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Get Yourself a NUS Card

Author: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 16 September 2014 | commentsComment
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The National Union of Students (NUS) represents over 5 million students across the United Kingdom who are involved in higher or further education. This makes the NUS one of the largest student organisations in the world. As it works on behalf of students, the NUS recognises that students often live on a shoe-string budget and have devised a system of membership cards that offer students a host of assets and discounts. A selection of three cards is now available for students, each offering a number of different benefits. If you are looking to save some money and access exclusive deals, find out today if the he Associate Card, Extra Card or Democracy Card is right for you.

Associate Card

There are two types of NUS Associate cards, those for students currently enrolled in year 12 or 13 at school and those for students currently studying with a select group of professional organisations. The Associate Card costs £7 for students and £10 for professionals. These cards act as a valid student ID, entitle the bearer to discounts in national chain stores and receive emails containing information on further discounts, student news and special student advice. Membership forms are available online or call the Associate Card Hotline at 0845 217 7714.

Extra Card

Current students, including those studying with the Open University, are eligible for Extra Cards. These cards cost £10 and can either be ordered online or through your specific student union. In fact, the Extra Card also now encompasses the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) (a £9 cost on its own) so it can be used both throughout the United Kingdom and abroad in over 100 other countries to help students save money and take advantage of a number of great offers and competitions. Ticketmaster, Subway, Superdrug and McDonalds are just a few of the vendors who accept Extra Cards and offer discounts to the bearers. Before using it, however, you will need to activate your Extra Card online. All instructions will be included with your new card.

Democracy Card

The Democracy Card is the only NUS card that does not entitle its bearer to special deals or discounts. Instead, the Democracy Card is intended only as a form of student ID so if you already have a college or local student union card then you don't necessarily need the Democracy Card. It is free of charge, and does allow bearers to register online to receive all NUS e-newsletters. It also acts as identification for bearers to access local student union facilities, vote in elections and take part in activities, events and conferences. However if your own student identification card already entitles you to such things then you won't need to duplicate it. Check in with a member of your student union to see what you can already access.

Cards from the National Union of Students are valid from September to September, so buying one early will help you save money throughout the academic year. If an NUS card is lost, a replacement fee may be applicable. For more information on NUS cards, visit the National Union of Students online at www.nusonline.co.uk or drop in to your own student union for further information. Enjoy!

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I start a 3 year course @liverpool university in October, I am a mature student doing a distance course, does this entitle me to an NUS card. Will it be in my welcome pack @ my 1st class or can I apply for one ??
Annie - 15-Sep-14 @ 12:26 PM
I am a 16 year old student studying childcare at New College Nottingham Basford hall I have recieved a letter stating that I am entitled to a free card because my father is a single parent on a low income i have followed the link on the letter but it says i have to pay £12 and there is no box to tick to geta free card can you assist me with this issue Thank You in advance Natasha Jane Morton
Munchkin - 14-Sep-14 @ 5:14 PM
I am a student at New college Nottingham/Basford Hall, my father is a single parent and i have recieved a letter saying i am entitled to a free Nus card i have been on the website but keeps telling me it costs £12 how do i get a free card Thank you in advance for any assistance Natasha Jane Morton
Munchkin - 13-Sep-14 @ 11:50 AM
hello what is the website I need to go on to get a nus card
goody - 5-Sep-14 @ 1:54 PM
I'm a 56 yr old and doing a 1yr college course is it worth me getting a,nus card and if so which one ?
n/a - 29-Aug-14 @ 9:02 AM
How do I apply for an NUS card?
B - 27-Aug-14 @ 12:11 PM
can you advise how i can apply for a NUS card please online
sally - 12-Aug-14 @ 5:04 PM
Hi, Could you please tell me if NUS Extra cards can act as a valid student ID? To open bank accounts. Do they bear photograph and signature? Thanks.
suzich123 - 3-Jun-14 @ 1:40 PM
hi Can you give me information on how to get a NUS card please, can you send me a apllication form Regards Yassin ZAIM
actor - 17-Apr-14 @ 12:57 PM
How and when can i get a nus card
loz - 7-Mar-14 @ 2:06 PM
hello what is the website I need to go on to get a nus card
zoe - 3-Oct-13 @ 5:09 PM
How do i get a nus card please, George
gud - 22-Sep-13 @ 11:05 AM
How do I apply for a NUS card so i can get discount in different stores ?
Kupton - 20-Sep-12 @ 5:18 PM
Hi, can you please tell me if I can still get an NUS associate card as i have read that they no longer exist, and if so, how to get one? thanks.
Rhys - 31-Aug-12 @ 8:56 PM
Matt, you can apply for an NUS card on the NUS website - it's really easy.
jack - 18-May-12 @ 2:38 PM
HiCan you give me information on how to get a NUS card please, can you send me a apllication formRegardsMatt
matt - 18-May-12 @ 12:00 PM
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