July 25, 2018, by Lucy

Student Discounts in Nottingham

A quick note from UoN: this blog was written in a time before COVID 19 but we think it’s something that will help you in your student life, We hope that you enjoy the blog but please be aware that social distancing measures may change some of the things you read about here.

We all know that student life isn’t exactly known for its luxury or materialistic nature. However, albeit not the most financially friendly experience, student life need not be limited to eating beans on toast three times a day in clothes that are falling apart at the seams. As more and more businesses see the value in introducing student discount schemes to their operations, here is a guide to living the high life in Nottingham whilst sticking to a student budget.

How to Get Student Discounts

As a means of ensuring that student discounts aren’t being abused by people who aren’t students, to claim most offers you must be able to display a valid student card. However, some offers are only available to those who are enrolled onto certain free subscription services such as UNiDAYS, or paid subscription services such as the Totum Card. When it comes to acquiring vast amounts of bargains throughout the academic year, the time taken to create a UNiDAYS account or the £12 annual fee of the Totum card is evidently worth it.


Wildwood is known as the holy grail within my house. I mean, when any establishment offers 30% student discount (Sunday-Thursday), they are inevitably going to become a place worth checking out. Specialising in grills, pizza and pasta, Wildwood ensures that the culinary board is covered in terms of variation.

If you want more variation than grills, pizza and pasta, Cosmo will be right up your street. Being a world buffet, you can load your plate with a carvery, curry or piles of sushi – the possibilities are infinite. However, it is key to remember that a buffet is a marathon, not a sprint so save room for dessert because their cakes and gelato counter is not something to go amiss. With 10% discount Monday-Friday, the opportunity to load your plate as many times as possible will ensure that you get your moneys worth.


Shopping in the city centre predominantly revolves around one thing: the Victoria Centre. Love it or loathe it, what can’t be disputed is its status as being the home to many a student discount. From Topshop to Schuh to Superdrug, student discounts are rife if you are looking to shop til you drop in Notts.


You know what they say: work hard, play hard. Or, if you like, work hard, play harder.

Being a student does not mean that you must confine yourself to your bed because chilling indoors is the only thing that is free. Indeed, take a trip down to Broadway Cinema where you can indulge on an under 24 ticket for £4.50 or, for students over 25, a ticket for £6.90. Alternatively, if you are living in Lenton and want to make use of what’s on your doorstep, pop into the Savoy and catch a film for £4.85. When full price cinema tickets at bigger chains go for anything between £9 and £15, the cinema is one of the key sources of discounts.

If sitting down for 90 minutes isn’t your thing and you crave a more active activity, Lost City adventure golf offers an 18 hole game of crazy golf for £6. For those of you who want to endure in a longer game, 36 holes can be played for £10. Located in the Cornerhouse, you can spend an evening playing golf before making use of your student status to secure a discount at one of the many nearby restaurants.


Arguably the easiest way to get around the city is by bus. Fortunately, the transport system accommodates for this and offers discounted fares for students. For instance, when using the orange line (the one that takes you to campus and to the city), single fares can be purchased for £1.50. On the other hand, if you know that you will be doing a lot of travelling during the year, it may be worth purchasing a student bus pass for £239. Although the price seems hefty in writing, this pass grants you with unlimited travel between September and July. Doing the maths this price equates to you doing 159 trips on the orange line, meaning that getting to and from uni will almost certainly allow you to get the value out of your pass.

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