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The Ultimate Student Discount Guide

Student life can be pretty expensive so picking up a great deal is essential. Fortunately, there are loads of high street shops and restaurants that offer student discounts! Our Ultimate Student Discount Guide will outline everything you need to know, from the latest discounts to the best student ID’s to get.

Types of Student Discount Cards/Subcriptions

Of course, you will have your university-issued student card which will come in handy in proving in-store that you are a student.

But also, there are a host of cards/subscriptions specifically for students aimed at giving them a little helping hand towards their purchases.

Firstly, there is the NUS Extra Card which costs £12 per year. The majority of high street restaurants and shops accept it and the ID number provided with the card can be used for online purchases as well.

Another physical student card is the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which is offered to students for a year when they sign up with NUS extra. This is perfect for students that will be visiting other countries, as it it accepted in over 130 countries worldwide as a form of student ID.

There is also the option of a UNiDAYS account. This is a completely free scheme that offers students scores of discounts at big name retailers such as Apple and Levi’s. Rather than a physical photo card, students sign up via their website or by downloading their app if you prefer a more on-the-go solution. Student Beans is another student ID that you can get which will offer you even more discounts!

There are a lot of shops and restaurants out there that love to give students a little treat. To save you the search, we’ve put together the top discounts you can find in the UK.

Food


  • Ask Italian = Eat till your heart’s content with 40% off your total food bill all day Monday and Tuesday, and 25% off your total food bill every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

  • Bills = With UNiDAYS you can get an amazing 20% off your meal.

  • Byron Burger = Grab a delicious burger knowing you can get 20% off.

  • Co-op = With an NUS Extra Card you can get 10% off your shopping.

  • Deliveroo = Sometimes getting a takeaway is a great idea, especially when you can get £4 off your first order.

  • Dominos = 35% off when you spend £25 with a Student Beans ID! ****

  • Giraffe = Enjoy 20% off all day Monday to Friday and Sundays from 6pm.

  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen = An amazing 30% off is available to students who download the GBK App.

  • Itsu = How great does 15% off Itsu sound? Unlock the discount today with a UNiDAYS account.

  • Leon = You can get 15% off Leon here.

  • McDonalds = McDonalds love to treat students! You can get a Free Cheeseburger, Mayo Chicken or McFlurry Original® when you buy any Extra Value or Wrap Meal.

  • Papa John’s = Pizza sounds even better when you can get £10 off online at Papa John's when you spend £25.


  • Pizza Hut = Students can get 20% off here.

  • Wasabi = Have a tasty snack at Wasabi with 10% off your purchase!

  • Yo! Sushi = Get you sushi fix with 25% off when you sign up for their Yo! Love Club. ****

  • Zizzi = You can get 40% off your meal at Zizzi’s here.

Clothing

  • Accessorize = With UNiDAYS students get 10% off at Accessorize!

  • Adidas = Kit yourself out in the latest sporting gear with 15% off here.

  • ASOS = Add to your wardrobe with 10% off at ASOS.

  • Barbour = Students can enjoy 15% off Barbour with UNiDAYS.

  • Boohoo = Shop till your drop with 20% off for students here.

  • Burton = Grab a deal with 10% off Burton!

  • Foot Asylum = Eyeing up a new pair of kicks? With 10% off at Foot Asylum you can do that!

  • French Connection = You can get 10% off here.

  • Gap = Treat yourself with 15% off for students at Gap.

  • House of Fraser = Check out what’s on offer at House of Fraser knowing you can get 10% off!

  • Jack Wills = Students can get 20% off at Jack Wills with a UNiDAYS account!

  • JD Sports = Pick up a great deal at JD Sports with 10% off your purchase.

  • Levi’s = Quality jeans, quality discount! Students enjoy 20% off at Levi’s here.

  • Nike = Check out the 10% discount students get at Nike!

  • Miss Selfridge = Student Beans and UNiDAYS accounts get you 10% off here.

  • Office = Treat yourself to some new shoes at Office where students enjoy 10% off.

  • Schuh = Students can get 10% off with a UNiDAYS account at Schuh!

  • Size? = Pick up some new trainers with 10% off for students here.

  • Sweaty Betty = Grab some awesome workout gear from Sweaty Betty with a 20% discount!

  • Topshop = Students can pick up great pieces at Topshop with 10% off there for students.

  • Topman = With 10% off for students, you can get yourself a great deal!

  • Under Armour = Stock up on your sporting gear at Under Armour where students get 20% off.

  • Urban Outfitters = Shop the latest trends with 10% off here.

  • Vans = Get yourself some awesome Vans with up to 35% off offered to students!

Beauty

  • Benefit Cosmetics = With UNiDAYS you can get 10% off!

  • Kiehls = Treat yourself knowing you can get 10% off for being a student.

  • MAC = Enjoy 10% off with a UNiDAYS account. ****

  • Urban Decay = Students can get 10% off their first order at Urban Decay!

Music

  • Amazon Music = Listen away with a £4.99 a month student subscription!

  • Apple Music = Apple like to give students a helping hand, so check out their Discounted Monthly Subscription for students.

  • Firebox = UNiDAYS offer students 10% off here.

  • Sennheiser = Enjoy your music with Sennheiser, especially when you can get 20% off.

  • Spotify = Spotify Premium is even better when it costs students only £4.99 a month

Lifestyle

  • Cath Kidston = You can get 10% off Cath Kidston with a UNiDAYS account.

  • Holland and Barrett = Students can get 10% off with Student Beans!

  • Now TV = Watch as many movies as you want with 50% off a Sky Cinema Pass for students.

  • Paperchase = Stock up on some beautiful university supplies with 20% off at Paperchase.

  • Robert Dyas = In need of some homeware items? 10% off at Robert Dyas will help!

  • Ryman = 10% off will definitely help with your university supplies.

  • The Body Shop = Enjoy 25% off with Student Beans!

  • The Hut = Students can get 15% off here.

Travel

  • 16-25 Railcard = Save a third on train fares with this super handy card that costs £30 for the year with an extra 12% discount for NUS Extra card holders.

  • 18+ Student Oyster Photocard = For London-based students, this is essential as it gives students a third off adult-rate fares.

  • Expedia = Students can get 10% off selected hotels with Expedia here.

  • Hotels.com = You can get up to 40% off selected hotels and an extra 10% Student Discount here.

  • National Express = Travel on the National Express with 20% off your journey.

  • Virgin Experience Days = Treat yourself to a Virgin Experience Day with 20% off!

  • Virgin Trains East Coast = Students can enjoy 40% off Advance train tickets on selected Virgin Trains East Coast routes here.

Technology

  • Canon = Unleash your inner photographer with 10% off purchases at Canon!

  • DJI = If you’re after a drone, students can get 10% off at DJI.

  • EE = Check out the 20% off + 500MB deal for students at EE!

  • GHD = *UNiDAYS offer students *20% off at GHD. ****

  • Giffgaff = Students can enjoy £5 Free Credit at Giffgaff.

  • HP = UNiDAYS offer students up to 30% off on purchases!

  • Microsoft = There is 10% off available for students at Microsoft.

  • O2 = Have a look at the 20% off student discount at O2.

  • Xbox = Unleash your inner gamer with up to £100 off on Xbox.

Entertainment

  • Alton Towers = Enjoy a day of thrills at Alton Towers with up to 49% off for students!

  • ODEON = Catch the latest flick with 25% off cinema tickets at ODEON Cinemas for students.

  • Sealife Centre = Marvel at the wonders of the Sealife Centre knowing that you can get up to 43% off your ticket.

  • The Dungeons = Students can enjoy up to 41% off here. ****

  • Thorpe Park = How amazing does a £20 Ticket to Thorpe Park sound? Check it out here!

  • Wowcher = Grab yourself a bargain deal with 10% off at Wowcher.

Which student discounts have you found the most helpful? Let us know in the comments below!

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