Unlocking Discounts: Must-Have Websites and Apps for South African Students


Being a student often comes with the challenge of managing a tight budget. Luckily, in the digital age, there are numerous websites and applications tailored to South African students, helping them save money and make their hard-earned cash go further. Whether it’s discounts on everyday essentials, educational resources, or entertainment, these platforms can be a game-changer for students in South Africa.

Please note: The specials at the below establishments are subject to change at any given time. This includes costs, dates, offer inclusions and availability. This information was correct at the time of writing (November 2023). Please contact your desired establishment to confirm costs.

Student Apps

Varsity Vibe

Varsity Vibe is a powerhouse for student discounts. This mobile app curates exclusive deals for students in South Africa, covering a wide range of categories, including food, fashion, travel, and even technology. The app is user-friendly and regularly updates its offerings to keep students informed about the latest deals available to them. Freemium memberships are FREE. A Varsity Vibe Premium membership costs R200 (once-off) for 12 months from date of purchase.

How to access the deals: The application is freely accessible to all students online and is available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store. To register, students only require a valid student ID card.

Uni Days

This international app was founded in 2011 and provides South African students with immediate access to exclusive deals. It is open to any enrolled student with a valid email address or student ID card and comes with no cost.

Upon registration, students unlock a variety of offers spanning diverse categories such as food and beverages, lifestyle, technology, and fashion. It’s 100% free for any student in SA wanting to sign up and make use of their discounts.

How to access the deals: It is recommended that you download the app on either Google Play or Apple App Store.

Apps and Websites That Are Accessible to All Users for Download

Fomo App

FOMO originated from a necessity felt by its founders, Ryan Marx and Jacqueline du Plessis. They recognized a common challenge faced by many South Africans – the desire to easily discover up-to-date specials at local restaurants and activities.

The platform aims to deliver current and relevant specials, specifically tailored to your location. The overarching goal is to empower users to enjoy savings and make informed choices without unnecessary overspending.

How to access the deals: Download The FOMO app and get access to restaurant specials and discounted activities near you based on your location. Get it on Google Play or download it on Apple Store.

The Entertainer

The app comes equipped with a myriad of fantastic features designed to enhance your overall experience! It’s user-friendly and ensures you always have your exclusive offers at your fingertips. Every month, they introduce new, exciting offers from both familiar and new merchants. Plus, sharing these incredible deals with your family and friends is as easy as sharing the app itself. FNB account holders can access the app at no charge.

FNB account holders can sign up to The Entertainer by following these steps:

  1. Log on to the FNB app.
  2. Select the ‘eBucks tab’ followed by ‘Partnerships’ > ‘Entertainer’.
  3. Tap on ‘Register’.
  4. Follow the instructions.
  5. Fill in your details and submit.

Click here for more information.

Daddy’s Deals

As a premier savings online platform, they specialise in curating unforgettable memories and exclusive savings, spanning both local and international experiences. With 11 years of proudly South African heritage, they are here to redefine your expectations. They showcase deals in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria and The Garden Route.

How to access the deals: Create an account and browse their website for the latest beauty, travel, food specials and more.


With a simple click on their website, Hyperli presents you with the most immersive way to live life, turning dreamy escapes into your reality through our incredible offers.

Embark on an exhilarating journey with over 5000 experiences spanning all major cities in South Africa, introducing you, your family, and friends to a world of excitement. From adventurous activities and fine dining to beauty treatments, pamper packages, and travel, our diverse options mirror the beauty of our country.

How to access the deals: Create an account and browse their website for the latest beauty, travel, food specials and more.

Bargain Buys

If you’re in search of discount vouchers, coupons, or unbeatable deals in South Africa, look no further than Bargain Buys. Operating on a model akin to Groupon and other online coupon or voucher systems, they bring you fantastic savings.

Discover bargain deals spanning accommodation, restaurants, spas, game reserves, gyms, a plethora of activities, kids’ party venues, vehicle maintenance, and much more. Additionally, you have the option to purchase Bargain Buys gift vouchers.

When ordering your voucher, tailor it to the occasion – whether it’s a Happy Birthday or Merry Christmas voucher – and personalise it by including the recipient’s name.

How to access the deals: Register and browse their website for the latest beauty, travel, food specials and more.

If you enjoyed reading this article, then view our article about restaurant specials here.

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