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A complete guide to student discounts and deals

Hubert Cheung
September 14, 2021
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A complete guide to student discounts and deals

Are you tired of paying full price on everything when you still have to worry about tuition fees and rent as a student? Well, here is your complete guide to discounts and deals you can get while you’re still in uni.

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UNiDAYS

Available in Australia & New Zealand, US, UK and most of Europe. UNiDAYS is a UK-based discount website founded in 2011. You will need your academic email address to create an account and then apply the various discount codes to websites at the checkout. UNiDAYS offers discounts on big brands such as Adidas, Amazon, Apple, ASOS, IKEA, Nike, Ray-Ban, Shake Shack, Urban Outfitters. UNiDAYS also have frequent giveaways where you can enter to win cash prizes, products or discounts.

TOTUM

Available in the UK. Previously known as TOTUM, TOTUM is a student discount card supported by the National Union of Students (NUS). There are two TOTUM cards: the free TOTUM Lite and the paid TOTUM Pro. TOTUM offers discounts and deals on eating out, fashion, travel, fitness and more. If you purchase the TOTUM Pro card, which includes a complete range of discounts, the prices are £12 for one year, £22 for two or £32 for three. One benefit of a TOTUM card is that it also functions as proof of age, so you don’t have to carry your documents around when you’re going out! TOTUM Pro also includes a 12-month International Student Identity Card in your membership.


A typical TOTUM card

Student Beans

Available in Australia & New Zealand, China, US, UK and most of Europe. Similar to UNiDAYS, you will also need your academic email address to create an account and then apply the various discount codes to websites at the checkout. However, Student Beans offers discounts on brands, different from UNiDAYS, such as All Bar One, Airbnb, Argos, Caffè Nero, McDonald’s.

Paid

International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

Available worldwide. ISIC is a virtual card that offers discounts in more than 130 countries. It offers discounts student discounts on airfares, hotels and electronic devices. It’s great for international or EU students, or simply students who are planning to travel frequently. The ISIC card cost differs depending on the territory you're in and the various exchange rates; however, a virtual ISIC is £12, and an extra £3 for a physical plastic card in the UK. One thing to note is that ISIC is mainly US-centric, but it is still considered an accepted form of student ID in many UK stores.

A typical ISIC card

Other student discounts and deals

Culture

Cineworld 

Students get discounts and lower-priced tickets at Cineworld. 

Museums 

Some museums offer students discounts for their paying exhibitions. For example, the British Museum in London gives students up to 20% off on all their special exhibitions and two-for-one tickets on weekdays after 2:30 PM, plus 10% off books in British Museum shops.

Sports

PureGym

PureGym offers discounts up to 50% off on memberships and no signup fees for memberships for students

​​Les Mills

Les Mills offers free 14-day trial and 25% discount on membership and home equipment bundle.

Fiit

Fiit offers free 14-day trial and 50% discount on membership.

Travel

National Rail offers a 16-25 Railcard which is a great option for student who plan on travelling by train quite a bit. It’ll cost you £30 a year (although you can get 12% off with a TOTUM card) and will give you a third off all rail travel in the UK. If you’re based in London, TFL offers a 18+ Student Oyster photocard, which gives you a third off adult-rate travel cards on the London tube, buses and trams. However, check with your university first, as this discount is only available to students at certain London institutions. National Express also offers a Young Persons Coachcard which costs £10 a year and gives 16-26-year-olds 1/3 off full-price National Express coach tickets for travel anywhere in the UK.

Study material

Blackwell’s

Students are entitled to up to 50% off textbooks.

Foyles

Foyles offers 10% off in-store and online.

Paperchase

You can get 10% off with UNiDAYS.

Ryman

The stationery outlet offers 20% off with UNiDAYS.

Waterstones

Through UNiDAYS, you can get 10% off when you spend over £25.

Technology

Apple

Students are entitled to discounts on laptops, Mac computers and iPads through Apple’s education pricing, with students receiving an average of 15% off these products through UNiDAYS or in-store. 

HP

Students can get up to 30% off HP products, from computers to printers. 

Maplin

Maplin offers a 5% discount in-store if you’ve got a TOTUM card. 

Microsoft

Students can buy a four-year subscription to Microsoft Office for £59.99. You can also currently get 15% off Microsoft products with UNiDAYS. 

O2

Through UNiDAYS, you can get a free 16-25 Railcard (as well as 20% off your monthly payments) if you sign up for an O2 Refresh plan. 

Spotify

Spotify Premium has 50% off for TOTUM and UNiDAYS members. 

Virgin Mobile

If you’ve got an TOTUM card, you’re able to get 15% off your total monthly bill. 

Vodafone

Students are entitled to a 10% discount on certain monthly plans.

Final Tip

It is impossible to cover student discounts, even in a complete guide to student discounts because there are constantly new discounts coming up and old discounts going out. One thing to bear in mind is that you can always ask! There’s no harm in speaking to the waiter or the cashier and inquire about student discounts!

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