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How to get a 15% discount at the Apple online store from your own home (you’ve got to be a student though).

Where Apple make desirable and well built products, their pricing is usually too keen for students who are assumed to have tighter budgets than normal. To help students along, Apple provide a rather helpful 15% discount for most of their hardware, software and accessories (excluding the iPhone).

Apple doesn’t want just anyone getting these discounts and so to get them they require you to place your student discounted order over the phone, in person at an Apple Retail store or online – the caveat being that Apple force you to log in from your university campus network.

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 Or do they?

If, like me, you prefer to look through all the options in the comfort of your own home, pondering carefully the options and accessories and weighing up different configurations against your budget you might feel a little perturbed by Apple’s insistence that you go through a salesperson to make the sale. Generally a student wouldn’t have access to the campus network before their first induction day and you can forget cash back deal sites like Quid Co working on some campus networks.

As Vicky is starting a Higher Education course at Thames Valley University this year and I *cough*, I mean, she, could use a new Macbook Pro, I scoured Google for information on Apple’s secretive student discount scheme. On one hot internet deals forum for UK residents, I found this link: http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_5000716. It seems to be a public URL to the same store that you would get if you logged into the campus network of the “London Academy of Music & Dramatic”. All the discounted prices were there, but I’m not suggesting for a moment that anyone should use this link illegitimately – but I need the Thames Valley University link and the Apple online chat staffers simply won’t give it to me. I know they’d prefer their overly happy staff give us the hard sale instead.

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The public URL has an inviting integer at the end of it, one for each University. So I did what any self-respecting software developer would do. I went to get a Pot Noodle and ten minutes later, I had all of the URL’s for every Higher Education student discount Apple Store page in a handy text file.

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The code (written in VB.NET – it’s messy but it does the job):

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Net

Public Module Apple_HE_Code_Crawler

Public Sub Main()

Try
Dim URL As String = “http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_”
Dim ReadLine As String = “”

Console.WriteLine(“Crawler Apple Store for HE discount store codes”)

For n As Integer = 5000800 To 5000866
ReadLine = FetchHTML(URL & n)
Console.WriteLine(“Found University ” & ReadLine)
File.AppendAllText(“Z:\Apple_HE_Agreements.txt”, “ID: ” & n & ” equals ” & ReadLine & vbCrLf)
Next

Console.WriteLine(“Process Complete”)
Console.ReadKey()

Catch ex As Exception
File.AppendAllText(“Z:\Apple_HE_Agreements.txt”, “An unhandled exception occured: ” & ex.ToString)
Console.WriteLine(“An error occurred.” & ex.ToString)
End Try

End Sub

Private Function FetchHTML(ByVal URL As String) As String
FetchHTML = “”
Try
Dim client As WebClient = New WebClient
Dim data As Stream = client.OpenRead(URL)
Dim reader As StreamReader = New StreamReader(data)
Dim str As String = “”
str = reader.ReadLine
If Not str Is Nothing Then
Do Until reader.EndOfStream
If Not str Is Nothing Then
If str.Contains(“s.prop2”) Then
data.Close()
client.Dispose()
Return str.Split(“=”)(1)
End If
End If
str = reader.ReadLine
Loop
End If

data.Close()
client.Dispose()
Return “”

Catch ex As System.Net.WebException
If ex.Status = WebExceptionStatus.ProtocolError Then
If DirectCast(ex.Response, System.Net.HttpWebResponse).StatusCode = HttpStatusCode.NotFound Then
Console.WriteLine(“HTTP 404: Page not found” & ex.ToString)
Return “No university found for supplied ID (HTTP 404)”
End If
End If

End Try

End Function

End Module

So now, if you’re a student of one of the below institutions – you can get your student discount and you don’t have to talk to Apple staff and you don’t have to log on in a busy library or campus network. Just make sure you’re a genuine student, because if you’re using one of these codes fraudulently it’s not my fault if your order gets declined when you can’t prove you’re studying there.

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To get to your chosen Higher Education institution’s Apple Store discount page, type the following URL into your web browser, followed by the number shown below:

http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_5000600 (replace the number with the one below that corresponds to your University or College).

ID: 5000600 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Aberdeen University”
ID: 5000601 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Abertay University”
ID: 5000602 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement AFRC Roslin Institute”
ID: 5000603 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement American Intercontinental University”
ID: 5000604 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Amersham & Wycombe College”
ID: 5000605 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Anglia Polytechnic University”
ID: 5000606 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Anglo European College of Chiropractic”
ID: 5000607 equals “AOS: The Arts University College at Bournemouth”
ID: 5000608 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Aston University”
ID: 5000609 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement ATL HIED STORE”
ID: 5000610 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Barnet College”
ID: 5000611 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Barnsley College”
ID: 5000612 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Barry College”
ID: 5000613 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Bath Spa University”
ID: 5000614 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Bath University”
ID: 5000615 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Bell Hamilton College”
ID: 5000616 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Berkshire College of Agriculture”
ID: 5000617 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Birkbeck College”
ID: 5000618 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Birmingham City University”
ID: 5000619 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Birmingham University”
ID: 5000620 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Bolton”
ID: 5000621 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Borders College”
ID: 5000622 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Bournemouth and Poole College of FE”
ID: 5000623 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Bournemouth University”
ID: 5000624 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Bradford University”
ID: 5000625 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Bridgend College”
ID: 5000626 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Brighton University”
ID: 5000627 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Bristol University”
ID: 5000628 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Brunel University”
ID: 5000629 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College”
ID: 5000630 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Canterbury Christ Church University College”
ID: 5000631 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Cardiff University”
ID: 5000632 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement CCLRC”
ID: 5000633 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Central Lancashire University”
ID: 5000634 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Central School of Speech & Drama”
ID: 5000635 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Chelmsford College”
ID: 5000636 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Chester College University”
ID: 5000637 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement City and Islington College”
ID: 5000638 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement City University”
ID: 5000639 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Coleg Ceredigion”
ID: 5000640 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Coleg Glan Hafren”
ID: 5000641 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Coleg Gwent”
ID: 5000642 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Coleg Harlech”
ID: 5000643 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Coleg Llandrillo”
ID: 5000644 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Coleg Llysfasi”
ID: 5000645 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Coleg Menai”
ID: 5000646 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Coleg Merion Dwyfor”
ID: 5000647 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Coleg Morgannwg”
ID: 5000648 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Coleg Powys”
ID: 5000649 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Coleg Sir Gar”
ID: 5000650 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement College of North East London”
ID: 5000651 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement College of St Mark and St John”
ID: 5000652 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Courtauld Institute of Art”
ID: 5000653 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Coventry University”
ID: 5000654 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Cranfield University”
ID: 5000655 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Crawley College”
ID: 5000656 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Croydon College”
ID: 5000657 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement De Montfort University”
ID: 5000658 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Deeside College”
ID: 5000659 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Derby University”
ID: 5000660 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Doncaster College”
ID: 5000661 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Dundee College”
ID: 5000662 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Dundee University”
ID: 5000663 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Durham University”
ID: 5000664 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College”
ID: 5000665 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement East Berkshire College”
ID: 5000666 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Edge Hill College”
ID: 5000667 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Edinburgh College of Art”
ID: 5000668 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Edinburgh University”
ID: 5000669 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Edinburgh’s Telford College”
ID: 5000670 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Epping Forest College”
ID: 5000671 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Essex University”
ID: 5000672 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Exeter University”
ID: 5000673 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Falmouth Coll of Arts”
ID: 5000674 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Glamorgan University”
ID: 5000675 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Glasgow Caledonian University”
ID: 5000676 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Glasgow School of Art”
ID: 5000677 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Glasgow University”
ID: 5000678 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Goldsmiths College”
ID: 5000679 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Gorseinon College”
ID: 5000680 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Guildford College”
ID: 5000681 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’ Schools of Medicine”
ID: 5000682 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Hannah Research Institute, Ayr”
ID: 5000683 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Harlow College”
ID: 5000684 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Harper Adams University College”
ID: 5000685 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Harrogate College”
ID: 5000686 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Havering College of F & HE”
ID: 5000687 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Heriot Watt University”
ID: 5000688 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Herts University”
ID: 5000689 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Highbury College”
ID: 5000690 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Huddersfield University”
ID: 5000691 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Hull University”
ID: 5000692 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Imperial College”
ID: 5000693 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Institute of Cancer Research”
ID: 5000694 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Institute of Education”
ID: 5000695 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Institute of Physics”
ID: 5000696 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Institute of Zoology”
ID: 5000697 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Inverness College”
ID: 5000698 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement James Watt College”
ID: 5000699 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Jewel & Esk Valley College”
ID: 5000700 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Keele University”
ID: 5000701 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Kent University”
ID: 5000702 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Kings College London”
ID: 5000703 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Kingston College”
ID: 5000704 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Kingston University”
ID: 5000705 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement KSS and London Deaneries”
ID: 5000706 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Lambeth College”
ID: 5000707 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Lancaster University”
ID: 5000708 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Leeds Metropolitan University”
ID: 5000709 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Leeds University”
ID: 5000710 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Leicester University”
ID: 5000711 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Lewisham College”
ID: 5000712 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Lincoln University”
ID: 5000713 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Liverpool Hope University College”
ID: 5000714 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Liverpool John Moores University”
ID: 5000715 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Liverpool University”
ID: 5000716 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement London Academy of Music & Dramatic”
ID: 5000717 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement London Business School”
ID: 5000718 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement London Metropolitan University”
ID: 5000719 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement London School of Economics & Political Science”
ID: 5000720 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement London School of Hygiene & Tropical medicine”
ID: 5000721 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement London School of Theology”
ID: 5000722 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement London South Bank University”
ID: 5000723 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Loughborough College”
No university found for supplied ID (HTTP 404)No university found for supplied ID (HTTP 404)ID: 5000724 equals No university found for supplied ID (HTTP 404)
ID: 5000725 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Manchester Metropolitan University”
ID: 5000726 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Medical Research Council (London)”
ID: 5000727 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Merthyr Tydfil College”
ID: 5000728 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Middlesex University”
ID: 5000729 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh”
ID: 5000730 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement MRC Cambridge”
ID: 5000731 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Napier University”
ID: 5000732 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Nat. Inst. for Biological Stds & Control”
ID: 5000733 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Natural History Museum”
ID: 5000734 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement NE Surrey Coll. of Technology (NESCOT)”
ID: 5000735 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Neath Port Talbot College”
ID: 5000736 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Newbattle Abbey College”
ID: 5000737 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Newcastle University”
ID: 5000738 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Newcastle-under-Lyme College”
ID: 5000739 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Newham College”
ID: 5000740 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Newham College of Higher Education”
ID: 5000741 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement NEWI (North East Wales Institute)”
ID: 5000742 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Newman College”
ID: 5000743 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Northampton College”
ID: 5000744 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Northampton University”
ID: 5000745 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Northumbria University”
ID: 5000746 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Norwich University College of the Arts”
ID: 5000747 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Nottingham Trent University”
ID: 5000748 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Nottingham University”
ID: 5000749 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Oaklands College”
ID: 5000750 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Oatridge College”
ID: 5000751 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Open University”
ID: 5000752 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Oxford and Cherwell College”
ID: 5000753 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Oxford Brookes University”
ID: 5000754 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Oxford University & Oxford Colleges”
ID: 5000755 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Paisley University”
ID: 5000756 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Pembrokeshire College”
ID: 5000757 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Portsmouth University”
ID: 5000758 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Preston College”
ID: 5000759 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Queen Margaret University College”
ID: 5000760 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Queen Mary (UOL), St Bart’s & The Royal London School of Medicine & Dentistry”
ID: 5000761 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Queens University”
ID: 5000762 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication”
ID: 5000763 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Reading College and School of Art & Design”
ID: 5000764 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Reading University”
ID: 5000765 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Richmond Adult Community College”
ID: 5000766 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Robert Gordon University”
ID: 5000767 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Roehampton University of Surrey”
ID: 5000768 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Royal Academy of Music”
ID: 5000769 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Royal Agriculture College, Cirencester”
ID: 5000770 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew”
ID: 5000771 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Royal College of Art”
ID: 5000772 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Royal College of Music”
ID: 5000773 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Royal College of Surgeons”
ID: 5000774 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Royal Holloway College”
ID: 5000775 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Royal Northern College of Music”
ID: 5000776 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Royal Surrey County Hospital”
ID: 5000777 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Royal Veterinary College”
ID: 5000778 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Salford University”
ID: 5000779 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Salisbury College”
ID: 5000780 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement School of Oriental & African Studies”
ID: 5000781 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement School of Pharmacy”
ID: 5000782 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh”
ID: 5000783 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Scottish Crop Research Inst., Dundee”
ID: 5000784 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement SHEFC”
ID: 5000785 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Sheffield Hallam University”
ID: 5000786 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Sheffield University”
ID: 5000787 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement South Kent College”
ID: 5000788 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement South Thames College”
ID: 5000789 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Southampton Solent University”
ID: 5000790 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Southampton University”
ID: 5000791 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Southwark College”
ID: 5000792 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement St Andrews University”
ID: 5000793 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement St Francis Xavier 6th Form College”
ID: 5000794 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement St George’s Hospital Medical School”
ID: 5000795 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement St John College”
ID: 5000796 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement St Martin’s College”
ID: 5000797 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement St Mary’s University College”
ID: 5000798 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement St Mary’s University College NI”
ID: 5000799 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement St. David’s 6th Form College”
ID: 5000800 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Stafford University”
ID: 5000800 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Stafford University”
ID: 5000801 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Stevenson College”
ID: 5000802 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Stirling University”
ID: 5000803 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Stoke on Trent College”
ID: 5000804 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Stranmillis University College”
ID: 5000805 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Strathclyde University”
ID: 5000806 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University Campus Suffolk”
ID: 5000807 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Sunderland University”
ID: 5000808 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Surrey University”
ID: 5000809 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Sussex University”
ID: 5000810 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Swansea College”
ID: 5000811 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Swansea Institute of Higher Education”
ID: 5000812 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Teesside University”
ID: 5000813 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Thames Valley University”
ID: 5000814 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement The City Academy, Bristol”
ID: 5000815 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement The College of North East London”
ID: 5000816 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement The Wellcome Trust”
ID: 5000817 equals “AOS: UK HIED South Essex College ”
ID: 5000818 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Trinity College Carmarthen”
ID: 5000819 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Trinity College of Music”
ID: 5000820 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement UHI Millennium Inst., Inverness”
ID: 5000821 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Ulster University”
ID: 5000822 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University College Chichester”
ID: 5000823 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury”
ID: 5000824 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University College for the Creative Arts at Epsom”
ID: 5000825 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University College for the Creative Arts at Farnham”
ID: 5000826 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University College for the Creative Arts at Maidstone”
ID: 5000827 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University College for the Creative Arts at Rochester”
ID: 5000828 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University College London”
ID: 5000829 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University College Northampton”
ID: 5000830 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University College, Winchester”
ID: 5000831 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Bedfordshire”
ID: 5000832 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Cambridge and related institutions”
ID: 5000833 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of East Anglia”
ID: 5000834 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of East London”
ID: 5000835 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Gloucestershire”
ID: 5000836 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Greenwich”
ID: 5000837 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of London”
ID: 5000838 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Manchester”
ID: 5000839 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Plymouth”
ID: 5000840 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of the Arts London”
ID: 5000841 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Wales Aberystwyth”
ID: 5000842 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Wales Bangor”
ID: 5000843 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Wales Institute Cardiff”
ID: 5000844 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Wales Lampeter”
ID: 5000845 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Wales Newport”
ID: 5000846 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Wales Registry”
ID: 5000847 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Wales Swansea”
ID: 5000848 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement University of Westminster”
ID: 5000849 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Uxbridge College”
ID: 5000850 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Waltham Forest College”
ID: 5000851 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Warrington Collegiate Institute”
ID: 5000852 equals No university found for supplied ID (HTTP 404)
ID: 5000853 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement WEA South”
ID: 5000854 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Welsh College of Horticulture”
ID: 5000855 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement West Cumbria College”
ID: 5000856 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement West Herts College”
ID: 5000857 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement West of England University”
ID: 5000858 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Westminster Kingsway College”
ID: 5000859 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Wolverhampton University”
ID: 5000860 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Worcester University College”
ID: 5000861 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Wye College”
ID: 5000862 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Yale College”
ID: 5000863 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Yeovil College”
ID: 5000864 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement YMCA”
ID: 5000865 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement York University”
ID: 5000866 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Ystrad Mynach College”

If this post helps you, or if the inner fanboy (or reverse fanboy) in you is rising to say something, please let rip in the comments section below.

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375 Comments

  1. Tom Tom

    Thanks for sharing this – very helpful!

    Any idea if Apple will pull me up if I try to order using one of these links though? I am actually going to Uni this month so am eligible, but I’d rather do it all online rather than ringing up!

    Cheers

    • admin admin

      I’m writing this on a Macbook Pro that I bought using the very same method. Apple didn’t mention a thing – it came through exactly as my last Macbook Pro did a year ago (bought online at full retail prices).

      It’s easier this way, since you can take your time selecting and deselecting all the options and working through it in peace and quiet… 🙂

  2. Christian Christian

    Hey, my sister just started uni and I was planning on using her discount to get a Macbook Pro, does Apple really not say anything? I was expecting at least an e mail so they can check you are studying at the uni you claim to be, is there anything I need to prepare for when I order it so they don’t get picky about it?

  3. Nik2740 Nik2740

    Very interesting and helpful. A useful post, thanks. Any idea if this is the full list of establishments that allow this discount. I don’t see The Royal College of Physicians here?

  4. Nev Nev

    Thanks for the post I am a student at City University London, but could not find the url in the list.
    Also when does the 15% discount appear, I added a MacBook in the basket but it did not discount it….?

  5. dermy dermy

    i was declined for some reason they must know about this by now then

  6. My partner is currently doing a part-time evening course but it got me interested in finding about finally get a Mac. Hence how I came to your webpage.

    Great work and well done for sharing. Her place isn’t listed but hey, we can still go talk to the sales staff in the store.

    Regards,
    Bobby

  7. Hello Christian, Nik, Nev, Dermy and Bobby,

    Regarding missing universities or colleges, these institutions might have a HE agreement with Apple under a different name (e.g. Farnborough College of Technology might be available under its accreditation authority, The University of Surrey).

    It also appears that Apple have, since my web post went up, removed or replaced some or all of these links. If they work for you, you should see the discounted prices immediately.

    If these links don’t work for you, you can still purchase in store, from the campus network or over the phone.

    I hope this helps.

    Best,

    Mike

  8. Josh Josh

    Hi Mike, absoloutely love what you’ve done here, I think you’re actually my idol!
    Was just wondering whether you could help alot of people out and try and do the same for the colleges-(FE) one ?

    Thankyou

  9. adam adam

    Hey, just wanted to say that you’re amazing. Thanks.

  10. perhaps perhaps

    you should’ve left it at that rather than publicly parading on the internet so bunch of people including myself who’s been taking advantage of this can still make a use of this in the future.

    i guess it’s only a matter of time before they’ll find out great work mate.

  11. Thanks for this – it really makes it easier to browse the website and really take in the options without having the crazy campus computers or someone else waiting on the phone for you to answer – thank you so much 😀

  12. Meli Meli

    Hi, I would like to get a discount on an Apple Mac Laptop by using my student card. However, I have found the ideal Mac book on the PC World website and was wondering if I am still able to get a discount or does it have to be specifically purchased from the Apple store?

  13. Paul Paul

    Cheers Mike,

    I am an OU Student and it worked a treat for me.

    Mucho thanks.

  14. Tony Dee Tony Dee

    Just used this to place an order, the checkout worked fine – fingers crossed my Mac arrives soon! Owe you a beer my friend 🙂

  15. Nik Nik

    going to try it out! any news? has it worked for anyone else??

  16. Bill Bill

    Damn… it looks like they found out people were using this and have now shut down all these URLs. Every time I try to use the URL for my university, I get an ‘Oops!’ message. Occasionally it will let me see the front page of the store but none of the links on it work. Bah. Has anybody got any bright ideas about how to get back in?

  17. bob bob

    Yeh Bill i was getting the same thing, but its working again now 😀

  18. Chocolate Chocolate

    It works! Received my brand spanking new laptop today! Thank you so much!

  19. Raytek Raytek

    Can’t get any of them to work 🙁

  20. Neil Neil

    Getting “we’ll be back soon” message. Seems they are updating something. Any have any joy? On every URL.

    • It seems that way 🙂

      Note to everyone having difficulty with these URLs; they do work. Try from a different location (IP address) and/or browser.

      Hope this helps,

      Mike

  21. husky husky

    i can get the urls to work but no discount, any ideas?

  22. Hey thanks a lot for such a great job finding those links!
    I was wondering if there is any chance to get from a US university as well, I’m in California for a few days and would amazing if it works here as well.
    I’ve look on google etc but I couldn’t find any 🙁
    Thanks in advance!!

  23. Georgia Jones Georgia Jones

    I didn’t read all of the above but FYI:

    1. If you are about to attend college/uni Apple will accept your acceptance letter so you can buy a Mac before you start.
    2. Someone on campus can legitimately buy you a Mac (and have it delivered to your address)
    3. The rule is 1 desktop / 1 Notebook per year (but they never check as I have changed my Mac 3 times in a year)
    4. You automatically get a 3 year warranty with a HE purchase worth a few hundred quid, even if you sell your mac the warranty stays with it (see point 3 – I didn’t lose any money). Remember to chase up the Higher Education Warranty paperwork (you do not have to buy Applecare separately)
    5. The best time to buy is June to September (Apple Back to School Promo), as well as the discount & warranty you also get to buy an ipod and Apple will give you £145 cashback (arrives by cheque in about 2-3 weeks). That means an ipod touch for about £45. I usually sell the ipod increasing my discount – My last HE 13″ Macbook Pro cost me £760 (base model without upgrades)
    6. Know your Apple product update timetable (visit the Buyers Guide on Macrumors)
    7. No discounts on iphones & ipads 🙁

  24. Steve Steve

    Neat code.

    Great tips Georgia, particularly #5 – very relevant just now.

  25. Steve Alis Steve Alis

    As regards the HE three year warranty. I think they now charge around £46 it and no longer give it free. Still good deal though

  26. Sam Sam

    Any HE purchase made either over the phone or on your University’s campus will give you a 3 year hardware warranty on your computer purchase, it’s in the T&C.

    NOTE: You WILL not receive this if you purchase in store, strictly over the phone or online ONLY.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1103022

  27. Rob Rob

    Hi hope everyones good, i have recently received my nice macbook pro, but i checked the warranty and it shows its only valid for one year. what do you reccomend i do?

    Thanks in advanced

  28. Rob Rob

    OOps srry jsut read that link. So i should here something from them in about 90 days telling me that the 3 years warranty is now in effect?

  29. Zen Zen

    Just purchased my MBP through the link above. Never asked for a student number, or any other checks. Delivered within 2 days without any problems!

  30. Tim Tim

    I ordered using one of these URLs, and can confirm that there were no repercussions or checks.

    I was worried that they might ask for your .edu email address, so I made an Apple ID beforehand. Encountered no problems! 😀

    Bought a 27″ iMac with the free £65 card, got the confirmation email and should be getting it sometime next week! 😀

    Just to reiterate:
    THIS DOES WORK. THEY DON’T CHECK.

    Don’t spread it around too much else they might change the system and this won’t be an option any more!

  31. dan dan

    Looks like these have now been removed …. about 3 days before I was about to order :o(

  32. Sam Sam

    Fantastic find thanks 🙂 Any word on how to use this link in conjunction with cashback websites? Seems the link does so would love to save another £50 haha. Any thoughts?

  33. Andrew Andrew

    I think the links have stopped working I get a 404 now! 🙁

  34. Chris Chris

    Work fine here. Are you putting too many zeros in the number (like in the example)?

  35. Simon Simon

    Well I dont it yesterday, and they have asked for a copy of my driving license and bank statement showing my home address.

    But not asked for student ID

  36. Andrew Andrew

    Guess what, the new Macbook Air’s are now live! Along with a refresh of Mac Mini’s!

  37. jonathan jonathan

    hey guys can i not just walk in with a student friend of mine and then get her to buy it but i choose what i want?? she can show all the id but my money is spent….
    i hope they dont set up an apple account in HER name and then i have to access that to get what ever they are giving..if this makes any sense…
    please any help would be apreciated..
    peace

  38. harry -o harry -o

    July 2011 – the link worked a treat. straight through to the checkout without a hitch. MBP arrived next day, complete with a 14% (not 15%) discount. very cool, thank you.
    http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_5000716

  39. Jordan Jordan

    My brother used the Cardiff university site as he’s been accepted there, and they phoned the house and asked to see a copy of his unconditional offer – luckily he had it 😛

  40. Tris Tris

    Do Apple carry out any checks to make sure that the person who receives the product actually attends university because I may have somebody that can buy a new Macbook Air for me

  41. H H

    Thanks for your help Mike.

    I ordered the new 13inch MBA on Wednesday Morning and it arrived the following day. I saved over £150 on my order and i am sure that Apple will still be happy to make a sale.

    Many thanks again

    H

  42. Andrew Andrew

    Works, my MBA arrived no problems, no checks and a massive discount. Cheers mate.

  43. Alex Alex

    Firstly a big thank you to Mike for this info!! I’ve just tried it and had no problems. Haven’t placed an order yet but it certainly works and brings up all the products with the student discount applied. I noticed some people have commented on problems accessing it. Mike’s example has 50000 then the corresponding 3 digits. It works with 5000 then the 3 digits for the Uni/ College.

  44. KNT KNT

    Do you happen to know if this also allows to buy something and ship it outside the UK? I’m an european Northumbria student, but I don’t have residence there right now…

  45. ken ken

    Worked for me 🙂

    No follow-up checks.

    Ordered an iMac (max discount is 12% for iMacs).

    Just got shipment confirmation email.

    I ordered last night.

    You’re a star Mike.

    Cheers!

  46. Alex Alex

    Update to my last post. Since ordered and received a 27” iMac with the current student discount, 12%. No requirement for any student details when ordering online, just delivery and payment address. Student address optional. Well worth it for the 3 year warranty and £65 gift card as well as the 12% discount. Apple may occasionally request proof of being a student but I’d imagine this isn’t very often. Thanks again Mike, you’re a star!!

  47. Thanks for the update, Alex and everyone for your kind words!

    I’m glad this post been helpful 🙂

    All the best,

    Mike

  48. harry -o harry -o

    alternatively – if anyone isn’t able to get their ‘student’ discount it’s worth looking at the refurbished Macs in the online store. for example a MBP 13″ will have about 15% knocked off (the same as a student discount) and these are usually in excellent condition and have been soak tested for faults.
    i bought a MacPro over 5 years ago: immaculate condition, all the usual extras and 1yr g/tee, and it’s still going strong. you’d never know it was a refurb.

  49. JP JP

    Great page Mike

    Starting a course at St Andrews, so invaluable for setting myself up hardware-wise beforehand.

    I had problems with the links over home wifi (London -so IP mismatch?). Then tried over my tethered iPhone and bingo.

  50. Zareen Zareen

    This is awesome, now i can shop from the comfort of my home and put that student loan to some good use!
    Thanks!

  51. MDW MDW

    So what happens if you are asked for proof of student status, but can’t produce it?

  52. TRP TRP

    MDW, if you’re an actual student then it isn’t hard at all to provide proof.

    The admissions office would be a good place to start.

  53. John John

    Zareen: wow, just wow. You’re on student loan and you still want the piece of junk macbook even though a normal laptop does just fine and costs 40% less.

    I hope you also participated in the anti-fees riots, because the irony would just be absolute.

    This rampant consumerism is exactly why this country is going in the shit.

    • mannaman mannaman

      cock.

    • Connor Connor

      Don’t be a twat.
      How do you know that the person needing the Mac doesn’t need a mac specifically?
      I need a mac so that i can use the Mac only software Logic Pro
      While i agree that Macs are un needed for day to day Facebook use they are needed in the world of music and photo editing.

      Think before you speak.

  54. Stevie Stevie

    Do you take requests? I need a code for west Cheshire college. Please help

  55. Craig Mullen Craig Mullen

    This is no longer correct (Returns ‘Page not found’) Please ammend this was really useful!

    • It works, Craig. Which URL are you using that you see as not correct?

  56. Sam Sam

    Wow!! Great work, I used this to compare deals on Black Friday. Thank you!

    • Thanks Sam 🙂 How does this compare to the deals available on Black Friday/Cyber Monday?

  57. Mikef Mikef

    Thanks very much, great info

  58. louise louise

    Cannot find URL for University of Cumbria – Please help!

  59. Hey buddy, this isn’t working anymore…they must have discovered the loop hole!

    • It works for me. What are you trying that isn’t working?

      • I just clicked the link and it came up with page not found!

      • It’s okay I changed the code and works fine now…sorry!! 🙂

  60. mick mick

    Can you please tell me that when you go through the process above does the student discount show up right away, or do you have to go to payment/checkout?

  61. sanyia sanyia

    Hiya Mick,
    the discount come up straight away!
    I had two web pages up the uni web site and the normal mac web page.
    I saw they apply the discount straight away!

  62. mick mick

    Cheers Sanyia…

  63. mick mick

    Hi Sanyia, just tried the Apple store using above instructions, and even though the uni name does come up on the Apple store site when I forward on to purchase there is no discount applied.

    • Hi Mick,

      What are you attempting to purchase? Some items (like iPhones) have no discount.

  64. Jim Jim

    Was working for me a week or so ago, tonight I get a page not found error. Jim

    • Hi Jim,

      What page isn’t loading for you? Can you post the URL?

      Thanks,

      Mike

  65. mick mick

    Hi Mike. It was indeed the iphone I was trying to purchase. Obviously they are a no go! Thanks for your help.

    • Looks like that URL’s been invalidated.

      All the best,

      Mike

  66. Carly Carly

    Not working for me, although im not sure im doing it right, just putting in the numbers code for nottingham trent uni with the url that you listed above and im getting page not found? Could really do with the discount.

  67. Mongorock Mongorock

    hey say you werent a student and u’d like to use these discount codes would that be possible? not that i’d be so unscrupulous…..

  68. bex bex

    hi, its not 15% its just £15.

    • It’s 15% on most items. Which item are you attempting to purchase that shows a £15 discount?

      For example, the basic iMac on the standard UK store is £999. Via the education store it is £879.60. That’s a wee bit more than £15 😉

      • Hi Mike,
        Have just tried the Open University code to price an Ipad and just getting £15 instead of 15%. eg full price for 32GB is £479, discounted price is £464.40. Any ideas.

      • Hi NGM,

        Yep. The student discount on the iPad is £15 (it used to be £0).

        All the best,

        Mike

  69. ekta ekta

    its same price aftr including a vat price so its useless

  70. Alisha Alisha

    Hey, I can’t find University of Hertfordshire there…any help will be much appreciated.

    Thanks

  71. Lloyd Lloyd

    Could you provide a code for Swansea University?

    • CTRL+F (or CMD+F if you’re using a Mac), enter “Swansea” in the search box and voila – there’s the code (probably the third one down…).

      First top tip: Basic computer skills are very helpful for university students
      Second top tip: So is the word, “PLEASE”.

  72. John D John D

    Thanks Mike great info ….good work

    daughters MBP ordered

  73. Jon J Jon J

    I love you just gotta ask my sister to help me out.

  74. dan dan

    Do apple ask for proof?

    • Hi Dan, see above comments. Are you not a student, then? 😉

  75. Hi
    I tried this for a bose soundlink for my son (he’s at sheffield uni) and the price was the same. Am I doing something wrong or does it ony work for certain items?
    Thanks

  76. md md

    This works brilliantly, one of our part-time staff is a student and we bought the computer for him to work on whilst he is here.

    Saved £110.80 on an iMac. Fantastic for him and for us.

  77. Al Al

    You are awsomee! thankss ordered my MBP 😀

  78. Tom Tom

    Hi. Do you have the code for Regent’s College london?

    Thanks!

  79. Tom Tom

    (Please!) 🙂

    • 🙂

      Ain’t Regent’s College part of the University of London? (5000837)

  80. Mark Mark

    You are such an amazing man Mike! Thank you so much for your help, I ordered a Macbook Air this morning using your shortcut!

    So happy that there are software developers out there that are as clever and helpful as you! Thank you so much! Hope you have an amazing 2012!

    Best wishes. Mark.

    • Flattery gets you everywhere 🙂 Thanks for your kind comments.

  81. Joeseph Joeseph

    Please help me get a student discount. I am in Toronto, Canada. Please I don’t have enough money to actually pay full price. Is there anyway you can show me or paste a link for any University/College or whatever works in Toronto, Canada? I hope you can help I don’t have a lot of money. I’m being completely honest and if you can help thanks, if not thank you anyways.

  82. Joeseph Joeseph

    I forgot to mention that here in Toronto, Canada we use Apple.ca as a website not com, nor uk. Hope you can help me get my student discount on my home Pc where I can browse about. Thanks

  83. j j

    do you have to supply proof because i don’t have id yet

    • Read the comments above.

  84. j j

    i did none of the comments give an answer

    • You have to be a student and if you don’t have your ID, as a fellow commenter suggests, try your university admissions office.

  85. Joeseph Joeseph

    I am a student sir I just need the info for Toronto so I can do it at home before my new course starts. I have the proof and everything I’d just like the URL. They tell me I can’t do it I’ve the phone. I don’t know why I can’t just do it over the phone, the rep said to do it at my UNI.

  86. RJW RJW

    Is there a code for the College of Law (Birmingham)?
    Many thanks…

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  88. Tim Tim

    This is really useful. Open University don’t have a campus, it’s all distance learning. I did wonder if I could still get discount.

  89. SteveTT SteveTT

    This doesn’t work anymore

  90. SteveTT SteveTT

    Amended Comment:
    This doesn’t work anymore for open university (UK)

    • I went to check a few URL’s and you’re right – they appear to be (temporarily?) down.

      The Open University one however is still up and moreover it now sports a huge (328×301 pixel) OU logo on the landing page.

  91. VC VC

    Appreciate your technical skills, Mike. 🙂 . Hope you might have modified by now to selectively pull stuff from the html-pages, using something similar to Regular Expressions too.

  92. Cheeky Cheeky

    Well your link works fabulously as I’ve literally just taken delivery of my whizzbang new Macbook Pro saving 15%.

    The order process was seamless and worked like a treat.

    I simply made my order, it was confirmed, about 9 hrs later shipment was notified and 2 working days later it arrived!

    I’m really pleased, no student ID asked for either.

    Thanks!!!!!

  93. Gabs Gabs

    Hi Mike – just came across this and wanted to commend you on your patience 🙂 You’ve also explained a potential hazard from ordering at home. My laptop’s just packed it in mid-term, so I have no option but to order from uni. Will do it next week. Thanks and try not to feel walked over by those demanding more of your kindness x

  94. James James

    Wow thanks, Don’t have to trek up to Uni on this horrid day!! Got me a Macbook Pro for such a cheap price, now I have more drinking money!!

  95. Ben Ben

    I followed your link for the University of Essex website which worked, thanks, quidco are currently doing a 6% discount on apple products, 3% for student products is there anyway of going through your shortcut and linking it to quidco, I only ask because when i go through quidco it comes up with the ‘correct way’ and I need to be on my uni’s network. Any help would be much appreciated. Many thanks

  96. Derek Derek

    Thank you very much for taking the time to figure this out and share it! Being an OU student with a 2 year old Mac, I now don’t have to wait until tutorial day or try to guess what discount level applies to what item.

    Cheers!

  97. Tom Tom

    Thanks Mike.

    I will (as long as I don’t massively screw up my exams in the summer) be going to Uni in September, but ideally I would like to get a MacBook Pro before then. From what I have read elsewhere, if I take my UCAS confirmation letter into my local Apple Store there’s a chance they will give me the discount there and then. If not, the links you’ve provided will be my fallback plan. Has anybody been in a similar situation, and if so do you have any advice? It’d be much appreciated if so.

    And just so you know, my desire to get one before then is not (completely 😉 ) down to impatience as I would like the MacBook while it still has the optical drive. If the rumours are to be believed by the time I can totally legitimately buy one with the discount the disk drive will no longer be part of the MacBook range.

    • Hi Tom,

      I expect that the Apple store will honour a UCAS acceptance letter. However these codes may be useful to you in any case.

      I may be starting a course myself later in the year with the Open University so it will be quite helpful to save a few pounds on a Macbook Pro, then.

      Regarding the optical drive – these can be easily added via a third party accessory. I expect that Apple will release one at the same time as the Macbook Pro refresh. The 2012 models are likely to have Intel’s IvyBridge processors too, so that’s faster processors, more powerful graphics processing and USB 3.0.. Overall much more useful than an optical drive although I’m a little concerned that they might choose to solder the RAM and HDD on board.. which would make upgrading either impossible or more expensive at best.

      All the best,

      Mike

      • Tom Tom

        Thanks Mike, I’ll give it a go with the UCAS letter then use the codes if that doesn’t work.

        I see what you mean about the potential benefits of waiting for the upgrade, but for me the extra performance is not a necessity. People may question my choice of an expensive MacBook over windows or Linux as I don’t need the performance, but I find macs so much easier to use and organise myself with, and it is the only time I’ll be able to afford one for quite a while I think I’ll go for it. As you point out the risk of the RAM being soldered to the board concerns me a little, again making the current generation more appealing.

        Good luck with your OU course and thanks again for the links.

        Tom

      • Adam1001001 Adam1001001

        Why would they solder the RAM? That just seems a ridiculously awful thing to do. The only benefit would be less chance of heating elements and a forced upgrade to a new machine!

  98. Stefanie Stefanie

    I phoned up the Apple Education line this morning and asked whether I would be able to get the discount even though my place at university hadn’t *technically* been confirmed yet (I’ve been told via email that I’ll be getting an offer but I’m still waiting), if I placed an order and then sent confirmation of my place to them within seven days.

    As I am actually going to be a student there in September, do you think I could use the University of East Anglia code now and then send confirmation once I get it, that is, if they even ask?

  99. I found this post extremely useful, as I will be going to University this September. I knew that there was a higher rate of discount for University students, as opposed to the third option on the online Apple Store which only offers a limited discount on products. Because of the usefulness to this, I have included a link to a post on my own website about purchasing Macs for uni.

    Thanks!

    • Thanks Samuel,

      I found your article on searching for a laptop for Uni very interesting! Way back when I was at University, I found an IBM ThinkPad for about £150 whilst in my second year. It was small and portable and pretty rugged for it’s time, although it wasn’t particularly fast or enjoyable to use…

      The market today is enviable for a Uni laptop and I can heartily recommend the Macbooks, particularly during the “Back to School” promotion that Apple runs around June (if you can wait that long).

      To everyone in a similar boat to Samuel, looking for a Uni laptop – his experiences make for a good read: http://samuel-gould.com/2012/04/13/where-to-buy-a-macbook-for-university/#more-987

      Mike

      • Thanks Mike, I found that a lot of my mates where asking the same thing as I was, so this page has proven useful to us all. One question, our HR establishment at the moment isn’t listed on there, is there a way of finding out if it has it’s own page or not?

        Sam

        • Hi Samuel,

          I’m sorry to hear that the establishment isn’t on the list. Unfortunately there’s no easy way to find out if it has it’s own public URL. I would have thought it does, but I don’t know what it is, sorry 🙁

          If I were you, I’d log in from the University Library at the soonest opportunity and see if the URL code is shown while browsing the store or hovering the mouse over any of the hyperlinks on the page).

          All the best,

          Mike

  100. Hey,

    I’ll check it out when I’m next in, thank you for a great post though!!

    Sam

    • Thanks 🙂 If you remember, I’d like to know if you find out what the code is 🙂

  101. unicorn unicorn

    this is brilliant! I finished uni two years ago and my macbook was only three years old then and couldn’t justify getting a new mac at the time.. I was going to just walk into Uni and ask one of my lectures if i could use their computer for five minutes.. or log into a free computer in the labs that have a generic username and password! This article will save me the hassle! many thanks!

  102. Patience Patience

    thanks mate. this was really helpful.
    xoxo

  103. Craig Kelly Craig Kelly

    Hi, I have found my Uni and gone to iPad to choose and its no where near 15% discount more like 5. Have i done something wrong ?

  104. Guy Guy

    None of the discounts seem to be anywhere near 15% anymore. I am still a uni student and only I save a total of £10 on most items.

  105. Kenny Kenny

    Great article. I’m trying to read between the lines here, but having a dense moment; has anyone been so audacious to try this and be successful I.e non students? Thanks.

    • BargainHunter BargainHunter

      I too am interested in this train of thought. If Apple are not checking every order taken on the website its worth a shot?

      • Katinka Katinka

        I’ve just ordered a MBP from the Thames Valley University/University of West London site using the code above. By accepting the T&C, I declared that I’m entitled to purchase under the education conditions. That’s it. No further questions asked. I just received my order confirmation email, which means that my order has been accepted by Apple. Happy times! 😀

  106. Matt Matt

    Mike,
    What will Apple want from you to get the discount if I buy online? Is it just reading to them details over the phone or something? Basically its for my friend, said she used to use a discount card to get student discount from places, such as food, cinema etc. Question being does she need to provide this discount code or just any proof that shes a student? She wants to buy one but she graduates in July so she hasn’t paid for a new discount card if that’s what you need. Please help and thanks!

    • Hi Matt, any proof will suffice. Apple may ask you to upload an image to prove student status before releasing the order.

      • Matt Matt

        Mike, thanks thats good news! I’ll probably be waiting till next month as the new models should be released. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes for other people benefit

  107. bib bib

    Are the discounts the same across all universities?

  108. Natalie Natalie

    This is extremely useful, thanks 🙂

  109. Adam Adam

    Thank’s for the time and effort put into this! Im going to uni in September and have a conditional offer all I need to do is send my qualifications off but I thought I wont give this a cheeky shot on the new 15″ Retina model.

  110. Mike Bowden Mike Bowden

    Was wondering how you can still use quidco/topcashback from an external computer seen as you have to enter a new address in the address bar. It will then no longer be tracked by quidco?

    • Hi Mr Bowden,

      That’s right. If you use a direct link, you cannot use QuidCo/TopCashback. You >might< be able to get cashback if you log in from University/College however there is no guarantee it will track since the cashback sites' offers appear to be based upon retail, and not student pricing.

    • From Quidco you need to choose the cashback offer that has these details:
      “Students, teachers and staff get an £70 iTunes Gift Card when they buy a Mac, and you can save even more on a Mac with education pricing on the Apple Online Store for Education* (more details)”

      Quidco then provide an edu URL affiliate link that looks like this (will be unique to your visit):
      http://store.apple.com/uk-edu?afid=QUIDCOAFFILID

      Replacing the URL with:
      http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_5000XXX?afid=QUIDCOAFFILID

      Should do the trick to getting it to track. Otherwise the safest bet is to do it from your Universities Campus/Network

      Re: Mike’s comment there is currently an EDU link available on Quidco however if this isn’t always there there is also a separate Quidco for NUS card holders that does always have the edu cash back links:

      http://nus.quidco.com/home/

      • J J

        What useful information… hope it works. Thank you.

  111. Kyle Style Kyle Style

    So what exactly happens when you order offsite through one of these links? Will Apple definitely ask you for confirmation of a Uni place? How will they ask you?

  112. Elliot Elliot

    Great article, thanks for putting the effort in! One question about proof, do you think a screenshot of my accepted conditional offer on the UCAS site would be enough? Or do they require something like an ID card or other proof from the university?

    Thanks!

  113. Ben Ben

    I took advantage of the student discount around 3 years ago in the Apple store, which was so helpful at the time. I was just looking for the percentage discount that University students get, since I never got around to looking at the pages on the Uni campus last year.

    I worked out that there isn’t a 15% store-wide discount on the Macs, but rather a scale of discount. For example, the 2.3GHz gives you 11% off the retail price, where as the 12-Core Mac Pro gives a whopping 19% discount.

    Basically, the more expensive the computer, the more the discount that Apple gives! Might be worth updating the article with this, as I thought it was a static 15% across everything which it might have been previously, but I hope it helps anyway! I’ve listed the retail price, University price and percentage discount below 🙂 (The product names were too hard to format in the comment field)

    £529.00 £476.40 1.1104
    £699.00 £628.80 1.1116
    £849.00 £729.60 1.1637
    £849.00 £764.40 1.1107
    £929.00 £799.20 1.1624
    £999.00 £859.20 1.1627
    £999.00 £859.20 1.1627
    £999.00 £879.60 1.1357
    £1,249.00 £1,074.00 1.1629
    £1,249.00 £1,074.00 1.1629
    £1,249.00 £1,099.20 1.1363
    £1,399.00 £1,231.20 1.1363
    £1,499.00 £1,288.80 1.1631
    £1,649.00 £1,450.80 1.1366
    £1,799.00 £1,528.80 1.1767
    £1,799.00 £1,528.80 1.1767
    £2,049.00 £1,720.80 1.1907
    £2,299.00 £1,953.60 1.1768
    £2,449.00 £2,056.80 1.1907
    £3,099.00 £2,602.80 1.1906

  114. Blue Ocean Blue Ocean

    Thanks for this. However, there doesn’t seem to be a code for Warwick (my guess is that it belongs in the empty 5000852 slot). Do you think I could get away with ordering it from a different uni’s HE store, or would I be better off ordering over the phone? It’s just… I hate talking to salespeople!

      • Blue Ocean Blue Ocean

        Thanks a bunch! I didn’t think the page source would have all the codes listed neatly like that 😛

  115. Sion Hughes Sion Hughes

    Links don’t seem to be working over the last few days. Have Apple stopped access now?

    • They are working, Sion. Which link isn’t working for you?

      • Chris Chris

        I’m scared. I am going to Lancaster uni this September. We’re not doing anything wrong are we?

        Thanks!

  116. Applewiz Applewiz

    Just ordered a shiny new 2012 MacBook. And I didn’t get any questions about proving student id for those of you wondering. Order shipped within a few hours and I’ve saved a pretty penny. Also, all HE orders come with a complimentary 3 year hardware applecare service, worth around £200 depending on the model you order.

    Great work Mike, I owe you a beer.

    • BargainHunter BargainHunter

      Are you a student or did you chance it?

    • John John

      are you a university student?

      • BargainHunter BargainHunter

        No

        • Chris Chris

          Have you received the MacBook now with no problems?

    • Chris Chris

      Have you received it now no problems?

  117. Aaron Aaron

    Has anyone ordered who isnt a student and got away with it?
    I’ve just finished studying at Oxford Aviation Academy (no uni) but fancy a mac at a cheaper price 😛

    • BargainHunter BargainHunter

      Give it a go and let us know how you got on 😉

    • Applewiz Applewiz

      Yes…as I said…no questions were asked.

  118. Chris Chris

    I’ve been using the direct link to my University’s HE Apple Store since my first year, and I have never been asked for my Student I.D. or for other proof that I was at university. I have purchased a MacBook Pro, iMac and iPad 2, receiving discount for all. If you try to buy something that you are not entitled for Apple have the right to refuse your sale and have to refund you the money if they check and find that you are not a valid HE student.

    This is from the HE Store’s terms and conditions for buying:

    2. Placing Your Order
    2.1 To place an Order you must be 18 years of age or over and be accessible by non cellular telephone. In order to benefit from the special discounts on the Apple Store that has been set up for those eligible to purchase under the HE National Agreement you must be either a registered student and possess a valid student I.D. or you must be engaged or employed by an eligible education institution and be entitled to purchase in accordance with the terms and conditions of the HE National Agreement and must require the Produce for your own use or for classes or for research. Apple is entitled at anytime to require that you produce evidence of your entitlement to purchase under this provision. Apple reserves the right to cancel your order in its absolute discretion if we should determine that you are not a student, teacher or lecturer at an education institution entitled to purchase in accordance with the terms and conditions of the HE National Agreement and/or that you do not require the Product for your own use or for teaching or research purposes. We will inform you if we cancel your order on the above basis. Any payments you have made will be refunded to you.

  119. Shajia Shajia

    Hi,

    The codes dont seem to be working any more 🙁
    I tried Uni of Westminster (my uni) but it just says page not found as well trying LSE (my sis’s uni), again the same message appears

    • Ashii Ashii

      u must be retarded! ur sister goes to lse and u go to westminster

      • Shajia Shajia

        No u idiot, I tried with my uni to see if I could personally buy it then tried it with LSE, to see if my sister could buy the laptop for me

        Prick!

        • Shajia Shajia

          And so what if i go to westminster?? Stupid dickhead!

  120. milo milo

    whats the code for Leeds college of art and design???

  121. Tunde Tunde

    Thanks, bit tricky when I study with open university as im never on campus and work from home, saved me a trip to the shop or a phone call, thanks!

  122. Prof E Prof E

    I live abroad atm and even without student discount Apple devices here are much cheaper than Apple’s UK HE discount. Wonder when capitalists and opportunists in UK will stop taking advantages to UK community. Rich become richer. High earner only need to pay less for tax (some can even dodge it) while commoner like us pay nearly 20%. Inflation has come to its lowest point since 2009 but we still pay for ripped off items! Student (or low income earner) should be banned from paying VAT

    • Jim Jim

      the government to blame here, but not sure how students not paying VAT would work. would it be another card to carry around? and not every store will take it?? we have to pay to get discount, like NUS card??

      also, you would have to prove you’ve been a student for the time you say you have. many students drop out, so why should they continue to benefit??

      plus you would get students buying everything, for everyone.

      no, not viable at all, i’m afraid… but i do agree we should get discount on EVERYTHING and not have to pay for the card… NUS *ahem* scum *ahem*

  123. crochet crochet

    I have just used the link, I am a genuine Open University student and I live nowhere near the campus – it would have cost me the amount I saved just on fuel. Successfully bought an ipad + smartcase (solid hard one), both engraved. Altogether I paid £426, saving a total of £35, AND I got a free appstore card for £35 worth of apps so including that I’ve saved/benefited by £70.

  124. Roger Roger

    Unfortunately none of the links work anymore 🙁

    You have to be connected to your university system to order.

    • Hi Roger,

      Yes they do – which link are you using? See the comments above for possible difficulties and solutions.

      All the best,

      Mike

  125. Mark Mark

    Mike

    I can’t seem to get the link to work for me, either. I’m trying the following URL: –
    http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_5000716

    And I get taken to the standard Apple “Page not found” page.

    I’ve tried with multiple different ID’s. Any idea?

    Cheers

    Mark.

  126. Mark Mark

    Scratch that – got it to work. Thanks!

    • Gazza Gazza

      Could you tell us how? I’m getting page not found for my Uni.

  127. Anon Anon

    Hey,

    I used this – worked a treat – 15% off an imac 27inch i7 etc etc really added up. They messed up delivery about 6 times and gave me £70 off on top… and a £60 app store gift card. All of that and they still made a healthy profit no doubt… so I don’t feel at all bad that I’m not even a student.

    Cheers,

    e

    • Emma Emma

      Hey!

      I’ve just logged into the student site via my uni, but when I go to purchase the Mac it only gives a 6% discount and not the 15%. Am I doing something wrong?? How did you get 15%? A few months back when I inquired in store they said about the 15%, but I’m afraid that offer has passed?

      Thanks,

      Emma

  128. John John

    Also getting page not found for my uni, how did you get it working? Or is there something obv I’m doing wrong?

  129. alice alice

    hey guys i found when i copied the url that i got taken to the page not found page, however just delete one of the ‘0’ in the url before you put in the code for your uni and found that it works

  130. Dave Dave

    For those of you doubting this works…

    I was a student and took advantage of the discount at Uni. After leaving i then went back and placed a new order, and then I helped another friend order a Mac at the Uni even though she wasn’t a student there. All she got was a phone call asking what Uni she goes to and confirmed the order. So just remember what uni code you used in case they call you up!

    I’ve not been at uni for 3 years, but the links work great and I’ve just blagged a nice shiny new iPad. Many thanks for the hard work!

    • Jim Jim

      ummm, wow, you bought an iPad with student discount… a whole £12. WOW!!! that’s on basic model.

      although, in their terms and conditions it states – Purchaser must be eligible for Apple Education Individual Pricing; education pricing is not available for iPad. – so no discount on iPad??

      so, did you really get a discount, or were you a bit over excited and never noticed?! =P

  131. Susie Susie

    Does anyone know if you use it and are not a student if they could ask for ID later like when you used apple care for a repair ?

  132. Elly Elly

    Hey a has anyone ordered and then received the laptop in fully working order?! Don’t want to risk the laptop never turning up!! 🙂

  133. Adam Adam

    I don’t understand how non-students can justify using this discount!

    Sure, there is a large saving but doesn’t the fact that you are abusing the privilege given to students weight on your conscience?!

    Seriously, if you aren’t a student deal with the fact that you have to pay full price or if you aren’t ordering a built-to-order Mac then buy from Amazon UK who offer a £100 saving.

    • Jim Jim

      actually, on basic 21.5 inch iMac, amazon uk only has a £59 saving. basic macbook pro is £40 saving. so please, do tell us where the £100 saving is!! i’m kinda interested in buying…

  134. Cyril Cyril

    Can anyone advise what the correct link for University of Exeter is please? I keep getting a 404 when using Mike’s original guide.

    Thanks.

    • Cyril Cyril

      ^ Ignore this.
      Fat fingers caused the 404, not Mike’s guide 😉

      • 🙂 Glad you got it sorted.

  135. Tim Tim

    Hey, I was just wondering if you can use somebody else’s card to purchase the MacBook? Im actually a student at uni but was going to use my mums card to pay. Is this possible? Thanks 🙂

  136. Sammy Sammy

    Not sure what to do. I’m a college student a level student not a Uni one but I want the full discount. I don’t want to get in trouble

  137. Oli Oli

    I’m going to be going to university next year but this is probably the last chance I’ll have to buy a MPB before I leave uni, as I make my spending money from photography, and my last job got me just enough to buy one. I won’t be working again now either so I can concentrate on nailing A2 levels, and I don’t want my parents to fork out for it. So I’ll give it a shot today before I end up spending the money on something else (inevitable), will report back later.

  138. Max Max

    Question im starting a 3 month course at Gloucestershire College this month is this classed as student identity. Plus does Gloucestershire College have a Code?

  139. Aimee Aimee

    Does this no longer work? when using my university’s code (I tried others too), I just get:

    “Oops!
    An error occurred.

    Return to store

    Darn. I hate the Apple Store.

  140. Anderson Anderson

    I have the same problem as Aimee!

  141. Jamie Jamie

    It looks like Apple have finally figured it out, this was working fine last week. Ah well, thanks for the post Mike. I didn’t get to make a purchase but I’m sure you helped a lot of people.

  142. Neil Neil

    Since apple released the iPhone 5 and put the website back online I can’t get the links to work! Any one else having problems?

  143. Jamie Jamie

    Just tried again, all working now! Yay! It must have been a temporary hiccup or they were busy updating the education store with the new products released yesterday. If you need a new Mac or Apple product for your studies, buy now because who knows when these public URLs will permanently stop working. Thanks again Mike for the wonderful post. Most people would have kept it to themselves.

    • Thanks Jamie, I’m glad you got it sorted 🙂

  144. Thomas Thomas

    incredibly helpful. cheers big man

    • …. I’m not THAT big! Ok, diet coke it is, then …

  145. Matt Matt

    I just tried this with my University and it worked perfectly.

    For anyone wondering wether it will or won’t, don’t worry. It does.

    🙂

  146. Chris Chris

    Can anyone else see these pages when off campus? I’ve tried from here at home, on Sunday, Monday and today. They do not seem to work.

  147. DS DS

    thanks but it does not work now.

  148. DS DS

    working now

  149. EJ EJ

    Awesome. Typing this from my brand new Mac, which I got £150 off with this. I should feel a little guilty that I left uni four years ago, but no student has the money to take advantage of great deals!!

    • andt andt

      brilliant!

  150. DL DL

    A quick thanks Mike, My first Mac just delivered. Full student discount applied, £70 appstore credit and no need to upload any docs.
    Only one gripe, for a premium retailer 7 days to deliver was sloooooow..:-)

    D

  151. Daz Daz

    You total f*cking star!!!!!!

    You just saved me some decent money

    Thanks SOOOOOOOOO much

  152. Paul Paul

    Tried this October 2012 but doesn’t seem to work any more.

      • Kate Kate

        I inputed the right code and still can’t get discount 🙁 can anyone help??

      • MAZ MAZ

        azaz = 5 star genius – thanks a bunch saved me nearly £ 300 !

  153. L L

    Just finally got it working:

    (hey guys i found when i copied the url that i got taken to the page not found page, however just delete one of the ’0′ in the url before you put in the code for your uni and found that it works)

    It what the problem is for most people. I am a uni student, but a lazy one. 😉

  154. Carly Carly

    The link didnt work for me….BUT, if you type in the code i.e ….ID: 5000866 equals “AOS: UK HE Agreement Ystrad Mynach College” the 5000866 just change the number to your uni in the link and it should still work…did for me 🙂

  155. Barry Barry

    Marc, you complete star! We’ve moved to the Netherlands and our kids will join Uni over here. Any pointers on how to find our the codes for the Universities in Holland? (Saves us shipping it from the Uk to here)

    Thanks again!

    • Barry Barry

      Sorry…don’t know why I typed “Marc”…I meant Mike!! (Oeps)

    • Hi Barry,

      If you can find me a link to a Netherlands edu institution from the Apple site I’ll see what I can do 🙂

      Marc (I mean, Mike!) 🙂

  156. Barry Barry

    Hi Mike 😉

    Thanks for your reply. When i go to http://www.apple.nl and select education I do not get a pop up window or other option to select a University.
    My son will join the Technical University in Delft (known as TU Delft) and they seem to have a seperate website through which you need to log-in ( https://www.surfspot.nl/homepage.htm?returnUrl=%2fSURFspot%2fTask ) .
    Maybe the system is different over here?

    Cheers

  157. The link seems to have stopped working for the UK site.

    Can anyone else confirm?

  158. - -

    Every time i seem to go on any of these links it seems to work fine (I’m on the university page) but none of the products seem to have any discount on them! I know these links have worked in the past as I brought my imac using this page, but now i want logic studio and I a ipad and i can’t seem to get any luck.

    • - -

      Thanks btw, you’ve already saved me a bunch!

  159. JOhn JOhn

    thank you so much. upgraded to hi resscreen and 7200rpm hdd, still cheaper than the standard

  160. Kate Kate

    Hi mike,

    I am trying to access the huddersfield university link and when I do get on and try and buy the new ipad it doesn’t give me any discount? Can anyone help? Also would it give discount on refurbished items as well?

    Thanks

    • Dooley Dooley

      You need to take one of the ‘0’s out then it come up fine 🙂

      • Kate Kate

        I have taken one of the 0s out it still didnt take any money off

    • Jamie Jamie

      Hi Kate,

      Which iPad are you trying to buy? There are no discounts on the iPad Mini but you should get a small discount on the iPad 2 and iPad with Retina Display. Also, refurbished items have already been discounted so you won’t get an educational discount on top of that.

      Jamie

  161. Who Who

    This is working as of October 29th. I ordered a MBP on Friday evening. It’s Monday morning and it’s just been marked as dispatched. Super fast, especially considering it was custom configuration job. A huge thanks to the original poster, you saved me almost £400!

    • You’re welcome, enjoy your Macbook Pro!

  162. DL DL

    Hi,

    Further to my previous comment, about a month after my MBA was delivered I have received an email confirming 3 years Applecare. Superb value as I had declined the offer of 2 years at £199 at the time of order.

    D

    • Thanks for letting me know – enjoy your Macbook Air!

    • smithy smithy

      Happened to me too – it’s not overly clear from the letter you get (I thought it meant I’d inadvertently PAID for the aftercare) but with the educational discount you get 3 years’ Applecare as standard. Sweet !

  163. Tom Tom

    There doesn’t seem to be any discount? I go to the west Cumbria page and then to shop iphone but the 32gb iphone 5 is still 599 quid at checkout?

    • Jamie Jamie

      There are no discounts on iPhones. I don’t think even Apple employees get discounts on iPhones.

      • ^ This. Apple don’t ever discount the iPhone and usually only offer a small token discount on the iPad (it might be better to go through QuidCo/TCB for a small cashback payment instead of trying for a discount)

  164. alice alice

    Thanks! Can’t connect to my university’s VPN from where I am so this was very helpful for that impulsive iPad buy that everyone experiences at some point in their lives…

    Most people don’t give in but I am weak.

    So weak.

  165. Jk Jk

    Does not work

    • Does too! (have you read the comments above?)

  166. Bhav Bhav

    A great, useful post!

    I’m a student studying for the ACCA qualification (Assoc of Chartered Certified Accountants) and have a NUS card though I’m not at uni.

    I don’t suppose anyone knows if I can legally order off one of these sites?

    • Bhav Bhav

      Issue resolved. 🙂

    • Lyd Lyd

      Bhav or Mike

      Same applies to me – I’m not actually at UNI but am a student studying for an IAM qualification. Can I legally get this offer?

      Thanks

      • If your institution is listed, absolutely. Next year I’m hoping to start a new course with the Open University and fingers crossed this workaround still applies then 🙂

  167. Bhav Bhav

    Also, does anyone have a list (or a link to a list) of the accessories that the education discount applies to?

  168. ray ray

    It does not work now. anyone tried recently?

    • Mike Tysonasaoksaxajbn Mike Tysonasaoksaxajbn

      Hi, yes it seems like it still works. I am about to buy a new Macbook and the updated prices have appeared. For example Macbook normal price is listed as £999 and with University discount its down to ££859!

      Get it before they stop this workaround

  169. dodo dodo

    i’m trying to buy an ipad 3 with the uni discount but the discount is just about 3%. is that how much it should be?

  170. Mari Mari

    You’re a star… Planning on getting a mac book pro and I felt like I reached a brick wall when I remembered I (thought) couldn’t access the edu links.

    Thank you

    • Thanks Mari 🙂

  171. Dave Dave

    Nice one, just a little £12 off an ipad, but now I know it works I will definitely be using this when I buy an iMac in a few months time.

    Thanks bro!

    • You’re welcome 🙂

  172. Sam Sam

    how often do they ask for proof ? i currently have about 10 friends in uni that can help me out with this if i need proof, but how likely is it that i’ll need to ??

    • Ten mates in Uni? Easy solution: They buy it for you and you give them the money. Plus a bit more for a beer 🙂

  173. Chloe Chloe

    Is it possible to borrow a friend’s student ID but pay it yourself? The link for the uni i have friends at works, and i’d like to buy a MBP but pay it myself, im wondering at what point do they check if youre a student there?

    thanks

    • Chloe, I would say that is definitely a big chance they might not allow you to do it. But at the same time, what’s the worse they can do??? Like the OP said they’ll just deny your order, they’re not gonna screw and take your money.

  174. Any love for USA??? I found it works great for the you guys, but I obviously can’t use it.

  175. Curiosity Curiosity

    Are there any discounts from Apple for the students in the USA? 🙂

  176. Clarkeee Clarkeee

    Brilliant – thanks Mike – saved £200 !
    Ordered on 26 Dec, delivered no questions on 28 Dec.

    Not seen anything regarding the 3 year apple care for students though? Does this naturally follow by post??

    • Clarkeee Clarkeee

      My 3 year applecare also thrown in being a “student” also arrived now – that must have saved another £150 or so :))))

      • Giles Giles

        Hi Clarkeee the ‘Student’ !
        Can you tell me if you requested 3 year Applecare (FOC) at the time of ordering….or did it simply turn up a month later in the post???

        Cheers!

  177. David David

    So just to get this straight, any person can get student discount by following this link ???

  178. Dave Dave

    Can anyone explain how the 3 years AppleCare for £65 and £70 of App Store credit works?

  179. MAZ MAZ

    you = GENIUS

    me = GRATEFUL

    saved me nearly £ 300 ! : )

    maz xxx

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    Worked for me – Saved on retina display Mac book Pro – Brilliant Thank you!

    A few of us discovered that you can do a similar thing on this website… savi owl
    It is a UK loyalty program website that offers discounts on well known brands to large organisations and memberships.

    By adding ‘/privileged_user/811xxxxxx’ to the url and messing around with the code number
    81100000 shows a ‘Benefit member’ and applies 10% discount
    81100001 shows a ‘Privileged User’ and applies 15% discount

    However as a student it currently offers 20% discount. Try entering
    http://www.savi
    owl.co.uk/privileged_user/81100151

    and you’ll get a welcome message.

    “Welcome Open University
    As a privileged user you will now benefit from exclusive savings on all products shown on the this website”

    Initially it does not look like it’s worked as the prices are the same, but you don’t see the discounted prices until goods are added to the basket. I saved loads on the bits that I bought

    I guess it’s meant to work when arriving from a company benefit schemes or university portal websites. If you play around it seems to have a list of members similar to the ones you list above. Hope this helps others and fellow students in need!

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  186. d d

    does it work on iphones???

  187. Seb Coulthread Seb Coulthread

    Has it stopped working for anyone else? I am a student (my college is not listed there) and have spent the last 9 months saving for this, finally have the money and it seems to be taken down! 🙁

  188. Georgia Georgia

    Yup, URL no longer works

  189. Tom Tom

    Does this completely not work anymore??? 🙁 saved for ages to wait till June for the new MacBooks’s 🙁 Student in September, guess I am gonna be waiting ….

  190. Neil Neil

    this has just worked for me (but shhhh i’m not a student) massive thanks for saving me over £200

  191. Jan Figliola Jan Figliola

    Hi,
    My son is a student doing a music degree at University College of Falmouth (UCF) and I don’t see the code for that Uni. Can anyone help with this please

    regards Jan

    • Leila Leila

      For Falmouth use Exeter. They’re linked 🙂

  192. Chris Chris

    Thanks a bunch, saved 15% on my macbook and free 3yr applecare !

  193. Leila Leila

    Mike,

    This is uh-mazing, am about to press ‘Check Out’ but before I do… Is there ANY way that I can get in trouble for this? Is it illegal, or just an exploitable loophole?

    (I’m not a very good rebel….)

    Thanks! Leila

    • Martin Martin

      Leila, did you buy using this? How did it go in the end?

  194. mephestic mephestic

    Iv used this method and it works – im typing on my macbook pro I bought from this website! well chuffed.

    Some words of advice though and read carefully:

    1) sometimes the website will switch back to the normal one and it can change the amount in the basket to full price so always double check during checkout – this happened to me and i had to quickly cancel the order.
    I think its dependant on clicking on some of the links on the website – some direct you back to the normal store while others allow you to continue as if you were in the education store.

    2) USE TOPCASHBACK – they register Education apple purchases and if you do it this way it still shows up! I got another £27 ish cashback as I used topcash and then bought it through this method and it worked! Its worked 3 times (my brother and a colleague did it this way too).

    Great site mike!

    • John John

      Hi mephestic,

      When I click ‘go to site’ on TOPCASHBACK – it goes to the full price Apple site. At this point shall I paste the Edu link, or did you do it another way?

  195. Martin Martin

    Ok, giving this a try, order placed and item dispatched, no questions asked yet but they might send the Apple police round after I’ve taken the delivery…

  196. Martin Martin

    Hi,
    has anyone tried this and recived pc ok, or do they take your money and then ask for uni letter or some other ID? I found a site that offers a discount code for £20 or so, to get 14% discount and free applecare…… I am guessing he is ripping of these codes or something.

    Leila / Martin – how did you get on, and Mike, did ‘Vickie’ encounter any problems with purchasing or getting repairs or service…..?

    Cheers

  197. John John

    Hi,

    This looks great! But I can’t find the Warwick University link?
    Can anyone help?
    Thank you,
    John

  198. John John

    University of Warwick link:
    http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_5002640
    Alternatively you can log on to Warwick’s VPN on an ipad/iphone using the AnyConnect app.
    Or on a pc just google your university’s vpn log on page.

    • Peter Peter

      that code isn’t working now it seems. Has anyone found a Warwick code that’s working?

  199. Victoria Victoria

    I just placed an order, fingers crossed.Just wondering is it true we get 3 yrs of warranty with the online HE offer?

  200. Benny Benny

    Hi Mike,

    Would love to give this a try but haven’t a clue on where to start – I’m no programmer!

    Thanks in advance, Ben

  201. Tan M Tan M

    It comes up as Page not found for some reason

  202. RG RG

    I am not a student and I was so, so , so tempted to do this. I went as far as checkout, and yep it worked as described – and it would have given me a £150 discount over what I have actually ending paying plus 3 yrs Applecare (without phone support for year 2 & 3 )

    Reason i decided not to click the order button & go through with this was in the end the Applecare situation.

    I want to be assured that if my iMac dies on me after the initial year, that if I take it in to to get repaired or replaced, that nothing is going to come back to haunt me. What if a year and half in I need a hard drive replacing, I take it in, and at that point they require student ID or worse tell me that my applecare is null and void!!

    I don’t want that risk/worry. i want to know my IMac is going to get sorted without having to be all cloak and dagger about it.

    That said – any legit ‘students’ who cannot order normally by using a university computer or phoning the freephone number or going into a Apple Store – then yep this will totally work.

    In the end I have decided to order using the slightly worse discount available to primary/secondary school pupils (my kids are both primary and secondary school) its not quite as deep a discount as the university one, and you don’t get applecare thrown in, but better than a kick in the teeth, and I have peace of mind.

    But good luck to anyone who uses this – I’m sure it’ll be totally fine. If anyone has used this and then attempted to use applecare, that would be interesting to hear how it went.

    Well done to Mike Wilson for the original post though – very clever stuff

  203. Adam Adam

    Whats the code for buck university?
    Thanks in advance

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  205. Frank Frank

    RG – having used the Apple HE Store as a legitimate student, and having had to use the extended Apple Care warranty on my Macbook Pro, I can assure you they never ask to see student ID at the stage of taking the item in for service. At that stage the system no longer treats you as a student, just any customer with Apple Care. The only time you get asked for proof of student status is at random after order placing an order. If you fail to provide it, worse case scenario is they cancel the order and you have to make it again at full price.

  206. lewis lewis

    are apple still offering the 15% discount? all i seem to get is a card for 70 quids worth of apps…

    • lewis lewis

      if i could delete this i would, i have found it and just look stupid now

      • Nabil Nabil

        Dude, No you’ve made me feel stupid since I can’t find the 15% discount. Please enlighten me

        • Daniel Daniel

          http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/education_routing

          There you go mate – Im with Ravensbourne so I brought mine through the uni got something like 20% off and then because they want everyone to have they’re own laptops i got an extra £500 off through the uni

  207. alex abate alex abate

    Hi,

    what’s the link to Columbia Business School/NY?
    Thanks

  208. Chloe Scott Chloe Scott

    The code for Doncaster College doesn’t work? 🙁 I am actually a student there but don’t go back until the 9th and I want to be able to get the £70 apps which ends on Sept 6th. Any help?

  209. richard richard

    I am at BPP university, and wanted to order online to get an imac, but i cannot find out the bpp code like the others above. does anyone, or can anyone find out the code please?

    thanks

  210. John John

    This ‘system’ seems to have stopped working recently??

  211. Corndog Corndog

    Still works I think, placed order today

  212. John John

    Yes, it seems to be working again today; odd. Maybe they were doing some maintenance, as all of the numbers I tried all said the same message; page not found.

  213. Amit Amit

    Mike you are a genius, I am so tempted to buy the iMac with the uni student discount, but like some others had said, it’s not worth the risk, if there is an issue with the PC and you need to use the warranty, you’ll get rumble!

  214. Marc Marc

    Hi would you know what the code For the university of Cumbria is? Cheers

  215. John John

    Hi,

    I bought a MAC using this and you get the AppleCare agreement added to it, and a letter in the post, so I am guessing there would not be any problems. They would just look up the serial number, see that it is protected with apple care and repair or replace it? Maybe someone could let us know their experience o AppleCare generally, possibly outside of this agreement.

  216. Dodfaefife Dodfaefife

    Looks like it’s broken. Getting an Apple ‘page not found’ error (sadface)

  217. Dan Dan

    Really helpful page, great stuff.

    Same concerns as others really regarding applecare. If anyone can shed some light on this it would be good.

    Cheers x

  218. NaughtyBoi NaughtyBoi

    Errrrrm guys, I don’t think anyone has anything to fear. I graduated in 2007 and I still buy all my Apple computers as a student.
    Walk into the store with an ‘actual’ uni student, pretend to be their cousin and you’re buying it for them as a gift – simple (even works over the phone). I do that with MY name and MY address – a student isn’t going to turn down an easy £20 and free lunch offer – and guess what; I’ve never had to even give that… they’d do it for fun! (Maybe knowing & having students as friends helps me).

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  221. graciek graciek

    Anyone used this as a non-student? I sadly graduated 3 years ago 🙁

    Unless they do a check of names with the university – how would they know you’re not a legit student?

  222. Tony Tony

    What a brilliant find. Thanks Mike. 🙂

    As a valid OU degree student I purchased using the appropraite link (as I cannot get onto the OU compus). I was not asked for id (but have it if tehy want it).

    I tried phoning to see if if any different and they merely asked which uni and which course and offered me same 14% discounts. I said I woudl ring back later and then saw the 22nd October announcement looming up in 3 weeks time.So I waited until 22nd.

    The site works and has saved me about 700 pounds (including applecare) ona macbook pro 15 inch retina with 16gb ram, 2.6ghz processor and 500gb ssd. £2040 – still a lot of money but could have been a lot worse!

    Now just waiting the 2 week delivery time Aple don’t tell you about!

  223. Mac Mac

    does anyone know code to Anglia Ruskin university ?

  224. Cara Cara

    Brilliant post – thank you.
    I really loathe the idea of having to put my card details on screen in the library. Now I can order from home, using the campus code. Many thanks.

  225. t-wat t-wat

    Is this still working? I get page not found when trying it.

  226. x x

    Excellent post and all works fine.

    For people who are getting ‘page not found’. Try change the numbers on the default link. It seems the number code on the link is not correct.

  227. Reza Reza

    Hi,
    Great! However, I can’t find the University College Birmingham code?
    Can anyone help please?
    Thank you in advance.
    Reza

  228. mark mark

    Does anyone used this as a non student?

  229. whistlingtoes whistlingtoes

    Thankyou Mike for your very useful and excellent post. Bought myself an iMac and saved some money, thanks to your tip. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  230. Harry Harry

    Hi, i tried my University – Demontfort Uni Leicester and it did not work. Can you give this to me please. i tried your number but unsuccessful. Thanks – Your a legend

  231. Shannon Shannon

    Hi,

    Do you happen to have the ID code for University of Worcester (rather than Worcester University College)?

    Many thanks,

  232. Clive Clive

    Hi
    Does anyone have a code for Leeds Trinity please?

    Thanks

  233. Mike Mike

    I can’t get any of these to work – does anyone know if it is still working ?

  234. BlackHat BlackHat

    Dude, thanks very much for your page! It really helped me a lot! As I don’t fancy carry my arse around to uni for this, you are a legend! My man!

    Cheers

  235. Bryony Bryony

    Thank you so much! I’m a prospective student and want a MacBook for uni, however I want it before hand so I can get used to it, tried the link for the uni I hold a place at and it works! 🙂

  236. Peter Peter

    Seems not to be – “unable to enter requested store” was the response for me (Warwick)

  237. Paul Paul

    I just got 1 working! Cheers dude saves me doing it at Glasgow Uni 😉

  238. SJmason SJmason

    used Neil’s link above and its saying goods dispatched for tomorrow.
    Nice one…

  239. Victoria Victoria

    It doesn’t seem to be working for me although it’s worked earlier in the year 🙁

    Just says

    “The page you’re looking for can’t be found.

    Did you try searching? Enter a keyword(s) in the search field above. Or, try one of the links below.”

    Anyone else have this problem, or do you think they’ve gotten around this hack now?

  240. Stef Stef

    Hi! this is an excellent link!! I tried it and really works. Now I am in Costa Rica but I will arrive to UK in september so this is a useful guidance of the price. All the computers bought by this method included the 3-year warranty and the battery, right?

    • Stef Stef

      Also I will like to know if someone or Mark knows if this computers bought by this system includes all the programs by default? (I never have used a Mac before, so some guidance will be really useful).

      Thanks!!

      Stef

  241. Dingo Dingo

    Whilst Neil’s link (http://store.apple.com/uk-edu/buy-mac/macbook-pro?product=ME293B/A&step=config) does work, the discounts aren’t as good as the specific University ones, plus you don’t seem to get the 3 year Applecare thrown in for free, either. For example, customer price for the 13 inch 256GB MacBook Air is £999, price using Neil’s link is £939.60 and the price using the Edinburgh Telford University link – code 5000669 – is just £859.20 and includes the 3 year free warranty too . It’s worth plodding through the list of code numbers, as some do still work (Dundee and at least one of the Edinburgh ones, when i checked today).

    Happy shopping! 🙂

  242. Stef Stef

    Hi everyone! I have another question, does someone or Mark knows if the computers bought by this method includes all the programs by default? (I haver had a Mac before, so, some guidance could be really useful)
    Thanks!!
    Stef

    • happy mac user happy mac user

      @Stef – which programs? Have a look on apple.com to see the ones you get. You’ll get software such as Pages for word processing and Numbers for spreadsheets, which should be good for most students. GarageBand and iMovie are great fun also.

  243. happy mac user happy mac user

    Firstly – I can’t remember if I posted two years ago, but reposting my gratitude for this link. Our first Mac was bought this way, and is still going (partner is staff and student at the OU).

    It appears the OU code above has shut up shop though. Trying to navigate through the ways to get yourself validated through UniDays is just proving a nightmare – the verification emails appear to be continuously eaten by the OU’s spam filters! The OU learning portal links don’t work either..

    Firstly, Mike, is there any way you can do a re-trawl to see if the OU code has popped up on another code please?

    Secondly, does it matter if we order through a different link? We’re still signing up to being in education legitimately – just not the OU branded edu site.

    If it wasn’t predominantly the only way to get the 3 years applecare, I’d drag the other half into the local apple shop, as the next one to get is an off the shelf model….

  244. Graham Graham

    Sadly looks like Apple have closed this loop hole. Shame.

    • bob jones bob jones

      still working

    • Danny Danny

      John, any idea if we still get the 3 year HE warranty via this link?

  245. bob jones bob jones

    Nope still works for some institutions

  246. Georgia Jones Georgia Jones

    Any idea which ones this still works for? The url a few posts up is Hammersmith, perhaps compile a list of working institutions.

    The question is that Apple started the education discount when it was a struggling company, now it is one of the worlds richest, does it need to offer discounts? I understand they are dropping freebies from iTunes (I don’t use it myself), perhaps a sign of things to come..

  247. steve steve

    add a /mac to the end and more work

  248. looopz looopz

    Not many left working now, I see 11.

    Heres the code rewritten in c#, that logs successes to the console:

    using System;
    using System.IO;
    using System.Net;

    namespace AppleHEScraper
    {
    class Program
    {
    private const string UnableToEnterTheRequestedStore = “Unable to enter the requested store.”;
    private const string NameStart = “s.prop2 = \””;
    private const string BaseUrl = “http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_{0}”;

    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
    for (var i = 5000801; i < 5000900; i++)
    {
    var req = WebRequest.Create(string.Format(BaseUrl, i));
    try
    {
    using (var resp = req.GetResponse())
    {
    using (var sr = new StreamReader(resp.GetResponseStream()))
    {
    var content = sr.ReadToEnd();
    if (!content.Contains(UnableToEnterTheRequestedStore))
    {
    var startIndex = content.IndexOf(NameStart, StringComparison.Ordinal) + NameStart.Length;
    var endIndex = content.IndexOf("\";", startIndex + 1, StringComparison.Ordinal);

    var name = content.Substring(startIndex, endIndex – startIndex);
    Console.Out.WriteLine("{0} – {1} exists", string.Format(BaseUrl, i), name);
    }
    }
    }

    }
    catch
    {
    //intentionally empty
    }
    }
    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine("Done!");
    Console.ReadLine();
    }
    }
    }

    • admin admin

      Good work! Shame the links no longer function 🙁

  249. Matt Matt

    Lot’s of reports of using the code but it not working, bringing up a “Sorry…
    Unable to enter the requested store.” message.

    If you get this page, try just clicking the “Store” link from the top menu bar (next to the Apple logo) as this seems to load the expected store. You can then click onto “Shop Mac” or whatever else you want.

    • JN JN

      Genius!

  250. Geralt Geralt

    I think it definitely stopped working now. There’s been some maintenance done on the Apple Store today (globally) and it was unavailable for about two hours. I’ve tried several links after it came back online…none work! It still won’t work if you then click on ‘Shop Mac’ or something else. It keeps saying…’Sorry…unable to enter the requested store’

    Can other people confirm this please?

    • Geralt Geralt

      UPDATE: It seems they are now using the UNiDAYS website to verify your student status so no more network based identification. It also seems the discount is down from 15% to up to a maximum of £169 for the top-end Macs? Someone correct me if I’m wrong

      • chris P chris P

        no more store.apple.com, no more apple edu discount links. i wonder if going through unidays provides a link or is token based?

    • Tadhg Tadhg

      Getting the same issue as Geralt

  251. Guys, Is there any new link which works for student discount on mac?

  252. Mackan1 Mackan1

    These links do not work anymore?

    anyone know one that does work?

  253. macrumor macrumor

    Seems HE store are dead for goos, RIP 
    ___________________________________________
    “Apple made a significant change to its online presence by merging its Apple.com website with its once-separate online store, to create one main website. There is no longer a standalone store.apple.com website that is used for making purchases, and the “Store” tab that was once at the top of Apple.com has been removed. ”

    http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/06/apple-com-removes-standalone-store-tab-emphasizes-curation-in-huge-redesign/

  254. Laura Laura

    Hi, I’m assuming from the recent comments that these links no longer work as of July this year. Is there any other way of managing to do this or is it no longer an option. If you have any answers it would be much appreciated.
    Thanks, Laura

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