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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...

Newspapers with student discounts

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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 right now you can get a digital subscription for just £2.95 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 free eBooks, audiobooks and a free film rental every month.

    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. They're currently offering students 12 weeks for £19, with an additional student discount once the introductory period is up (for students it's £145 per year, as opposed to £179 for other readers).

    If you want to get a taste of what The Economist's about before you subscribe, it's not uncommon for them to give away a completely free issue with no card details needed!

    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 (20% less than retail price) and it's £11.99 a month to just subscribe to The Observer papers on Sundays (13% 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 tokens 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'll get the first issue free.

    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 »

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.

And don't forget, you can check out newspaper student discounts.

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