Drawing inspiration from cash-strapped student days, a new
scheme, StudentsInNeed, has
been launched to help the UK's six million students save money and
find a job.
Not to be confused with a charitable organisation supporting
impoverished undergraduates, StudentsInNeed offers exclusive
online discounts of up to 20% on top brands popular with students
and comes at a time when they are facing mounting debts and
struggling to find part-time jobs to make ends meet.
Students can save up to £700 per year on major retail, leisure
and entertainment brands, based on a typical average annual student
spend of £3,500. SIN membership is open to youngsters at school,
college or university and mature students or graduates are also
eligible. For a modest annual membership fee of £4.95 students
qualify for discounts on items such as books, CDs, DVDs, clothing
and travel purchased either online, or using a SIN 'partners'
voucher book containing up to £200 worth of savings, provided by Mosaic
So, on the one hand Students have access to genuine discount
offers on things that students buy, need and like. On the other,
this is a superb opportunity for youth oriented brands to reach
this influential audience without the hefty premium associated with
The SIN website also has a jobs section, putting students in
touch with part-time jobs to help them earn while they learn, as
well as finding permanent graduate positions throughout the UK.
The timing of SIN's launch could not have been better, with
recent surveys suggesting that new students starting university
this autumn can expect to graduate owing £23,000. No small amount.
With the jobs market particularly challenging at the younger end of
the spectrum, these young people need all the help they can
Discounts are exclusive to StudentsInNeed and not available
through any other type of student discount card; this is what makes
SIN unique. Top brands include Borders Books, AllPosters.co.uk (the
world's largest poster and print store), Oasis (ladies fashion) and
Moss Bros. Savings are unlimited, but are obviously dependent on an
individual's level of spending.