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You can save hundreds of pounds – up to 10% on MacBooks, iMacs and iPads – with this handy trick. Pus get free Beats headphones for the new term.

I’m not a lavish spender. My splurges are restricted to nice meals out and travelling – though even then I’ll have made sure I get the best possible value and spend within my budget.

Probably the only time I spend more than I really should is on Apple products. Yes, I know an Android phone or PC will do pretty much the same job for far less money, but I’m fully converted to the Cult of Apple. However, that doesn’t mean I pay full price!

One of the best ways to save on a MacBook, iMac or iPad is through their education programme. To be eligible, you need to be a university student or teacher.

Now, I’m neither of these. However, there is a perfectly legal and legitimate trick to get an NUS card, and hence student discounts – including at Apple.

You’ll be able to save up to £339 on purchases, and at the start of each academic year there’s an added bonus of free wireless Beats Solo3 wireless headphones.

How to get an Apple student discount when you’re not a student

** UPDATE 17/8/18 – It now looks like all online providers have been removed from the NUS/Totum application and it’s highly unlikely that they will return.**

I’ve written about this trick a few times before, but here’s a reminder. First, you need to buy an online training course. There are a few companies that give you eligibility. The cheapest is usually a £4 course, though you can often find a course that interests you for under £30. I’ve listed them all in the article below.

Then you buy an NUS card, which costs £12. Yes, you’ve got to lay out £16+, but you’ll get that back easily on your Apple saving, not to mention everywhere else you can use it.

>> My guide to getting an NUS card when not a student

Sadly the hack that meant anyone could get a student discount closed

How to get the Apple Education discount

You don’t need to wait for the card to arrive – once you’ve been approved and paid up with NUS, you can start shopping online straight away.

Just search the NUS Extra deals page for Apple. Log in and click through to the Apple Store and you’ll be presented with prices far lower than normal.

How much is the Apple student discount?

  • Save up to 10% on Mac
  • Save up to 5% on iPad
  • Save up to 50% on Apple Care
  • Save up to 10% on accessories

Unfortunately, you can’t save on iPhones.

New term special offer – free Beats headphones

When you buy an iMac or iPad Pro with your student discount before 2nd October 2018 you’ll also get a free pair of Beats Solo 3 Wireless. Even if you don’t want them can sell them on eBay. They’re worth around £250!

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