How to Get Student Discount in the UK

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Being a student can definitely be tough. Not only do you have so much work and so many assignments to complete, you are most likely – let’s face it – broke! Therefore, getting any sort of discount is a lifesaver. You may be thinking that it is too much of a hassle to sign up to discount websites or register for a student discount card. However, you are wrong! Getting a student discount card is one of the best things you can do as a student.

To get a student discount in the UK, you need to be shopping at places which actually offer them. Then, you need to prove that you are a student. This can be done by showing your student ID card. Similarly, you can get discounts by applying for student discount cards, which you can easily show at the checkout. Apps for student discounts are also extremely useful and work the same way.

If you want to discover how to save money and get as many discounts as possible as a student, carry on reading and you won’t regret it!

How do you qualify for a student discount?

Put simply, the only people who qualify for student discounts are students! Some businesses offer students in secondary/high school discounts.

However, student discounts are mainly aimed towards students enrolled in higher education. For example, pupils who go to college or university are classed as full-time students.

In order to get a student discount, you need to show proof that you are a student. You can do this easily with a student ID card. Check out how to get one on the iStudy website, if you click here.

Student ID cards are especially useful in order to get discounts. However, they can’t really be used to prove your age. Check out this article from Think Student to find out why.

However, if you are shopping online, you will need to sign up to a student discount website. For example, Unidays and Student Beans are great choices, which verify your student status.

How do student discounts work?

If you can prove that you are a student when buying a product at a business which offers student discounts, then the process is easy.

You simply ask for a student discount and after verifying that you are a student, the cashier will simply take the required amount of money off.

Student ID is a great way to prove you are a student, as already stated. If you are not sure what student ID actually is, check out this article from Think Student to find out.

Most places who offer student discounts can take ten or twenty percent off the price! Sometimes, you could get even more. Over time, the amount of money you save will add up and you will realise how much of a life saver student discounts are.

For more tips on how to save money, check out this article from Think Student.

How old do you have to be to get a student discount?

To qualify for most discounts, you have to be a student over the age of sixteen. This is because after this age, you are able to study in full time, further or higher education. To learn more about further education and higher education click here and here respectively to find Think Student articles about them.

For some student discount cards, such as the Oyster card, you are required to be a student aged eighteen years or older. However, for most student discount cards, you only have to be sixteen years old. To learn more about the requirements for an Oyster student card check out this guide by Transport for London.

There is no age limit for student discounts, as long as you are over sixteen and can prove that you are in full time education.

To do this, you need to provide the business with a proof of identity. For example, you could show your student ID card or a university email address.

As soon as you become a full time student at university, getting student discounts are essential! This is because attending university is ridiculously expensive. Check out this Think Student article to find out why.

How do you get a student discount card?

Getting a student discount card is an extremely easy process. It involves a short application process on specific websites, depending on which type of student discount card you would like.

A very popular student discount card is the NUS card. In order to get this card, you need to follow the following steps:

  • Look up – When you have clicked onto the website, find the ‘Get your card’ button and select it.
  • Enter your details – This includes your email address and course provider.
  • Enter your course details– For example, what you are studying and how long you are studying for.
  • Choose which card you would like to have– For example, you can include add ons.
  • Personalise your card– Choose a picture and add your personal details.
  • Pay– A student discount card can cost you money. However, don’t worry! You will be saving much more than you spend on the discount card when you are using it.

You can find out more detail about student discount cards on the Urbanest website, if you click here.

What is an NUS card?

This is a discount card run by the National Union of Students. It enables students to save an immense amount of money when buying from high street brands.

It only costs £12. This is actually not a lot of money, considering you could be saving £500 annually. To sign up for a NUS card, you need to visit to register.

Click here is you want to visit the Totum website and start saving discounts with your very own card!

What are the different types of student discount cards?

You may only believe that there is one type of discount card for students. However, this is not the case at all!

The most popular is the NUS card. However, if you don’t want to pay for a card, your student card could suffice as ID in many shops on the high street.

An international student identity card allows you to get discounts internationally. Therefore, this card is great for if you are travelling.

Student discount cards can also be specific to different activities. For example, if you invest in a railcard, you will be able to get discounts on train journeys.

If you are over eighteen, you will be eligible for the 18+ student Oyster card. This offers you 30% off adult-rate student travel cards, bus and tram tickets! However, you must also be living in London while studying to be allowed this card.

More detail about this can be found again on the Urbanest website, if you click here.

What are the most popular student discount apps and websites?

One of the most popular apps for discounts is Unidays. You can apply for a Unidays card. However, the app is just as good. You simply show your app profile at the checkout and will receive a major discount.

You could get 10%-50% off, depending on each individual shop. Some of the main retailers which offer Unidays discounts are Benefit, Bella Italia, Samsung and many more.

To register, you have to be sixteen or over and be able to supply an academic email address.  You can check out the Unidays website, if you click here and even sign up if you want to!

Another popular app is Student Beans. Similarly, to Unidays, Student Beans can save you some major money. If you want to check it out, or even sign up, click here to visit the website.

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11 months ago

Its all well and good saying you have to be student to get a student card but I am doing a part time online qualification. So am I legible?

Last edited 11 months ago by Francis