Being a student isn’t cheap, and so it’s important to get the most out of your money. There’s an abundance of student deals on the market, so make sure to make use of them before you graduate! Keep reading for the best student discounts available for students in 2023.
The best student discount schemes
These schemes do all the work for you: all you need to do is verify some information about yourself and provide a valid student card and you’ll have hundreds of discounts at your fingertips.
- Student Beans: Student Beans is a free website that offers free discount codes on popular brands like Gymshark, Pandora, PrettyLittleThing and Schuh
- UniDays: Unidays works in a similar way, giving you exclusive discounts on over 800 brands. Search for any brand or company, and you’ll likely get some money off for it on UniDays. It’s a virtual card, and all you have to do is enter a pre-provided discount code.
- Honey: Honey is a browser extension that searches the web for coupon codes and discounts, so you’ll automatically get some money off when you online shop – all in a single click
- Totum: The Totum card offers discounts from over 350 UK retailers, both big and small. It also acts as a proof-of-age ID, if you forget your licence or normal form of ID. You’ll get a free Tastecard included, where you can find big discounts at participating restaurants. You’ll also get a free one-year International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which usually costs £12.99, and lets you get student discounts in over 130 countries. There are a few options available: the one-year Totum digital membership is free, but this comes with limited discounts. You can also choose to pay £14.99 for a year for the classic student card, or £24.99 for three years, which works out to be the cheapest option.
Chain restaurants often have great deals on for students. Just be mindful of the terms and conditions, which may exclude certain menu items or exclude certain days of the week.
- Dominos: Dominos offers some of the best discounts on the market: you can get 35% off online orders costing £25 or more via Student Beans and Unidays.
- Pizza Express: get 30% off on Unidays from Sunday to Thursday
- Bills: get 20% off on food and drink, from Sunday to Thursday
- Pizza Hut: 30% off full price menu items, from Sunday to Thursday
Audio and movie streaming services are often an essential for any student, so here’s some great deals to take advantage of.
- Apple Music: get a monthly subscription from £5.99 a month with Unidays, when it would usually cost you £10.99 a month
- Disney Plus: With Totum and Unidays, students can enjoy exclusive films from Pixar, Marvel and Disney at 15% off the price of an annual subscription
- Spotify Premium: After a free month, you’ll pay just £5.99 a month with Unidays. After you graduate, it’s useful to note that Spotify will automatically transfer you onto their normal premium package, so be mindful of this!
- Amazon Prime: This one sounds too good to be true! You’ll get six months for free when you sign up to Amazon Prime Student trial, where you can get access to the Prime Video streaming service and also get access to free next day delivery on Amazon products in the UK. It’ll cost just £4.49 a month when the trial ends, and you can cancel any time.
Train and coach prices can rocket sky high, and can stop some students from going back home or travelling at all during term-time. Here’s some good deals to let you travel at a student-friendly price:
- National Express: on National Express coach trips, you can get 15% off when you use Totum, Student Beans or Unidays
- 16-25 Railcard: Get a third off the price of all train travel. It costs £30 for a year, but it’ll likely pay itself off in one or two trips. If you bank with Santander’s 123 Student Account, this will come free with the opening of your account!
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Posted by Owen Redman
Co-founder of Roome