How To Become A “Student” When You Aren’t One And Get Exclusive Student Discounts

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:


Next, I went to 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.”


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