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Which newspapers offer a student discount?

Online news is all well and good, but nothing quite beats a good old-fashioned newspaper – especially at a knockdown price.

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Staying on top of the latest news stories is an essential part of uni life. After all, if you're studying a subject in-depth, it's wise to be familiar with the latest happenings.

A lot of information is available for free on the internet and in your university student newspaper, but if you want the really good stuff, you'll probably have to pay for it.

Thankfully, newspapers know that students are a bit strapped for cash and can't always afford to pay full whack just to get their latest dose of current affairs. Here are the ones with the best deals for students...

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Newspapers with student discounts

These are the best newspaper subscription deals for students:

  1. The Financial Times

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    Essential for those studying business and accountancy related degrees, the Financial Times (FT) covers everything that your lecturers will be expecting you to know about.

    Subscription offers for students from this newspaper change regularly, but at the time of writing, you can get a digital subscription for just £2.97 per week. That's just over 50% off the usual cost, and it'll include a daily briefing.

    And, to save a bit more cash, you can also try a four week trial for just £1.

    Subscribe to the FT »


  2. The Times and The Sunday Times

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    Another big title, another huge student discount.

    As is the case with the Financial Times, almost all of The Times' content is behind a paywall. So, if you want to read what they've got to say, you'll have to pay up.

    Standard subscriptions will set you back around £26 a month but, as a student, you can get a whole year's subscription for the same price. You'll be eligible for this for up to four years, but you have to commit to at least 12 months for the student discount.

    Your subscription will also include access to Perlego's online library for six months.

    Subscribe to The Times »


  3. The Economist

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    It's not a newspaper in the traditional sense, but The Economist is hard to beat when it comes to summarising and analysing the goings-on of the past seven days.

    As the name suggests, this is definitely one for business and finance students to consider. However, The Economist is no one-trick pony, and anyone with an interest in politics, the environment or any kind of social issue should give it a read.

    The publication always has some crazy offers on the go, often with a freebie included too. At the time of writing, there is a 50% off The Economist student discount, bringing the price down to £89.50 for the first year. The monthly digital subscription gives you a little less discount, but at £10 for the first month (normally £17.50), we can't complain.

    There are also student discounts for the print and digital subscription, where you'll get access to all the digital content and one print edition per week. The annual price for students is £172 for the first year (instead of £215) or £15 for the first month (normally £21.50)

    You can cancel your subscription at any time, but remember that they will automatically renew for the regular price at the end of your subscription. You only get a discount for your first month or first year, depending on what subscription you go for.

    Subscribe to The Economist »


  4. The Guardian and The Observer

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    As The Guardian doesn't have a paywall on their site, you can access their articles online for free. But, to save money on paper copies of The Guardian and The Observer, it could be worth subscribing.

    A couple of their subscription options will admittedly be outside of a lot of students' budgets – subscribing to every issue of The Guardian and The Observer costs £52.99 a month, while it's £44.99 a month for six days of The Guardian papers.

    But, subscribing to the weekend papers costs £21.99 a month (27% less than retail price) and it's £11.99 a month to just subscribe to The Guardian on Saturdays or The Observer papers on Sundays (20% less). So, if you're already regularly buying these newspapers, a subscription could help you cut down on your monthly costs.

    Subscribe to The Guardian »


  5. i

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    i is the new(ish) kid on the block in the world of newspapers and delivers the latest news and current affairs in a concise and intelligent format. Its articles tend to get straight to the point, making it a good choice for students.

    Although inews doesn't do a student discount as such, its packages (like The Week's) are super cheap as they are.

    The cheapest subscription costs just £3.12 a week and includes access to the digital edition app, plus vouchers in the post that you can exchange for a paper copy at your local newsagents.

    Subscribe to i »


  6. The Week

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    As the name suggests, The Week is a weekly magazine that offers a digest of all the main stories reported by the media both here and abroad over the past seven days.

    It's delivered in one succinct booklet, making it a great choice for students who need to know what's going on in the world without reading every newspaper available.

    The Week doesn't offer a student discount (apart from the occasional special offer, which we'll feature on the link below) but the savings on a general subscription are massive anyway. Plus, you can get six issues of The Week with their free trial.

    You can also change your delivery address as many times as you like, meaning no headaches if you want to visit home for a few weeks during the holidays.

    Get a free copy of The Week »


  7. The Spectator

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    The Spectator is the oldest weekly magazine in the world, dating back to 1828, and covers topics such as politics, culture and current affairs.

    You can read up to two articles per month for free (or five if you register) before you have to pay for a subscription.

    Students can get a special deal for The Spectator: try one month for free and pay half price thereafter. Normally, a digital subscription will set you back £9.99, which is cut to £4.99 for students. The print and digital subscription will cost students £6.50 (normally £12.99).

    Subscribe to The Spectator »


  8. New Scientist

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    The New Scientist isn't technically a newspaper – instead, it's a weekly magazine covering all aspects of science and technology. If there are any exciting revelations surrounding the environment, space, technology or health, you'll find them in the New Scientist.

    Their articles are clear and concise, without too much complex language, making them easy to digest.

    If you're studying a science subject at university, this may be a great read for you. Students can get 10 issues for £10, and you can cancel at any time. Keep in mind that after these 10 issues, your subscription is automatically rolled onto the quarterly or annual subscription with a 25% discount.

    Subscribe to New Scientist »


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Alternative newspapers for students

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If you're not keen on taking out a subscription, you still have options.

You'll almost certainly have a local newspaper in your area. It might not cover the big world issues, but it'll certainly keep you informed about some genuinely important issues that wouldn't otherwise get the attention they deserve.

You can also support your mates by checking out your university's student newspaper(s). These are often home to students' takes on world affairs, as well as coverage of the issues affecting your very own uni.

If you're interested in journalism, you could even start writing for the university paper to boost your CV.

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