It would be nice if a hosting service straight up offered a free student VPN; unfortunately that’s not the case but I did discover another way to get a free VPN as a student. (If you don’t know what a VPN is, check out this link) Many companies offer promotions for students and this method combines a few of those offers to get a free VPN. I’ve detailed the necessary steps bellow.
1. Sign up for DigitalOcean
In order to make this work, you’re going to need a DigitalOcean account which you can create here. DigitalOcean is an IaaS provider that provides affordable SSD-powered cloud servers, so it’s a good thing to have an account for regardless. In order to sign up, you’ll need a credit card but don’t worry- you won’t be charged (this is, after all, a method to get a free student vpn) if you follow the next step which is…
2. Sign up for the GitHub student pack
You’ll need to sign up for the GitHub student pack to actually get a VPN as a student for free. You can do that by following this link here. GitHub will need you to enter and verify a .edu email address to request an account. It’ll take some time for the account to become available but you’ll receive an email when it’s ready. It’ll take some time for GitHub to approve your student pack but when they do you’ll need to enter the special code you can find on the pack’s website in DigitalOcean. Alternatively, you can use the free $10 credit DigitalOcean gives you for signing up with this link to test a VPN out right away.
3. Set up
Once you get the $100 credit in your DigitalOcean account you’ll need to set up a Debian server and run the following command in SSH:
wget http://git.io/vpn --no-check-certificate -O openvpn-install.sh; chmod +x openvpn-install.sh; ./openvpn-install.sh
You can find all about setting up a Digital Ocean Droplet here. You can find out about how to use your new-fangled free student VPN here. I hope you can use this to get a free VPN as a student, good luck and enjoy your free student vpn!