Everyone knows that staying on top of your finances is tough as a student. Whether you’re taking a break from the corporate world to upskill or are studying for the first time, having a limited income means that you really need to watch where your cash is going.
Thankfully there are hundreds of student discounts available for New Zealand students to help you save while you earn your qualification. From discounts on a wicked pair of sneakers to a new laptop for working on assignments, this guide is your new best friend.
How to get a student discount
There are plenty of student discounts up for grabs across New Zealand, but knowing how to access them is key to saving money in as many ways possible.
Kiwi students have access to four major discount networks:
- Student Beans
Becoming a member of one or all of these networks allows you to save on tech gear, clothing, food, travel, beauty, homewares, sports equipment and more. Some are free to join, while the others have a small annual fee to pay when you register. You can belong to as many as you want, but it’s worth learning more about each and seeing which discounts are included to decide on the best option(s) for your lifestyle.
Direct with the retailer
Not all retailers who offer student discounts are registered with the networks listed above. They instead have their own system of registering students and checking IDs, and that usually means that you join the loyalty program in order to do so.
For example, when you join the Fresh Fragrances loyalty club and enter your student ID number, you’ll automatically get upgraded and receive 10% off your orders.
If you’re after tech gear, create a student account at Lenovo for access to the Lenovo Student Store.
How much of a discount can I get as a student?
Student discount offers can vary greatly depending on the retailer. While it’s most common to see 10-15% off, discounts can be as low as 4% or as high as 30%.
Discounts are often only applicable to full-price items, but some stores extend this to stock that’s been reduced. If you’re looking at student discount clothes shops, make sure to check if you’ll be able to save on sale items.
Sometimes discounts are not applied at the time of purchase, but instead are given as a cashback after purchase.
Student discount networks in New Zealand
UNiDAYS has been around since 2011 and is used by students all around the world looking to save on fashion, sports gear, technology, beauty products and much more. The network has frequent competitions for students with prizes including a year of free groceries or a gift card.
Cost to join: Free
UNiDAYS student discounts available:
Some student offers at UNiDAYS are available for a promotional period and include greater savings storewide or special discounts on select products. Head to the “Limited time only!” page at UNiDAYS to see what’s up for grabs.
How to register for student discounts at UNiDAYS
Head to the UNiDAYS website and click on “Join Now”. Enter your personal details, where you are studying and your email address provided by the institution. UNiDAYS uses this email to verify that you are a student and eligible for student discounts.
Student Beans is a student discount loyalty network that operates in 17 countries. You can find discounts across fashion, beauty, travel, and entertainment, with exclusive offers available on occasion for Student Beans members. As well as having access to discounts on the New Zealand site, you can use the UK site to order from stores that ship internationally.
Cost to join: Free
Student discounts available through Student Beans:
How to register for student discounts at Student Beans
To register for student discounts, head to the Student Beans website and click on “Sign up”. You can link your Facebook, Google or Apple accounts, or sign up using your email address. Follow the prompts and enter your campus and institution email address for verification.
StudentCard provides hundreds of exclusive discounts for students. While it does have student offers for a handful of retail stores, this New Zealand-only card focuses more on food and drink, entertainment and lifestyle deals.
Cost to join: $20 for one year
Some of the retail offers available with StudentCard:
How to register for StudentCard
StudentCard has four types of cards depending on whether you’re studying at a university or polytechnic, doing an apprenticeship, are university alumni or are at secondary school. It costs $20 for one year or you can save by paying for two or three years upfront.
To join, download the StudentCard app or head to the website to complete the application form and pay the fee. If you don’t have a credit card, you can purchase a code from specified campus outlets and Bennett’s bookstores.
Some smaller tertiary institutions and training centres include StudentCard with your student ID so you don’t need to pay to join. If you are a student at one of these campuses, you just need to register your ID to take advantage of discounts and promotions.
The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) enables you to prove that you are a student both at home and abroad. Suitable for people studying full time, the card is available in both digital and physical forms, and gives you access to over 150,000 student discounts in over 100 countries.
You can use your ISIC card to get discounts on flights, accommodation, tech gear, makeup, clothing and more. It costs $30 to apply for the card, but the discounts that you receive more than make up for this.
Cost to join: $30
ISIC student offers up for grabs include:
Can’t find a student discount for the brand you’re after?
If you are looking for a discount on a particular brand that doesn’t have physical stores or ships to New Zealand, you may have luck with one of the online fashion, beauty or department stores that sell a large range of brands and offer a student discount.
Student discount clothes shops
Wanting to save on your next fashion purchase? These are just some of the clothing stores with discounts for students:
- THE ICONIC: 15% discount with StudentCard
- Lorna Jane: 10% off with Student Beans
- ECHT: 10% off with Student Beans
- Farfetch: 10% off with Student Beans
- boohoo: 50% + an extra 10% off with Student Beans
- ASOS: 10% off full-priced items with Student Beans
What to be aware of with student discounts
- Depending on where you sign up for a student discount, there may be a delay while you wait for your eligibility to be confirmed. It’s a good idea to get your registrations over and done with so you can start saving as soon as possible.
- While many retailers offer a flat discount across their stores, some may limit it to certain items or brands. Make sure to double-check this before you start shopping online. Some student discounts may only be available for a limited time, such as a higher discount on a brand or clothing type.
- There may be restrictions to your student discount. For example, it only applies when you spend over $100, on certain products, or on certain days of the week.
- Some retailers may only allow you to use your student discount on full-priced items. Others will take an additional discount off already reduced items.
- Discounts may not be available in all regions. If you are shopping on an international website that delivers to New Zealand and you see that there is a student discount through UNiDAYS or Student Beans, the discount may not be available for Kiwis. For example, there is a 10% student discount at Elite Eleven, an Australian fitness wear company. The brand delivers to New Zealand but the offer isn’t showing on the New Zealand Student Beans site.
- Depending on the retailer, student discounts can be available for online shopping, in-store shopping or both.
- Student discounts can be restricted to students of particular universities or regions.
- Discount networks often have exclusive offers for their members, with a higher discount or new incentive for you to buy. These offers run for a limited time and the end date may not be advertised.
What other options do I have to save money as a student?
Between all that studying, you’ll be wanting to relax and enjoy time with your friends.
- StudentCard gives you access to discounts at a large number of food chains across the country including Domino’s, Carl’s Jr, Hollywood Bakery and The Coffee Club, plus some local bars and restaurants. You can also get up to 15% off at Liquor King.
- Don’t forget to check out what your university offers in the way of discounts. Your university ID card may entitle you to discounts at local stores, restaurants, bars and for using public transport.
- Get friendly with discount sites online. While they don’t provide a student discount, online discount sites like Onceit and Catch have great deals on brands like Calvin Klein, New Balance, L’Oreal, Michael Kors and Converse.
- Watch out for sales at your favourite retailers. Many online retailers hold regular sales throughout the year, with the biggest discounts usually found on Black Friday and Boxing Day. By signing up for the newsletter or joining the loyalty program, you will get news of sales as they launch. Don’t forget about Back to School sales as well, as this is a good time to get a discount on tech gear and school supplies. And if you’re after new clothes, check out the end of season sales to get items at a fraction of the normal price.
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