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.[note]The Beats headphone promotion only runs between July and October.[/note]
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.
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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.
- Launch the NUS/TOTUM website by clicking on this link
- Enter your email address and then confirm it
- Type in the course provider as your place of study (learndirect if you went with them)
- 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
- Choose “Professional/Vocational” for the course level
- Enter the length of time you want your NUS card to last (I would recommend 3 years)
- Upload a photo of yourself, this will be displayed on the card
- 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!