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5 Must-Have Subscription Services For College Students

Updated on June 21, 2014

Wolfram Alpha

We've all been stuck on a tricky math problem before and know how frustrating it can be when you've tried over and over again with no avail.

Sometimes taking great notes just isn't enough.

Have no fear, Wolfram Alpha is here!

Wolfram Alpha is basically a giant online supercomputer that works as a calculator for a variety of problems. A basic graphing or scientific calculator can go only so far, however, with Wolfram Alpha Pro users can solve complex equations, create graphs, and visualize how their problems can be solved step by step. By subscribing to Wolfram Alpha Pro, users will be able to take advantage of an extended keyboard that will allow for more complex problems, be able to save, download, and customize data, perform longer computations, remove ads, and much more.

There's a reason why so many professors and teachers are recommending Wolfram Alpha to students!

Subscribers can expect to pay $5.49 a month for Wolfram Alpha Pro but luckily for all the students breaking the bank as it is, it's only ($3.75).



If you routinely enjoy listening to music online, you probably already know about Spotify.

If you don't, Spotify is a digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs that can be streamed via s computer, tablet, or mobile device. Simply download and start listening!

The great thing about Spotify is that you can search for specific songs, albums, and artists, and create playlists of your favorites. By upgrading to Spotify Premium, subscribers get unlimited streaming, no ads between songs, offline playlists, and access to music on the go through any compatible mobile device.

Now you don't have to listen to pesky commercials or your roommate!

Spotify knows how much students rely on their music so students that attend an accreddited college or university can subscribe to Spotify Premium for just $5 a month! Regular users can expect to pay double that!



Ah... free-time... the best part about college, and for some of us, the least remembered.

Your best friend in college is Netflix. There's no arguing that you will have days in college where there is nothing to do. Whether all your work is done, it's raining outside, or it's just saturday morning, Netflix is there for you.

Thousands of TV shows and movies at your fingertips and subscribers can get it for ($7.99 a month). Not the cheapest thing in the world but definitely worth it considering that subscribers can stream from multiple devices.

Share your account with your roommate and he/she will always owe you favors!



Don't have a car on campus? Want to save money?

Zipcar may be just what you need! Avoid car payments, insurance costs, and even gas by renting through Zipcar. The car is there when you need it and not when you don't!

Depending on the car model, Zipcar costs around ($7.75/hr) and a ($6.00 per month) membership fee. There is also a ($25.00) application fee.

In the long-run, Zipcar is a cheaper alternative than calling a taxicab every time you and your friends need to go somewhere. It also convenient for college freshman who are not allowed cars on campus.

Remember: Zipcar pays for the gas, provides a Zipcard that can be used for unlocking extra cars and savings, and has a useful app.

Also: Make your friends chip in! You're not a chauffeur!


Office 365

One of the most useful tools in any student's arsenal is Office University 365.

For college students the price is ($79.99) for 4 years. That's less than $1.67 per month! Office 365 includes: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, and Publisher.

Subscribers will have access on up to 2 devices,

Need more online storage?

Office 365 comes with 20 GB of extra online storage.

Far from home?

Office 365 also includes 60 Skype world minutes per month. This makes it even easier for students to call home, especially if you're studying abroad!

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