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10 ways to use TOTUM


It’s not a secret that students are usually living on a pretty tight budget, which means that TOTUM, powered by NUS extra, is an absolute must-have for anyone heading off to university. TOTUM holds the key to a variety of student-only discounts, and costs just £12 a year.

But if over 200 UK discounts on everything from your weekly shop to fashion isn’t enough to satiate you, TOTUM also includes a free one-year ISIC (International Student Identity card) subscription - so now you can get your hands on lots of international discounts as well!

Here are 10 other ways to use TOTUM…

10 ways to use TOTUM

1. Getting healthy

It can be easy to let your health slip at uni, especially if you have an active social life and a permanent craving for Pot Noodles. However, keeping yourself in shape can be massively beneficial to your mental health, as it can help to combat stress and take your mind off any homesickness you might be feeling.

Luckily, TOTUM offers discounts on all sorts of health and fitness online retailers, including up to 50% off at British Military Fitness - so you can save money, get healthy and try and new hobby all at the same time.

2. Cheaper clothes

So many clothes shops offer great deals with TOTUM. Accessorize, Warehouse, Animal, Missguided.co.uk, Miss Selfridge and New Look are just a few that offer 10% off purchases.

3. Terrific train discounts

Many of you probably already know about the 16-25 railcard. Having one of these (which is separate to TOTUM) means that you can save up to a third on rail travel. It’s a great investment, especially if you will be travelling back and forth from university via train.

The cost is £30 for one year or £70 for three years, but if you apply online using TOTUM, you can save 12%.

4. Pizza party

The good people at NUS extra seem to know that pizza is a staple food source for students, so they have scoured out some of the best pizza deals around.

There is 30% off at PizzaExpress and Zizzi, while ASK Italian offers a massive 40% discount. With deals like that, who needs to cook? Just be sure to check the terms and conditions, as these offers may only be available during weekdays, or on orders of over a certain amount.

5. Subscription savings

NUS extra have definitely got some great deals for those of you who like to keep up with your current events. Sign up to get 12 issues of The Economist for just £1 each, or 50% off Financial Times student subscriptions, and you can always make sure you’re ahead of the curve on world news.

6. Stationary sales

As a student, stationary will become a key part of your life as you colour code your notes in an attempt to keep them organised. However, all those pens and highlighters can end up getting expensive, meaning that you’ll be grateful for some great discounts! With TOTUM, you can get 60% off at Inks4students, and 13% off with Cartridge People.

7. Hair-raising reductions

Having a haircut can seem like an unnecessary expense for students, and many often resort to cutting their own – which doesn't always turn out well!

TOTUM offers a 25% discount at Nicky Clarke Hairdressers, meaning your new and improved look is much more affordable than you thought… considerably better than a wonky fringe or a dodgy bowl cut!

8. Driving discounts

Not everyone learns to drive on their 17th birthday, so if you are thinking of starting soon, take a look at the deals available to you through TOTUM.

RED Driving School are offering your first two lessons for the price of one, plus a saving of £5/hour on subsequent lessons – so now you can get on the road for much less than you thought!

9. Budget holidays

Everyone likes a trip away and whether you’re planning a short break or a trip around the world, any discount will be more than welcome. With TOTUM, STA travel offer £50 off selected products, whilst Real Gap offer 3% off hundreds of gap year and travelling experiences.

TOTUM can also save you 5% on full priced adventure tours with TrekAmerica and Contiki holidays.

10. Gadget insurance

If you've ever lost or broken a phone or gadget, then you'll already know that it can be a hassle (not to mention, expensive) to sort out. That's why Endsleigh's student gadget insurance will protect your phone against accidental and liquid damage, anywhere in the UK and up to 120 days worldwide, with an exclusive 10% discount for TOTUM card holders! Find out more about our student gadget insurance and access your discount here.

These offers were up to date and correct at the time of writing, as displayed on the NUS extra website, however you should always check the full terms and conditions before heading out to use a discount.

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