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Savvy students bag extra discount at Co-op

10th October 2016 Print

Savvy students are switching on to extra savings at the Co-op following the launch of the retailer’s new Membership rewards scheme.

Thousands of NUS extra cardholders are bagging an extra boost to their budget by signing up to Co-op membership, a move that could provide combined savings for students of approaching £7.5M while earning £300,000 for good causes.

In addition to the 10 per cent discount available in-store for NUS extra cardholders, students - who are also a Member of the Co-op - receive a further 5 per cent reward into their membership account when purchasing own-branded products and services. Students are also sold on the concept of a further 1% directly benefitting local good causes, community groups and charities.

Jemima Bird, Customer Director at the Co-op, said: “With many students living away from home for the first time our partnership with NUS extra aims to support young people trying to balance their budget – eating the right food is not only affordable, but can also bring about a boost to health, wellbeing and even educational achievement.”

Richard Brooks Vice-President (Union Development) at NUS, said, “The cost of living is a concern for students and this move which further helps to reduce the burden on their budgets is very welcome. As a community retailer the Co-op’s stores are conveniently placed and its new membership proposition not only provides a 5% personal reward, but gives 1% to good causes to make a difference in local communities - something that this generation of student cares deeply about. With food provenance a concern its commitment to backing British farming should be applauded and at the same time, its investment in lowering prices has seen over 1,000 everyday essentials reduced.”

The NUS extra card offers over 200 UK student discounts and comes with one year FREE ISIC - un-locking over 42,000 international discounts. The card costs on average less than £11 per year when purchasing a three year card. For further information, visit