Keeping up with the latest fashion trends can be costly for students. The following article offers various high-street retailers who offer various discounts and reductions to help save money.
ASOS offer students an all-year-round discount of 10% but often have promotional 20% or even 25% off student offers. The site also often offers discounts on certain product lines such as ‘winter collections’, which generally offer around 30-40% off the ranges.
Alongside discounts, ASOS provides free delivery and returns for items making the online shopping experience a little easier.
ASOS sells a number of brands but also produces their own ASOS line so there is something for everyone and every budget. As well as stocked items, the site has the ‘market place’ feature which allows you to buy and sell new and used clothing, which is mainly used by small independent shops.
Generally, ASOS is a very student friendly website and clothing store which offers affordable prices and a vast range of products.
“I have used ASOS on numerous occasions in the past and have also returned a few items without any bother or fuss. I am happy with the service provided and the items that I have purchased” Helen, Sheffield Hallam University
“Although I do prefer being able to try on clothes in store to find out what fits, ASOS is a good place to save some cash on clothes especially when student discount is increased” Chris, Leeds University
Bench are offering NUS card holders an exclusive 25% off full priced products for items purchased both in-store and online. Simply enter your NUS card number at the online checkout to redeem the huge saving!
Online shoppers can gain free delivery on shopping costing more than £50 which may include sale items.
With 25% off, shopping at the Bench store may save you much more than other stockists.
“25% off means I can get my Christmas presents for three quarters of the usual price! Bench offers good quality but at rather affordable prices” Faye, Lincoln University student
Topshop / Topman
Topshop offer a continuous 10% student discount but often have 20% off events for both Topshop and Topman with a valid NUS card both online and instore. Topshop also offer students the opportunity to join the exclusive student email list in order to receive special offers, competitions and general tips and information.
General offers may vary between Topman and Topshop who often give promotional discounts on product lines or styles. Student discount may also vary at a given time between the two stores.
Free shipping for orders over £75 can be obtained from Topshop online or at a minimum of £4 for Topman.
“Topshop stores provide a wide range of products at affordable student prices. My experiences buying from Topshop have all been really positive” Emily, Sheffield University student
Republic generally offer 10% student discount but do occasionally increase the discount to 20% which can be obtained with just your .ac.uk university address meaning there is no need to use an NUS card!
Republic online are currently offering free next or nominated day delivery rather than the more usual free delivery of orders over £75. Returns are free to store if purchased online as well as in the shop.
Alongside brands such as G-star and Firetrap, Republic stock slightly more affordable brands such as Crafted, Vila and Jack and Jones.
For special offers, style information and competitions, the republic magazine can be found online and is free to view for all customers.
“Republic offers affordable, fashionable clothing and great student deals” Katie, Birmingham city college student
“Although it’s not my first shop of choice, republic often has a wide selection of brands which can sometimes make shopping around much easier” Lauren, Sheffield University student
NUS card holders can save an exclusive 15% both online and instore by gaining a Firetrap VIP card excluding sale items. 15% off can be claimed on items all-year round both online and instore.
The Firetrap website is currently offering free standard delivery for orders over £35 and can be returned either instore or with collect plus.
Although slightly pricier than other clothing stores, 15% off will gain you the top brand items for much cheaper than other stockists!
“Firetrap clothing is top quality and well worth spending that little bit extra. Student discount is just an added benefit” Charlotte, Sheffield University student
NUS cardholders can enjoy 10% off at Matalan both online and instore which can be gained at the checkout online by entering your Matalan reward card number if you have one.
Alongside student discount, Matalan shoppers can benefit from standard online delivery for just £2 or free for orders over £40 and free instore returns.
As well as offering value clothing lines, Matalan also stock product lines and brand targeted at students and teens such as Be Beau for the ladies and 24:7 for the guys.
“I often drop into Matalan for the basic essentials but always pick up a bargain!” Luke, Sheffield Hallam University student
Although H&M do not offer all-year-round student discount, many stores often hold ‘student nights’ where usually 30% student discount can be obtained on all purchases. Prices are generally very low in store and are comparable to the prices of stores such as Primark or New look for the ladies.
H&M often offer promotional discounts on product ranges of up to 50% off, which is currently applicable to a range of outerwear and coats for women, men and children.
H&M also offer an online newsletter which can be signed up to via the website and will give new readers 25% off in the online H&M store.
“I often buy my clothing from H&M as, as well as being affordable when on a tight budget, clothing is always in trend and fashionable” Ki, Sheffield University student
“H&M is the best place to grab a bargain whilst getting some gorgeous items” Becky, Thomas Rotherham College student
Like H&M, River island does not offer a year-round student discount. The store does however, host the occasional 20% student discount ‘lock-in’ event at many stores around the UK.
The store also holds more general promotional events that are not specific to students such as ‘20% off everything in store’
The online store frequently gives offers on delivery such as free delivery or free when a certain amount is spent and returns are free to store.
Whilst being affordable, River island is a popular student store with a wide rand of products and ever-changing stock to keep up-to-date with the latest fashion and trends.
“River island is my favourite store to buy fashion on a budget to ensure I keep on trend whilst I study” Emma, Leeds Metropolitan University
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