Christmas shopping for students

Christmas can be a tricky time for student wallets. With your next finance payments feeling like they’re miles away and your mates at home having full-time jobs, the pressure is on to find a cheap way to survive the festive period. Having already sorted your travel home from as little as £1 with Megabus, we’re here to tell you how can dodge the cold weather and busy streets with some simple, cost-effective Christmas gifts for all the family.

At the beginning of term, you were issued a student ID card. You might have learnt by now from personal experience that its down to pure luck whether a business will accept this ID and give you the discount or not, but it’s always worth a try if it’s all you’ve got to hand!

The alternative to this which is guaranteed to work every time is the NUS Extra Card. For £12 per year, you can get thousands of discounts in person and online on everything from cocktails to cinema tickets, takeaways to gym memberships, fashion to fancy restaurants… You name it.

If you haven’t got or can’t get an NUS Extra Card before Christmas then fear not, a free membership to UNiDAYs gets you instant access to some student discounts so you needn’t wait for the postman.

It’s also worth registering with websites like Student Beans, Student Money Saver and Save The Student who not only collect and compile lists of great offers and discounts, but also have tons of great money-saving and finance tips all year round.

Here are Bournemouth News & Info’s best present ideas for smart student shoppers, but hurry because stocks are limited and being bought fast!

Family – £5 off a £15 spend (NUS)

Amazon own-brand products 5% off/ Amazon own-brand clothing 10% off (NUS)

Matalan – 10% off online and in-store (NUS)

40% online advance tickets to Thorpe Park (NUS)

Virgin Experience Days – 20% off (NUS)

Spotify 50% off Premium subscription (NUS/UNiDAYs)

Apple Store 15% off (by connecting through your university network)

47% off at the Dungeons (NUS)


Topman – 10% off (UNiDAYs)

Bulldog Skincare – 25% off (NUS)

Firebox – 10% off (UNiDAYs/NUS)

Fair Squared Condoms – 25% off (NUS)


Ann Summers – 15% off (CODE: VC15NV) – 10% off (UNiDAYs)

ASOS sale – up to 70% off

Accessorize – 10% off (NUS)

Missguided – 10% off (UNiDAYs/NUS)


10% off – online (UNiDAYs)

Maybelline Products from 99p at

New Look – 10% off online and in-store (NUS)

10% off Links Of London online and in-store (UNiDAYs)


Nolobi Bikes – 10% off (CODE: STUD10)

Dark Knight BluRay Trilogy at Zavvi NOW £11.69 (CODE: WELCOME)

15% off Jack Wills online and in-store (UNiDAYs/Student Beans code/Any valid Student ID)

15% off Morph Costumes at (UNiDAYs)


Hobbycraft – 10% off (UNiDAYs)

Half Price Perfumes – 15% off your first order (CODE: NEW15)

Up to 50% off  – Thorntons Chocolate Hampers (Student Beans)

£20 Laura Ashley Voucher for £10 (GroupOn)


Paperchase – 10% off (UNiDAYs)

70% off Personalised Canvas Prints at (Student Money Saver)

10% off (UNiDAYs)

15% off Austin Reed (NUS)


Burton Sale – up to 50% off

I Want One Of Those – 10% off (UNiDAYs)

Personalised Engraved Whisky Glass RRP £9.99 NOW £5.51


Cath Kidston – 10% off (UNiDAYs) – 10% off (NUS)

10% off Waterstones online (UNiDAYs)

Winter Warmer Tea at The Queens Hotel, Bournemouth For Two £18.95 or Four £37.90 (Groupon)




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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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