There are different ways to get discounts as a student including:
- using your student ID
- getting a student travel card
- getting a NUS extra card
- using an ISIC card to get discounts abroad
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- apply online – it'll take 3 to 4 weeks to arrive
- find your local office – you'll get it the same day
- 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.