Work that student discountBy TheStudentGuide
Whilst you’re at uni you may as well save as much money as possible!
As a student you will be eligible for so many discounts. To make sure you get the most of these money saving opportunities we’ve put together some information for your perusal...
There are a variety of discount cards which you can flash to save yourself some cash:
Flex that NUS card
When you register with your university you will get a NUS – National Union of Students identity card, which not only gets you into all of your universities student facilities and events but also makes life a bit easier on the student pocket.
It can get you great discounts locally and nationally, from Topshop/Topman to French Connection and Pizza Hut to HMV. There is an array of offers down your high street, and it is always worth inquiring in chains and independent stores alike.
Many local restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas, museums and other such attractions are also likely to offer significant U-card discounts, so always remember to inquire and flex because you are guaranteed to save money!
Go to http://www.nus.org.uk/
NUS Extra card
If you want that little bit more the NUS Extra card which costs £10 gives you more discounts than the regular NUS card, including money off at Amazon, McDonalds, Superdrug and Ticketmaster.
But I'm a student too! A student discount isn't necessarily limited to NUS card holders. Many shops promote that the discounts are only available “on production of a valid NUS card”, but if you're in further or higher education at an institution that doesn't provide you with a NUS card (as not all universities are part of the NUS, Oxford for example), double check with the retailer in case they're willing to accept another form of student I.D.
Often the decision's at the discretion of the shop assistant. For those who are a little braver even if a place doesn’t offer student discount then you can always have a go at asking for one.
There are a horde of other cards and websites out there which offer student reductions:
For this card you just have to register online and the card will be posted to you, then to start saving just check the website. Could you fit one more pair of shoes in that small student room? Well they have a voucher for Faith shoes. Get a new outfit on the cheap with the Republic clothes shop discount. If you wear glasses you’ll know just how expensive those bits of plastic are, well never fear they have a huge discount of 30% for Specsavers Opticians. Other discounts include Dominos pizzas and Hotel stay UK.
The International Students and Youth Exchange Card (ISE)
If you’re going travelling this one is a cracker. The ISE is for students, staff and people under the age of 26. It gives discounts from 5- 50% off on flights in the USA and savings all over the world on admissions to museums, castles and exhibitions as well as accommodation and transport.
First of all register, which involves filling out a form and posting it along with a few specific forms of I.D to the company. Once that is sorted to get the discounts, go to the ISE website once you’ve decided where you will be travelling to and go to the worldwide discount list to see which places exactly you can get a discount.
The company states that it is recognized as international student ID so even if they don’t have a specific discount set up with that particular establishment, they could still honour the discount. It costs about £15 to purchase the card if you are having it posted to the UK.
Much more than just a discount card the ISE card has a 24 world-wide assistance service to help with lost passports, travel documents, or legal problems as well having information about travelling and teaching abroad.
Students in need
This is a new venture set up by graduate from Brunel University and everyone who works there has been a student. The website offers amongst other things discounts, competitions and access to jobs.
Some good clothing discounts include 10% off at Oasis, French Connection and Unipolo. If you need some books or stationary there is 20% off Borders and if you want to go travelling, they have15% off at STA Travel tours and trips.
From September to November the SIN team will be coming to a University near you to give out loads of free stuff and get some feedback at the same time. Competitions on the site include winning an I phone. This website is the one to watch as it is just at the start of its life and already it has some good deals and a good ethos.
Go to www.studentsinneed.com/
This well established website boasts 250,000 plus members. The site offers huge range of deals, big discounts and competitions.
You could go for some discounted food at YO! Sushi with your 40% discount and if you’re in London head to a West End show with a discount of up to 70% for a fabulous night out.
On the more boring side they are offering free ink cartridges to print out all those essays and discounts at Amazon for some university books. Competitions have included winning a Macbook air and a year’s supply of Mac make-up. To get these deals simply register on the site and get looking.