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Amazon Prime Student Canada – Cost, Eligibility & Value

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What is Amazon Prime Student?

Prime Student has all the same benefits as the Amazon Prime subscription service, including free two-day and one-day delivery (in select cities), but it is only available to post-secondary students, and for a lower price – it currently costs 50% of a regular subscription.

Another difference is that it can only be used for a maximum of 4 years – the typical duration of a post-secondary program – before it is converted into an Amazon Prime subscription.

Who is eligible for Prime Student?

Students who are enrolled at a post-secondary institution such as a university, college, or CEGEP program and have a student email address are eligible to sign up for Prime Student.

Amazon sends a verification link to your school email address to confirm you’re eligible. After verification, your school email is no longer needed and your regular email address associated with your Amazon account is used for order and delivery notifications, etc.

If your school doesn’t provide an email address, you can email Amazon Student Verification a copy, photo or screenshot of any of the following to provide proof of enrollment:

  • Your student ID displaying the current term or an expiration date; just a student ID number is not valid
  • Your transcript or class list for the current term with your name and your school’s name on it
  • Your tuition bill for the current term with your name and your school’s name on it
  • An official acceptance letter for the upcoming term (must include matriculation date)

You may be able to sign up for an account using an alumni email address.

How much does Prime Student cost?

In Canada, after a free 6 month trial, Amazon Prime Student costs $4.99 per month for a total of $59.88 per year or $49 per year with the annual plan, which works out to $4.08 per month – savings of 18%.

Update: The cost of Prime Student was increased by 25% from $3.99 to $4.99 on May 13, 2022. This was the first price increase since the membership program was introduced to Canada in January 2013.

In Quebec, where automatic charges after an initial free trial are not permitted, Amazon offers the first 7 months of Prime Student membership for a total cost of $4.99, or an 18-month membership for $49 per year, with the first 6 months included at no charge.

After 4 years, you graduate, or no longer have access to your school email address, your subscription will be automatically switched over to Amazon Prime. You can cancel at any time, but if you do so before the end of the 6-month trial, you won’t be able to re-enter

If you’re already a Prime member and switch to Prime Student, you will be refunded for the remaining time left on your Prime subscription.

Amazon Prime vs Prime Student differences

FeaturePrime StudentAmazon Prime
Price$4.99 per month ($49 per year)$9.99 per month ($99 per year)
Free trial6 months1 month
Time limit4 yearsNone
EligibilityPost-secondary studentsAnyone

Benefits

Fast and free delivery

Unlimited free deliveries with no minimum order size and free same-day and one-day shipping on eligible purchases.

Access to deals

Access to the Prime Day and Prime Early Access Sale and early access to lighting deals.

Stream TV shows & movies

Stream popular shows & movies, including exclusive content such as Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Boys and The Wheel of Time on Prime Video, their competitor to Netflix.

Stream music

Listen to 2 million+ songs, on-demand and ad-free on Amazon Music, an alternative to Spotify or Apple Music.

Store unlimited photos

Unlimited full-resolution storage for photos and 5 GB or videos on Amazon Photos.

Receive gaming content

Get characters, skins, cosmetics and full indie games through Prime Gaming, plus a free monthly channel Twitch Prime subscription to give to your favourite streamer on Twitch.

How to register for Prime Student?

  1. Visit the Prime Student signup page
  2. Enter your student email address and expected graduation year and provide your credit card information
  3. Click the verification link in the email from Amazon

How to cancel a Prime Student membership?

  1. Go to Manage Your Student Membership.
  2. Select Cancel Student Membership.

Over to you

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Alex Wideman
Alex Wideman is a consumer rights advocate, serial entrepreneur and the editor-in-chief of Cansumer. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Queen's University. He is passionate about helping others save time and money and has been creating consumer-focused online resources for over 10 years. More about Cansumer Read more

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