Everyone knows that students are not famed for their wealth, but fear not, because here are some of the best places to get the full benefit of your student discount and your limited funds in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Thankfully, if you’re a student in Glasgow, you’ve got it made. Not only is the city one of the cheapest in the UK, it’s also brimming with exclusive deals and discounts just waiting to be taken advantage of.
If you’re a student in Edinburgh on the other hand, you have to contend with the high cost of living in Scotland’s capital. But hopefully this article will give you the lowdown on how to make the most of your student discount.
Disclaimer: Remember, with a lot of the discounts mentioned here, you’ll need your uni card or NUS to reap the benefits. So don’t forget to always have yours with you!
The University Cafe on Byres Road is a Glasgow institution and has been serving up cheap and tasty food for decades. Pop in and their glittery retro decor will steal your heart and make you understand why it’s constantly crammed with students and lecturers!
Bar Soba on Byres Road, Mitchell Lane and Merchant Square offers Pan-Asian street food and fresh cocktails combined with funky décor and friendly staff. With 2-for-1 mains for students and some seriously good drinks promos, it’s the perfect midweek treat. There’s one in Edinburgh too.
The 78 on Kelvinhaugh Street is a student favourite, serving up cheap pints, yummy vegan food and music which ranges from live jazz and reggae to hip hop and open mic nights. Best of all, they offer a whopping 20% off food for students on Tuesdays!
At BLOC+ everyday’s a deal day. On Monday it’s pasta for £3, Tuesday a burger, on Wednesday you get a steak for a Fiver, Thursdays it’s all about the chicken, and on Friday it’s hotdog day. Oh and everyday’s pizza day with 2 for 1 pizza’s all week long. And they’ve got a no bam policy! You can find it on Bath Street.
The Mosque Kitchen is an Edinburgh institution and its location on Nicolson Square makes it a popular spot for students. Their ethos is to keep it “fast and simple” which works a treat for busy students who can get a curry and rice from £4.
Elephants and Bagels on Marshall Street is the place to be during your lunch, it has free WiFi, healthy, filling meal deals and it’s also where JK Rowling wrote some of the Harry Potter books.
Wildmanwood Pizza also on Marshall Street is for those wanting to up their pizza game. They offer wood-fired pizza crafted by staff trained in Naples. A classic margherita in this tasty joint is just £6.60 and the most expensive pizza is still under £10.
Nile Valley Cafe is conveniently located for Edinburgh uni students. They serve up a delicious variety of African cuisine including Sudanese wrap’s, falafel and fuul. Certainly makes a nice change from a generic supermarket meal deal.
Burrito joints seem to be popping up all over the city, but few are as liberal – or cheap for that matter – with their portioning as TAQUITO on Home Street. £4 for a giant burrito sound good to you?
The Three Sisters at Cowgate is popular amongst students with it’s 2-4-1 main meals, 7 days a week.
FUN & GAMES
The Glasgow Film Theatre offers a free 15-25 Card scheme allowing you to get standard GFT tickets for just £5.50! You’ll also earn loyalty points for every pound you spend on cinema tickets and get special offers by email.
If you prefer to stop by a more mainstream cinema, on the other hand, The Odeon gives students a generous 25% off tickets.
Edinburgh Zoo is arguably one the best in the country. Book online 3 days+ in advance with your student card, and you’ll pay £14.50, and make all small saving on their standard, on-the-day Student Concession entry price of £16.50.
The Buff Club on Bath Lane is the place to be on Monday nights (if, that is, you’re interested in fantastic house, disco and techno tunes, free entry for students and £1 drinks!) The club offers great nights all week long but Monday nights are extra student friendly.
Hillhead Bookclub is a student popular bar and restaurant near Byres Road and offers separate meat and vegetarian menus, a strawberry gin mojito for just £3 and DJs five nights a week.
Campus on Sauchiehall Street is billed as ‘Glasgow’s First Frat House’. With a student night on every day of the week, if you’re staying or studying in Glasgow, there’s no doubt you’ll end up in there at one point.
Tingle on Mitchell Street offers shots for £1.50 – that’s all you really need to know. The perfect pre-club destination, you can try as many different shots as you could imagine.
DRAM! is prime location for you ‘west enders’ and is located within minutes of Kelvingrove Park, and show live sport, host live music. PLUS they offer pints and spirits from £2.90, cocktails from £4, and food deals from just £5! But if that’s not enough, they also offer a 10% discount card – best get yours at the start of term.
Driftwood is a student staple pub with drinks as cheap as 89p. That’s almost cheaper than a bottle of water. This pub is loud and always rammed with students due to its location – a hop, skip and a jump away from the Garage and the rest of Sauchiehall Street’s favourite student clubs. If you’re a student, you’ll almost definitely end up at this pub simply because Driftwood makes it very easy to get merry on a fiver.
Hummingbird is the place to be if you’re feeling on the classy side. With its shabby chic décor and Monday to Thursday half price cocktails, it’s a well-worn student haunt. If you can’t be bothered traipsing to the West End, they also serve delicious Ketchup burgers. For some West End sophistication in the City Centre, fly down to Hummingbird.
The Hive on Niddry Street is open seven nights and offers drinks from a teeny £1 (not to mention a light-up dancefloor), you’ll walk through every genre of music with its many rooms providing pop, punk, RnB, cheese, indie, rock and beyond.
Bar 50 at Cowgate offers a fabulous range of classic cocktails from £6.00 (£4.80 with student discount) and students get a great 20% off with their student discount cards. It’s also worth having a look for them in Snapfax, there’s some cheeky deals in there as well.
The Library Bar at the Teviot is an affordable student hangout. With books lining the walls, it gives a dorm like feeling but with 2 for 1 pizzas and half price nachos.
The Three Sisters has already been mentioned in our ‘Eating Out’ section, but it deserves it’s own mention here as well. It has £3.50 cocktails and student drinks deals from £1.99.
The Wee Red Bar is a much loved Edinburgh institution in terms of a lively and intimate venue for both up and coming and established bands and DJs. Located in the grounds of Edinburgh College of Art via a secret, concealed entrance on Lady Lawson Street, it’s also home to The Egg (page 28), Edinburgh’s leading alternative nightclub scene.