Everything you need to know about student discounts

By Skint Dad, published on May 20th 2022

Ways for a cheaper student life

Student life can be a whole lot easier when things are cheaper! And, while learning, you can get some of the best deals around thanks to a special discount for students. Here's a breakdown of how you can get money off from companies you'd shop with anyway.

Who is eligible for student discounts?

It doesn't matter if you are at university, college, sixth form or school; you can ask for money off at loads of big brands.Even if you are studying part-time for a professional course or distance learning, you can still unlock price cuts with hundreds of online and high street stores.

How to get a student discount card

Local and national stores usually accept your student ID card on the high street.However, you can unlock exclusive discounts when you shop online as a member of specific student schemes. You can pick from a few, although they can have exclusive offers, so it doesn't hurt to try them all.


Previously known as the NUS Extra card, membership is open to anyone studying part-time or full time in the UK, with hundreds of offers in store and online. If you are a professional learner, you can apply for TOTUM PRO instead. Digital membership is free, or it costs £14.99 for a year for a card.


Free to join, UNiDAYS gets you access to discounts with online retailers. Create an account using your academic email address and get deals from places such as Apple, Dr Martens and PureGym.

Student Beans

Download the Student Beans app and get completely free access to loads of deals and offers such as savings on Railcard and money off at WHSmith.

NUS Apprentice Extra

You get on the job training, a qualification, and get paid - plus apprentices get their own student discount card. For £11 a year, an Apprentice Extra card gets you discounts with hundreds of companies, including 10% off at The Co-op and 20% off your food bill at Frankie & Benny's.

How much can I save?

The savings and deals can vary from one place to the next, but you can usually see anywhere from 5% off to a massive 50% knocked off the price.Using student discounts, according to the latest annual satisfaction survey, people have saved an average of £663 per year with their TOTUM membership!

What discounts do students get?

You can save money on all student essentials and every part of living.Whether you want to shop with ASOS or even get money off at Amazon or head out for a meal at All Bar One, a student discount is possible - and that's just the start of the alphabet!
University and student life can be easier with more savings on entertainment, supermarkets, eating out, fashion and beauty, travel, and personal finance. Oh, and textbooks and equipment too.

Which shops offer the best student discounts?

There are too many student discounts to list, but some of the best include:


• 25% off at Odeon Cinemas with TOTUM

Half price Spotify

• 15% off a 12-month Disney+ subscription with TOTUM


• Free Microsoft Office online plus 1 TB of free online storage• 20% off contracts with EE• Discount pricing on tech with Apple for Education

Books, study and stationery

• 10% off at Waterstones with UNiDAYS• 6 months free trial at Amazon with access to the Kindle Library
• 10% off at Paperchase
• 10% off at Foyles

Health and beauty

• 10% off at Superdrug with UniDAYS• 20% off haircuts at Toni & Guy with a TOTUM card• 40% off prescription lenses at Fashion Eyewear

Food and drink

• 20% off food at Sizzling Pubs• 10% off groceries at The Co-op with a TOTUM card• 35% off at Domino's Pizza with Student Beans


• 10% off at Boohoo
• 10% off at New Look
• 10% off at Schuh


• 15% off coach travel with National Express through Student Beans
• 10% off discount code with Expedia
• Up to £200 off TUI holidays through TOTUM

Tips to get exclusive student discounts

Being smart with your student budget helps stretch your money as far as possible. We've got some bonus tips and advice to ensure you never need to spend more than you need to:

• Always keep your student ID with you, just in case you decide to go shopping or head out for something to eat, so you don't miss out on making a saving.

• Don't forget to ask if you can get you any money off when shopping

• if you don't ask, you don't get.

• You can stack and double up on discounts with sales prices with many retailers. One of my favourites is the Co-op frozen meal deal where you can get a bundle of food plus another 10% off.

• Just because you see something at a great price doesn't mean it's not cheaper elsewhere, so do a little research before heading to the checkout.

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