Discounts: How to cash in on your student status

28 Sep 2018
By Sophie-Leigh S., Student at University of Portsmouth

Being a student can be tough, having to live off a student loan and budget like crazy. But discounts can make it a little easier. Surprisingly a lot of stores and online brands offer students discounts, it’s just a matter of knowing where to look.

I have found some amazing deals.

Here are my five favourite student discounts.

1) UNiDAYS is the perfect place to find discounts

UNiDAYS was designed for students, so the app and website are completely free to use or download. Bringing you hundreds of regularly-updated discounts across a variety of sectors, UNiDAYS is a great way to save on fashion, fitness, travel, and food.

I have found some amazing deals, from 10% off at Superdrug (handy for buying my hair dyes) to 25% off your food at Las Iguanas.

Find out more and sign up for free at the UNiDAYS website

2) Student Beans also has a range of discounts

Student Beans is another free service that pulls all the best student discounts into one easy website. GymShark, Ted Baker and Ticketmaster, KFC, and Domino’s are just a few of the student-friendly names you’ll find there.

Check the website regularly to get the newest and best discounts available.

Find out more at the Student Beans website

3) Travel by train with a 1/3 off Railcard

A 16-25 railcard costs £30. But it can be a great thing to have if you want to travel more or if you rely on the trains to get you home.

I have gotten a lot of use out of my railcard, travelling to see new places and visiting family. Pro tip: renew your card the day before you turn 26, and get one more year of discounted travel.

Buy yours at the 16-25 railcard website

4) TOTUM Cards are a snip at £12

You can buy a TOTUM card for as little as £12. They can be valid for one, two, or three years, so they can last throughout your university life.

Co-op supermarkets accept these cards, so you can bag yourself all those groceries with a 10% discount.

Get your card at the TOTUM Cards website

5) Show your university card in stores

If you don’t want to pay for the NUS card or download the apps mentioned above, you can still benefit from all the awesome student discounts in stores.

All you have to do is ask in the shop if they offer students discounts - more often than not, they will have some sort of arrangement for student shoppers. Don’t be afraid to ask!

I have found some amazing deals.
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Sophie-Leigh is a Positive Impact Consultant studying at the University of Portsmouth.