Best Student Freebies 2023: How To Get Free Things As A Student

Looking for ways to bag a freebie? We've got you...

Written byHolly Barrow
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Living on a student budget can be difficult at any time, but during the current cost of living crisis, it’s more crucial than ever for students to make their money stretch as far as possible. 

From giving our top tips on how students can get free food to exploring the best ways to get cheap train tickets, TOTUM is here to help you save as much as possible. 

If you’re trying to cut back on spending, taking advantage of the many freebies out there for students is just one way to do this - and who doesn’t love free stuff?!


So with all things money-saving in mind, what are some of the best freebies for students in the UK?

Best Student Freebies 2023

Here are some of the best freebies you can get your hands on as a student… 

1. Free Food


As mentioned, we’ve already explored how to get free food as a student in depth here.

But to quickly recap, some of the best food freebies out there for students include: 

  • Free birthday treats: Many restaurants offer exclusive deals and discounts for special occasions such as birthdays, typically in exchange for you being signed up to their newsletter or email marketing. Check out Greggs, Krispy Kreme, Barburrito and Las Iguanas for some free treats each year on your special day! 

  • Free campus goodies: Freshers is the perfect time to bag some freebies on your university campus

  • Free meals: You can get a FREE 12-month tastecard for each year’s TOTUM membership you purchase, and this means getting to take advantage of 2 for 1 meals at thousands of restaurants across the country. A whole meal free of charge? Sign us up… 

2. Free Beauty Samples


Stocking up on makeup and skincare can be pricey, but did you know you can get free beauty samples from some of your favourite brands?

Not only is this a great way to try out new products without the fear of wasting money, it’s also a super easy way to build up your existing beauty collection without spending a penny. 

Try out the following to get your hands on some free beauty samples:

  • Look out for exclusive promotions and offers from the likes of Boots, with brands such as Soap & Glory, Clinique and more offering free samples of new and existing products for shoppers to try! Remember, you can also enjoy 10% off at Boots with your TOTUM card and Boots Advantage Card. 

  • Sign up for product testing trials - some brands promote product testing trials on their own websites, but you can also check out the likes of Clicks Research, which has previously carried out product testing for the likes of Boots, The Body Shop, Liz Earle and more

3. Amazon Prime Student 6 Month Free Trial


Did you know you can get a 6-month free Amazon Prime Student trial as a TOTUM member?

From getting same or next day delivery on thousands of products to binge-watching the latest series on Prime Video, Amazon Prime Student has tonnes of perks. 

4. Birthday Freebies


Birthday freebies don’t just come in the form of food! You’ll find that hundreds of big brands and local retailers offer free birthday treats in exchange for subscribing to their newsletters or email marketing. 

These include: 

  • Free drinks: All Bar One, TGI Fridays, Boost and Starbucks all have free drink promotions for customer birthdays 

  • Free beauty products: Rituals, The Body Shop and Space NK offer either a monetary voucher or free product to celebrate your birthday 

Free Coffee Club Trial


Fancy saving hundreds on coffee each year? With TOTUM and tastecard, you can get a free Coffee Club trial, saving you up to 25% off barista-made drinks at Caffè Nero as well as thousands of independent cafes and coffee shops across the UK.

5. Enter Giveaway Competitions 

Social media competitions can be a fantastic way of bagging yourself a freebie. Big brands and independent businesses rely on social media marketing now more than ever, and this usually means you can expect to see the occasional giveaway competition which gives you the chance to win a prize! 

Follow your favourite brands and companies on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook to stay in the loop… 

6. Freebies With TOTUM


As a TOTUM member, you’ll get to enjoy plenty of freebies - from getting your first SimplyCook recipe box for free (you just have to pay £1 postage) to getting a free smol laundry capsules trial! 

Check out our blog post on all the best stuff you can get for free with TOTUM

7. Free Money


As well as free goodies, there are a number of ways you can get free cash!

  • Paid online surveys: Completing surveys for companies and organisations can be a quick and easy way to make money from the comfort of your own home; check out our guide to the best paid online surveys for students here

  • Daily lottery draw: With the likes of PickMyPostcode, you can enter a lottery draw free of charge every single day, giving you the chance to win prizes on a daily basis just by providing your postcode and email address!

  • Sign up to Curve: By signing up to Curve via TOTUM and completing a transaction of at least £10, you’ll receive £15 back in your account within 72 hours! So essentially, you can get £5 for free

For more inspo, check out our blog post explaining how you can earn free money with your TOTUM membership.

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