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      11.07.2013 05:05
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      Not to be missed if you're studying.

      I've had an NUS Extra card for the last couple of years as I've been completing a Masters with the Open University. Many people don't realise OU study can entitle you to buy one of these cards.

      The basic NUS Extra card costs £12 per year. For an extra £2.99, it can be enhanced to serve as an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) as well, giving discounts in many locations abroad. My first NUS Extra card came with this enhancement for free, although it wasn't something I needed. There are also a couple of other variations on the NUS Extra card: NUS Apprentice Extra and Graduate Extra, for recent graduates.

      The NUS website (www.nus.org.uk) contains lots of information of interest to students, such as welfare and rights information, and campaign updates. I have had some interesting email updates from the NUS since purchasing my card, even though my main motivation in getting it was to save money!

      So, those student discounts. The NUS Extra card entitles the holder to certain discounts, which vary from year to year. Currently, there are discounts on major chain restaurants (for example, 20% off at Frankie and Benny's and Pizza Hut), shopping websites (5% off certain departments of Amazon), fashion and technology discounts and, of course, discounts on student staples like printer ink and stationery (no, not alcohol and gigs).

      Admittedly, my favourite discount, and the one I use on a weekly basis, is the 10% off at Superdrug. I am in Superdrug all the time, doing the staff's heads in as they have an unfeasibly complicated procedure for processing the discount, and I am at the stage of being able to talk newer staff through the steps. With this discount alone, my NUS Extra card saves me a lot of money.

      I've also found on occasion that the NUS Extra card can be used for discounts that aren't listed on the website. For example, local restaurants have offered a vague 'student discount', and I've found that they are happy to accept the NUS card as proof of student status.

      In previous years, the NUS Extra card ran for an academic year, rather than a calendar year. I didn't understand this the first time I bought one, and ended up with a card that was only valid for a few months, as I'd applied towards the end of an academic year. I see this has been fixed now, and NUS Extra cards now last for a full year from the date of purchase, unless you buy the card directly from your college or university - for some reason these still expire in the autumn.

      For anyone who meets the criteria for an NUS Extra card (or one of the other NUS cards), it's a good investment and it's very easy to recoup the initial cost of the card. I'm sure I save several times the cost of the card from the Superdrug discount alone, not to mention the times when I'm out for family meals and can get a discount off the total food bill.

      As I've just been offered a PhD studentship and will be returning to the world of full-time study now I've completed my OU course, I expect to be buying these cards for another few years - oldest student in town!

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        12.06.2013 04:48
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        One of the best investments I ever made as a student

        =NUS Card=

        Not just for the young students.

        =My Experience=
        I have studied on and off for 6 years with the Open University, and it was after seeing a link to the NUS (National Union of Students), that I saw that mature students and those studying part time were entitled to a NUS card.

        =Criteria=
        You have to be 16 years or over.
        Full time or part time education

        =Apply=
        You apply for the card online from https://cards.nusextra.co.uk)

        =Fee=
        There is a fee for the card, in May 2013 this fee was £12 for a year, the student year goes from 1st September to 31st July the following year.


        If you are studying a degree you can buy a 3 year card, as a reduction, the card gets issued yearly, (subject to you being registered on the course) and is delivered direct to you.

        =Picture=
        If you have a webcam you can use that to take a photo for your ID or you can upload a photo from your own, as long as you can get a clear picture of your face.

        =Identity=
        If you are under 25 years old, you can pay think £2 extra and your NUS card doubles up as an identity card for when travelling abroad, so you can continue to get the student discounts when out of the country.

        =discounts=
        The NUS card is literally like a walking wallet, with discounts and deals available.

        McDonalds (Company owned restaurant) you get free chips, hamburger or McFlurry

        Cineworld - Discounted tickets - think its nearer to a child's cost than an adults ticket

        Amazon - There are some exceptions, but when I last had my card, I had to apply to NUS for a discount code and this was applied to my account, I saved between 5 and 10% on most orders

        Superdrug - As long as you spend £10 you get 10% discount.

        Museums - Most offer student discount, some offer free entry

        Clothes Shops - general discount is 10%

        =My Favourite Question=
        Do you do student discount? Sometimes, yes the discount was advertised, others there was no student discount advertised but they would say charge a child's price.

        For me, I had a few funny looks as I was in late 30s when I started studying, I use to smile and say Mature student.

        =Money Saved=
        On one occasion, I decided to keep a note book and jot down the savings I made by having a card and just general out and about, no special visits, saved over £300, just for a £12 outlay

        =My Advice=
        If you are eligible, then get yourself a card, there bright, cheerful and could save you a lot of money.

        =NUS website=
        This has a full list of the retailers where you can get discount from, this is a mine of information.

         

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          21.05.2013 13:35
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          A brilliant card that is well worth having

          Being a student has its perks. Late nights, even later mornings and lots of free stuff (think careers fairs and all the free pens and sweets). But one of the greatest things I have found that comes with being a student is the NUS card.

          All you have to do to get your hands on one of these bad boys, is be 16 or over, and in full time education. You apply for the card online (https://cards.nusextra.co.uk). Once you pay a fee of £12 (last checked on 21/05/13), fill in a few details and provide a nice snap shot of yourself, you have a whole year of discounts and perks to look forward to.

          And the list of places that offer you discount when you show your card is incredible. It ranges from clothing stores, essentials to help you with your studies and even travel and motoring discounts. A few of my favourites include Superdrug (10% discount), Office (10% discount), McDonalds (free chips, hamburger or Mcflurry: it may have changed now) and Amazon. This list goes on.

          This little card really has saved me so much money and I never would go anywhere without it. It's brightly coloured, so stands out amongst all my other boring cards and old receipts. And if your university is far away from where you live and the shop assistant refuses to take your university student card (believe me it has happened) then this can solve your problems.

          For just over £10 you could end up saving yourself hundreds when buying a new outfit, eating out, or purchasing a new notebook for university. It is really worth it and if you haven't already got one, go and apply now.

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            02.08.2011 13:02
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            This card will save students money!

            The NUS discount card is for students in higher education such as uni, collage or sixth forth. I am in Sixth form and I bought this card a couple of months ago and think it was well worth £11. Normally the card cost £10 but I oppted for the ISIC upgrade for a pound this is the international student identiy card and give you access to offers internationally, so people who want to travel, then for an extra £1 it is probably worth it. I ordered mine online as I think this is the fasted way to get your card, but you have to have a photo to upload when you aplly online as this photo is transfered onto the card ( it doesn't have to be a passport photo just one you can clearly see your face and the photo is taken from too far away) after my application had been proccessed it took about two weeks to be delivered which I think was pretty good delivery time. I had to have mine delivered to my school as is normally the case when your in sixth form because if you not part of a union then delivering it to your place of study is the way NUS verify you really are a student.

            I pretty much think the card pays for itself even without the upgrade you have access to 100's of offers and it is especially good for clothe shopping with high street brands. So within a couple of months you save at least triple what you paid for th card. The NUS website even have a neat little calculator which allows you to work out how much money you will save if you buy the card.
            Some of the discounts I most use are:

            *5% off Play.com
            *5% off Amazon.co.uk (genrally doesn't inclued elestical goods)
            *10% off Superdrug
            *10% off New Look (on speacial offer it is 20%)
            *Odeon student discount
            *20% off Pizzahut
            *5% off Domino's (when you spend £25 or more)
            *10% miss selfridge
            *10% off at staples
            *Exclusive offers with DELL
            *Loads of different discounts with leading mobile providers

            There are far more offers than this and too many to list. They do a lot of limited offers too, shops like New Look, Warehouse and asos have speacial periods where the discount goes up to 20% (like most discounts these normally only apply when your not using any other discount and are not applicable to sale itams). I always find it good to check their website as there is always extra and new stuff to find. Also Nus will give you a £1 for every friend you refer but to get the money you have to do it through the link on the website. They also a research panel which you can join to make a little bit of money but you have to be 18 to join it.
            I really love this card and think it is worth the money, but to make the most of it you have to use it. It can save you a lot of money on a day to day basis but only if you remember where and when to use it, that why I find it useful to check the website regularly. So I would definately reccomend this card and I have done to all my student friends.

            This review is also on ciao.

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              05.01.2011 19:50
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              Worth it for most students

              I was really looking forward to getting one of these when I started life as a student. I have to say that at the same time I was slightly apprehensive too. The card costs £11 and I was wondering whether it was worth it. Would I really be using it that much to be able to get back my £11?

              Nevertheless, I logged onto the NUS website and started the registration process to get my card. It was a pretty simple process where I entered in some basic information, and uploaded a suitable photo. After you've paid by card online, your application is processed and you can track your card by logging in. To avoid random non-students getting hold of these cards, they are sent directly to your university. Each university has their own NUS card pick up point which will be shown on the tracking section of your account. I ordered my card 1 week before university started. And it arrived a week into university. Although the tracking system isn't all that great. I got an email saying that my card has now arrived at my university. It hadn't.

              As a new NUS card user, I frequently found myself forgetting about my NUS card. It's a pretty annoying feeling when you walk out of a store and realise that you never enquired about student discount. A lot of places don't have those NUS card signs on their tills, so it's good to just ask. I find that some stores, although not listed on the NUS site, do offer student discount. Just get into the habit of just asking that question in ever single store. Now that I'm a term into university, I never fail to get my student discounts when they're available to me.

              There is an extensive list of places who offer student discount including Miss Selfridge, Superdrug, Amazon, and many more. I've found that the 5% discount at Amazon is extremely useful. Being a student, you are always looking for books to buy, and it's not cheap. Supderdrug discount is also fantastic for girls.

              I've saved more than £11 so far so this card has been worth it. My only qualm is that perhaps not all stores require you to have an NUS card. A lot of stores are more than happy for you to just prove you're a student. But for Amazon (require you to type in your NUS card number), Superdrug (they scan your card at the till), and probably some others, an NUS card is definitely a requirement for getting that student discount.

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              07.11.2010 15:18
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              It remains to be seen whether this year's problems will be resolved!

              I must say, I was very surprised when I looked up this category, to find that the NUS Extra card has so many good reviews. It makes me think, that my experience is unusual!

              The NUS Extra card is available to 6th formers and students of all ages, and it offers discounts at many high street and online retailers such as BHS, Staples and Amazon.co.uk. The card costs £11 and runs for 12 months. It can be purchased online, though you do have to upload a photo of yourself for inclusion on the card. For an extra £1 you can also have the card ISIC endorsed. Personally, I only have the card because it offers an Amazon discount (5% off), and as an OU student, this is essential!

              I've had a card for three years now, and every year, there's been a problem with it.

              The first problem is that when you sign up for the card, it lasts for 12 months. The problem is that in August, there's a crossover between the old cards being valid and the new ones being purchased. It means that some of the previous year's discounts cease and you need to purchase a new card. On this basis, although you're paying for 12 months, you're effectively only getting 11 in some cases. I flagged this up two years running with NUS who said they'd look into it. The first year, I got my money back as they agreed this was a problem. No such luck last year when the same happened.

              Secondly, the Amazon discount code doesn't always work. During the first year, you had to enter the code every time you made a purchase. The second year, you entered it once at the beginning of the year, and then the code kept being applied throughout the year. This year, you enter the code once, but it doesn't keep being applied, and you can't enter it again.

              It's virtually impossible to contact anyone at NUS Extra to get these problems resolved. E-mails are simply ignored. I had to write and complain formally the first year, and even in that instance, I had to write three times. This is a most dreadful level of customer service. So far as I'm concerned, I've paid for a service, and if that service is not being delivered at the standard advertised, then I expect some form of remuneration in that respect.

              I would say that the card does offer good discounts, but I wonder how many people really realise what they're getting out of it?

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                11.10.2010 23:22
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                A must have!

                If you are a student, the NUS card is a must have!

                Applying; ....
                If you are in a 6th form school, or at college, you can usually pick up a NUS form and send it away with your passport photo and £11 and then simply wait.
                Although it's not always that simple! When I applied through school, I was waiting at least 6 weeks for my card to arrive back, so I would suggest applying for your card online!
                If applying via a written form, you will need it to be stamped officially by your school or college. When applying online you can select your uni/college although your placement there will be checked up upon, so there's no point trying to get a student card if you aren't eligible!

                You will need a suitable photo ready to be uploaded if applying online, I scanned a passport photo of myself onto my laptop and uploaded that picture.... to avoid the NUS declining the picture.
                When applying online the NUS will send you an email when your card has been despatched and mine recently took around 10 days to arrive from the date I applied online!

                Price; ....
                The NUS card costs just £11 and lasts for a full year which is next to nothing when thinking about how much you will be saving when shopping.
                For an extra cost, you can buy an even better (upgraded) NUS card although it's not always worth getting. I find the usual £11 card is fine for me.
                The upgraded NUS card costs and extra £1.99 and gives you discount internationally for shops all over the world.
                Even better... if you have a student account with Lloyds TSB bank, get a code from them and your NUS card is free! Lloyds even pay for the renewal of the card for 3 years!

                Using the NUS card;....
                The NUS card is accepted in all of the shops which display 'student discount' however a lot don't display, so it's always a good idea to ask!
                Many shops also put on times where discount is upgraded from the usual 10% to 20% for a limited time.
                Off the top of my head the popular shops I know of which offer student discount are...
                Topshop
                Topman
                New look
                Dorothy Perkins
                Peacocks
                Orange phone network
                Rymans

                When visiting the cinema, you can also get through as a Student when showing a valid student NUS card and from personal experience... you can save ALOT doing this!
                When using the NUS card in stores, most stores simply just look at the expiry date and hand it back to you, although they are supposed to check the picture on the back too.

                Some stores identify the card through its colour as they usually change each year. My last card was a light blue and then I think they went green, and this year it's a darker blue. This helps the shops identify older cards.
                The NUS card is also available to use online! However I've heard of people having trouble when entering the code but they have said they resolved this issue by adding 0's to make it up to the 18 digits required.
                The orange network website enables you to enter your NUS number to view the student deals. You can get 10% off a new phone and even save on contracts! I'm on a sim only deal and the student discount can also be applied to this so you are paying a 10% off the usual price per month.

                Overall; ....
                The card is easy to get, easy to use and available at a cheap price!
                If you can get the NUS card, it is certainly worth doing so! There are so many benefits to having this card many of which I haven't mentioned.

                Thank you for reading, I also post on Ciao

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                  03.10.2010 19:35
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                  10% 20% off ooohh free chips from McDonald's

                  I bought this card during my freshers week at university and I can honestly say that this card is so useful and you get so many offers, it's something worth buying!
                  Even though it does cost for one of these cards but mine only cost eleven pounds and within a few days I saved so much money for example I bought my university hoody for only £15 instead of £25 and my freshers ball ticket was only £10 instead of £15 thanks to the NUS card.
                  Always keep this in your purse/wallet as most high street stores you go they advertise discount for all students fashion stores like topshop, new look etc will do at least 10% sometimes 20% if you're lucky however this is no valid on sale items, you have to buy items at full price to get the discount.
                  You can also you this card at a number of take-aways/resturants and places like McDonald's you get free chips or burger with this card.
                  You can also get discount with your moblie/internet network so those bills won't cost you as much no more!
                  However these cards only last a year so make the most of them and you'll will have to get a new one each September.
                  They do have a photo of yourself, the college/university you attend and your card number.

                  Overall, this is worth buying and you can save so much with these cards, however you can't pay buy card, you have to pay by cash!
                  trust me you will get more for your money with these cards!

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                  04.04.2010 14:58
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                  Easily make back the £10 in savings from the massive list of participating shops and services.

                  I am currently on my 2nd NUS Extra card, after persuading my Mum that it was essential that I have one (and that she pays the £10 for me!)

                  In my first year at Uni I had a free NUS card which I hardly ever used as everywhere accepted my library card anyway. Last year however, NUS took the steep jump from free to £10! At first I thought this was pretty ridiculous, but then Topshop, amongst other shops, started becoming really strict and wouldn't accept my Uni card as it didn't have an expiry date on it (and the student union refuse to print dates on them, probably to tempt people into buying the NUS card!)

                  I was very pleased when I managed to get my Mum to treat me to the new £10 card but think that they should offer discounted prices if not purchased in September because they still all expire in August!

                  For £10 I get lots of discounts including 10% at Topshop and all the other Arcadia shops, including online (plus a long list of friends, family and friends of friends family, dogs and cats, have my NUS number saved to their online accounts with Topshop etc! cheeky hey!) So in Topshop alone I have definitely made my money back on the card.

                  Other discounts include 5% off at Amazon, but only on Books, CDs and DVDs. My favourite discount by far has to be 10% off at Superdrug which is especially good when it comes to buying perfume (it even got me brownie points when Mum bought perfume as Christmas presents and got me an extra present with the money I saved her, think she must have forgotten purchasing the card in the first place!).

                  The card is very easy to buy, especially if you are renewing for another year. I did mine online and uploaded the photo (or you can take one with a webcam) The card was then posted out to me within a few weeks.

                  I would recommend the card to any student, especially ones with nice (or gullible Mums!) See http://www.nus.org.uk/NUS-Extra/ for full details.

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                    14.03.2010 00:30
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                    Nothing beats a good discount!

                    The NUS Card is a discount card that is available for students only giving various discounts on high street stores. Unfortunately, to be eligible for the card you have to be in further or higher education which includes college, university and Sixth Form students. If you are one of these people this card is definately worth checking out as it has helped me out quite a lot.

                    So it started when I was in Sixth Form and we were given an assembly on this card. It really intrigued me as at the time I had very little money and was scraping by on wages and tips from a job in a restaurant. Any discount to me was great as it could help to fund all the clothes and shoes I longed for (sad I know). So without a doubt, I went on to the NUS Extra website to read all about the card and what it does.

                    Basically, you have to sign up online by filling in your details and sending off a photo of you. This photo then gets transferred on to your card so you can prove it is you when purchasing goods with it. The NUS Extra card itself is £10.00 and is valid for a year up until the end of that academic year. It can also be upgraded to an ISIC Card which is the International Student Identity Card and can apparently get you worldwide discounts for an extra £1.00 although I have found no use out of it other than I.D.

                    Your card either gets delivered to your home address or through your place of study. I had to pick mine up from where I study and it usually goes through to your Student Union. It only took a couple of weeks to come through and the great thing was that you could track your NUS Card, and it basically took you through all of the stages such as when it was processing it to when it was being dispatched and finally delivered.

                    The card itself is simply like a credit or debit card that you can easily just put into your purse or wallet, and so far the £10.00 I have paid for it has been completely worth it as I've saved about four times that in discounts due to my spending habits.

                    This would be a pointless review without me telling you the discounts you can get. These do vary and you can keep checking on what they are currently by going on to their website. Some of the best discounts you can receive are for the following places (yes, there really is something for everyone!):
                    - Amazon
                    - Play
                    - Matalan
                    - McDonalds
                    - Pizza Hut
                    - Superdrug
                    - Staples
                    - Odeon Cinema
                    - La Senza
                    - JJB
                    - MegaBus
                    - Halfords
                    - New Look
                    - BSM
                    - Interflora
                    - AA
                    - Topshop/Topman
                    - Missguided
                    - Oasis
                    - Miss Selfridge
                    - Apple
                    - & Various Other Stores

                    As you can see there is a vast range of places you can use your NUS card and even though it is often only around 10% off, this can make a huge difference when you add up how much you are buying over a year, particularly when you're on a low income as most students are. I've found the NUS card has helped me from treating myself to outfit for a night out to buying gifts for birthdays. It's just really helpful and a great investment I think.

                    It's also worth checking out when some retailers do a special student discount. I recently went into New Look and they often hold a 20% off for students at certain periods of the year.

                    Obviously, the card does have some disadvantages such as only lasting for one year, and it isn't free unlike some other cards. I do find that it is worth getting though as it can be used at so many places. Unfortunately, only students are able to purchase this and you do have to give proof that you are in higher or further education and must be 16 or over to buy one.

                    Needless to say, if you fit the criteria it's worth looking at getting one of these for the great discounts you can save. Thanks for reading this review.

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                      13.01.2010 16:14
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                      Get it!

                      NUS is the National Union of Students and offers this discount and registered card to all in higher education. Available easily either from your local student union or online and sent to your local student union (for verification of student identity). Generally considered more authentic than a normal student ID.

                      With this card (which has a photo ID of you on the back) you can gain access to student discounts from various shops and organisations, saving anything from a couple of quid to 10/20%. The most obvious ones are from clothes shops which you can technically use a normal ID from anything university (usually given to students for free). But you need an NUS as a student ID (as it is dated) when it comes to getting discounts on cinema tickets etc, and shops in general that offer student IDs but seem incredibly reluctant to give it. It's essential in that sort of situation (and with the price of cinema tickets definitely needed!). And as far as I'm aware you can use the student discount in association with Orange Wednesdays. McDonald's also do a deal with a McChicken burger an medium fries for a couple of quid... can't go wrong.

                      As far as I'm aware this NUS card can be purchase for a mere £10 and even browsing through what you can get for it on the website it's totally worth it. Even before I recieved the card just by paying for it an registering on the website I got a discount on my young person's rail card.


                      Absolute must have for students, and, as I've said, totally value for money, you'll make back the £10 in no time with the saving you'll get. If you are able to get an NUS Extra Card: get it! Well worth it!





                      (If you're in lower sixth of a college or Sixth form you can register for a free UCAS card on their website that offers quite a few student discounts, but it's not a photo ID.)

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                        22.11.2009 15:38
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                        TRY IT

                        Wow, only just received my NUS extra card in the post and can't wait to use it. Especially because it is coming up to Christmas, there will be some bargains around with one of these!

                        Application Process

                        The form can be accessed from either the website or your place of education. It takes no longer than ten minutes to fill in and you will have to attach a photograph in passport size to the back of the form. You will then need to get your tutor/school/college/uni to get this form stamped or a letter written on headed paper to confirm you are a full time student.

                        The card

                        This card takes no longer than three weeks to come in the post and it is very smart. They are no green and aqua with your details on the front and picture on the back. They are valid for one year only so after this you will have to renew I suppose.

                        With this card you can either pay £10.00 for the standard discount card or £11.00 to receive thousands more offers! I got the £11.00 because I thought this was very useful.

                        Some of the Discounts Offered

                        *5% off Amazon
                        *10% off Odeon Films
                        *10% off Matalan
                        *20% off at Pizza Hut
                        *10% off at Staples
                        *10% off La Senza
                        ...The list is endless, if you go onto the website you will find all of the latest offers and how much is available!

                        Is it worth it?

                        If you are in full time education and your over 16, this is definitely worth. You can save so much money and it all counts. Even if it is 5%, it's better than nothing.

                        My Opinion

                        My opinion on this card is that if you fit into the criteria, you do not want to miss out. It is a great opportunity and can save you lots of money. Check out the website for more. 5/5 From Me.

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                          09.11.2009 22:50
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                          Back in my heady undergraduate days, I had an NUS card although back then the card was free, and you were entitled to all the discounts. The year after I left, they introduced the NUS Extra card, which cost £10. From free to £10 is a pretty steep jump.

                          So, why have I given the card such a high rating if it now costs money? Well, though I'm in two minds whether students, who are already strapped for cash, should have to pay for this, the fact is that buying one still may be worth it. The card entitles you to loads of discounts, many of which are listed below:

                          - Amazon (5%)
                          - Play.com (5%)
                          - Matalan (10%)
                          - McDonald's (free fries with Big Mac or McChicken Sandwich)
                          - Pizza Hut (20%)
                          - CD Wow (50p off CDs, £1 off DVDs)
                          - Superdrug (10%)
                          - Staples (10%)
                          - Odeon (10% + a large popcorn + soft drink combo for the price of a
                          medium)
                          - La Senza (10%)
                          - JJB Sports (10%)
                          - 16-25 Railcard (10%)
                          - Halfords (10%)
                          - Orange (Apply for a free Orange Sim and when you top up £10, they'll
                          give you an extra £10 credit)
                          - Snappy Snaps (10%)
                          - Touchnote (30%)
                          - Philips (selected products up to 50%)
                          - Comet (10%)
                          - AA (half price driving lessons)
                          - Megabus (10%)
                          - Ethical treasures (10%)
                          - The Independent (subscribe for £1 a week)
                          - Ryman (12.5%)
                          - The Ecologist (1 year subscription for £5)
                          - BSM (various offers via webiste)
                          - Oasis (10% orders online)
                          - Coast (10%)
                          - GoiGoi.com (10% + free delivery with first order)
                          - Body Shop (10% makeup and Skincare)
                          - Additions (20%)
                          - Moss (15%)
                          - Baronjon (10%)
                          - Cecil Gee (10%)
                          - Nicky Clarke Salons (40%)
                          - Johnson's Cleaners (20%)
                          - Virgin Experience Days (up to 25%)
                          - Glasses Direct (selected savings)
                          - Cross Country Trains (10%)
                          - BB's Coffee and Muffins (15%)
                          - Warehouse (10%)
                          - Ticketmaster (selected savings)
                          - Very (20% off first order)
                          - Topshop (10%)
                          - Miss Selfridge (10%)
                          - Apple (15% off mac products + discounts on software)
                          - 3 Mobile Broadband (Yours for £29.99, usually £59.99)
                          - Office (10%)
                          - Firetrap (15%)
                          - Joe Browns (10%)
                          - Drinkstuff.com (15%)
                          - Lonely Planet Guides (30%)

                          There are also many temporary or promotional discounts you may be entitled to with this card, so the chances are it'll be worth having!

                          One of the main things I got this card for was the discount at Amazon. To be fair, neither this nor the Play discount was available with the free card years ago so this is definitely a bonus. My dad wants a camera that costs about £200, I'm going to order it for him so that'll save a tenner right there. Shame I've already got a camera myself!

                          You can order the card online, upload a photo and have it delivered to your student union, or get one directly from the student union. If you do it online you can get the ISIC card added to your card for £1 - this card gives you discounts when travelling abroad and makes the NUS Extra card even more worthwhile.

                          In summary, don't be put off by the cost of this card - check out the discounts and see if it's worth it!

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                            A must have for all higher education students, massive savings to be made!

                            NUS Extra is an essential for any college/university student and is the key to saving a lot of money as a student. The scheme set up by NUS (National Union of Students) allows you to use the card in many high street and online stores, gaining you discounts of various amounts.

                            Signing up for an NUS card is really simple, most colleges and Universities will have their own students union for NUS cards where the card will have your institutions name printed on, but no other benefits. Then you simple fill in the information on the back of the card, stick on a passport photo, pay the £10 fee and then you're ready to get saving. The other option is to apply online, payment is done online and you upload an image to be printed on the card. On the whole the cards from the website look better with printed information but they do take longer to arrive. You also have to have the card sent to your university/college so NUS know you are an actual student.

                            It may just be my colleges card but for some reason not all the cards are registered for use online and don't work on some sites, whereas the one's ordered online are all pre-registered and work for all sites.

                            The cards themselves are just like any other card you may own so they can easily be kept in a wallet, all your information and photo are on the back and your card number with expiry date can be found on the front. (I much prefer the blue cards from last year, this year's green cards just look too bright!)

                            Using your card for discounts is very simple, you're usually given a leaflet when you get your card with a lot of the new and popular offers in, a full list of supporting retailers can also be found on their website. There are no long forms to fill in when you want your discount either, just present your card when paying as usual and you should be able to get your discount.

                            The discounts themselves vary between shops, the most common is 10% off (20% in Pizza Hut :D) but there are some occasional big discounts so it's always good to keep checking the site and new offers are posted often.

                            The only disadvantage of the NUS card is that there's no easy way to re-new the card from your college/university but it can be done online, unfortunately there is another £10 fee to pay. But I can guarantee that you will save much more than this, I think I saved well over £200 last year! Think about it, free McFlurry every time you buy a McDonald's meal, visit 10 times and you've broken even! Or for the more healthy people spend £100 in a clothes shop over the year and with a 10% discount you'll earn back the fee. And as there are no limits to the amount you can use your card, you could end up saving much more.

                            Overall an NUS Extra card is a must have for all higher education students and will definitely help you save money over the course of the year. Highly recommended.

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                              Overall, a fantastic card that is well worth the money!!!

                              I was pretty much forced to get an NUS card by my University. I had previously decided not to because I did not really want to spend the £10 that it costs however, after literally about 20 emails from the University saying how great it was, I gave in and I was probably right to.

                              When you first go onto the NUS extra website, it comes up with important student news such as information on funding, what's been going on at different universities, brand new offers for students etc. It also offers advice on student issues such as managing your work, finances, societies and social lives. In order to buy your card, you obviously have to be a student and it is very easy to purchase. All you have to do is enter certain information such as your university, your address etc., insert a picture either through a web cam or using an existing photo and make your payment via card. Once all the details have been accepted, your card will be delivered to somewhere in the university, in my case it was the students union, and you can collect it with proof of ID.

                              This year (2009/2010) the card is green with your name university, dob and exp. date written on and on the back is your picture and space for your signature.

                              I only started at my university just over a month ago and I have already saved more money than the original cost of the card, meaning that it was well worth the money that I spent on it. If you sign up for a Lloyd's Student Account, you can also receive an NUS extra card for free. One of the most useful discounts is the 5% discount and free delivery with Amazon. Although 5% does not sound like much, it soon adds up and the free delivery means you are saving at least £2.00 everytime that you order.

                              Here is a list of the discounts and offers that you are eligable for with an NUS extra card:
                              - Amazon (5% + free delivery)
                              - Play.com (5%)
                              - Matalan (10%)
                              - McDonald's (free fries with Big Mac or McChicken Sandwich)
                              - Pizza Hut (20%)
                              - CD Wow (50p off CD's, £1 off DVD's)
                              - Superdrug (10%)
                              - Staples (10%)
                              - Odeon (10% + a large popcorn + soft drink combo for the price of a
                              medium)
                              - La Senza (10%)
                              - JJB Sports (10%)
                              - 16-25 Railcard (10%)
                              - Halfords (10%)
                              - Orange (Apply for a free Orange Sim and when you top up £10, they'll
                              give you an extra £10 credit)
                              - Snappy Snaps (10%)
                              - Touchnote (30%)
                              - Philips (selected products up to 50%)
                              - Comet (10%)
                              - AA (half price driving lessons)
                              - Megabus (10%)
                              - Ethical treasures (10%)
                              - The Independent (subscribe for £1 a week)
                              - Ryman (12.5%)
                              - The Ecologist (1 year subscription for £5)
                              - BSM (various offers via webiste)
                              - Oasis (10% orders online)
                              - Coast (10%)
                              - GoiGoi.com (10% + free delivery with first order)
                              - Body Shop (10% makeup and Skincare)
                              - Additions (20%)
                              - Moss (15%)
                              - Baronjon (10%)
                              - Cecil Gee (10%)
                              - Nicky Clarke Salons (40%)
                              - Johnson's Cleaners (20%)
                              - Virgin Experience Days (up to 25%)
                              - Glasses Direct (selected savings)
                              - Cross Country Trains (10%)
                              - BB's Coffee and Muffins (15%)
                              - Warehouse (10%)
                              - Ticketmaster (selected savings)
                              - Very (20% off first order)
                              - Topshop (10%)
                              - Miss Selfridge (10%)
                              - Apple (15% off mac products + discounts on software)
                              - 3 Mobile Broadband (Yours for £29.99, usually £59.99)
                              - Office (10%)
                              - Firetrap (15%)
                              - Joe Browns (10%)
                              - Drinkstuff.com (15%)
                              - Lonely Planet Guides (30%)

                              *Offers listed Oct. 2009

                              As well as all of these offers, many shops offer tempory student discounts. For example, a few weeks ago New Look had 20% off for students for 3 weeks. Also, many clubs offer student discounts on entry e.g. £2 off entry with an NUS extra card.

                              Overall a great card which will save you a lot of money!!!

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