One of the least well promoted things in the OU is that we’re eligible to apply for the student card issued by the NUS.
At first sight, forking out £10 or so for the card doesn’t seem like a great plan but what makes it worthwhile is that as well as being a student ID card this card also gives you lots of discounts too. So many in fact that I usually find that it’s paid for itself within the first month or two.
On the whole, the discounts are from companies who you’d expect to have a significant number of student customers which means that many of them aren’t of major interest to the mainly mature students from the OU. So, for instance, I don’t see myself ever using FlatMatch. On tbe other hand, I save about £5 a month on my Fitness First membership and Wendy regularly gets 10% or 20% discount from Peacocks and New Look plus there’s the useful 5% off Amazon and free delivery from £5 too.
If you’re not sure whether it’s worth it for you, you can have a look at the discounts on their site first.
Separate from this, but potentially even more valuable are the student discounts available for Microsoft products (up to 100%!).Copyright © 2004-2014 by Foreign Perspectives. All rights reserved.