Money-saving trick: How to get an NUS Student Discount Card.
A few months ago, I was invited to join the UK Money Bloggers Facebook Group. The group was set up Andy Webb, a money-saving journalist and blogger over at Be Clever With Your Cash. It gives ‘money’ bloggers the chance to share ideas, experiences and (in my case) ask questions! I’ve really enjoyed being part of the UK Money Bloggers online community. I’ve also picked up some fantastic money-saving tips along the way. In fact, thanks to one of Andy’s brilliant tips, I’ve now got my very own NUS Extra Student Discount Card, giving me access to hundreds of fantastic student deals and discounts. The good news is, you can apply for an NUS (National Union of Students) Extra Card too!
Anyone can get an NUS Extra card!
Please note: Before buying an e-Careers course, please check the NUS Extra card website (HERE) is still accepting ‘ecareers’ as ‘place of study’ (don’t include a hyphen, its ecareers). This is because Mail Online shared my tip (without my knowledge) on their website and it may lead to the option closing.
It sounds crazy, but it’s true! All you have to do to take advantage of this clever NUS card trick is sign up to one of the online courses offered by e-Careers. Usually, these courses are expensive, but they are currently available at hugely discounted prices via Groupon, GoGroupie and Wowcher. For example, at the moment (updated 21/03/2017) you can sign-up for an Online Wellbeing Course via GoGroupie for £12, an Introduction to Microsoft New Features Online Course via GoGroupie for only £4 and an Emergency First Aid E-Course at GoGroupie for £15.
If you visit GoGroupie and Groupon via cashback websites like Quidco and Topcashback, you also can earn up to 8.8% cashback on your e-Course purchase. I purchased the e-Careers Healthy Cooking Course for £12 from GoGroupie and got an additional £1.06 (8.8%) cashback via Quidco.
If you’re worried about the catch, there isn’t one! This is a legitimate money-saving deal. Anyone who signs up for an e-Careers online course is eligible to buy an NUS card.
How to apply for your NUS card.
Once you’ve paid for your e-Careers course and activated it, you can apply for an NUS Extra Card: HERE.
After clicking through to the NUS Extra website via the link, click on the ‘Buy online’ button. Once you’ve entered your email address and chosen whether you’re applying for a new card or renewing, you’ll be directed to an online application form. Simply enter your course details (length of course, type of course, etc) after typing ‘ecareers’ (no hyphen) when prompted for ‘place of study ‘ (it should appear in the drop-down list). When prompted for a password, I used my e-Careers password, but I you can make one up. Then you’ll be asked to create a new password for the NUS Extra website. Finally, upload a photo of yourself (for your card), before selecting whether you want a 1-yr, 2-yr or 3-yr card. I chose a 1-yr card for £12, as the free ICIS card is only valid for the first year, irrespective of the expiry date on your card.
What are the benefits of an NUS Extra card?
The NUS extra card entitles you student discounts, both online and in store, with top brands like Pizza Express (up to 40% off), ASOS (10% off), Odeon (25% off student-priced tickets), Apple, (up to 15% off) and National Express (25% off).
You can also get 50% off Spotify Premium, reducing the monthly subscription from £10 to £5. I’m a Spotify Premium user, so I’ll be able to cut my monthly subscription from £10 to £5, saving me £60 per year. This means, even after the cost of my NUS Extra card and course have been taken into account, I’ll save £37.
Another deal worth taking advantage of is the FREE six-month trial of Amazon Prime, which gives you access unlimited one-day delivery, Prime Video and Prime Music. After the six-month trial, you’re entitled to half-price Prime membership (only £39/year) for up to 4 years, which also includes the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
As well as over 200 UK student discounts, the NUS Extra card includes 1 year FREE International Student Identity Card (ICIS), which serves as an internationally accepted proof of certified student status. This gives you access to hundreds of pounds worth of savings, including flights, holidays and discounts on Lonely Planet, Eurolines & Homestay. To find out more about the discounts available with ICIS, visit: https://www.isic.org/
Never miss a deal!
If you’re out and about, you can keep track of all the latest student deals and discounts by downloading the NUS Extra App for iPhone and Android.
Find out more.
For more information about this brilliant NUS Discount Card tip, read the full article on Andy Webb’s Be Clever With Your Cash website: How to get an NUS Student Card when you’re not a student.
Andy Webb is a blogger, bargain hunter and money-saving expert. His website, Be Clever With Your Cash, is packed with lots of tips and advice to help you save money and even make money, so don’t forget to check it out.
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Over to you.
With university course fees costing thousands of pounds a year, this nifty little tip is a great way to access lots of student deals and discounts for £20-£30! What do you think? Do you fancy living the student life, without the financial hangover?! As always, I’d love to hear from you.
Please note: The NUS may change their eligibility criteria at any time. Also, the availability of e-Careers courses and prices may change. If the courses quoted above are no longer available, try using search terms like eCareers or e-Careers on Groupon, GoGroupie, Wowcher and other discount websites to find the best deal.
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