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By Natalie Vincent

There are plenty of discount schemes open to university students, but which ones are worth signing up to? We have enlisted Natalie Vincent of www.watchmywallet.co.uk to give you some tips.

Save Money on Transport with a Rail Card

If you plan on using the train to visit family or friends, it’s generally worth investing in a Young Person’s Rail Card. This entitles you to a 30 percent discount on train tickets. To put that in context, you’d save £37.65 using your rail card just once on a return trip from Newcastle to London. That’s pretty good going.

A one year pass costs £30, or you can invest in a three year card for £70.

Save Money on Pretty Much Everything with an NUS Card

This card offers you good discounts on essentially everything you could ever need. Students save 20 percent at Frankie and Benny’s, Pizza Hut, and Pizza Express; 5 percent at Amazon; 10 percent at Office, Boo Hoo, Asos and New Look; 5 percent off Easy Jet and up to 50 percent at laterooms.com.

The card is a bargain for £12. You can apply online at nus.org.uk.

Want Cheap Booze? Say Hello to the Yellow Card

You will probably become a regular at your local Scream pub where the Yellow Card offers great savings on already cheap products. You can buy Smirnoff vodka with a mixer for £1.50 and a pint of Stella for £2.50. They also run promotions on jagerbombs and food.

Discount Snacking - Bite Card

If you find yourself snacking while waiting for the train, the Bite Card could be a good investment.

This card entitles you to 20 percent off food served at train stations, including big brands like Upper Crust, Burger King, Millies Cookies, Camden Food and The Pasty Shop.

Various train station pubs also accept the card if you prefer a pre-journey pint.

Supermarket Loyalty Card for Cheap Bog Roll

Sign up to the loyalty scheme run by your local supermarket. Clubcards save the average person around £100 a year so it’s definitely worth it.

It’s generally free to join. Just fill out a form online or at your local branch.


Natalie Vincent is feature writer and social media manager at Watchmywallet.co.uk

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