There is one thing universally loved by all students alike – the discounts. So in light of the new academic year, here’s my guide to student discounts and where to find them.
Before you do anything, you NEED to sign up to the following student discount providers to ensure you have your pick of discounts from brands and stores across the board:
- NUS TOTUM Card – Sign up on their website (you can get your TOTUM card delivered to RUSU for free) and download the TOTUM app to always get the latest discounts.
- Unidays & StudentBeans – Free to use student discount apps that partner with numerous stores and brands to give you the freshest student discounts.
Dell, Currys and PC World offer regular student discounts on their websites for items such as laptops, TVs and printers, whilst mobile phone providers such as EE and Vodaphone offer fantastic deals for students. If you’re starting a new phone contract, I highly recommend joining a network called Voxi – it’s only £10 a month including unlimited social media usage.
To reduce the cost of travel, ensure you make use of the Reading Buses ‘Boost’ scheme (reduced bus travel for students) and get yourself a 16-25 railcard (available to those who are over 26 and in full time education too, although there is a 26-30 railcard available as well) for discounted rail travel. It’s only £30 for a year and saves you 30% off the full price of your rail ticket each time.
If it’s Wednesday or Saturday Union you’re after, RUSU offer a reduced entry price for TOTUM (formerly NUS extra) card holders. Co-op users also get 10% student discount with TOTUM and food or drink sold through campus caterers are sold at a discounted rate if you pay using credit transferred to your campus card (15% off hot drinks, 5% off most other food items). Equally, you’ll find Happy Hour and student prices in bars throughout Reading town centre.
Student offers for non-drinking related activities are also available. These include discounts for Bowling (at Wokingham Superbowl) and discounts on film tickets at the Vue and Reading Film Theatre (based on campus).
Thanks to The Oracle’s fantastic food court and the many local takeaways and restaurants, there are plenty of opportunities for a tasty treat every so often. To help reduce these costs, the Unidays, TOTUM and StudentBeans apps are ideal. Don’t forget the discount for hot drinks and food when paying via campus card at university caterers too.
Whether it’s a fancy-dress social, Wednesday Union, or everyday wardrobe you need something for, there are plenty of shops with discounts to choose from. Most discounts can also be found online on either the TOTUM, Unidays or StudentBeans app. And don’t forget to check local charity shops for quality, super affordable second hand goods as shopping second hand reduces your carbon footprint too!