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Best freebies and discounts for students

Best freebies and discounts for students

Being a student is becoming even more expensive, so it’s important to make sure every penny counts and your student loan goes a long way. Here are some great freebies and discounts available for students.

NUS Card

This is the standard ID card you will receive at university when you enrol. It is free and entitles you to a whole lot of discounts – usually from your local shops near the university.

With your standard NUS card McDonalds offers a free cheeseburger, hamburger or McFlurry when you buy any large meal.

NUS Extra Card

Now this is the real saver! It brings you more than 200 UK student discounts. It is £12 for one year, £22 for two years and £32 for three.

Some discounts include up to 25% off Domino's pizza, 25% off Odeon student tickets, 10% off ASOS and 5% off Amazon.
Stats show you’ll save about £500 a year with the card, so it is certainly worth the investment.

Download the NUS extra app to find out all the great discounts available.


This is a free website where students can get discounts on big brands without a sign-up fee.
With big names such as ASOS, Urban Outfitters and Apple, it’s well worth trying, especially as it won’t cost you a penny.

UNiDAYS also has an app to find out more about their discounts.

16-25 Railcard

Students can get a third off rail fares with this railcard. It is £30 for one year or £70 for three, which may sound steep but if you plan on visiting home via the train this could be a great investment.

For example, if you live in Manchester or decide to go shopping in Manchester from Wrexham Glyndwr University (five minute walk from the train station) it costs £18.40 for an adult open return ticket. But with a 16-25 Railcard it costs £12.15, saving £6.25 on just one trip.

This card could save you the most money! After just a few train journeys the card would have paid for itself. Over a year, it’s estimated you could save an average of £179.

Save The Student

Visit to find a bundle of discount codes for various items students will need.

Current discounts online include 70% off ASOS, three books for £10 from Amazon and 60% off Adobe software.

Other similar websites to search for include Hot UK deals, Student Beans and Student Money Saver.

Cheaper TV viewing

From September 2016 BBC changed their TV licensing laws so anyone who watches catchup shows on BBC iPlayer has to pay for a TV Licence which is £145.50 per year.

But TV Licence has also said : “They [students] won’t be covered by their parents’ licence either, unless they only ever use devices that are powered solely by their own internal batteries, and aren’t plugged into an aerial or the mains.”

Therefore students can be covered by their parents’ license fee if ALL the below are covered:

  • The device you’re watching TV on is powered by internal batteries (phone or tablet) and it is not connected to an aerial or plugged into the mains (so don’t charge your tablet and watch BBC iPlayer at the same time).
  • Your permanent address (outside of term time) is your parents’ home who have a valid TV Licence.

To find out more visit

Alternatively you could get Netflix for free with a first month’s trial and then just £5.99 after that.

Or Amazon Prime currently offers students a six-month membership trial which allows you to stream thousands of tv shows and films, as well as all the usual benefits of their Prime service e.g. free next day delivery on certain items.  If you don't want to pay you'll need to cancel your membership within the first six months otherwise you'll need to pay the standard £39 for the year.

About the author

Kirstie Dolphin

Kirstie Dolphin

Kirstie graduated in Journalism and completed her NCTJs at Wrexham Glyndwr University while working as a news reporter at a local newspaper.

She recently moved back to North Wales, from Dorset, to join Wrexham Glyndwr University as media communications officer.

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