International flights, Apple products, movies and much more. Here are the pick of student discounts – and you don’t need to be a student for some!
Whether you’re a full-time student or just someone with an NUS card (sadly my loophole where anyone could get one has been closed), there are some fantastic deals to be had! The key is to ask – you never know!
Here are my favourite discounts. They’re broken down to those you can get with an NUS card, and those you need an academic email (one that ends .ac.uk).
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For all students, staff and school children
As long as you have proof you are a student you can get this discount.
Flash your TOTUM card, proof you’ve been accepted into a university or that you work at an educational establishment and you’ll save up to 10% on a new Mac. You can also save on other items, with around 5% knocked off iPads.
If you buy something around the start of the new academic year, there’s often also a free gift card or another incentive. This year it’s a free pair of Apple AirPod headphones, worth around £159.
If you want the more expensive AirPods Pro you can pay to upgrade.
You can always sell them on eBay if you don’t need or want them! This extra offer usually starts in July, and this year it ends on 29th October.
There’s also 50% off Apple Music, making the subscription service £4.99 a month.
For anyone with an NUS / TOTUM card
The NUS card was rebranded as TOTUM for the 2021/19 academic year, though those of you with three-year cards will still have the NUS Extra card.
If you had one of these but it’s expired, log-in to see if you are eligible to renew it. I was!
You can now save 10% on your purchases at Boots. You’ll need to have a Boots Advantage card as well as an NUS/Totum card, but you can just show both at the till to save.
This is boosted to 20% between the 22nd and 24th September 2021.
As part of the card you get an ISIC (International Student Identification Card) included. When we went on a big trip to South America in 2013, our ISICs saved us over £200 on internal flights, excursions such as the Inca Trail and admission to museums and galleries, and we did it again on our honeymoon a few years later.
You can get Amazon’s delivery and streaming service free for six months as a student. Then after that you can get a full annual Amazon Prime subscription for £39 a year, for three years.
Though the easiest way to get this is using an academic email, you can also email a photo of your Totum card.
Watch out for other Amazon Student offers through the year, such as money off codes at Black Friday or Prime Day.
> More savings at Amazon
Pretty much every cinema has a student price. The best deal is at Odeon where you get an extra 25% off student prices Monday to Thursday.
There are also free screenings at Picturehouse each month if you join the E4 Slackers Club. It’s free!
> More cinema savings
Tickets to theatre, galleries, festivals & other live events
You can also often get reduced rates for everything from theatre to opera. The Royal Exchange in Manchester and the ENO are among those that do.
Many galleries will have a reduced student price, often 50% less.
Not many festivals do, and the student rate for Bestival this year was only £10 less than full price. Secret Cinema used to have concession pricing – making them actually affordable – though this seems to have stopped. Either way, it’s worth checking when you buy tickets to anything.
Football fan? I’ve used my NUS card to get concession tickets to see my team Crystal Palace for the past five years, and it’s saved me hundreds of pounds. Many clubs and other sports have similar deals.
Though some retailers now ask for a Unidays ID (more on this in a bit), it’s worth trying every shop you go to. Online you might have to click through from the NUS website.
If they accept the card then you can save 10% – sometimes more – at the following:
Only for any ‘proper’ students
These deals generally require an .ac.uk email, Unidays ID or letter of acceptance from your uni or college.
You can save 50% on Spotify Premium. That’s £4.99 a month rather than £9.99. This version gets rid of adverts and lets you take songs offline to your phone or tablet, meaning you don’t need wifi or 3G/4G.
I got my Adobe suite (things like Photoshop) at a massive discount. We’re talking hundreds of pounds! You can also save on Microsoft Office – though free alternatives like Google Docs might do the job instead.
Train and tube travel
The 16-25 Railcard is a great way to cut the cost of train travel. Mature students outside this age range need proof they are studying with a form completed by their Uni or college.
If you travel by tube and live in London during term time you can get an 18+ Student Oyster card. This saves 30% on travel in the capital.
There are also bus and coach student passes.