The Perks of Student Life | CityBlock

The university years – a young person’s dream of free money (for now), free time and plenty of perks: DISCOUNTS!

The time you spend at university will be some of the most fun and outgoing years of your life, providing you with plenty of advantages and opportunities to live the real student dream.

Student life can be the doorway to receiving discounts in your favourite shops, restaurants and online retailers alongside the perfect financial situation of interest-free overdrafts and not having to pay tax. There are plenty of perks to being a student, and you will be surprised how many establishments that you may not have known about actually offer a student discount.

So, here are just a few examples of the best offers for you to take full advantage of, and enjoy living the student dream!

We are all well aware of the well-known student discount cards; however, this one could just be the crème de la crème of student discount! UNiDAYS provides discounts for over 3.3 million students across the globe, offering a huge range of brands at discount prices – both in-store and online retailers, ensuring you have the best threads and up-to-date technologies at lovely prices. Brands in collaboration with UNiDAYS include: Cath Kidston, French Connection, Paperchase, FootAsylum, Jack Wills, Asos, Urban Outfitters, Schuh, Ann Summers, Spotify, Topshop & Topman and Apple. Discounts range from 10% – 25% and the service is completely FREE! Sign yourself up today at the UNiDAYS website – all you need is your uni email address to confirm your place of study. Easy, eh?

Student bank accounts

The world would be a very happy place if all bank accounts came with the idyllic advantages of a student account. Banks love enticing students to open bank accounts, offering a range of various freebies in order to compete with the competition. Apart from the ever-tempting interest-free overdraft that will also allow you an extra year of 0% interest after you complete your studies, some banks offer useful freebies including a free rail card, Tastecard membership or an NUS Extra card. A top tip for choosing the right bank for you is to consider the largest 0% overdraft you can receive, unless the huge freebies beat it. Avoid picking a branch just because it is the closest, and never go over your overdraft limit! You will be credit-scored so do your research and make sure you find the perfect account to suit your needs!

Enjoy the longest summer holidays ever

With summer just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to do the things that you really want to do during the long holiday period. Luckily, university tends to give you a very lengthy summer break, some being up to 4-5 months long! And with all that free time, it makes perfect sense to bite the bullet and book that road trip or music festival you have been umm-ing and ahh-ing about.

Some music festivals offer discount ticket prices for students or pay-monthly instalment plan options to make purchasing a ticket that little bit easier! Another great way of attending the top music festivals of the year if on a budget is to volunteer with various festival companies including Oxfam. By volunteering at various summer events, festival goers’ are able to enjoy the music and work short shifts in return for their ticket.

If wanting to jet set around the UK, or maybe further afield, make plans with the mates you’ve met at uni and arrange to stay with them for free accommodation across your travels – just be sure to return the favour! If you haven’t got a car or a mate with a car, organise a group of friends and use public transport. Who knows where you will end up? Also, by taking camping gear with you, you can save money on accommodation costs and enjoy the outdoors in a fun and unique way!

Whether you are soon to be enjoying your first or last student summer, here at CityBlock, we are dedicated to providing students with quality for money and high standard student accommodation  Lancaster and Reading. For more information regarding our student housing facilities please feel free to get in touch with our friendly team on 01524 541251 today!

Posted on June 4th, 2014