25 Popular Restaurants That Offer Student Discounts

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Textbooks, tuition, and school supplies can add up faster than one can read this sentence. And for some high schoolers and practically all college students, commuting expenses are another addition to the never-ending expenses – whether one gets to school by driving or taking public transportation.

Colleges typically include meal plans for those living on and off campus. But there’s only so much of that meal plan food you can eat. Luckily, your ID can score you college student discounts and deals at certain fast food places and restaurants – so make sure you always have it on hand! And of course do not forget that some of these restaurants also offers discounts or even free meals on your birthday.

Disclaimer: Always double check with the location nearest to you, as some places only offer discounts at participating locations. You wouldn’t want to get hungry after driving, only to find out your student discount didn’t apply, right?

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Here is a list of 25 favorite restaurants that offer discounts to college students:


Student’s save 10% off their meals. Beef n’ Cheddar classics and curly fries never sounded any better.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Many locations offer students up to 10% off their meal, so make sure you ask next time you’re in the mood for wings!

Buca di Beppo

Save 10% off your entire meal. Imagine 10% off your meal consisting of mozzarella garlic bread, spaghetti with meatball, and tiramisu to finish it off.

Bd’s Mongolian Grill

This is a deal definitely worth checking out. At participating locations, a Student Night is held once a week. Show your student ID and get a stir-fry bowl for just $9.99!

Burger King

Grab a burger and some fries. Burger Kings offers students up to 10% off their purchase with an ID.


Who doesn’t love chicken nuggets? Most locations offer a student discount and free drink. Check with your nearest location to know what promotions and deals are going on.


Students can show their student ID and get a free drink.

Dairy Queen

Get 10% off on your favorite sweet treats. Sometimes a Blizzard is exactly the kind of pick me up you need during the school year.


Save up to 10-20% off your pizza. How does one say no to pizza in general, but to discounted pizza – is nearly impossible.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Start your day off with a frosted donut Participating locations offer students 10% off when they show their IDs.

Firehouse Subs

Students receive a 10% off their entire purchase.


Yes, this is a grocery store. But they offer students 5% off their purchases. Perfect for students who prefer to cook their meals.

Hard Rock Cafe

Show a student ID to get discounted items. Discounts vary depending on location.


Save 10% off any meal. This is great, as you can save on your breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Papa John’s

Get 10-20% off your next pie. Perfect for late night study sessions when all you may need is a slice of pizza or an entire pizza to get you through the night.

Pizza Hut

You have three places to order pizza from at a discounted price. Pizza Hut also offers students 10-20% off.


Qdoba offers tacos, burrito bowls, nachos, taco salads, and burritos. Enjoy a free drink with purchase.


The Tennessee based restaurant chain offers students a 15% off discount.


Save 10% on your purchase. That means you can purchase a footlong for $4 instead of the usual $5! (Every penny counts).

Sweet Tomatoes

Students can get up 10% off at participating locations. Time to pile on the salad!

Taco Bell

Two words nacho fries. Luckily with a college student discount, you can save up to 10% off at participating locations.

Taco Cabana

Students receive 20% off their entire purchase – Taco Tuesdays have never sounded better!


Treat yourself to some froyo. How can you not when it’s 15% off?

Waffle House

This deal makes me very sad that I’m no longer a student nor have a Waffle House anywhere remotely near me. Showing your student ID saves you 10% off your waffles.


They run a student promotion Mondays to Fridays, 2 pm – 6 pm. Show your idea and you save 15% off all combos!

And that’s a wrap! You could literally eat your three square meals at a significantly discounted student price. Imagine a McMuffin from McDonald’s for breakfast, Chipotle’s plant-powered meal for lunch, and Papa Johns pizza for dinner – and ice cream or a TCBY frozen yogurt for dessert! And FYI, this isn’t a conclusive list. Check out your local restaurants and fast food places to find out if they offer any student discounts.

I'm Stephanie. Coffee lover, desserts baker, and excessive shopper. Because I love indulging in all three I'm always on the lookout for the best deals out there- and sharing them with people.

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