O2 Student Discount

Looking for an O2 student discount? You’ve come to the right place!

We can confirm that there is an O2 Unidays code which gets students 20% off all airtime plans. To get it,  go to this special page on o2.co.uk, verify your student discount with Unidays and you’ll get 20% off all airtime plan.

For the full terms and conditions, check out our student discount chapter.

We’ve also found some other cracking ways to save with our money saving tips including:

The 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 quick savings section below:

Get O2 Student Discount – 20% Off Refresh Plans

Best Deals at the O2 Deals Page 

iPhone XR best prices at O2

O2 is an award winning network. They’ve won website of the year for 3 years in a row and best PAYG in the Uswitch awards.

The Student Discount Squirrel says:

“It’s great to know that there is an O2 student 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.”

Sitting comfortably, then we shall begin lolz!

There’s lots of different results when you try to look for O2 student discounts and there are lots of different cards offering different reductions with different brands.

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

1. Get the O2 Student Discount

So the fantastic news is that there is a mega O2 student discount of 20% off when you sign up or upgrade from a current contract.

To get it 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 O2 website.
  3. Follow the instructions and validate your student status.
  4. You’ll be issued with a unique O2 student code.
  5. Text the code to 61202.
  6. Your 20% will be knocked off. Celebrate by heading down the union bar!

You don’t have to do this last bit but it’s really fantastic news.

The O2 student discount 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 short savings section.

There is tons more advice on how to save though to get even cheaper contracts so keep on reading.

o2 student discount guide

2. Is there a O2 NUS, Unidays or Student Beans discount?

NUS, Unidays, Student Beans; these are the 3 big student discount schemes in the UK. We get asked a lot whether there is a O2 student discount through these schemes.

So while you’ve been revising (or down the union pub, ahem) the Squirrel has been doing the hard graft and researching. And the results are in.

O2 NUS Discount?

There is no NUS Moonpig 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 O2 student discount. Just head to to this page follow the instructions and you can get a 20% discount on O2 contracts.

O2 & Unidays?

Big news, there is a Unidays O2 discount. Hurrah. It is actually with Unidays that you validate your student status.

You’ll then be issued with a promo code which you have to text back to them. And that giving O2 fairy will hand you a 20% discount on your contract. Woo hoo. This is correct as of October 2019.

Are there O2 Student Beans Discounts?

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

It’s Unidays that has the tie up with the O2 student discount.

3. O2 Priority Offers

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

O2 Priority is exclusive to O2 customers and gives them special offers such as rails offers, priority ticket releases for gigs and events and high street vouchers.

There are some great discounts there that could help you save money throughout your university career.

The savings don’t stop there though students. Read on to get some more excellent savings tips!

4. Promo Codes, Vouchers & Discounts

So throughout the year there are O2 promo codes that are regularly released that students can take advantage of to save money on their contracts and mobile phones.

Take a look at our savings section which will list all of the currents ones. Here’s a table of the best:

O2 Student Discount Deals Discount Expires
20% O2 Student Discount 20% 31/12/2019
20% O2 Unidays Code 20% 31/0122019
Best iPhone XR Deals 31/10/2019

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

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5. O2 Sales & Savings Tips

O2 joins in the sales fun with some great deals 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.

One great tip is did you know that you can upgrade your O2 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 & Cyber Monday

There are some great deals to be had around the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

These include some great contract deals and added data bundles.

Boxing Day & January Sales at o2

O2 do 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.

 More About O2

O2 utilise the UK’s fastest 4G coverage across over 99% of the country. Of course, that keeps you going while you’re out and about, but the network also keeps you connected at home with O2 Wi-Fi, abroad with O2 Travel Roaming and when travelling with O2 Drive. They’re in the business of keeping you connected with your loved ones wherever, whenever. Even if that is your Mum being able to call you relentlessly when you’re putting the moves on at a uni house party and need some peace and quiet.

With O2, you can choose to purchase a phone or tablet outright or on a plan; or to buy a SIM with minutes, texts and data attached to pop into your own device. Either way, you’ll be guaranteed great coverage and good value for money.

As a major player in the UK mobile market, O2 always stock the latest handsets and tablets, and aside from tech, have been able to work out some pretty impressive sponsorship deals to benefit their customers. As the sponsors of England Rugby, you can get first dibs on tickets and new merch, and with the network taking over the sponsorship of live music venues nationwide, there’s gig tix and VIP access to boot. Take advantage of their strategic partnerships and bag yourself some unforgettable experiences just by being a customer of a company you would be anyway.

O2 are extremely favourable to students, with a permanent discounted plan available. If you meet the criteria and can provide the relevant evidence, you can enjoy 20% off your airtime plan: that is your calls, texts and data. The discount isn’t applied to the monthly cost of your device, if you bought one with the plan, so bear that in mind. Your itemised bill will be able to tell you the cost you can expect to receive the discount on, so do the maths to see how much you can save!

For other discounts, sales and money-off coupon codes, check back here. At Student Discount Squirrel, we’ve got you covered and will list here full details, so always be sure to check in before you check out!


In 1985, John Carrington, then CEO of British Telecom’s mobile division, launched their first ever cellular service, known as BT Cellnet; a joint venture between BT and Securicor. Initially based around Motorola technology, it had to be quickly adapted to work the UK and was not stable for quite some years. Within a decade, Securicor sold up, and BT bought over the whole business.

In 2002, BT Cellnet, then one of many BT ‘spin-off’ type subsidiaries, re-launched as O2 and had a whole new brand to reinvigorate its products and services. It grew hugely in popularity as part of a quad-location network (including Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as the UK) and later acquired Telefonica, then the continent’s biggest mobile network. In 2005, the whole lot were listed as a public company and were no longer owned or controlled by BT.

O2’s operations have continued to go from strength to strength, and have begun to diversify into the likes of financial services with O2 Money, and live music and events with O2 Venues. Their popularity has continue to grow and so much so that BT have announced their intention to enter talks to re-purchase the company; but for now that remains just speculation.

As a competitor of O2’s once said; the future’s bright, the future’s orange… only for O2, it’s most definitely crystal clear communicative blue!

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… it’s headquarters are in Slough!
  • It is the second largest mobile 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
  • They currently sponsor the England rugby team
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Apple Student offers are rare but as a brand they need no introduction! Check out the current top savings today.

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