Online news is all well and good, but nothing quite beats a good old-fashioned newspaper – especially at a knockdown price!
Staying on top of the latest news stories is an essential part of uni life. After all, if you’re studying a subject in depth, it’s wise to be familiar with the latest happenings.
A lot of information is available for free on the internet and in your university student newspaper, but if you want the really good stuff, you’ll probably have to pay for it.
Thankfully, newspapers know that students are a bit strapped for cash and can’t always afford to pay full whack just to get their latest dose of current affairs. Many now offer great deals for students, meaning that you don’t have to spend too much.
Newspapers with student discounts
The Financial Times
Essential for those studying business and accountancy related degrees, the Financial Times covers everything that your lecturers will be expecting you to know about.
Subscription offers for students from this newspaper change regularly, but right now you can get a year’s subscription for just £137.80 – that’s a little over £2.60 per week, and 50% off the usual cost. Not only will this get you your daily briefing, but you’ll also receive access to the FT’s 5-year archive.
If you don’t want to commit to an entire year straight off the bat, why not get a four week trial for just £1?
i is the new(ish) kid on the block in the world of newspapers, and delivers the latest news and current affairs in a concise and intelligent format. Its articles tend to get straight to the point, making it a good choice for students.
Although i doesn’t do a student discount as such, its packages – like The Week’s – are super cheap as they are.
The cheapest subscription costs just £2.66 a week and includes access to the digital edition app, plus tokens in the post that you can exchange for a paper copy at your local newsagents.
The Times and The Sunday Times
Another respected title, another huge student discount.
As is the case with the Financial Times, almost all of the The Times’ content is behind a paywall. So, if you want to read what they’ve got to say, you’ll have to pay up.
Standard subscriptions will set you back around £26 a month, but as a student you can get a whole year’s subscription for the same price. You’ll be eligible for this for four years, but you have to fulfil a minimum term of 12 months.
Your subscription will also include weekly 2-for-1 Odeon cinema tickets, plus access to Q&A sessions with “cultural and sporting icons”, private museum viewings and journalist debates.
It’s not a newspaper in the traditional sense, but The Economist is hard to beat when it comes to summarising and analysing the goings on of the past seven days.
As the name suggests, this is definitely one for business and finance students to consider. However, The Economist is no one-trick pony, and anyone with an interest in politics, the environment or any kind of social issue should give it a read.
The publication always has some crazy offers on the go, often with a freebie included too. They’re currently offering 12 issues for £12, with an additional student discount once introductory period is up.
If you want to get a flavour of just what The Economist is all about before you subscribe, you can also get a completely free issue with no card details needed!
As the name suggests, The Week is a weekly magazine which offers a digest of all the main stories reported by the media both here and abroad over the past seven days.
It’s delivered in one succinct booklet, making it a fantastic choice for students who need to know what’s going on in the world without reading every newspaper available.
The Week doesn’t offer a student discount as such, apart from the occasional special offer, but the savings on a general subscription are massive anyway. Plus, you’ll get the first issue free.
You can also change your delivery address as many times as you like, meaning no headaches if you want to visit home for a few weeks during the holidays.
Alternative newspapers for students
If you’re not keen to take out a subscription, or simply don’t want anything to do with the flippin’ mainstream media, you still have options!
You’ll almost certainly have a local newspaper in your area. It might not cover the big world issues, but it’ll certainly keep you informed about some genuinely important issues that wouldn’t otherwise get the attention they warrant.
You can also support your mates by checking out your university’s student newspaper(s). These are often home to students’ takes on world affairs, as well as coverage of the issues affecting your very own uni!
And don’t forget, you can check out our deals section for more discounts on newspapers, magazines and books.
Which newspapers do you find are the best for your degree subject? Have you found a way to get a decent discount on the usual prices? Let us know in the comments!