Although I’m no longer a butt-in-seat student, I’ve just registered for an online course with The Shaw Academy for £0 and that’s enough to qualify for the National Union of Students (NUS) Extra Card, which provides discounts and hacks for many unavoidable expenses.
There are a number of online course companies which are part of the NUS Extra Card scheme such as The Shaw Academy, Online Learning College, E-Careers (search “ECareers), UK Open IT, or The Health Sciences Academy. I picked the Shaw Academy because they are currently offering a promotion where you can register for an online course for free..
Follow this link to register: http://www.shawacademy.com/learning/?product=goodeed&lang=en#courses.
Next, I went to http://www.nus.org.uk to purchase the card. (Note: For my Shaw Academy student number, I inputted the e-mail address I used to “purchase” my online course.)
To join NUS, it’s £12 plus a £1.50 delivery fee, so you’re paying £13.50 all-in for a 12 month membership.
Why is it worth it?
In my opinion, this card pays for itself:
- £15 off your first ride with Uber (new customers only)
- 1/3 off booking fees with Homestay
- 10% off at Cotswold Outdoor (15% off if you join YHA)
- 25% off student cinema prices with ODEON
- E4 Slacker Club access to watch free movies at Picturehouse Cinemas
- 54% off Thorpe Park
- £2.50 Annual Membership with YHA (YHA is a hostel booking site exclusive to UK residents; typical annual membership fee of £10 if younger than 26 and £20 if 26 and older)
- The Gourmet Society Membership for £3.99 (typically £69.95, this membership gives 2-for-1 meals and 25-50% off your dining bill)
- 25% off National Express bookings
- 10% off MegaBus bookings
- 20% off Eurolines
- 10% off Advance Tickets with CrossCountry Trains
I’m looking forward to getting my NUS identification card within seven days and seeing how else I can save money as a “student.”