Education discounts

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As a student you’re able to get some very hefty discounts on software. Just make sure that you get the software you can run on your computer—usually a choice between Apple Mac or Microsoft Windows PC—and be aware of the differences between the versions available.

For example, at London College of Fashion we switched from Adobe Creative Suite (CS) 2 to CS4 during the Spring Term 2010. In May 2010 Adobe released version CS5. Generally, you don’t need to have the very latest version of software as the industry users tend to stick with what they have already rather than risk their established workflows. However, it is worth knowing the new features of all the recent versions so you can easily switch between versions if required.

http://www.studentsuperstore.com

www.studentsuperstore.com (formerly http://www.student-software.co.uk) sells lots of Adobe software, plus software from other companies. As with Adobe’s own shop, you have to prove your educational status. (As UAL / LCF ID cards don’t have a date on them you will have to supply a copy of your registration letter or similar document.) They even have a Facebook page.

Adobe Education Store (UK)

For Adobe software you can visit their own online shop to buy the latest versions (currently CS5) for around an 80% discount. You buy the software you want and then have to provide Adobe with verification that you are a student within six days and they will send you a code to use the software. You must be able to provide verification otherwise you will have paid for software that you can’t use.

What to get?

You can buy individual applications but the best deals are available when you buy a few together as a package. For example, the Design Standard CS5 package will get you Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign & Acrobat for around £220. The Design Premium package adds web design applications and the Master Collection contains the entire set of Adobe design, web & video applications.

Important

Make sure that you get the right software for your computer (Mac or Windows) and make sure you qualify for and understand the discount application procedure.

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