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How to get an NUS card if you are not a student

I graduated from the uni quite some time ago as it was in September 2007…yeah I know ages ago! Yet I am going to get and enjoy many student discounts when using the NUS card. I do not own it yet, so let’s see if it is worth getting and how to apply for NUS card to get the best ROI (return on investment) on it 🙂

NUS Card how to get it if you are not a student

What is NUS Card?
NUS card is the most popular student discount card in the UK. It allows you to save money in over 200 retailers in the UK and comes with 1 year FREE ISIC. ISIC is a student card accepted internationally as a proof of a certified student status.

What are top NUS card retailers?

  • Amazon Prime – 6 months free trial + 50% off thereafter
  • Pizza Express – 40% off
  • ODEON – 25% off
  • National Express & Eurolines – 20% off
  • Durex – 20% off
  • Airparks – 20 % off
  • BCP Airport Parking & City Centre Parking – 18% off
  • My Protein/Matrix Nutrition – 15% off
  • 16-25 Railcard – 12% off
  • Co-op – 10 % off
  • ASOS – 10 % off
  • Megabus-  10% off
  • Gourmet Society Add-on – 2-4-1 meals or 50% off meals in over 5,000 top restaurants

PRO TIP: Download the NUS extra app to be on track with the money saving offers and discounts available to you.

What are top ISIC retailers

  • Aspen Snowmass – 35% off
  • Sea Life Orlando – 33% off
  • Lonely Planet – 30%f
  • Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted Express – 25% off
  • Eurolines – 20% off
  • Go Ape – 15%
  • Sandemans New Europe Tours – 10% off
  • BimBim Bike rentals across 660 locations in 37 countries – 5% off
  • Meininger Hotels – 10% off
  • Homestay – 5% off

PRO TIP: Download the ISIC app to be on track with the money saving offers and discounts.

Can I get the NUS card when I am not a student?
Yes, it is. Keep reading to get it for the lowest possible price.

How to get the NUS card almost for free?
If you are not a student anymore you can buy NUS Extra card. It cost £12 but you also need to enroll for a course of your choice, if there is a course you always wanted to take now is the time to do so if however there is nothing you really want to learn all you need to do is to find the cheapest possible course and simply take it.

Nus Extra Sign-up steps:

1. Go on NUS website to check which course providers are available on the website simply type names of course providers, e.g. eCareers, Shaw Academy etc. and if they are to choose from the list you can then look for a course from that particular provider.

NUS EXTRA signup

Course finding - NUS EXTRA signup
2. Google ‘cheap online course Groupon’ or ‘cheap online course GoGroopie(any other voucher site)’ ‘or eCarrers (other course provider) vouchers’ to see if there are any educational deals on courses at the time of looking. I found my Excel course on Groopie and spent only 4GBP.At the time of writing this post the cheapest course which will be accepted by NUS was: Introduction to Microsoft ‘New Features’ Online Course
3. Once you bought a course sign-up for Nus Extra card

NUS EXTRA signup step 1

NUS EXTRA signup - step 2

Photo upload - NUS EXTRA signup- step 2


1 year – £12

2 years – £22

3 years – £32
Get into your system that you are a ‘student’ again and enjoy your savings!

About admin

I am not Martin Lewis but Martyna aka Money Saving Girl. When I first came to the UK I was on a super tight budget, so I know how hard it is not to have money or how to get creative to get 'more for less'. I share with you my money saving tips about anything which worked for me. Be it free samples, shopping tricks, iTunes, various discount apps, websites and reward programs. Occasionally I write about traveling or insurance.

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