Student Discount: Updated Guide
Student? Recent graduate? Have access to an “ac.uk” email address? You can get student discount!! With a university degree costing £9,000+ a year you might as well reap all the benefits you can! Carry on reading to find out about all the ways that you can claim student discount…
Buy a Totum Card…
The Totum Card (previously NUS extra) is the most popular student discount card in the UK. It provides you with discounts for over 200 retailers (in the UK) and includes a FREE International Student Identity Card (ISIC).
Totum discounts include: 6 months free trial of Amazon Prime + 50% off after the free trial, 40% off Pizza Express, 25% off ODEON (Mon-Thur), 20% off National Express & Eurolines, 12% off the 16-25 Railcard, £10% off Co-op, 10% off ASOS, 10% off Megabus.
ISIC discounts include: 30% off Lonely Planet, 25% off Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted Express, 20% off Eurolines. As well as 15% off Go Ape & 5% off Homestay.
At £12 for 1 year (£32 for 3 years) this card is definitely worth considering… especially if you’re about to graduate and aren’t yet ready to say goodbye to your beloved student discount. Applying for your NUS Extra card is super easy, just head over to the NUS Extra website and click “buy your Totum card now”.
Download the UNiDAYS app
The UNiDAYS app provides all the benefits of having student discount in a convenient (and FREE) app. You don’t get a physical card with unidays – just download the UNiDAYS app.
Popular brands such as Urban Outfitters, Asos and Apple are all featured on UNiDAYS and since all you need is the app on your mobile device, you always have access to your discount. While UNiDAYS is less about your essential items and more about shopping for extras, it’s a must-have for any UK student who enjoys the odd treat.
Invest in a 16-25 Railcard.
If you frequently travel by train you really should consider investing in a railcard. This card will give you 1/3 off standard anytime, off-peak, standard advanced and first-class advanced fares. If you know you’ll be studying for the next 3 years (and getting lots of trains in that time), you might want to consider the £70 card, as it will save you an additional £20 in the long run.
Buying a railcard will cost you £30 for a year (£70 for 3 years). But if you’re going to be spending £90+ a year on train travel it’s well worth investing in this! Have an NUS/Totum card? You can benefit from 12% off your 16-25 Railcard.
Oyster Photocard for Students
The Oyster Photocard for students offers 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets. To be eligible for the card you must be over 18, live at a London address during term time, in full-time education, or on a mandatory work placement in London.
Make sure to read the terms and conditions carefully so that your application goes through smoothly. As there are a number of specific instructions to follow regarding your photograph and other details.
At the price of £20, the Oyster Photocard for students is well worth considering if you’re going to be buying travelcards and bus/tram passes regularly! Have a 16-25 railcard? Make sure to link it up to your Oyster Card and it’ll lower the price you pay!
Amazon Prime Student
You can get a 6 month FREE trail of Prime Student & 50% off after your trial when you become a student. Prime allows you to stream TV shows and movies, get unlimited One-Day Delivery on millions of items, access songs and playlists (ad-free!) and get early access to Lightning deals. After your trial is over your membership will cost you half the price (£39 a year), however, you can cancel anytime!
Voucher Codes Students
VoucherCodes.co.uk is the UK’s biggest voucher code website! Shopping through their site offers you the opportunity to get money-off codes and rewards (usually in the form of a gift card). If you’re a student, you’ll be able to access VC students; which means even bigger discounts, the occasional competition and #FOMOFriday. #FOMOFriday is a weekly discount deal (exclusive to students) that starts at 11am every Friday. These deals often include a £10 gift card when you spend £10 on a selected retailer.
Free Microsoft Office for students and teachers
Students (and teachers) can download the entire Office software suite – including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access – on up to five PCs or Macs! To get access to Microsoft Office enter your academic email address on the Office website. You’ll need to log in through your institution’s online portal and if you’re eligible, you’ll be redirected to a page where you can download the software.
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