30 Surprising Student Discounts You Probably Didn't Know About

You can bag a student discount on SO many things that you probably didn't even think about whipping out your student ID for.

While we all know that student discounts on the likes of clothes or cinema tickets are easy to come by, here are some surprising student discounts available...


Free food at McDonalds

McDonalds offer students a FREE Cheeseburger, Mayo Chicken or McFlurry Original with the purchase of an Extra Value Meal or Wrap Meal if they show a valid Student ID or UNiDAYs iD when ordering.


Both Megabus (10% off) and National Express (25% off with NUS Extra) offer student discounts and offers

Gig and Theatre tickets

Many West End shows will offer student discounts with a valid ID - see their websites for details or simply ask at the box office. Meanwhile, gig website The Ticket Factory's student discounts sees fees fixed at just £1 for the whole order, which can be quite a saving.


The NUS Extra card can get you off 5% all products in certain categories on Amazon


Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is available for FREE for six months for students and then at 50% off thereafter.

Gym membership

Most Gyms offer various sorts of student discounts. For example, The Gym Group waive sign up fees when you present a valid NUS Extra card.


NUS Extra card holders can get a 10% discount on their shop at selected Co-Op stores. Find out more here, including your local participating store.


As an NUS extra cardholder you can get £30 off your next STA Travel Holiday on selected products such as STA Travel Accommodation, Tours & Travel Insurance.

Krispy Kreme


Krispy Kreme offer students a 20% off discount with a valid NUS Student Card, University ID or Student Beans ID.

Car rental

Sixt Car Rental offer students a 10% off discount with code SIXTE011


Big Yellow Box storage offer a student discount of up to 50% off your storage fees for up to 8 weeks


Art & Crafts

Hobbycraft offers a 10% student discount in store with a valid student ID.

Fancy Dress

Get ready for Halloween with I Love Fancy Dress which offers a 10% Off discount across their products.

Contact lenses

SwapEyes.com offers a 15% discount off coloured contact lenses, great for Halloween!


Tuesday is Student night at Bowlplex with students able to play for just £3 a game.

hot air balloonvia Flickr/littlemoresunshine

Hot air balloon flights

NUS Extra card holders can fly up, up and away from £89 with Virgin Balloon Flights.


Uni Kit Out is an online shop for student essentials with all you need sold in handy packs. Student offers include discounts and free delivery (subject to a minimum order amount) with an NUS Extra card.

Ink and paper

HP's Student Store offers up to 30% off paper and ink, as well as savings across their products including 10% off laptops and 35% of mice and keyboards.

pizzavia Flickr/Jasmine


Pizza Hut, Dominos and Pizza Express all offer various student discounts and offers across their menus.


Great Magazines have some of the most popular magazine titles in the UK for subscription.


Nineboys make acoustic guitars and offer a discount of 25%, plus free delivery.


Extra discounts on certain days

You can boost your ordinary student discount on certain days. For instant, NUS Extra card holders can get an extra 25% off Monday – Thursday at Odeon. Check your local cinema for exact offers and availability of discounts.


NUS Extra card holders can get up to £20 off first journey with Uber.

Discount off young person's rail card

Your NUS Extra Card can be used to get discounts on discounts. You'll get 12% off the price of a 16-25 young person's rail discount card.


Apple products

Apple offers various education discounts. You can save up to £299 on a new Mac, and up to £26 on a new iPad. Education pricing is available to university students, students accepted into university and even parents buying for university students.

Driving lessons

You can also get money off driving lessons with your NUS Extra Card with all the big names including AA, BSM and Red all involved.


10% on beautiful bouquets, houseplants and helium balloons at Bunches.co.uk + free chocolates with NUS extra!

Endsleigh Insurance

Get money off car insurance

Once you pass your test, Endsleigh offer a discount on car insurance for NUS Extra card holders.


Student Universe offers cheap flights for students, plus NUS Extra card holders get a further discount

Get even more with free competitions

The NUS Extra website has regular competitions for card holders to enter with loads of top prizes up for grabs.

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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