Discounts and Saving Tips

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Travel Discounts

  • Under 22-year-olds are entitled to free bus travel in Scotland. Details about how to apply for your free bus pass are available at freebus.scot.
     
  • A Scotrail Card can save you at least 1/3 off rail travel at off-peak times and is valid for travel all over the UK.

Student Discount Cards

Check out Save the Student's useful list of student discounts across a range of categories, including books and magazines, fashion, electronic devices and food & drink.

Here are some popular discount card schemes that may be of interest:

Note: Many student tariffs are also available at leisure and entertainment businesses.


Saving Tips

Books

  • Remember the libraries at all three campuses are available to all students.
     
  • Libby app: Online access to your local library, audio books and other materials
     
  • You may also be able to find books online by searching “Book Title filetype:pdf” in Google
     
  • Edinburgh Public libraries are also available

If you are struggling in a subject and need additional help you can also search via Google “Subject Title filetype:ppt” and a series of PowerPoints on the subject should appear.

Software and Laptops

  • Do not forget Apps Anywhere available on MyNapier.
     
  • Utilize the University laptop loan service if you do not have a laptop. The Uni has two rent-a laptop services at each campus along with computer services at no additional cost.

Phone Plans

  • Do not sign onto an expensive plan for more data than you use on average. Only pay for what you are likely to actually require.

Banking

  • Student banking cards should be available from most banks without or with reduced fees from most major banks.
     
  • Online Banks are great quick ways to establish a bank account if you are an international student in need of a quick set up.
     
  • You may have the option to set aside some money early on in a high interest account this could be a way to accrue passive income throughout term.

Energy Providers

Look at your service providers, could you save money by switching your energy providers?

There are funds set aside for customers struggling with their bills:


Access to Cheap/Free Food

Edinburgh Napier is now offering free breakfasts to students at each campus with Student ID.

If you need urgent access to food, you may visit the Food Sharing Hub in Edinburgh.

Check out our Meal Planner flyer to help plan your meals in advance and avoid waste.

Food pantries

Apps

  • Olio App - Olio is a mobile app for food-sharing, aiming to reduce food waste. It does this by connecting those with surplus food to those who need or wish to consume such food.
     
  • Too good to go - Every day, delicious, fresh food goes to waste at cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops and manufacturers - just because it hasn’t sold in time. The Too Good To Go app lets customers buy and collect Magic Bags of this food - at a great price - directly from businesses.

Clothing and Home Goods

  • ENSA's Clothes Swap is running regularly at all 3 campuses throughout the term. Swap any old clothes you don't wear any more for something in our collection! The only condition is that your clothes must washed and still in good condition.
     
  • Leith Collective have re-launched their Winter Coat Exchange for this year. Warm coats can be collected from their two sites during opening hours at Ocean Terminal and Fort Kinnaird.
     
  • Volunteering at Local Charity shops can get you up to 50% off new/ gently used clothing and furniture at a fraction of the price
     
  • You can buy or sell gently used clothing and goods at Vinted.
     
  • Look down the clearance aisles in stores to find cosmetics, clothing, and home goods out of season to save on future spending.
     
  • Collect menstruation products from the University or public organisations. Reusable options cut down on trash and the need to budget in these items.

For more information:

The Scottish Government has launched two new websites: