Durham Student Discount Cards: Worthwhile or Worthless?

If you’ve been in Durham longer than, well, a day, (make that a nanosecond if you were at the freshers’ fair) you’re bound to have noticed the plethora of student discount cards in Durham.

Whilst pretty much every café, bar, club and restaurant in Durham seems to have some sort of discount system in place – be it the Juicylicious smoothie bar in the DSU, Caffe Nero or Esquires – but some, as Durham Uni Students has discovered the hard way, are better value than others. It’s worth noting that your Durham University campus card gets you discounts in quite a few places already, such as Topshop (10% off)

NUS Extra

The NUS Extra discount card (www.nusextra.co.uk) costs £10 for a year, with £4 a card going back to Durham Student Union (or whichever student union you select on registering).

Whilst it entitles you to some good discounts, such as 25% off pizza at Domino’s Pizza, other discount cards (such as the VCard) give you much the same deals for much less.

Varsity’s VCard

The VCard (www.varsitybars.com/vcard) is Varsity’s discount card. Costing £2, the VCard gives you 25% discount off selected drinks, and 2 for £5 meal deals, as well as a range of other offers (www.varsitybars.com/offers), including 25% off Domino’s pizza and 5% off online orders made at play.com.

4D Card

Debuting in 2007, the 4D Card (www.4dcard.co.uk) is the ‘first student discount card dedicated solely to Durham’, and is the most costly discount card Durham Uni Students found, at £20, which needs renewing annually (as does the VCard).

As with every discount card, the 4D Card could offer you some superb discounts (see www.4dcard.co.uk/4deals) – for example, 50% off at some hair, beauty and tanning salons in Durham and regular deals at Brown Sugar.

Other Student Discounts in Durham

A number of businesses, both local and national, offer student discounts in Durham. If in doubt, ask if they offer a discount – you never know, it could save you enough for an extra night out at the end of term!

Loyalty Cards

  • Caffe Nero – buy 9 hot drinks, get the tenth free.
  • Juicylicious (the smoothie bar in the DSU) offer a free smoothie for every 10 you buy with their discount card.

Student Discount Cards: Summary

There are plenty to choose from, but if you’re genuinely looking to save money, Durham Uni Students has come to the conclusion that only the VCard is really worth considering – it’s affordable and the discounts will quickly pay off the cost of the card if you’re a regular visitor, as well as the Young Persons Railcard, which can easily pay for itself in one journey.

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