to receive a discount on Amazon Prime ($7.49 per month or $69 per year).

Prime student membership includes the following:

  • Fast, Free Delivery on millions of items
  • Exclusive deals for student members from top brands
  • 30-minute early access to select Lightning Deals
  • Unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and shows on Prime Video
  • Access to Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99/month for up to four years, which lets students enjoy ad-free music
  • Amazon Photos: free unlimited photo storage
  • Prime Gaming: exclusives and free in-game loot
  • Ultrafast grocery delivery from Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market (in select cities)
  • Other special discounts
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Is Prime Student only for college students?

Yes. Prime Student is exclusive to college students. Elementary and High School students can’t get a Prime Student membership. To join Prime Student, click here.

Is Amazon Prime Student only for 4 years?

Yes. Prime Student has a four-year limit. After four years or the end of your studies (whichever comes first), your Prime Student membership will convert to a standard Prime membership. Even if you have a valid student ID for more than four years, once you have enjoyed your Prime Student membership for four years, your Prime Student subscription will lapse and change into a standard Prime subscription at the end of the default four-year membership.

How do I keep Prime Student after 4 years?

While there’s no official way of continuing Prime Student after its four-year limit, you may try a Prime Student extension hack by creating a new Amazon account and starting afresh with your student ID and email.

What is the difference between Prime Student and Amazon Prime?

Prime Student members and Amazon Prime members enjoy the same benefits in general. But there are a few differences between the two services that are worth noting:

Cost and free trial period

Prime Student costs $7.49 per month or $69 per year — that’s half the price of Amazon Prime, which costs $14.99 per month or $139 per year. Additionally, the Prime Student program offers a six-month free trial period, while Amazon Prime only offers a 30-day free trial.

Ability to rent textbooks

Renting textbooks is a Prime Student exclusive. Unlike Amazon Prime members, Prime Student members can rent textbooks.

College Deals

While Prime Student and Amazon Prime members can both save money from Amazon Coupons, Prime Student subscribers have their own discount section called College Deals. These give them discounts on electronics, video games, snacks, dorm supplies, beauty items, and many more.

Amazon Mom

Amazon Mom is an exclusive benefit for Amazon Prime subscribers. Unlike Prime Student members, Amazon Prime subscribers have access to Amazon Mom perks, which include 20% off diaper subscriptions and 15% off baby registry items, among many others.

Account sharing

In the past, benefits received through Prime Student could be shared. Now, that feature is exclusive to Amazon Prime subscribers. An Amazon Prime member can create an Amazon Household to share benefits and a Family Library with another adult, up to four teens and up to four children.

Is Amazon Prime free?

No. Amazon Prime is not free. It is a paid subscription service that offers a wide variety of perks, including free one- or two-day shipping on most items sold by Amazon, among many others.

How much does Amazon Prime membership cost?

As previously mentioned, Amazon Prime costs $14.99 per month or $139 per year. As an Amazon Prime member, you receive numerous shipping, shopping, streaming, and reading benefits from Amazon.

Amazon Prime 30-day free trial

Screenshot from the Amazon website featuring the free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime

While Amazon Prime isn’t free, anyone who hasn’t been an Amazon Prime member in the last 12 months can sign up for a 30-day free trial and enjoy all the same benefits as paid members.

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As an Amazon Prime member, you receive tons of shipping, shopping, streaming, and reading benefits, among many others.

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Are Amazon Prime movies free?

Prime Video benefits are included with a membership to Amazon Prime. So, if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you can watch hundreds of movies, as well as TV series, on your favorite devices for free.

Want to watch films and TV shows on Prime Video but don’t want to subscribe to Amazon Prime? You can sign up separately for Prime Video for just $8.99 per month.

Can Amazon Prime movies be downloaded?

Yes. Amazon Prime movies can be downloaded. To download films for offline viewing, you need a Fire tablet, or the Prime Video app for iOS, Android, macOS, or Windows 10. To download movies, simply open the app on your device, and find the title you want to download.

Does Amazon Prime have Hindi movies?

Yes. Amazon Prime offers a wide selection of Hindi movies via Prime Video. Hindi movies that arrived on Prime Video in 2022 include Jayeshbhai Jordaar, KGF: Part 2, Pushpa, Heropanti 2, Sharma Ji Namkeen, Jalsa, Gehraiyaan, and Runway 34.

Does Amazon Prime have Lord of the Rings?

As of November 2022, the Lord of the Rings trilogy — Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003) — is streaming on Amazon Prime and HBO Max. The films are also available to rent or purchase on Amazon Instant Video.

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The Hobbit trilogy — An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) —  which basically serves as a prequel to the Lord of the Rings film series is also available to stream on Amazon Prime, as well as the new TV series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which premiered in September 2022.

Amazon Prime family plan

Amazon Household

Amazon Prime family plan is popularly known as Amazon Household. As mentioned above, an Amazon Prime member can create an Amazon Household to share Prime benefits and a Family Library with another adult, up to four teens and up to four children.

Both adults (aged 18 and over) in an Amazon Household have their separate Amazon accounts. They share select benefits and digital content using Family Library. They can also manage the profiles of teens (ages 13 through 17) and children (ages 12 and below) in the Amazon Household. Teens in the Amazon Household can have their own Amazon login to shop or stream content while still keeping their parents informed. Children’s accounts, on the other hand, don’t have a shopping feature to avoid accidental purchases.

People in an Amazon Household can enjoy all the Prime benefits like Prime video streaming, Prime photos, complimentary access to Twitch channels, and free two-day shipping. Some benefits, however, cannot be shared. These non-shareable benefits include Prime Music, Prime Reading, Kindle First, and discounts on video games and purchased video add-ons.

With Amazon Prime, is it all shipping free?

Yes. All shipping is free with Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime subscribers get unlimited free two-day shipping on eligible items with no minimum spend.

Amazon Prime Unsubscribe

To end your membership to Amazon Prime, go to your Prime membership, select the “Update, Cancel, and more” option and follow the on-screen instructions. Take note that additional subscriptions tied to your membership won’t renew once your membership ends. Also, if your Prime membership is associated with a service you receive through another company (such as Sprint), contact that company to manage your subscription.

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