South Bank London

South Bank student deals to kick off Fresher’s Week

20 th September 2023

It’s back to class this month and across South Bank there are plenty of places where you can flash your student card and take advantage of some great Fresher’s Week deals. 

Here’s a look at the biggest student deals to snap up this Fresher’s Week – and beyond!

Glass doors entrance to Nando's branch in daylight

20% off Fresher’s Special at Nando’s

The annual Nando’s Fresher’s Special is back from 18 September until 15 October. Valid all day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays students get 20% off their bill by signing up for free online at

South Bank has two branches of Nando’s, one located on Stamford Street and a second flashy branch at The Sidings (next to Waterloo Station), which is also currently the only London location where you can test drive Nando's new frozen cocktails.

2-4-1 drinks at The Understudy

National Theatre’s craft bar and street food spot The Understudy has some great offers for students running across fresher’s week and beyond. From 17 September until 1 October students can take advantage of the fresher’s meal deal that includes a pizza, thali, Mumbai toastie or a Lucky’s Hot Chicken sando plus a KERB larger, house wine or soft drink for just £10!

Beyond Fresher’s Week students get 20% off all food and drinks every day at The Understudy (just flash your student card) and Mon-Thu from 3pm to 6pm there’s a 2-4-1 student happy hour on KERB lagers, house wine and soft drinks.

£3 cinema tickets at BFI Southbank

If you’re aged 16-25, make sure to take advantage of the BFI’s amazing 25 & Under offer that entitles you to tickets for film screenings at the BFI Southbank cinema for just £3 (festival tickets cost £5)!

The £3 ticket special is available year-round, all you need to do to take advantage is to sign up for a free BFI account online at

25% off food and drink at BrewDog Waterloo

The epic BrewDog bar at The Sidings at Waterloo Station (find them right next to the entrance to the famous Leake Street graffiti tunnel) has plenty to offer students, whether you're bunking class for a round of duckpin bowling or looking for somewhere to grab a pint after lectures. All you need to do is flash your student card to get 25% off food and drinks, all day every day (note the discount only applies to those who can show a student card). Find out more here.

Sign up for free discounts with Star Card

If you’re a student who lives or studies in South Bank or Waterloo you can sign up online for the free discount card Star Card and score great discounts at venues across both neighbourhoods.

Star Card is a 100% free digital card for local residents, workers and students that entitles you to dozens of discounts at bars, restaurants, cafes and shops across South Bank and Waterloo. Sign up for your free Star Card at


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