Great news, we can confirm that there is an O2 Unidays code where students get 20% off airtime plans. To get it, go to the special student page on, verify your student status with Unidays or NUS Totum and you’ll get 20% off all airtime plans plus 20% off selected accessories too.


Our next tip is we have a £50 O2 discount code for tablet orders. Anyone can use it, not just students.

Also, students should make sure they check out the O2 deals page, where you can get discounts of up to £500 off. Last time we looked you could get up to £405 off an iPhone 13, 30GB sim for £15.99 and £500 off a Samsung Xperia 5.


We’ve also found some other cracking ways for students to save money with 02 with our top money-saving tips including:

O2 Discounts in May 2024 Discount Expires
20% Student Discount at O2 20% 31 December 2024
Up to £500 discounts on selected phones £500 30 May 2024
Sim only deal 30gb for £15.99 at O2 £15.99 sim 30 May 2024
£500 discount on Samsung S23 phone £500 30 May 2024
£50 O2 discount code on Tablets £50 30 May 2024

In our comprehensive guide to saving money on O2 mobile, tablets and broadband, we will take you through the best ways to save money both in-store and online at this superb and popular store, on both products and services, including pay monthly plans.

The 02 Unidays promo code doesn’t work with any other offers, so you might actually get a better offer directly so make sure you check out our other offers, such as up to 40% off with a family plan.

O2 is an award-winning network and air-plan provider. They’ve won website of the year for 3 years in a row and best PAYG in the Uswitch awards, so it’s easy to see why they are so popular across the UK.

“It’s great to know that there is an O2 students discount, but there are some great other ways to save. So much so we decided to write this comprehensive guide just to show all you lovely students how to save on that Samsung Galaxy or new Apple phone.”

Sitting comfortably, then we shall begin!

There are lots of different results when you try to look for O2 discounts and there are lots of different cards and schemes offering different reductions on mobile phones to mobile broadband.

Never fear though, the mighty Squirrel is here to explain all.

Is there an O2 Student Discount?

Yes there is an 02 student discount of 20% off in 2024 when you sign up or upgrade from a current contract on your mobile phone.

To get the student discount follow these simple steps:

  1. Head to the online shop and purchase your new phone contract. If you already have a contract go to step 2.
  2. Go to this special student page on the website.
  3. Follow the instructions and validate your student status.
  4. You’ll be issued with a unique o2 Unidays student code.
  5. Text the code to 61202.
  6. Your 20% will be knocked off (20% off airtime)

This doesn’t work with any other offer, so see below if there are any other ways for you savvy students to save EVEN MORE MONEY in our regularly updated savings section at the top of the page. Student id card may be required.

o2 student discount
Get the o2 student discount code now.

O2 Unidays Student Discount Code?

There is a Unidays O2 code to get 20% off Airtime plans and also now off selected accessories too!

To get it, you need to head to the page, get the Unidays code and then follow the instructions. It’s easy to use the code and is well worth it for 20% off.

There are a couple of other discount schemes in the UK such as NUS Totum and Student Beans and below we now look into whether they offer a discount too. This information is correct as of May 2024.


NUS Totum?

There is no NUS Totum O2 scheme at the moment for students to save. This includes not being included in the NUS Extra card scheme.

However, NUS students qualify to get the discount. Just head to the student page follow the instructions and you can get a 20% discount on O2 contracts.

Student Beans Discounts?

Nope, there is no association between Student Beans and O2.

If you are looking for savings with other providers then check out our Vodafone student discount, Apple and Carphone Warehouse student discount guides.

O2 Priority Offers and Refresh Airtime

One big advantage of getting a mobile contract with it is you get access to O2 Priority.

O2 Priority is exclusive to customers and gives them special offers such as rails offers, a great device plan, priority ticket releases for gigs and events and high street vouchers. There are some great 02 online discounts there that could help you save money throughout your university career.

What is O2 Refresh Airtime?

Refresh Airtime is the name of the contract that O2 offers. The contract payment is split into two parts., the device plan and the airtime plan. The device plan is the cost of your phone or tablet and the airtime plan is the cost of your calls, data and text messages. This means that once you’ve paid off your device plan O2 automatically lower your bill. It also makes it one of the most flexible contracts out there as students can upgrade your phone at any time without having to make upfront payments.

2024 O2 Promo Codes and O2 Discounts

Throughout the year, there are O2 promo codes that are regularly released to take advantage of to save money on their contracts and mobile phones, as well as sometimes broadband and tablets.

Take a look at our savings section which will list all of the current ones including if there is a voucher code.

Oh and we’re sure that you know about it, but make sure you’ve taken advantage of the 20% off student offer and contract voucher code especially for students. All the details are in the previous section.

Other ways to save have included:

  • 20% off accessories
  • 20% student discount – currently available
  • 20% off Refresh Airtime
  • Free gift with a Samsung Galaxy
  • Airtime plan offers


O2 Sales and Savings Tips

They join in the sales fun with some great O2 student deals and any new student offer to coincide with the big sales times throughout the year. If it’s coming up to these times then you might want to hold on before you buy that mobile broadband device, save on certain refresh airtime plans, selected accessories or get a cheaper pay monthly bill.

One great tip is did you know that you can upgrade your contract on Carphone Warehouse? Why we like this is because Carphone has a price guarantee so if you ever find a cheaper contract then you get your money back! For full details check out our full guide to upgrading.

O2 Black Friday and Cyber Monday

There are some great deals to be had around the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales on that new device, whether a phone or tablet. These include some great contract deals and added data bundles.

Boxing Day and January Sales

O2 does actually participate in the sales around Christmas and January.

They have data deals and great reductions on iPhones and other top-quality mobiles like Samsung and HTC, as well as offers on a device plan and pay monthly options.

o2 Fun Facts – Did you know?

  • O2’s full name is actually Telefonica UK Limited!
  • If you didn’t guess from that name it is a Spanish company!
  • However… its headquarters are in Slough!
  • It is the second-largest mobile phone provider in the UK
  • It was formed in 1985 and was originally called Cellnet.
  • It employs over 21k staff – that’s a big Xmas party!
  • o2 is the chemical symbol for oxygen
  • Their slogans have changed over time and have included “See what you can do”, “We’re better, connected”, “Be More Dog” and “More for you”
  • They have a fab priority scheme and o2 refresh
  • They currently sponsor the England rugby team
  • Check out the Three and EE pages for similar discounts
  • They have just announced that they are joining forces with Virgin Media

Popular Questions

Does O2 give students a discount?

Yes 02 give students a discount of 20% off an Airtime Plan when signing up to O2 Refresh with a phone, tablet or mobile broadband device.

This brilliant deal covers all phone calls, texts messages and data usage. A great way to save.

How do I get students discount on o2?

To get students discount on o2 check out our full guide to show you how to get your discount as well as other top money savings tips at this brilliant mobile supplier.

What is an airtime plan o2?

O2 Refresh is an airtime plan from o2 and it splits the pay monthly bill into two parts.

The first is called the Device Plan, this is the cost of your phone or device.

The second part is the Airtime Plan which is the cost of your data, minutes and texts.

Summary of the Student Discount at o2

We’ve come to the end of this guide on student discounts for O2. Here’s a summary:

Student Discount Directly with O2 20%
Unidays Code 20%
Student Beans 0%
NUS Totum 20%
Best Current Offer £500 discounts on selected phones

We’ve shown you how how to get a fantastic 20% off. Plus there are still ways to save even more. This is through voucher codes and the latest deals on contracts, sim only and mobile phones.

Check our savings section at the top of the page for the latest money-saving tips and see if you students could save more!

More Frequently Asked Question

  1. I am a student looking for the best airtime plans around, offers on mobiles and general student airtime plans such as o2 refresh. They look a good option but I am also looking at Three and Vodafone, which do suggest?” Not a straightforward question, firstly we think that the 02 student discount is one of the best deals on the market today but you’ll need to personally think about how you are going to use it and look at a range of airtime plans. Do you need lots of free minutes? A new phone? Tablet? How much data do you need? Once you have that info you can effectively cross-check all of the airtime plans and see which is the best that may be o2 refresh as you say. The o2 refresh is one of the best ways to save.
  2. Are they the best phone contracts for students or should you use other offers like an o2 promo code?”Good question. Mainly you won’t beat the students discount as that is the best student offer. Student discounts, in general, are the most generous a company can give. It is a good idea though when seeing an 02 promo code and looking for a new contract, to see where you can combine an o2 promo code with students discount, to get more savings and the best airtime plans. It will depend on terms and conditions but worth a go.
  3. As well as discounts on phones and o2 airtime plans (including monthly bill options) can you get a discount on tablets? As well as discounts on airtime plan they offer student discounts across products as well, so check online and in-store. Also, check the refresh packages.
  4. Can you combine an o2 promo code, general sales offer and the students discount?” This is down to the retailer and their terms and conditions, sometime they will allow you to combine and double up offers. It’s always worth an ask. They are a great retailer and often generous so pop in-store or online and they will be helpful. Always see if you can work with the o2 refresh scheme as well, to really maximise things.