Student Discounts

Posted May 3, 2014 88.3k views
I am a student and have been interested in using Digital Ocean for a while, after my horrible current hosting plan is up with another company(Who shall not be named) I 100% intend to switch over. As a result of being a student I am a little tight on money at the moment. I was wondering if there are any student discounts on hosting plans. Side note: I am interested in getting a plan with 2GB+ of memory, going to host a website as well as use Dokku and Gitlab
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  • Active students can get $50 in credits to use on DigitalOcean via the GitHub Student Pack:

      Student Developer Pack - GitHub Education
    Github Student Pack Learn to ship software like a pro with access to resources including $50 12 month credit for DigitalOcean Get your pack

    Student Developer Pack Eligibility requirements (set by GitHub)

    If you’re a student aged 13+ and enrolled in a degree or diploma granting course of study, the GitHub Student Developer Pack is for you. All you need is a school-issued email address, valid student identification card, or other official proof of enrollment.

    How to Redeem the $50 DigitalOcean credit

    Go to and click “Get Your Pack” and signup. Once confirmed you will receive an email with a unique $50 text promo code that can be redeemed in the DigitalOcean control panel on Billing page.

    NOTE: DigitalOcean only allows one promo code per account. This one-promo limit includes the referral program: In order to redeem the $50 github code, you must not have used a referral code or different promo code in the past.

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Sorry for the majour bump on this thread, but: GitHub is slow as all hell in accepting students. Maybe it’s because I’m from a Norwegian university, but it’s still really really annoying. I’ve waited for a month to get the pack now, and still no reply, just pending. DigitalOcean should consider getting their own discount program, as GitHub’s seems pretty damn bad.
Oh well, just gonna have to rent a server without it… =/

Glad to hear you're considering DigitalOcean!

We don't offer student discounts per se, but we're always looking to help people get started building cool stuff. I'll follow up with you privately.
Has there been an update to this matter?

Hi I was hoping if you could help me out as well :)


Any update on this? I wanted to know if I could get droplets at academic pricing?


Now github only gives $50, is there a way I can get $50 more???

Hello and good day! I have sent two emails to DigitalOcean about student pricing. Both emails were ignored and with no courtesy of writing me back; not even a response stating that there was no student pricing.
Due to reading some good things about DigitalOcean and data science projects, I was hopeful to use DigitalOcean. Now I am looking at other options like SiteGround. SiteGround offers a student option.
It is very unfortunate that DigitalOcean does not have better customer service. I cannot imagine how many potential customers are being lost due to the lack of response to emails.
If DigitalOcean is truly focused on developers, without a student discount, I think DigitalOcean is missing out on an opportunity to get students using and becoming familiar with their services and later using those services at companies and organizations after they graduate. Also, DigitalOcean should consider partnering with universities to offer their services to computer science, data science, and IT students. Establishing good and early relationships with students can have lasting effects as they enter the workforce and advance through their organizations.
Just my $0.02.

i have edu mail but is it of any use in digital ocean
can i get free hosting or an rdp with it someone please reply