How to find my NUS membership number

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In days of yore, all a student would need to do to qualify for a discount in shops, pubs and restaurants would be to flash a laminated cardboard National Union of Students card in somebody's face. If you're studying now, things are a little more complicated.

If you haven't already done so, you'll need to join NUS Extra if they want to enjoy the discounts membership of the organisation offers. Once they've done so, your NUS Extra card number will be your key to hundreds of reductions.

Dig out your NUS Extra card and make a note of the 18-digit number on its front. This is all you'll need to qualify for your student discount in the majority of cases. You'll typically need to enter your NUS Extra card number when purchasing goods or services online, but may be able to get away with simply flashing your card if you're buying things physically.

Order an NUS Extra card online if you haven't already got one. If you don't sign up for NUS Extra, you won't be getting any NUS discounts. You can grab a card online from the NUS website. To do so, you'll need to be a student, have a webcam or a recent photo and be in possession of a debit card to pay your membership fee. Your card will be delivered to your place of study.

Log into your NUS Extra account using your email address to order a replacement card if yours has gone astray. If you've forgotten your account password, hit the "Reset Password" link on the Extra cardholder log in page. You'll have to pay a fee if you've mislaid your card. If your card's been stolen, you'll be able to get a new one for free, as long as you've been to the police and got a crime reference number. Once you've done so, take your crime reference number to your union representative along with your email address to order your replacement card.