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What has NUS ever done for us?…Quite a lot actually!

Tuesday 20 September 2016 Ethical Living

NUS is the largest student organisation in the UK with 563 active member students’ unions representing millions of students. We are dedicated to improving the lives of students and work tirelessly to make sure your voices are heard but it’s not just about campaigning and policy; we also appreciate the smaller things that can make a big difference such as saving money on everyday essentials and having access to better services.

Here’s how NUS is working for you to get a better deal…

NUS extra cardholders benefit from hundreds of discounts, saving on average around £54 a year* And you may not know this, but every card sold also earns your students’ union commission which means they can provide you with better services and support throughout your time in study.  This ‘extra’ income makes a big difference – an income students’ unions would lose if they weren’t a member of NUS. 

NUS extra is available to students at affiliated Students’ Unions, and right now you could make your £12 NUS extra purchase back in a week with big money-saving deals such as up to 40% off at Pizza Express, a half price Spotify Premium subscription and 10% off food and drink at the Co-op, not to mention our great choice of fashion, beauty and entertainment discounts. Find out more about NUS extra here.

But it’s not just about watching the pennies…There’s a whole host of services that NUS membership offers that you may not know about…

Next time you visit your union shop or bar, take a moment to look around at all the deals and promotions on offer.

NUS has a purchasing consortium that buys on your behalf.  If your union is a member, this means it can buy collectively and receive better deals on a huge variety of products.

We’ve also recently announced an exciting partnership with Yoyo Wallet – a mobile payment app that unlocks even more discounts and allows you to collect loyalty points to spend on-campus.  From November, you’ll even be able to buy or add your NUS extra card in to the wallet!

In the last year, SUs have used our legal advice service for support during the general election, EU Referendum and to understand their responsibilities under the government’s Prevent agenda.

Being a member of NUS gives students’ unions a much louder voice and better access to key decision makers on big student issues. We are currently working to prevent tuition fee rises for current and future students, the merger and closure of FE colleges and campuses and you can join us for the National Demo: United for Education on 19 November.

If you’d like to know more about NUS and the work we do, visit How We Work.  You’ll discover there’s a lot more to us than meets the eye!

*Source: NUS Cardholder Satisfaction Survey, 2016