Black Friday Student Discounts

So Black Friday is nearly upon us and the deals are starting to come through thick and fast. It barely existed a few years ago and now the annual sales day is the biggest in the year – it dwarfs Cyber Monday, Boxing Day and New Sales. In this guide, we answer your questions about this phenomenon as well as pointing out some of the best deals and discounts to be had from some of our top and most-loved retailers.  

So as you can imagine The Student Squirrel has his nose to the ground and is sniffing out the best ones and listing them below. The Guardian says you should be prepared to get the best deals and we agree with them!

Rest assured we’ll be updating this throughout the week so make sure you keep coming back to find the best Black Friday deals so do check back – we wish you happy and sensible shopping dear students – hope that you bag a bargain or two (or three lol).


According to Wikipedia, Black Friday originates from the USA and is a name for the day following Thanksgiving Day, which takes place on the fourth Thursday of November.

This was actually considered as the beginning of the country’s Christmas shopping period. The phrase is thought to have come about in Philidelphia, where the city’s roads and shopping malls would become so congested it was considered a black time. Who knew!

For the UK, it was actually first coined by the NHS and Police for the time in December where office workers and students go out for their Christmas parties and have one glass of mulled wine and baileys too many, as according to trusty Wikipedia. Now, remember, the Squirrel only advocates responsible drinking!

Retailers tried bringing it in as a day since the turn of the century, but it has only really taken off since 2013. It has become increasingly popular, with a £1.23 billion spent in 2016 which was an increase of 12.2%.


A good question…. Black Friday tends to start earlier and earlier compared to last year, as retailers compete for your attention and try to get ahead of the game. For example for Black Friday 2019, Currys had a Black Tag event which actually started a couple of weeks before Black Friday. They didn’t put all their offers live straight off though and kept some of the best deals back for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

So yes what was one day of sales seems to have turned into a longer session… as many retailers and shops build-up to the big day!

Some retailers stop their Black Friday deals on Cyber Monday evening, but some run on until later in the week and even until the next Sunday. It really depends on the retailer. John Lewis, who have their famous price-matching scheme, reduce their prices for the same items so it’s a great time to buy some nice presents there. Typically we find Black Friday deals and offers tend to last from the Black Friday through to the Cyber Monday.


To get the best deals it totally depends on what you are looking to buy. From our research on Black Friday 2019, some retailers only put certain items in the sale. Others will include everything and maybe use a voucher code. These are particularly good for when a brand rarely does reductions on everything such as Superdry or Foot Locker. We suggest holding back some student budget if you are looking to buy for Christmas and use it around Black Friday.

Take a look at our A to Z of retailers page – here we list our full list of retailers, shops and department stores that we sell for – we are very confident that you’ll find the retailer you’re looking for (and if we don’t drop us a message via Facebook and we will find out for you). We regularly update the deals over Black Friday. We’ll also show you if you can get a standard student discount on top for extra savings. Using these year-round discounts can help top up the savings even more.

Top Squirrel Tip –  also, make sure you compare prices as you might find it cheaper somewhere else.


Amazon has kicked off their Black Friday deals already. Head to this page with some great deals on their Echo speakers. The Echo Dot is now just £34.99 and the larger Echo starts at just £69.99. Plus there are some great savings of a 20% discount to be had on Samsung phones, with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phones reduced to just £349.99.

Amazon has now added more deals such as £30 off Kindle White and 25% off Absolut Vodka!

Plus did you know that there is an Amazon student discount programme which offers extra discounts? These are year-round so whether buying on Black Friday or not, you can still save year-round with some fab offers, discount codes and vouchers released at various times.


Last year (Black Friday 2019), Superdry were knocking 20% off certain lines such as jackets, coats for both men and women. Plus there is extended returns until the end of January. Take a look at what they are offering here.

They don’t often have sales or discounts so it’s a great time to save and if you want the full lowdown of how to get the best bargains, take a look at our Superdry student discount guide for more information on the store, on this page we also list all offers, sales and promo codes as and when they are released by this super popular retailer.


In a move to match it’s Amazon competitor, the recently released Google Home is now just £34 at These are fantastic little gadgets and if you are a fan of Google already they really are invaluable and a great purchase for Black Friday.

Voice activate your lights, get answers to questions, easily add appointments to your diary, the choices are endless and this is a really good price.

Other good deals at include:


Clarks currently have a short-term student discount code to get 20% off all adult shoes when you shop online. Clarks are a firm favourite with students with a huge range of footwear suitable for most occasions, whether work or play

To get it, head to this page, pick up the voucher code and plug it into the discount code box on the online check-out.

For even more great deals, sales and general info, check out our Clarks student discount page.


Argos is really going out on Black Friday this year already. They have a dedicated sales page which lists all of the best bargains.

So far the Squirrel has seen:

  • An HP laptop bundle for £279.99
  • These cool Bush turntables at just £24.99
  • Some great tablets starting at just £49.99
  • This Russell Hobbs kettle boils one cup in just 45 seconds! Perfect for a brew or a pot noodle

Plus there is an Argos student promo code to get 25% off furniture. Another favourite with students, and indeed everyone, you can buy nearly anything at Argos from bedding to the laptops, PCs, kettles, phones and more. What is there not to love!

Student deals on Black Friday


There are A LOT of Black Friday deal and Black Friday sales offers going on at Currys PC World. The best place to start looking for where they are discounts is here listing some of the best and claiming that there are 100s of their best Black Tag prices.

The Student Squirrel suggests going to this page if you want the best computing deals, such as an HP 15 Laptop that’s been advertised on TV for £349.

Plus there are some promo codes for saving on PC Gaming.

Need the full lowdown on the Currys student discount? Then head to our useful guide page. In here we list not just the Black Friday deals but more info on standard discounts and voucher codes, so it’s definitely worth a browse.


Boots have gone big on their Black Friday deals. Students should head here to see the dedicated page.

They’ve also helpfully broken them down into sections such as fragrance, electricals and beauty.

Some offers that took the Squirrel’s eye include:

  • Emporio Armani He and She fragrances are half price
  • Lots of excellent electric toothbrushes are reduced. See here
  • Save a third on Opium fragrance half price

If you want the latest on more ways to save, head to our dedicated Boot student discount guide.


An import from America, Black Friday has exploded in the UK and has established itself as THE biggest discount day in the shopping calendar, it’s accurate to say that all retailers take part to some extent or another from Nike to Footlocker, Aldo, Currys PC World promo codes and Next. Our top tip would be remembering to top up the standard Black Friday offers with your standard student discounts to save more. Black Friday 2020 has been huge but everyone year it gets bigger and better, at SDS we are already excited about Black Friday 2021! Shop sensibly and see you all soon.

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