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Do Students Get Free YouTube Premium?

The short answer is yes, students can get free access to YouTube Premium through discounted student pricing, free trials, bundled deals, and more. As a tech geek and avid streamer myself, I‘m going to walk you through all the ways to score free YouTube Premium as a student.

YouTube Premium Student Discount Plan

The best way for students to get YouTube Premium at a discount is to enroll in the YouTube Premium Student Plan. Here are the key details:

  • Costs $6.99/month after a 1-month free trial
  • Requires verifying student status each year
  • Provides ad-free viewing, background play, downloads and YouTube Music Premium

According to YouTube, over 5 million students have already enrolled in this plan to date. The regular YouTube Premium price is $11.99 for individuals, so the student discount saves you 42%!

I‘m currently subscribed to this plan as a grad student and love having uninterrupted access to music and videos. The background play feature lets me listen to tutorials and lectures while multi-tasking too.

Signing Up for the YouTube Student Plan

Signing up is simple – just head to while logged into your Google account and select the "Student" option. You‘ll need to enter your enrollment details and have your student status verified before starting the 1-month trial.

One tip from personal experience – set a calendar reminder to re-verify your student status each year. It takes less than a minute to do and ensures you keep the lower student pricing.

Other Ways to Get Free YouTube Premium as a Student

In addition to the discounted plan, there are actually tons of ways students can access free YouTube Premium, either through extended free trials or bundled deals.

Free Trials

Here are some of the best free trial offers I‘ve found for scoring free YouTube Premium as a student:

  • Spotify Student – 6 months free: Spotify Premium for Students comes with a free 6-month YouTube Premium trial – easily the best free trial out there!

  • Best Buy Student Deals – 1-2 months free: Best Buy offers students 1-2 month free YouTube Premium trials with verified student accounts.

  • Phone carrier deals – 1-3 months free: Carriers like Jio in India or Ncell in Nepal offer free YouTube Premium trials with certain plans.

  • Unidays – 1 month free: Students can get 1 month of YouTube Premium free through the Unidays student discount program.

  • Google One – 1 month free: New Google One subscribers can get a 1 month YouTube Premium trial with 100GB+ storage plans.

Bundled Student Deals

Students can also access free YouTube Premium through special student bundles and offers:

  • YouTube Premium Student packs: In countries like Indonesia and India, YouTube offers up to 75% off Premium as part of student packs.

  • Office 365 Education: Some university Office 365 plans include a YouTube Premium subscription for free.

  • Mobile phone bundles: Samsung and Xiaomi offer bundle deals with phones that include 3-6 months of YouTube Premium.

  • Family sharing: Students can join a family member‘s YouTube Premium plan for free access.

YouTube Premium Gift Cards

Gift cards present another creative way for students to get free YouTube Premium. Friends or family could gift you a 1-month, 3-month or 12-month subscription card purchased from retailers like Best Buy, Walmart or Target.

Student Usage Statistics and Benefits

What makes YouTube Premium so appealing to students? Here are some key statistics:

  • 82% of college students watch YouTube daily according to Sensis Agency

  • 61% of students use YouTube for music listening based on a UCLA survey

  • 49% of students use YouTube to access educational videos and lectures

The top benefits students get from a Premium subscription include:

  • No ads: Uninterrupted viewing and music listening while studying

  • Background play: Ability to minimize videos and listen while multi-tasking

  • Downloads: Watch saved videos and playlists offline when commuting or without WiFi

  • YouTube Music: Ad-free music plus the ability to play custom playlists and albums

Personally, I get a ton of value from downloading videos and courses to watch on my commute to campus. The uninterrupted viewing definitely helps me stay focused on lectures too.

Maximizing Your Free YouTube Premium Subscription

Here are my top tips for getting the most out of a free YouTube Premium student subscription:

  • Download videos in bulk before a trip – I like to download a bunch of tutorials, lectures, or entertainment videos right before a roadtrip or flight.

  • Set reminders to cancel trials – To avoid being charged, remember to cancel at least 24 hours before your free trial ends.

  • Use back-to-back trials – You can often chain together multiple free trials from different promos to prolong free Premium access.

  • Share a family plan – Split the cost of a Premium family plan among roommates to only pay a few bucks a month.

  • Maximize YouTube Music – Take advantage of the Premium music benefits like custom playlists, offline listening and audio-only playback.

  • Watch on a TV – Cast your videos to a TV from your phone or use a Premium smart TV app to get the biggest screen possible.

As you can see, with a little effort students can enjoy YouTube completely ad-free. And the discounted student plan makes it super affordable on an ongoing basis. I hope these tips help you access free YouTube Premium and make the most of it! Let me know if you have any other questions.