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Student Life

Arts University Plymouth Students' Union (AUP:SU) aims to represent, campaign and provide services for you in every aspect of your university life, from academic and social, to welfare and personal support.

The Union provides constructive and effective representation, high-quality services and exciting opportunities to enrich your student experience including art-related events and networking opportunities.

AUP:SU runs a number of clubs and societies that students can join, meet like-minded people, use for events, talks and more. The SU also organises events and trips for students to attend and annually elects a student body to represent students.

Clubs and Societies are entirely student-led, but these are supported with advertising and occasionally funding from the Students' Union. As these groups are led by students, they vary year to year, so please check out the Clubs and Societies page on the SU website for the latest information, including the sign-up form.

If you would like to set up your own club or society, please email studentsunion@aup.ac.uk with more information.

Being a part of specialist clubs and societies are an important part of student life. From Surfing and Rock Climbing to Design and Film, the societies are open to everyone and give you the chance to make friends, volunteer, learn something new and keep fit.

The social space at Arts University Plymouth was created in response to the voice of the student body. During the day it’s a shared space for students and staff to socialise, grab a coffee and a bite to eat or even a space to do some work outside of studio hours. Come the evening the Students' Union have control of this space and will host evening events using the bar!

The space is available for students to book out and host their own events for fundraising, meet-ups or societies. It is also an area for students to display their work, this can be anything from ceramics to showreels. This is a space that our students can call their own and have creative control over.

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All positions for our Students' Union are voluntary posts, except for our Student President role. Elections happen once a year at the end of October and offer you a fantastic opportunity to really make a difference; here at AUP:SU the elections give any student the chance to become part of the Executive Committee of Officers.

Both the university and the Students' Union place great value on the work of Union Officers as well as Course Representatives in enhancing your university experience and upholding a number of quality standards.

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There are plenty of ways to save money as a student, either by signing up for free services like Unidays, or by buying a TOTUM card.

TOTUM (the new name for the NUS extra card) brings you over 200 UK student discounts and comes with 1-year FREE ISIC, unlocking over 42,000 international discounts. Get your TOTUM card now. You can choose from a range of cards that last either one, two or three years.

  • 1-year card: £12
  • 2-year card: £22
  • 3-year card: £32

Many discounts are online only, so you can’t get them without your TOTUM card. TOTUM gives you over 200 UK student discounts on the brands you love and local independents, including

  • 10% off at the Co-op
  • 10% off ASOS
  • 25% off Odeon student priced tickets
  • Up to 40% off at Las Iguanas
  • 42,000 International Discounts

TOTUM, powered by NUS extra, also comes with 1 year free ISIC. The ISIC card is the only internationally accepted proof of certified student status. The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is your access to fantastic discounts and services at home and around the world. Your ISIC card is accepted in over 130 countries, as well as at your favourite UK high street retailers, restaurants, attractions, and more.

  • Exclusive discounts on worldwide flights, including STA Travel
  • Discounted rates at hotels & hostels worldwide
  • Recognised by universities, academic institutions, student organisations & national governments worldwide
  • Endorsed by international organisations such as UNESCO and the European Council

It provides over 42,000 international discounts in over 130 countries including:

  • 30% off Lonely Planet
  • 20% off Eurolines
  • 5% off Homestay

Visit the ISIC website for more information on all the international discounts you can access.

Where can I get my TOTUM Card?

Buy yours online on the NUS website.

Harriet Moore

Harriet Moore

Students' Union President
Harriet Moore (She/Her) graduated from Arts University Plymouth with a BA (Hons) Photography in 2020. She worked as part of the Student Union Executive Committee as Marketing and Enterprise Lead for two years and as an Arts University Plymouth Student Ambassador for three years, before being elected Student Union President and Student Governor for 2020/21 and 2021/22.

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Telephone: +441752 203443

Email: studentsunion@aup.ac.uk

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