If you are a former student, then you may remember the halcyon days of NUS student discount. If you, like I, long for the day where you can once again save 10% at Top Shop then wait no longer. Last year I read about a little “hack” and I’m going to share it with you. If you want to find out how to get NUS student discount once again, read on.
The simplest way to qualify for NUS student discount is to become a student. This easy to follow hack will explain how to become a student, without the commitment or cost of attending university. What’s more, you don’t have to have been a university student previously to qualify.
NUS student discount? Become a student!
Your first port of call is to sign up for an ‘e-learning’ course from e-Careers, a company owned, by NUS. But wait… e-Career courses cost a lot of money, surely it’s not worth it just to save a few quid? Here’s the clever part. Yes, an e-Career course could set you back north of £200, however, did you know that you can acquire select courses from as little as £4? (at the time of writing) Sites such as Wowcher, Groupon and GoGroopie often promote deals for courses such as learning a new language, online design, bookkeeping and more. A handy shortcut to all of the e-Careers courses currently listed on this discount sites can be found at DealZippy.
Would you like some cashback too? Why not! For those not familiar with cashback sites such as TopCashback and Quidco – check out my recent blog post here. If you’re already up to speed on the art of online cash back, you’ll be pleased to know that Groupon and GoGroopie are both on TopCashback right now. Using GoGroopie (via TopCashback) you can earn 4.2% cashback (at the time of writing) and it is with them that you will find the e-Careers “An Introduction to Microsoft new features” course, for just £4.
Once you have purchased your course, you will need to wait for an email voucher to confirm your purchase, after this follow the instructions and you’ll soon be an e-student! Cost so far, £4. Cashback of 17p. Total cost, £3.83.
As soon as you have registered for your course, you are now eligible to apply for an NUS card and are one step closer to the magical NUS student discount. Head over to the NUS site and complete the application, you’ll need a debit/credit card and access to a recent photo of yourself. The NUS card will cost £12 and the card is valid for 1 year. When asked for your “place of study” this should be e-Careers. You may also be asked for your course and duration of the course. At this point, you have now spent £16 plus and with your cashback your total cost is £15.83 or an average of £1.32 per month. Not only do you now have access to a vast range of discounts courtesy of your NUS student card, you also have access to an e-learning course to further your knowledge.
How much can I save and where?
I acquired my NUS student discount card on 1st August 2016 (I purchased a learn Spanish online course – hola!). I’ve used my student discount to save 10% (over £140) on a new iMac from Apple. I also saved 50% on Spotify Premium, a discount of £5 per month or £60 per year. I regularly save 25% at Odeon cinemas (Monday-Thursday). Your NUS student discount will knock another couple of quid off the official student price. Enjoy pizza? Then you’ll love 40% off your bill on Mondays and Tuesdays at Pizza Express, saving me at least another £10. I’ve comfortably saved more than it cost to acquire the NUS card, even if you ignore the purchase from Apple. Find a full list of NUS specific student discount deals here.
Once you have your new NUS student discount card, let us know how much you are saving and where!