Being a student doesn’t just mean living off pot noodles and baked beans, or staying up all night writing 10,000 word essays drinking cheap coffee, because the best thing about being a student shopper is being able to get a student discount card! Get money off everything from travel to entertainment and even pick up the odd freebie along the way! If you are a student learning to manage your cash and living on a weekly budget, this will be a great way to extend your funds a little longer. No matter what your student budget is, being disciplined with your money now will help you to manage and appreciate it in the future – and besides, living like a real student is part of the fun and experience of student life!
To be able to apply for a student discount card you must be over 16 years old and studying in further or higher education. There are several student discount cards available;
- National Union of Students (NUS) – The NUS card is offered free of charge to students studying at participating universities and is the most widely used student card in the UK. There is the option of upgrading to the NUS Extra card; there is an annual fee of £12 and offers students’ discounts of up to £500 a year.
- International Student Identity Card (ISIC) – This card offers discounts to international students in over 130 countries. The ISIC card is an accepted form of student ID in most UK stores.
- UNiDAYS (Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Ireland, Germany and Denmark) – this is an online student scheme that those whom are studying in participating countries can register for free. UNiDAYS offer discounts on quality brands such as Apple, Microsoft, Cannon, ASOS, Urban Decay and Benefit.
Most high street stores offer great discounts to students who have an NUS card. Some of the best current offers for clothing are; 10% off all year round with ASOS, Boohoo, Burton, New Look, Office, Schuh, Topman/Topshop, and Urban Outfitters, plus 15% off at French Connection.
There are lots of generous discounts for your grocery shopping, restaurants and takeaways. For example there is; 25% off Gourmet Burger kitchen and Yo! Sushi, 20% off Krispy Kreme and at Mc Donald’s there are great discounts and free food for students with ID cards. You can receive 25% off online orders of £25+ with Dominos Pizza. ASK Italian have fantastic offers throughout the week for students with up to 40% off your total food bill on certain days of the week. The cooperative food stores will give 10% off grocery shopping with the NUS card.
For your entertainment there are discount prices for ID-holding students at Odeon Cinemas and Cineworld. Spotify Premium has 50% off subscription with UNiDAYS or NUS Extra card, the Guardian offers 80% off digital subscriptions as well as other perks. The Independent i-newspaper has 1/3 off full subscription price to students.
Health and beauty discounts with 10% off at Superdrug, 20% at Supercuts and great offers at Boot Opticians. Get your stationery and textbooks at a cheaper price with Amazon, Paperchase, Waterstones and Blackwells, to name but a few.
There are huge discounts to be had on technology with HP offering 30% off its products, as well as generous offers on other big brands such as Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Adobe and Norton Security. O2 offer a free 16-25 Railcard, and 20% off your airtime plan, when you sign up to O2 Refresh. Vodafone have 10% off selected price plans for students.
Travel becomes cheaper when you are a student too. There is a 16-25 Railcard for students that will give you 1/3 off all rail travel in the UK. The initial cost of the card is £30 per year or £70 for three years. You can get 12% off your card with Student Beans. STA Travel offers a deal for round the world travel and Student Universe gives discounts on flights, hotels, hostels and tours.