As soon as I got my student email address in Year 12, I immediately signed up for any form of student discount app that I could. If you’re over 16 and have a valid student email from your school/college/university, you can sign up to receive discounts until the end of your course. For young people who are usually living off student loans, it is vital to get money off where you can! Here’s a guide to the main discount sites that are available (remember to check individual store’s websites too as some run their own discounts!)
UNiDAYS is probably the best known student discount app, featuring both online and in-store discounts and giving you a verified digital student ID to use when you’re out and about. You can get money off a range of brands including; fashion – ASOS, Topshop and JD Sports Online; food – Pizza Express, Byron and Pizza Hut; and beauty – Superdrug, The Body Shop and Bobbi Brown. You can also get money off memberships such as Amazon Prime for £3.99 (after a six-month free trial), Spotify and Apple Music. Sometimes they feature competitions to win tickets to festivals or events and have limited exclusive offers so it’s worth checking the app regularly for anything new.
StudentBeans is the other main app for discounts, also giving you a verified digital student ID, featuring many more popular brands such as Domino’s, boohoo.com, Nasty Gal, Skinny Dip, Boots (online), Hotels.com and Benefit. If you have both UNiDAYS and StudentBeans, you can usually find most online stores on these apps with at least around 10% off. It’s worth also checking both for exclusive in-store offers too.
TOTUM (previously the NUS extra) is a discount card that allows you to get money off at the Co-op, hundreds of restaurants, 12% off the 16-25 Railcard, 25% discount on Odeon cinemas and much more! In contrast to the others, you have to pay for the membership (1 year = £12, 2 years = £22 and 3 years = £32) and although it doesn’t have as many offers as the others, it is worth it if you travel/commute regularly or your local shop is the Co-op.