You know that your student card entitles you to half-price public transport, but there are plenty of other lucrative discounts that you can get on entertainment, technology, fashion and food.
Entertainment General entry into the Melbourne Museum is free for all concession card holders. General entry includes the museum's permanent exhibitions and some temporary exhibitions. However, special exhibitions sometimes have an admission fee.
Student card holders can visit the Melbourne Museum's permanent Marine Life exhibiton for free. Photo: Melbourne Museum.
Fashion discounts Some clothing stores, such as Topshop and Dotti, offer a 10% discount in-store upon presentation of your student card. The real bargains, however, are to be had by the online shopper. Sign up to Unidays with your student email account for year-round discounts on online retailers. Discounts include 20% off at Missguided, 15% off at The Iconic, and 10% off at Asos. Usually, discounts can only be applied to full-price stock. My personal favourite is 10% off at Boohoo, as the discount code can be used on items which are already on sale.
Discounted newspapers and magazines Newspaper and magazine companies need you to start your lifelong subscription habit early- so they offer some ridiculously cheap deals for subscriptions for students. The Age's current deal is for digital access is $1 for the first month and $9 per month for website access thereafter. The Herald Sun costs just $20 a year for a subscription which you pick up on-campus on weekdays, and is delivered to your house on weekends. A number of magazines also have student deals. Students can subscribe to The Economist (print only) for $5.37 per week, which is much less than you'll find it at a newsagent but not even a dollar less than the regular subscription cost. A subscription to New Scientist costs about half as much as the newsstand price. It can be difficult to find student magazine deals and you may have to hunt around the website of your favourite publication to find the fine print, but the savings are worth it.
Fast food Use your student card to wrangle discounts at fast food outlets. Sign up to Student Edge for free to access a range of discounts including 10% off at Sumo Salad, 15% off at Baskin Robbins, and a free medium drink with any purchase over $3 at McDonald's. Plenty of restaurants also have a student menu, or will give students 10% off if you ask.
Save 10% at Sumo Salad as a student. Photo: Sumo Salad.
Where would a student be without their laptop? Apple offer some great student discounts, and usually have even better offers available at the start of the academic year. Lenovo also has a range of year-round student discounts on laptops, with some of the better deals taking hundreds of dollars off the regular price. Software is often available at a dirt-cheap student price. Save on Microsoft Office, which is $169 for students instead of $599 (although the student version doesn't include Outlook, Publisher and Access).