Student discounts

Last updated: 3 June 2019

There are different ways to get discounts as a student including:

Using your student ID

You'll get a card to access college and university services after you've registered. This is called a 'matriculation' card.

This card gets you money off if businesses offer student discounts, for example gym memberships and shopping.

Discounts vary across Scotland. You can ask places if they offer student discount or check with your university.

You'll need to show your card when buying something to get your student discount.

Student travel cards

You may get discounted travel on public transport if you're a student on:

  • buses – depending on your local bus company you may have to pay for a special student travel card or show your matriculation card to get the student discount
  • trains – you can get a third off most train tickets by applying for a 16-25 Railcard

Some banks offer free 16-25 Railcards as part of their student accounts.

You're not eligible for a 16-25 Railcard if you're studying part-time, via distance learning or at the Open University.

Find out more about student travel discounts on the Student Room website.

NUS Extra card

If you shop online or at nationwide shops, you may find that your matriculation card alone won't get you a discount.

You may want to consider applying for an NUS Extra card. This allows you to use over 200 discounts in different shops and online.

Every NUS Extra card comes with a free 1-year ISIC card which lets you use around 42,000 discounts.

To apply, you'll need your matriculation card and your bank card.

If you're an Open University student with an active course you can apply for an NUS extra card. You'll need to have your 'PI number' to hand when applying.

Student discounts abroad – ISIC card

You may want to consider getting an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if you're studying abroad or going on holiday when studying.

The ISIC card costs £12. It can help you save money by allowing you to use around 42,000 discounts in 130 different countries.

To get your ISIC card you can:

You'll need:

  • a copy of your matriculation card
  • proof of your date of birth
  • a passport photo

You'll have to activate your card to use your discount.