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5 Student discounts and software

Despite being hard work, being a student does have its perks. You may find you’re now eligible for a wide range of discounts, and just need some proof you’re a student. That’s where TOTUM comes in.

The TOTUM card

As an OU student you’re eligible to apply for the TOTUM card. TOTUM is the new name for the NUS (National Union of Students) Extra card. This card proves your status as a student and gives you access to a broad range of discounts and offers.

Details on how to apply for the TOTUM card can be found on the OU Students Association website [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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Figure 4 The TOTUM card.

The TOTUM card is one way to get discounts, but there are also many other websites and apps you can sign up to for student discounts.

If you’d like to find out more complete this optional activity, otherwise move onto the next section.

Activity 2 Student discounts (optional)

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Many retailers offer a discount, there are free discount apps you can download, and some software companies have a student license that allows you to purchase software at reduced prices or with additional functionality.

Do an internet search for ‘student discounts’ and note down some that might be attractive to you and what you need to do to get them.

You might notice some discounts require you to have an academic email address – find out how to get one in the next section.