As a student you’re entitled to discounts and concessions on public transport, event tickets, health care and lots more.
The discounts you’re eligible for will depend on whether you’re studying full-time or part-time and in some cases, how much you’re earning in paid work.
What Kind of Discounts Can I Get?
Student discounts are available on things like:
- Public transport
- Club memberships
Your student diary from uni or TAFE will probably have a list of places that offer student discounts, or coupons you can use to get things cheaper. To find out more, check with your student administration office.
You can also use Discount Detective (new window), an online search engine of discounts available to Australian students.
If you’re not sure if you can get a discount on something just ask - the worst they can do is say no.
How Do I Get a Discount?
Most places will just need to see your student card from your school, uni or TAFE. Make sure you always have it with you.
For other discounts you’ll need a specific card.
To buy concession tickets and travel on public transport in Victoria, you need to have a Victorian Public Transport Student Concession Card, which you can apply for by filling out the application form on the Metlink website (new window).
You can also get concession tickets for public transport if you have a Health Care Card (below).
If you're planning to travel in Australia or overseas, consider getting an International Student Identity Card (new window) or an International Student Exchange card (new window). These cards give you access to discounts and benefits both in Australia and overseas. You can save on airfares, accommodation, museums, cultural venues, food, shopping, movies and lots more.
You're eligible for a Health Care Card (new window) if you receive a Centrelink payment such as:
- Youth Allowance
Only job seekers receive a Health Care Card automatically. If you're a full-time student and receiving the Youth Allowance, you should apply for one of these cards as a low income earner.
Check out our Youth Allowance & other allowances page for more about student allowances. You can also apply for a Low Income Health Care Card (new window) if you have a weekly income below a certain limit.
As a Health Care Card holder you can get concessions on things like:
- Prescription medications
- Ambulance service
- Dental care
- Eye care
- Water and energy bills
- Public transport
To find out more about Health care Cards, visit the Centrelink website (new window).
Centrelink - Health Care Card
Find out about the benefits, if you're eligible and how to apply for one if you're a low-income earner.
Information on Primary, Secondary and Tertiary student concession cards.
International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
World-wide discounts for full-time students.
International Student Exchange cards (ISE)
Offering discounts internationally and across Australia