The International Student ID Card
If you are a student then you have a distinct advantage when it comes to budget travel – that advantage is discounts! Basically lots of companies love to offer students discounts, the logic being that when you finally go into that well-paid job, that hopefully the university education will lead to, you will remain a loyal customer of the company, and think of them when you are shopping around for more costly goods and services.
Your student ID card from your university should already net you a whole host of discounts, but you also may consider investing £9 in the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which, it is claimed, will net you some 32,000 discounts internationally. It’s worth bearing in mind though, that the card you got free from your university or college, may well also get you these discounts.
The ISIC card includes the worldwide free-call Emergency Help Line, and gives you a small bonus credit on the ISIC phone card and global SIM, so, it may be worth getting just for these factors.
Apparently 83% of cardholders said that they would buy another one, and people reckoned it was worth it due to the number of discounts available, with cardholders reckoning that they saved a total of £110 when last travelling.
All full time students are eligible for an ISIC card. You have to be able to prove your date of birth, and have a student ID from your uni or college. You can even get the ISIC on a gap year, all you need to do is provide a confirmed place via UCAS.
At nine pounds, the ISIC might be worth it if you are going to do a lot of travelling, but it is worth bearing in mind that you will still get a lot of those discounts with your regular, free student ID.