Student Village has launched a new student card that will enable students to get discount deals at selected retailers and restaurants.

The Student Village Card allows students to get deals from shops such as Jay-Jays and Superga and restaurants such as Steers and Cappello.  The first batch of cards was handed out at a launch at Wits last week, said Jono Dicks, head of the discount card programme at Student Village.

“The idea came about through research done on the spending habits of students,” he said. The process involves registering yourself by signing up for the card, which is free.

“We decided to put out opportunities in the areas that students normally spend in,” Dicks said. This includes restaurants and shops in the Melville area. Over 800 Wits students signed up for the Student Village Card, according to Dicks.

Mosima Matlala, a 2nd year student said: “I got it because I like to shop a lot, and I like going out too, so it’s in my best interest to have it – especially because I’m a student.”

The LLB student said her friends had also signed up for the card and that she was hoping to get a good deal from Student Flights, one of the companies participating in the programme.

Nsuku Ngobeni, a Bcom law student, said she would want the card if it was being offered for free, “because I don’t have to pay anything, but I get something in return”. The 2nd year student said she wouldn’t mind the discount as long as it was a reasonable amount.

Dicks said that another launch of the card took place at UJ this week and more were taking place at UKZN and at varsities in the Western Cape.

Scooters Pizza, Net Florist, the HP Shop and UI Café are some of the other businesses that are part of the card programme.