One of the first things you will do upon starting your student life in Australia is obsessively convert prices to your home currency and gasp. But worry not because Australia has a special rate for students in almost every type of product and service from groceries, apparel and electronics to plane tickets, hotel tariffs and restaurants. The thing that holds the power to get you all of these is your student ID card. So, here are the ten best ways to make the most out of your student ID.
1. LOCAL CONVENIENCE STORE
The bare essentials you need to purchase every other day are silent killers of your bank balance. These include groceries, hygiene products, basic medical items, etc. If not spent on wisely, these can burn a sizeable hole in your pocket. Therefore, ensure you avail all possible student discounts at your local convenience store.
2. APPAREL, FOOTWEAR AND ACCESSORIES
Oh the burden of looking good in college every single day on a shoe string budget! Luckily, various fashion brands offer a student discount in AustralialikeJ. Crew, Banana Republic, Old Navy and many more. Student discount websites likeUNiDAYSare also a great place to find attractive deals on clothing online.
3. ELECTRONICS & SOFTWARE
It’s a given that college students need laptops, storage devices, numerous software, and all other manners of hardware and software. This is why almost all major electronics and tech brands offer student discounts in Australia. From Apple, Microsoft, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung to Adobe, Corel, and Nuance, there are student discounts and deals available so long as you flash your student ID card at the checkout counter! You can also find great deals online at Student Discounts, which offers tech deals, specifically for Uni students.
Yet another student essential you will need on campus –Books. It’s not just textbooks, it’s also the ones you need for reference and the ones on your assigned reading lists that can collectively cost a fortune. Not only do bookstores offer student discounts, but there is a fully functional online book marketplace for students in Australia-StudentVIP, where you canbuy new or used books and sell them further when you’re done!
5. HEALTH & FITNESS
Stay in shape with your student discount card at your favourite gym. Many fitness centers offer student discounts and packages so just get out, show your student ID and get fit!
6. HANGOUT AND FUN ACTIVITIES
Feel like watching a movie, eating at your favourite restaurant, going bowling or playing your favourite sport? Your student Id card or a discount card will get you deals in all of these and more. Whatever you have planned for a fun evening with friends can be done at a concessionary student fare in Australia.
7. CELLULAR PLANS
While studying in Australia, you’re several thousand miles away from home and staying in touch with family and friends can be an expensive affair. Then there is the added internet usage which is pretty much a 24/7 requirement. That is why cellular companies like Vodafone offer student deals for calling and data plans. Use your student ID card to get the best of these offers.
When you’re in a beautiful country like Australia, you can’t NOT spend on traveling with friends. Lucky for you, airline and travel sites offer student discounts on flights and stay, not just in the holiday season but all year round!
Insurance is necessary to have and don’t exactly come cheap. From Car, Rental to Health, insurance for students are usually at special rates in Australia. So make sure you maximize savings on all of them.
Australia offers student discounts in almost every market like retail, online subscriptions, food, travel, technology, etc.so keep an eye out for deals in general. Even the biggest brands have special packages for college students like Spotify, Netflix, KFC, McDonald’s, Sephora, Dominos and many, many more.
Anupama Kumar is a content writer based in Bangalore, India. She writes blogs, stories, articles and social media content and has a passion for helping people and connecting with them through her writing. A professional writer by day and a creative one by night, her own stories, musings, quotes and poems inspired by her travels are also published on various platforms.
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