Shamelessly asking is there a student discount every time you purchase something is going to save you a lot of pennies during your time in college. Sure, in most places it might only be 10% off, but in the current economic climate we have to keep our penny pincher caps on at all times. Instead of thinking of it as “only 10%”, start thinking of it as two drinks in Dicey’s next Monday. Most stores will advertise in very small writing, on a sign stuck behind a rail, somewhere in the back of the store that they offer a student discount. Here’s a list of some of the most popular stores that do definitely offer student discounts.

  • New Look – 10%
  • Schuh – 15%
  • Office – 15%
  • Topshop/ Topman – 10%
  • Oasis – 10%
  • Skechers – 10%
  • ALDO – 10%
  • Boots – 10%
  • Lifestyle Sports – 10%
  • Tola Vintage – 15%
  • Urban Outfitters – 10%

Those of you that are more comfortable shopping from the comfort of their bed will be happy to know that too can indulge in these savings. There is a nifty little site that gives you all the online codes needed to avail of that coveted % off: UniDays. You simply pop in your name and your college email address and they will keep you as a member until you graduate. They frequently put up limited time offers of 25% and upwards off certain sites. The main ones includee ASOS, BooHoo, Missguided, , PHD Sports Nutrition (30% off !) and Hype. You just sign in with your UniDays details at the check out and they will give you a code, which you copy and paste into the discount box. Your discount is applied to your subtotal. Woohoo!

Unfortunately there will come a time when your body physically can not handle anymore chicken fillet rolls, and when that time comes you will be in too much emotional distress to try and piece together a decent feed. So here are a few eateries that will throw you some grub at a discount once you flash your student ID at them.

  • Captain Americas – 2 for 1 on meals
  • Burrito& Blues – €5 Burrito/Torta& Drink
  • Boojum – €5.75 Burrito/Bowl
  • McDonalds – €5 Big Mac Meal
  • SuperMac’s – €12 for2 Medium Meals
  • BoBo’s Burgers – €10 , Any Burger , Chips & Drink (Mon–Fri before 6pm )
  • Apache Pizza – €10 for a Large Pizza
  • Zumo – 15% offThe Bagel Bar – 10% off
  • for discounts in many local takeaways

For the days when you don’t fancy piecing last nights events together through collaborations of your mates’ Snapchat stories, here are a couple things to do on the cheap that don’t involve alcohol.

  • €10 – Student Tuesdays Dundrum Cinema offers a Ticket, Large Popcorn & Large Drink.
  • €4 off in National SeaLife, Bray
  • Get rebate on a full price ticket when you show your student ID at Block D turnstiles to rear of the Cusack Stand prior to entry to Croke Park.
  • Leinster Rugby do special offers on some home games for 10/15 euro for students. Keep an eye on their Twitter and Facebook.

Computers, laptops and all the bits that go with them are a cost almost every student is going to encounter at some stage. Technology doesn’t come cheap, but there are a couple of offers available all year round that should stop the need to queue outside PC World at 6am on St. Stephen’s Day.

  • Apple – 10% – always special offers on at start of semesters
  • Adobe – Creative Suite 6 – discount of up to €120
  • Microsoft – Office University €80

The cost of travel within Dublin is ridiculous; aside from getting a student travel card there isn’t much savings to be had here I’m afraid. Outside of Dublin, however, Irish Rail are running some deals with savings of up to as much as 60%.

  • Cork – €32.50
  • Galway – €23.00
  • Waterford – €00
  • Sligo – €24.00

Now you are equipped with the knowledge of where to get your savings, go forth and produce your student card at every check out with pride! Do not turn tomato red as your reduction of 35 cent is applied; instead think of how many tins of beans that will get you on your next shop.

Author: Kelly Corrigan