The UK’S Best Student Discounts

By on March 14th, 2023



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While university is the best 3-4 years of your life, it doesn’t come without its costs. If you’re looking at saving money while living in student accommodation, it is a good idea to know what student deals are available, making saving money that little bit easier. To help you get started,

we have put together a handy list of the best UK student discounts for you to take full advantage of.

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Best Student Discount UK Cards

Student discount cards are active online, in a range of high street stores as well as restaurants and even independent businesses.
To get your hands on a student discount card, you need to prove you are a student by having a valid student ID card. It is easy and quick to apply online. You can even visit your nearby student union for advice on which ones are best for you.

UNIDAYS – The UNiDAYS Student Discount Card is available for students and teachers in the UK. It offers discounts on products, services, and experiences from over 1,500 brands across the UK such as Amazon Prime Student, Netflix, Spotify Premium and more.
Student Beans – Your very own money-making algorithm! The Student Beans website finds exclusive student deals everything from Spotify Premium subscriptions to Amazon Prime Student membership.

TOTUM – Totum membership cards provide you discount on more than 350 brands covering: fashion, entertainment, university resources, food and more. With various memberships available.
ISIC – a great international student identity card for students aged between 12-25, offering discounts on travel, insurance, entertainment and more. If you are an international student, this is worth investing in especially if you are planning on travelling during university breaks or visiting home.

Best Travel Discounts For Students in the UK

There are so many transport options available when you are living in student accommodation, so it makes sense that when you are commuting you are saving money rather than paying full price.

Read our guide to student travel discounts in the UK on the best student deals available, covering oyster cards and 16-25 railcards too.

Ryan Air – Thinking of student holiday destinations for the summer? Lucky for you, Ryan Air offer 10% student discount.

Free Now – A cheaper alternative to Uber, and handy if you are heading home from nights out. If you are living in student accommodation in Edinburgh and London, make sure you download the app.  Even better, you can save £8 off your first ride.

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Best Student Clothing Discounts

Clothing Companies Offering The Best Student Discounts

The fun part of having a student loan is to treat yourself occasionally, without getting carried away. Luckily, some of the best brands around offer student discounts.

SHEIN – the website you can find almost anything on offers a generous 15% to students.

BooHoo – 10% off all year round!

Adidas – enjoy a whopping 30% off all items online.

French Connection – 10% both in store and online

New Look – 10% off using a UNiDAYS discount code.

Topman/Topshop – get 10% through Student Beans or UNiDAYS

ASOS – offer 10% saving, with an additional 25% during special promotional events.

Saving money Hack:  If you are a regular ASOS shopper, it may be worth investing in ASOS Premier Delivery. For £9.95 for the entire year, you can save money on all those deliveries.

Look out for independent stores surrounding your university city promoting student deals. For example, if you live at City Village Coventry, you are just a 6-minute walk away from hidden gem Milk Vintage, which offers students 10% off.

Restaurants Which Offer The Best Student Discounts

No matter the city, you can always count on a good chain restaurant for value food and drink, here are a few that offer the best student discounts UK wide.

 ASK Italian – with a valid student ID card, you can save 25% off a delicious Italian meal.

Yo! Sushi! – Exclusively through UNiDAYS, students get 25% off dine-in food purchases from Tuesday to Friday and Sundays.

Pizza Express – use a valid NUS Extra card to enjoy 30% off food and drink

Las Iguanas – Dig into a Latin American feast, including drinks, with a 25% discount from Sunday to Thursday.

Grow House Coffee – Grow Coffee House in Exeter is a great independent café that shares the building with great vintage  stores. Also, make sure to use the 10% student discount when you go.

Café W – Waterstone cafes are the perfect study spots to enjoy a book and coffee. You can find them in  Coventry, Exeter, London and many other major cities. Students receive 5% off each purchase as part of their Waterstones Plus scheme.

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Best entertainment and tech discounts for students

Best Entertainment & Technology Discounts

Amazon Prime – enjoy the free 6-month trial to enjoy music, movies and more.

Odeon Cinemas – with a TOTUM card, you can get 25% off student tickets

Spotify Premium – half-price membership when you’re a student? Count us in.

HP – serious savings with up to 50% off through UNiDAYS when you shop online

Adobe Creative Cloud – creative students can enjoy a huge 60% off creative cloud services.

Microsoft Office – get the whole Office suite for free. Use your academic email on the Office website to gain access to the software.

Virgin Experience Days – Including everything from skydiving to afternoon tea, students get 20%off the whole range of activities.

If you would like to learn more on saving money, Verde Newcastle resident Natasha has provided some brilliant student money hacks.

Finally, our top Student Discount Tricks

Always keep your student card on you. Without it, you will most likely not be able to claim the student discount

Consider upgrading your student discount card if you want even more student deals.

Always ask in shops if they offer student discounts. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

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