Spotify recently reached a new milestone by reaching 180 million paid subscribers, and little wonder why. Its enormous catalogue of songs and podcasts make for a great listening experience for those willing to shell out for a premium subscription. Students will be happy to note that getting a premium account is more affordable with a Spotify student discount.
What to know about Spotify’s student premium plan
The Spotify student discount — or Premium Student account — applies if you have a verified enrolment at an approved university in the US. It costs just US$4.99 instead of US$9.99 each month — a sweet deal for students who love to plug in their earphones or AirPods into their ears to drown out their surroundings.
Do note that your Spotify student discount will be reviewed annually to ensure that you’re still valid for the discount.
In the US, the Spotify student discount also includes Hulu (ad-supported) and SHOWTIME in the package — or three services for one bill. Unfortunately, only the US has this special package. Here are the prices for the following countries:
- UK – £5.99 a month
- Australia – A$5.99 a month
- Canada – C$4.99 a month
- New Zealand – NZ$7.49 a month
How to make use of Spotify Premium Student
Spotify isn’t just for music and entertainment — you can use your premium account to listen to podcasts to widen your knowledge or to help you out with your studies. You could listen to them while working on your assignments, studying, working out or even in the shower — it’s entirely up to you. These are some useful podcasts students can consider exploring:
Exam Study Expert: Ace your exams with the science of learning
This super useful podcast teaches students how to work smarter instead of working harder. You can find winning review strategies, killer memory techniques and exam preparation tips to help you become a stellar student.
In this podcast, William Wadsworth, a Cambridge educated psychologist and a study techniques researcher, coach and tutor, will guide and show you the necessary tips and tricks to ace your next test.
Speak Better English with Harry
This podcast is ideal if you need a crash course to improve your English. Regardless of whether you’re looking to brush up your English for personal or professional reasons, this advanced English learning podcast is the best way for you to master the language from an expert.
Harry also offers online English lessons on Zoom or Skype, going through intensive courses to make you an expert on the language.
Random Interesting Facts by Thoughty2
This lighthearted yet very educational podcast is made by a popular YouTuber that goes by Thoughty2, who covers random facts that might pique your interest and even transform you to become a walking encyclopedia.
Each week, he will cover a topic with three facts and a random “moments from history” fact. These facts aren’t exactly useful or practical in any sense, but they are interesting nonetheless.
If podcasts aren’t your thing and would rather enjoy some soothing music to calm your mind or study better, there are a plethora of playlists made by both Spotify and its users to help you focus.
Intense Studying by Spotify
This focus-enhancing playlist aims to get you in the zone for an intense study session with some melodic piano music.
lofi hip hop music – beats to relax/study to by Lofi Girl
This popular YouTube channel has made a Spotify playlist that compiles some of their best songs for you to vibe with when burning the midnight oil.
kpop studying music by Marija
If you’re a K-pop stan, then this playlist would be perfect for you. Including BTS, DEAN, TWICE, among others, this 13-hour-long playlist will get you vibing to your favourite K-pop songs while studying.