The Best Student Discount Websites.
September means fresher’s week, and, unfortunately this means money to party, eat out, do activities and enjoy the week with new found friends!
Whether it’s moving into your new accommodation, doing it up to to feel homely, having the necessary clothes for partying, warm clothing to wearing walking to lecturers, or even expensive meals out with your new course mates, there always seems to be something to pay for when you’re a student.
But… it’s not all bad. In the UK, students are benefited by getting a range of exclusive discounts in high street shops and restaurants alike.
Here are the best services that will help you make the most out of your money, plus the hottest discounts at the moment.
An NUS card is one of the most popular student cards in the UK. It’s run by the National Union of Students, so is aimed at helping students have an easier and cheaper life. Operated by the NUS is the latest NUS Extra card which will entitle you to student discounts in loads of the major high street stores. It costs just £12 for a 12-month card and it’s estimated you’ll save an average of £500 a year with this card.
If you haven’t signed up to UNiDAYS yet, do it now! All you need is your university login and you’re all set up. They’ve got you covered from everything from clothes, to technology, to fitness.
TIP: Make sure to check out the ‘Limited Time Only’ discounts and grab yours before it goes!
University student ID card
Your university ID card will be the free student card you’re issued with when you join. It will have your photo on and the name of your university, possibly accompanied by the starting year of your studies. You might need to carry this with you to enter campus, use university facilities or get into your student’s union. On top of this, a lot of stores will accept this as a discount card, so you’ll be able to save some money when you treat yourself.
Student Beans also holds an amazing arsenal of discounts. Much like UNiDAYS, they cover fashion, beauty, food and drink, and even travel and finance!
TIP: Student Beans constantly update a list of their top 20 discounts, so check that out every now and again to see what’s new.
You are going to insure your mobile, car, contents for your flat and anything else worth insuring. Along with finding a deal on utilities you may need as well. Compare The Market provides its users with a reward scheme once a policy is chosen. This allows you to get discount on selected offers such as cinema tickets, meals and much more, so shop around.
TOTUM card is a great option as not only does it give you over 350 discounts, but it also doubles up as an ID card that you can use to verify your age at pubs, bars, and clubs.
TIP: On their website, TOTUM has a number of giveaways you can enter to get something for free! Can’t hurt, right?
Travelling can be expensive, especially by rail, so if you use the train a lot, whether it’s for getting to uni or going home, a student travel card like the young person’s railcard is well worth the investment. They’re for anyone aged 16 to 25, or over 25 and in full-time study. Get 1/3 off Standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Standard Advanced and First Class Advanced fares and they’re just £30 per year, too.
Costa Coffee / Starbucks / Cafe Nero
Every student needs a coffee in their day to either keep them awake during the lecture or spruce them up first thing in the morning. Most unions will have either their own coffee shop or a chain. Make sure to collect the points and get yourself in for a free coffee or two.
This one isn’t particularly aimed at students, but will undoubtedly help you while you do the weekly shop and is a free card. With a Tesco Clubcard, simply collect points whenever you spend money in Tesco on your essentials (and not-so-essentials.) Every 3 months, you’ll receive vouchers based on the number of points you’ve earned. This could mean £10 off the next shop! You can also use these vouchers with any of Tesco’s partners, including Pizza Express, Cineworld, or Uber. Find out more here.