How Anyone Can Get a Student Discount

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This is one of the best hustles that I know. I’ve convinced a lot of people at each office I’ve worked at to become a student and get a TOTUM card. The amount of offers you can get are insane, the best being 10% off Apple, 10% off the CO-OP and half-priced Amazon Prime. If you are lucky enough to grab a card for 3 years when one of the loop-holes open, go for it! They’re worth every penny.

As you’ll see from the strike-throughs, this post was actually written a while ago. The loop-hole then closed so this never got posted. Yesterday, it opened up again with a different method. I’ve now got my 3-year card coming in the post! So if you want to benefit from all of these savings, hurry! It might not last long.

WARNING: It didn’t last long. Learndirect is now not recognised. Go to the comments to see if a new loop-hole has opened up.

Being a student is great, not just for all of the free time that you get, but for the amazing student discounts too! Apple currently offers students a 10% discount on MacBooks, a 20% discount on Apple Care and they’ll also throw in a pair of £249 Beats headphones for free.1

If Apple isn’t your thing, as a student, you can also get Amazon Prime for half the price, making it £3 per month (£10 cheaper than a TV licence). Or how about 30% off your meal at Zizzi’s? 20% off ASOS?

The deals are great, but… “I’m not a student!”, I hear you shouting. Well, that’s where being a Ninja comes into action. In this post, I’ll explain how anyone can get a student discount.


Being a student isn’t an exclusive club for the young; anyone can be a student. It doesn’t matter if you’re retired, working, or claiming benefits. NUS doesn’t discriminate. Bearing that in mind, the 21st century saw the doorway to education open up like never before, due to one thing; the internet. The internet bought into fruition the ability to learn online with millions of online courses available to anyone who has the inclination to learn. 1 in 4 students now opt for an online course rather than attending a brick and mortar school. This also brings the unique opportunity to become a student with next to no effort at all.

The way it works is you find an online course which is either free or very cheap, you sign up to it, you’ll then be eligible to buy an NUS Extra TOTUM card which is the card that will unlock all of those great student discounts. Let’s walk through the process from start to finish.

Finding a course

You can now sign up to a free course on Learndirect which makes you eligible for a TOTUM card! Go to Learndirect and click ‘Free employability course’ at the bottom of the page. After entering your details, confirm the email that they send to you and you’re done!

You’ll need to find an online course through a provider that NUS has a partnership with. I recommend using New Skills Academy courses. These guys offer some great deals through Groupon for very cheap courses to unlock your student discount benefits. Just type ‘New Skills Academy’ into their search bar and sort by lowest price first. The lowest I could find on Groupon (via this link) is currently £12. Remember, you don’t actually have to do the course, you’re just buying it for the student discounts!

Applying for the NUS TOTUM card

After you’ve enrolled onto the course, you’re then ready to apply for a TOTUM card. The card costs £12 for 1 year, £22 for 2 years or £32 for 3 years. I’d recommend getting it for 3 years so you don’t have to go through this process again for a while. The cost is worth it even if you only get the Amazon discount. Follow the steps below.

  1. Launch the NUS/TOTUM website by clicking on this link
  2. Enter your email address and then confirm it
  3. Type in the course provider as your place of study (learndirect if you went with them)
  4. Enter the start and end date, if you are choosing a 3 year NUS card, enter your end date to be 3 years from now
  5. Choose “Professional/Vocational” for the course level
  6. Enter the length of time you want your NUS card to last (I would recommend 3 years)
  7. Upload a photo of yourself, this will be displayed on the card
  8. Enter your personal details. If it asks for a student number or password, you should be able to find this in the account which you’ve set up for your online course

That’s it! After paying, your new shiny card will arrive in the post.

Even though there are loads of great benefits to be had with the card such as a free burger or McFlurry with your McDonalds meal or half-price rock climbing or badminton at most sports centres. You can sign up to the online ones straight away, even before your card comes! All you need to do is go to the offers page and log in. You’ll have to go to the Apple and Amazon Prime offers through that link too if you want their juicy discounts.

Enjoy your extra burgers!

  1. The Beats headphone promotion only runs between July and October.

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8 thoughts on “How Anyone Can Get a Student Discount

  1. Interesting – thanks for posting this, I might just give it a go! The Amazon Prime discount will be worth getting, but I’ll need to avoid free burgers! 🙂

  2. Thanks for that! My card arrived today and I’ve just had my application for Amazon prime student membership accepted, just had to send a photo of the card and done! Easy!

    Great website by the way!

    1. Awesome! Even if I just help 1 person save some money, it’s worth it 🙂

      Let me know if you find any other good student discounts!

  3. Hey guys, I’ve just tried to sign up again. Leandirect now does not work. They seem to be making a concerted effort to block sites like this from qualifying. You’ll have to keep checking back to see if a new online course center appears 🙁

    I’ll keep an eye out. If anyone finds any that work, please come and let me know!

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