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    it is the most stupid thing ever!
    is it cos of money?
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    is it not!?!?!?
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    nope! and so u don't ne of the discounts, like at faith...(it pains me...i love shoes) and topshop is sometimes arsy bout it...it's soo stupid...(from an addicted shopper's point of view!!)
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    I've been told it was something to do with World War II with Imperial supporting the idea of war, while the NUS as a whole supported appeasement. Therefore Imperial withdrew from the NUS.

    And you'll find most shop staff don't know Imperial isn't part of the NUS
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    what? that can't be true! they only just opted out of the nus. last year was the first year out of the nus.
    no no they do know... when they ask for ure nus card!
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    go to the uni of london building and go get a Uni of London card which u shud be entitled to as an IC student...since uni of london IS part of NUS, u can then get all the normal discounts...so I've been told anyway.
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    ooh really? do u have to pay to get the card?
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    (Original post by fairycakes)
    what? that can't be true! they only just opted out of the nus. last year was the first year out of the nus.
    no no they do know... when they ask for ure nus card!
    Ah well, looks like I've been horribly misinformed then :p:

    But when they ask you for your student card just show them your college ID card. They normally accept it whenever I buy something with a student discount.

    EDIT: Just to add to that, did a little bit of searching on google. We've been out of the NUS for 20 years and opted to stay out last year. Not quite WW2 but...

    Also, read this as to why Imperial is out of the NUS:

    http://www.union.ic.ac.uk/campaigns/nus/no2nus/
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    yeah, sometiems that's ok, just ure imperial card. faith is very picky, they only take nus. i'll see if u buy ure shoes from the faith brach at topshop if u get the discount cos topshop take imperial card.
    it's annoying tho, thinking sometimes the shop ppl will argue with u.
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    ok i found out:
    NUS affiliation is expensive - and much of the cost would have to be drawn from Imperial's clubs and societies. Thanks to its apolitical nature without costly external affiliations Imperial College Union is able to well fund a wide variety of student activities, ranging from Football to Gliding, Jazz & Rock to Amnesty International. At the moment the union spends more money on clubs & societies than any other student union in the country. However, the college have said that they won't give us extra funding for NUS membership, so most of the £35,000 per year would almost certainly have to come from clubs and societies grants. Would you support a 10% cut in funding for student activities?
    http://www.union.ic.ac.uk/campaigns/...us/?page=clubs
    i just looked it up, which is what i should have done in the firs tplace! money money money
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    Plus the NUS is full of New Labourites with an agenda of their own. Yuck.
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    Basically it all boiled down to having cheaper beer !

    I always find getting discounts quite hard to get cos we arent part of the NUS, even if the union thinks there's no problem .
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    (Original post by fairycakes)
    ok i found out:
    NUS affiliation is expensive - and much of the cost would have to be drawn from Imperial's clubs and societies. Thanks to its apolitical nature without costly external affiliations Imperial College Union is able to well fund a wide variety of student activities, ranging from Football to Gliding, Jazz & Rock to Amnesty International. At the moment the union spends more money on clubs & societies than any other student union in the country. However, the college have said that they won't give us extra funding for NUS membership, so most of the £35,000 per year would almost certainly have to come from clubs and societies grants. Would you support a 10% cut in funding for student activities?
    http://www.union.ic.ac.uk/campaigns/...us/?page=clubs
    i just looked it up, which is what i should have done in the firs tplace! money money money
    Also NUS is full of power hungry proto-politicians, whom do not represent the students they stand for effectively (we care more about top up fees than about the war in Iraq) and force their own agendas upon their consitutent Unions, for example boycotting of Nestle (no Kit Kats for you and me). They also act as the sole distrubuter of alcohol for the Union I believe, thus we would have to stock only what NUS want us to stock and at a higher price than the Union currently pays (no more pound a pint nights).
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    Yes, I'd rather have a bunch of spineless hacks from IC running the place than a bunch of spineless hacks from goodness-knows-where.
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    Tbh I think we get on just fine without being a member of NUS. The Odeon cinemas and nightclubs i frequent all accept our IC student card as proof of student-status.

    There's always the ULU card which is supposedly 'more recognisable' - I haven't had to use it once, and I've had it since November of last year!
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    Haven't they stopped giving out the ULU and Imperial card and "merged" it with the swipe card?
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    the Imperial card is your swipe card for halls, as well as your library card.

    The ULU card you get by rocking up to reception @ the ULU office opposite UCL, and simply asking for it/showing them your IC card. And submitting one or two passport photos too.
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    Supposedly, you can also buy an NUS card via eBay if you desperately need one. They cost around 2-4 pounds, and at the moment there's only one seller but if I remember right last year after term started there were like tens of auctions for them.

    Basically, the peeps selling you the card are getting the cards from other unis, and putting your name down on them. However, many promise that the cards will not have any university name on them (annonymous NUS cards?) I don't know how the system works, but you can give it a test.

    As regards to discount.... there's special student tariffs on Orange and Three that require an NUS card number online, or you can visit their offline shops with your IC card or acceptance letter. Then theres the discounts on Pizza hut, topshop, etc etc In central London you can get away with showing your IC card.
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    A funny thing happened a few years back when the union card had the NUS logo on the back because the card was sponsored Endsleigh which are linked with the NUS. The presence of that logo made it soooo much easier. I hate having to argue with pple, calling the manager etc just to get ur discount .
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    (Original post by 4Ed)
    the Imperial card is your swipe card for halls, as well as your library card.

    The ULU card you get by rocking up to reception @ the ULU office opposite UCL, and simply asking for it/showing them your IC card. And submitting one or two passport photos too.
    sounds like a good thing to get if you have problems getting the discounts with the IC card. student discounts sound great
 
 
 
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