How to Get Student Discount and Save Money

When you’re a student money may not be at its most plentiful, but you can get student discount in-store and online and save money!

Lots of businesses, bars and experiences realise that when you’re a student you aren’t exactly rolling it.

Handily, there are lots of student discount cards and codes you can apply for access and use.

How to Get Student Discount In-store and Online

In the UK there are a number of options to get a student discount card you can use in-store and online.

Student ID Card

When you join university or college you will be given a student ID card. This identifies you not only a student of your organisation but is also something you can use to present to shops/restaurants/gyms/railcards to confirm you are a student and eligible for a discount.



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This is a free popular app for students, and you have to be an eligible student with a real student ID (email) to be able to sign up.

Unidays verifies student statuses and puts exclusive deals and discounts from a variety of leading brands all in one place. You’ll find offers on food and clothing to tech.

Some in-store shopping retailers and restaurants now ask to see your Unidays ID to apply a discount.

The app is also where you can browse places offering a student discount. If you want to use it when shopping online you get a code via the app to your student email, which you enter at the checkout.

Find out more about Unidays.

Student Beans


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Another free and popular app for students to browse discounts working exclusively with lots of companies.

Student Beans provide a global student verification and marketing network for brands, and discount syndication for publishers.

It has been working with brands to access and engage the student audience since 2005. View more about StudentBeans.



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Once known as an NHS extra card – the TOTUM card unlocks lots of student discounts and can be used in-store and online.

TOTUM is the UK’s #1 student discount card and app and TOTUM membership opens a world of brilliant student discounts, offers and vouchers on everyday essentials, must-have gear and luxury items. Find out more about TOTUM here.

International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

The ISIC card (you can access a one-year ISIC membership with the TOTUM card) opens up student discounts in 130 different countries.

The ISIC Association is the non-profit organisation behind the ISIC card. It’s the only internationally accepted proof of bona fide student status.

It gives you access to discounts on travel, flights, hotels, restaurants and shopping.

The ISIC card cost will obviously change depending on the territory you’re in and the various exchange rates, however, in the UK, the ISIC card will cost you £12, for the virtual ISIC card and an additional £3 for a physical plastic card.

Find out more about ISIC.

How Much Savings Can I Make With Student Discount?

All student discounts are different depending on the retailer/restaurant. Sometimes places have student days where you can save even more! The standard student discount is 10 percent, but some retailers offer up to 30% or have events with extra savings of sale items etc.

Where Can I Get Student Discount?

Nowadays, there are so many big brand businesses with either always or regularly offer a student discount. Everything from retailers to restaurants, gyms, public transport, cinemas and tech companies.

These companies are relevant to and used by students. Here are some examples (please note these are subject to change at the brands discretion):

  • – ASOS- 10% student discount
  • – 18+ Student Oyster Photocard
  • – Nike – 10%
  • – Just Eat £2 off for students
  • – EE 20% student discount
  • – FREE Amazon Prime for 6 months
  • – Superdrug 10% student discount
  • – Spotify for half price
  • – Apple up to 10% student discount.

Places that accept a student discount in London

As well as the apps we have highlighted above, there are plenty of places to visit which accept a student discount in London.

Here are just a few:

The London Eye

It’s one of the most iconic structures in the world! With 40-kilometre panoramic views in all directions you can grab some serious pictures for your social media feeds, including 360-degree views of the capital, and famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.

Tower of London

Students currently save nearly £5 off tickets to the Tower of London. The Tower of London is one of the top tourist attractions in London, and for good reason. Its history spans over 1,000 years as a royal residence, prison, and execution site, and was visited by some of the most famous figures in British history.

The London Dungeon


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The home of scary fun invites you to live and breathe your way through London’s darkest history via a selection of scream-drenched stories, fear-inducing shocks and nerve-jangling jump scares. With over ten haunting tales and a thrilling drop ride, guests will come face-to-face with some of London’s most notorious historic characters including Guy Fawkes, Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper! Discounted tickets are available through Student Beans.

How to know if places accept student discount

If you are going to make a purchase online, our advice is to download one or all of the apps above (free on Android and Apple devices) and check out if it is currently offering a student discount.

You can also sign up for email alerts to from your favourite brands as they will often tell you when they are offering a discount.

When making an online purchase, there is usually a box at payment which will ask you to input your discount or student code.

In addition, when shopping instore or dining out you can always ask a member of staff if they accept student discount. online will tell you the website or it will provide a student discount box to enter a code at the checkout.

So, there we have it, some top ways to get a student discount in the UK, in London and abroad.

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