Things to do for free

It needn’t cost the earth to have fun in York, here are a few things to give a go for zero pennies …

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  • The National Railway Museum is the world’s largest railway museum (fact!) and the only place you can see a Bullet Train outside of Japan. Trust us, they have some pretty cool stuff
  • Walk the walls, York has more miles of intact city walls than anywhere else in England and it’s a great way to get across the city quickly
  • Laze by the river, the Ouse has numerous parks along its banks; including Rowntree Park and Museum Gardens in the city centre
  • Each January the city hosts a Residents’ Festival where there is reduced or free admission to many of the city’s top tourist attractions

Free attractions in York

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Student Saving Tips

One of the perks of being a student is that you can often get discounts when you are shopping with some big name brands, in food outlets and from local independent shops too! Once you have started at York St John University and have your university email address you will be able to sign up for lots of discounts, including:

NUS Extra Card

There is a fee for purchasing this but you will easily make it back on the big name discounts you can get by having this handy card. Buy your card from the Students’ Union on campus or online on the NUS website.

International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

Another handy student card to have is the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) which is recognised and valid all over the world. It is particularly handy if you will be studying abroad for part of your course or if you are looking to travel in the holidays.

16-25 Railcard

If you purchase a 16-25 Railcard you can save 1/3 off rail fares. There is a fee for the card and you can choose either a one-year or three-year option. If you are taking regular journeys then the savings can really add up. If you are studying full-time but are over 25 you will need to complete an additional form but can still apply for a railcard.

Useful websites

Websites like UNiDAYS and Student Beans list tons of places where you can get a student discount. You may need to register to be kept in the loop but they often get some big discounts that are worth knowing about!

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