Top 8 Places To Go For Student Discounts


The life of a modern-day student can be a tough one. Between essay deadlines, sleep deprivation and possibly regular ‘beer fear’, you may be left with your head spinning. But with that student title comes a whole host of student deals and discounts right at your fingertips. And it’s only logical to take full advantage of as many student savings as possible...

If you’re attending university in Manchester, you’ll be placed right in the thick of the city life, with a plethora of shops, restaurants, bars and activity centres within a stone’s throw.

And the best part: there’s student discounts for a ton of them.

Here are a few of our favourite savings that can be found in and around Manchester. Remember to get your System One 7-day or 28-day Student Travelcard to take advantage of these discounts. We offer student travelcards for a week or a month so you can pick the travel to best suit you. It’s yet another student saving that’ll make your next year at university a whole lot cheaper… and a whole lot more fun.

One for the Thrill-Seeker: Chill Factore

You’ve probably heard of Chill Factore; it’s a highly popular day out that’s a whole-hearted hit amongst Mancunians. It’s home to the UK’s longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope, where you can even get lessons from the pros themselves, so don’t worry if you’re a beginner. You’ll get to immerse yourself in exhilarating alpine activities, spending the afternoon on real snow. Pretty cool, huh?

Students get a pretty peachy deal at Chill Factore, with discounted slope lift passes and great offers on lessons.

For the Film-Buffs: ODEON

Watch all the latest blockbusters on the big screen as they’re released and save a few quid whilst doing so. With an NUS card, students can get discounted cinema tickets at ODEON, amongst other popular cinema chains. You’ll save some pennies every time you go to the cinema, with a brilliant 25% off ODEON student ticket prices on Monday to Thursday with an NUS Extra Card.

It’s worth checking with your local cinema exact prices; they do differ depending when you go.

For Fashionistas: Topshop & Topman

For fashion lovers, you can give your wardrobe a refresh in the popular high street store that is Topshop, and its male counterpart Topman. Strut in style with all the latest trends fresh from the catwalk.

Students get a sweet 10% off at Topshop and Topman so you can shop happy - and maybe buy that extra pair of shoes.

But for foodies, these next deals can’t be beaten...

Italian Lovers: Zizzi

Get a taste of Italy at Zizzi - a popular restaurant chain that serves fresh pizzas, pastas and calzones. It’s a great place to get together with friends, or even for date night. Who doesn’t love Italian, right?

There’s discounts nearly all week; receive 30% off on Monday and Tuesday and on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, get a tasty 25% off. See the menu and plan your Italian feast here.

For The Burger Fiend: GBK

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, or GBK as it’s commonly known as, is a relatively new-wave, trendy burger joint. You’re the head chef at GBK; you can curate your dream burger, from bacon and avocado to mature cheddar and jalapenos for the big boys. Accompany your burger with a creamy peanut butter or Oreo milkshake and you’ve got a meal fit for royalty. Although, we’re not entirely sure Her Majesty is a burger joint regular…

Sound good? It gets better…

Get 25% off as a student discount when you download the GBK app. With badges to be earned and exclusive challenges, you could earn free burgers, sides and discounts, amongst other surprises. Try your hand and get the app today to get meaty student savings.

A Taste of Japan: YO! Sushi

For lovers of Asian cuisine, you’ll probably have dined at YO! Sushi before. As a trendy street food restaurant, it’s quite the hit among students. Choose from an array of authentic Japanese dishes, in particular sushi and stir fry - just swoop your food up from the conveyor belt. You’ll certainly be spoilt for choice!

With an NUS card, you can get a 25% student discount at YO! Sushi when you join their club. Enter your details, then print off a voucher. It’s a good idea to check the terms and conditions first for the full low-down though.

Your Tex-Mex Fix: Chiquito

Enjoy strong flavours and a bit of heat in this fiery Mexican restaurant chain. You’ll be devouring fajitas, burritos or paella in a lively, colourful environment.

What’s even better is there’s an excellent student saving of 25% off your food bill at participating restaurants when you download their app. So you can enjoy an evening of Mexican entertainment and get your spice fix for a fraction of the price. You lucky thing.

The Sweet Tooth: Krispy Kreme

You’ve probably heard of the dreamy doughnut destination that is Krispy Kreme. There’s a huge selection of unorthodox flavours; from cake batter to peanut butter and cheesecake. Not forgetting the classic glazed ring doughnut - a hit amongst students everywhere. Grab a coffee too, and experience a caffeine hit and sugar rush to keep you going for a day of study.

Krispy Kreme currently offers a student saving of 20% off with an NUS card and they frequently have delicious offers such as 2 for 1 dozen boxes, so it’s worth keeping an eye out. But be warned, you might be making a few (daily) trips!

Getting to these favourites is a walk in the park (or a ride on a bus!) with a System One Travelcard which provides an excellent student discount. We offer student and young person saver travelcards for a day, a week, a month or a year so you can pick the travel to suit you.

If you like these student deals and discounts, be sure to check out the Little Voucher Book: the only place to bag the best bargains in Manchester. For the fourth year running, we’re proudly collaborating with them, to give you brilliant offers, and brilliant travel to go with them. Visit the website now to start saving, and check back in September to download the student edition.  

And for the real savvy student, we’re giving away fresher freebies on the System One Travel website every single week until the 8th October. Get free Odeon cinema trips, Starbucks gift cards, or a Nando’s feast - all you have to do is enter your details online and be in it to win it.

Good luck!  

*Accepted by all major local bus companies. See for full list. Available to all students 16-26 years old in full time education (Student ID required). Bus Savers are available online, at PayPoint outlets and TfGM Travelshops. Information produced by Greater Manchester Travelcards Limited (GMTL). August 2017.

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