Free services and discounts for students

Learn about the free and discounted services we provide to support your studies and wellbeing, also, discover the various cards and apps you can use to access student discounts at shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Wellbeing services 

We offer various services and resources for student wellbeing, including short-term counselling, disability and learning support, wellbeing advisors, self-help resources, and iThrive Edinburgh.

These services cater to students with disabilities, neurodiverse conditions, physical and mental health issues, and common student concerns such as money, stress, depression, and homesickness.

All students have access to our new Wellbeing Advisers for support on any issues that affect their health, wellbeing or personal life.  No issue is too small, so please ask for help if you need it.  

Explore our wellbeing services 

Our new student support model

Support in a crisis



Our café prices are fixed for the full year ahead, and we've introduced cheaper lunch options of soup for £1.50 or a range of filled sandwiches for £1.75 in all our University-managed cafés and catering outlets.

Some of our buildings have areas with microwaves and hot water, which you can use to heat and prepare your own food. Check with your school to find out what facilities are available in the spaces you use. 

Food banks

Food banks work with frontline professionals, like doctors, health visitors, social workers, and Citizens Advice. These professionals can refer you to a food bank and give you a voucher if they think you need emergency food.

Visit the Trussell Trust website for more guidance on accessing food banks. 



We provide a free shuttle bus service for the academic year 2023 - 2024. The service is for students and staff travelling quickly between Central Area and King's Buildings to meet their academic timetable. 

The government offers free bus travel to anyone aged 5-21 who resides in Scotland for most of the year (6 months or more). 

Several other schemes available to students give you discounts on public transport around Scotland and the UK. 

View the free shuttle bus timetable

Learn more about bus and train discounts


IT and tech 

We loan IT and tech equipment for short, medium, and long term. The University also provides access to software deals at discounted rates.  

Laptop loan service  

IT equipment loans via EdHelp 

Multimedia equipment loans  

Software discounts  


Period products 

You can pick up free sanitary towels, tampons and Mooncups at locations across our campuses or have period products delivered to your home. 

Free period products 



Our buildings provide access to warm indoor spaces, and many have hot showers which you can use outside the usual 9 to 5. 

View a list of buildings with shower facilities


Student discount websites and cards 

You can use various cards and apps to access discounts at shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, and other businesses.  

We have provided links to existing directories rather than listing all available discounts. These websites specialise in discounts for students and have the most up-to-date information.  

Save the Student Discount Directory 

536 student discounts and offers from UK retailers. Latest discounts using NUS Totum card, UniDays and Student Beans collected in one directory. 

Student Discounts (Save the Student)

Your student ID 

You'll get a matriculation card to access University services after registering. In some cases, showing your ID or using your student email address is all you need to access student offers and discounts. 

Getting your student card 

TOTUM (Formerly known as NUS Extra) Card 

TOTUM is the new name for the NUS Extra Card. It provides access to exclusive student discounts at thousands of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues both in-store and online. 



UNiDAYS is a popular student discount platform that provides digital student ID verification. Students can sign up for free and access discounts online and in-store from various retailers and brands. 


Student Beans 

Student Beans is another student discount platform offering access to exclusive deals and promotions for students. Students can sign up for free using their academic email address. 

Student Beans 

ISIC (International Student Identity Card) 

The ISIC is an internationally recognised student ID card that offers thousands of student discounts and benefits worldwide. 

International Student Identity Card 


Seek financial guidance  

If you find your financial situation overwhelming or need more guidance, don't hesitate to seek help.  

You can contact the Advice Place by calling 0131 374 4581, or emailing