Ten ways to use your NUS extra card

Pia Neave

As if 200 UK discounts on everything from uni essentials to fashion isn’t enough, the NUS card also includes a free ISIC (International Student Identity card), so now you can get your hands on lots of international discounts as well!                                            

Wherever you are, whatever the reason - keep on saving, and buy your extra card today

Did you know you could get discount off these?

The NUS extra student card is an absolute must-have for students heading off to university. This little card holds the key to many student-only discounts and offers and it costs just £12 a year. Head over to the NUS website to buy your card.

However not all shops/services advertise their NUS benefits so here is a selection, so you know when to flash that NUS card.

1. Free fast food

This one is great. If you buy any full meal from McDonalds (so a burger, chips and a drink) you can get a cheeseburger, mayo chicken or McFlurry for free!

2. Cheaper clothes

So many clothes shops offer great deals with your NUS card. Accessorize, Warehouse, Animal, Missguided.co.uk, Lipsy and New Look are just a few that offer 10% off purchases whilst Bench offer a whopping 25% off with an NUS card.

3. Terrific train discounts

Many of you probably already know about the 16-25 railcard. Having one of these (a separate card to the NUS) means 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 and use your NUS card you can save 12%.

4. Pizza party

The good people at NUS 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 25% off at Prezzo, Ask and Dominos, whilst Pizza Express is offering 40%. With deals like that who needs to cook? Just be sure to check the ts and cs as these offers may only be available during weekdays.

5. Subscription savings

For those of you who are into newspapers, magazines or are on a media course, where keeping up with the news and media world is essential, NUS have got some deals for you. You get 12 issues of The Economist for just £1 each and 50% off Financial Times student subscriptions. Bargain!

6. Stationary sales

As a student, stationary will become a key part of your life (perhaps down to procrastination but also for studying with) but it can be quite expensive. However with an NUS card you can get 10% off at Ryman and 15% off branded and compatible ink cartridges 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 – this doesn't always turn out well! NUS are offering  25% discount at Nicky Clarke salons, meaning your new look is much more affordable than you thought… much better than a wonky fringe and 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 your NUS card. RED Driving School are offering your first two lessons for the price of one, plus a saving of £5/hour on subsequent lessons. You can get £20 off your first journey with Uber or how about 10% off motoring essentials at ATS Euromaster. Doesn’t sound bad to us! 

9. Budget holidays

Everyone likes a trip away and whether you’re planning a short break or a trip round the world, any discount will be more than welcome. With an NUS card, STA travel offer £30 off selected products, whilst Real Gap offer 8% off hundreds of gap year/travelling experiences. The NUS card will also save you 25% on adventure tours with TrekAmerica and 5% on Contiki holidays, easyJet holidays and Lowcostholidays.com.

10. Discounted days out

Student lifestyle can lead to empty weekends, however with the NUS card there is so much on offer, that you can fill your weekends with visits to some of the UK’s top attractions. Madam Tussauds gives up to 40% off tickets, The London, Blackpool and Edinburgh Dungeons offer a saving of up to 47% and Sea Life Sanctuaries offer up to 25% discount.

Of course 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 on the website before heading out to use a discount. It is always worth asking whether a shop/service/restaurant do student discounts, as they aren’t always forward in offering, but will apply them if you ask!

Similarly if a place you are going is not covered on the NUS extra website, have a search online, because you may be able to find a discount voucher – there are often many available particularly for restaurants (try vouchercodes.co.uk or moneysavingexpert.com).

Pia Neave

Pia works in the Digital team at Endsleigh, managing our social channels and online content. She loves baking, travelling and running. 

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