I can barely believe it’s been two years since I graduated University. Since then so much has changed but my student discount card has remained the same. I have been using a student discount card for almost a decade now, and I could not begin to imagine a life without it.
Whether you’ve recently finished as a student or haven’t been one for decades. Thanks to a simple, completely legal and legitimate hack you can take advantage of the amazing discounts students are getting. Today, I’m going to show you how.
What Is A Student Discount Card?
First things first. What is a student discount card?
Student discount cards come in all different forms. That said, the most widely accepted student discount card in UK retail stores is an NUS card. Lucky for us that’s the exact card we’re going to be getting.
Standard student discount cards are free. However, an NUS card costs £12 for the year. Whilst £12 may make the student discount card seem unnecessary, even someone as thrifty as myself manages to save 10x that amount over the course of a year.
Is A Student Discount Card Worth It?
Having a student discount can save you a lot of cash in a wide range of places including;
10% Discount at the Co-Op
25% off National Express
10% off at Asos
50% off a Spotify subscription
20% off at Superdrug
There are also discounts that I get that aren’t listed on the NUS website. Such as 13% off at Showcase cinemas. I’ve also been given a student discount thanks to my student discount card in Brighton while visiting The Royal Pavilion – saving me £1.80 on my entry fee.
So let’s do some simple math and see if a student discount card is right for you.
Let’s assume you spend £100 in the Co-Op over the course of a year. You visit the cinema once every other month and spend £30 in Superdrug. Through these simple expenses, you would actually save £28. Therefore after the cost of a student discount card you’ve actually saved yourself £16.
That £16 saving is based on some pretty savvy spending. It’s worth having a look through your bank statements over the past three months and seeing how much you could have saved with a student discount card.
The Student Discount Card Hack
Obtaining a student card is a simple process that takes no more than 10 minutes and can be completed by following my five simple steps;
Enter your email address
Enter place of study as ‘eCareers’ (NUS own eCareers hence it being legitimate)
Select photo of yourself for the back of your card
Enter payment details and delivery address
Your new student discount card will now be sent to your address in the post and should arrive within 7 days.
How To Use Your Student Discount Card
The student discount card hack has been sucsessful and your card has finally arrived. You are ready to start reaping the rewards bu where do you start?
Well, using your student discount card in a store couldn’t be easier. As the cashier is scanning through your products mention that you have a student discount card, the cashier will then instruct you as to the information required.
In 90% of cases, they just want to see the card in order to ensure it’s valid. In some cases they may be required to scan it – I know that’s the case with the Co-Op.
It’s always worth keeping your eyes peeled for special student discounts especially around September when the University students get their first student loan as discounts are often increased or special offers are announced for students only.
It’s also worth asking about student discounts in local restaurants etc. you’ll be surprised at the number of places offering the discount.
Share The Knowledge
Your student discount card has your photograph on therefore it can not be used by anyone else. It’s therefore, important to let your friends and family know about this completely legal and legitimate student discount card hack so they can benefit too.
My girlfriend Helen got a student discount card as well as me so we are both able to benefit from the reduced rate at the cinema and gain 2 for 1 thanks to Meercat movies. This brings our trips to the cinema down to £10 for the two of us.