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University employees can access shopping discounts in three ways. National discounts on thousands of retailers from CAMbens Discounts, by purchasing a NHS extra card and by showing your employee pass in selected local stores.

CAMbens Discounts

CAMbens DiscountsCambens Discounts is an outstanding shopping discounts scheme for University employees.

To register with CAMbens discounts, you will be asked to provide your payroll number, date of birth and home postcode. You are asked to provide this information to confirm your eligibility to join the scheme and for security purposes should you wish to withdraw cash back or request changes to your details in the future.

For more information about the scheme, including a video demostration, please click here. If you have any further questions, please call the CAMbens Discounts helpline on 0845 299 0908 (Mon–Fri, 8am to 8pm. Sat–Sun, 10am to 4pm).

NUS Extra Card

As a staff member of the University of Cambridge, you are entitled to purchase an NUS card for £12, for use at thousands of high street, online stores, eateries, subscriptions and various other channels.

The steps are simple:
1. Navigate to the NUS Extra website. Alternatively, navigate to www.cusu.co.uk and click upon any of the NUS advertisements found upon the homepage.
2. Enter your email address (this does not have to be a cam email address) and click ‘Buy or Renew your NUS Extra Card Today’.
3. Input “Cambridge University Students’ Union” into the ‘Place of Study’ box. Click ‘Continue’.
4. Upon the ‘Education Details’ screen, leave the start and end dates as inputted automatically. Select “Other” from the ‘Course Level’ drop down menu and “Other” from the ‘Course Discipline’ drop down menu. Click ‘Continue’.
5. Select the number of years you wish your card to remain active for – 1, 2 or 3. Click ‘Continue’.
6. Upload a suitable image using your Facebook account, webcam or saved image. Click ‘Continue’. Once happy with the preview shown, click ‘Continue’.
7. Input your details into the following page. For Cambridge College you can input “other” if preferred. Click ‘Continue’.
8. Select an address for your card to be sent to. If left as CUSU, we can forward the card onto you via the UMS.
9. Pay for your card.

Local discounts

The University of Cambridge is committed to supporting local businesses. We make every effort to ensure that the details posted here are correct but you should always check with the business before purchase.

Apple

Discounted rates on Apple products are available to University of Cambridge staff. Visit the University Information Services (UIS) website for further details.

Microsoft Software

Eligible employees can download Office 365 ProPlus at no cost on up to 15 personal devices, which is available through the University’s Enrolment for Education Solutions Agreement with Microsoft. The package includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher and Outlook. Eligible employees also have access to OneDrive for Business through the arrangement, providing them with one terabyte of online storage for their personal files on the Microsoft cloud. Visit the University Information Services (UIS) website for further details. 

O2 Open

The University is a member of O2 Open, an employee perks scheme. For O2 Airtime Plans with 3GB or more data a month, you can get a 25% discount on the Airtime Plan. For Airtime Plans with less than 3GB data a month, you can get a 15% discount on the Airtime Plan. The University's code is UCX01, you will need a staff @admin.cam.ac.uk email address or be able to provide a University of Cambridge payslip.Visit: https://www.o2.co.uk/help/pay-monthly/o2-open

Cambridge Strings

Show your University Card to receive a 10% discount at Cambridge Strings, a specialist stringed instrument store with over 40 years' experience in music retail, offering a high quality service and competitive pricing to all musicians.  Some restrictions may apply.

Grace's Accessories

Receive a 10% discount when you show your University Card at Grace’s Accessories, an independent Cambridge based Retailer. Grace’s Accessories specialize in elegant silver and semiprecious stone jewellery, as well as fashionable scarves and handbags. They also do Jewellery repairs and restringing. Grace’s has three outlets throughout the city; 6 All Saints Passage, Unit 58, Eden Hall, The Grafton Center, as well as a stall in the main market in front of the Guildhall every day (except Sunday).

Podarok

Podarok is an independent gift shop located in the heart of the city centre on Bene’t Street that offers a wonderful array of handmade and unique goodies.  Present your University Card and receive a 10% discount along with free gift wrapping.

Trespass

A 10% discounts on Trespass clothing is available for University staff. Apply discount code Cambridge10 at checkout on www.trespass.com using your cam.ac.uk email address. Please note that the code may be changed or withdrawn at any time or in the event of misuse.

Jules B

University of Cambridge staff can receive a 10% discount online with Jules B. Use the discount code CBRIDGE10 at the online checkout on the Jules B website to obtain the discount.

CallyCo

Use your University Card to receive a 10% discount on purchases when shopping at CallyCo located at 7 peas Hill. With a bespoke making up service, an ever-changing range of furnishing, dress and craft fabrics, along with a great selection of haberdashery, ribbons and trims, CallyCo is the first choice for creative, stylish, independent-minded customers.

Cambridge University PressCambridge University Press

Visit the Cambridge University bookshop on Trinity Street and show your University card to obtain a 20% discount on any purchase.

Premier Travel AgencyPremier Travel Agency

Premier Travel Agency offers University staff up to £100 off package holidays as well as preferential rates on foreign currency. Please contact 01223 503000 or email add@premier-travel.co.uk for more information. Please present your University card to receive benefits. Terms and conditions apply.

Sit ’n’ SleepSit ’n’ Sleep

Sit ’n’ Sleep sells sofa beds, futons, and futon accessories. Visit the shop or telephone 01223 290941 to place an order and obtain a 10% discount

Cotswold OutdoorCotswold Outdoor

Cotswold Outdoor specialise in outdoor clothing and equipment and offer University of Cambridge staff a 15% discount in store (6–7 Bridge Street, Cambridge) on presentation of a University card.

Vets4Pets

Vets4Pets Cambridge and Cambridge Beehive are pleased to offer 10% off our services for Staff of the University.  Vets4Pets in Cambridge is run by two University Alumnae and offers the highest level of care to animals in the Cambridge area.  Vets4Pets are the only practice in the city that offers Keyhole Surgeries by their own staff throughout the week and has a range of packages to help with your preventative health care.

Offer available only at Vets4Pets Cambridge and Cambridge Beehive.  Offer is limited to one year initially.  Please provide Staff card on arrival so a discount card can be issued for your pet.  10% discount does not apply to Vac4Life or Careplans which are already heavily discounted.

Optical Express

Optical Express is the UK’s only complete eyecare provider, so whether you’re looking for a new pair of prescription glasses, designer sunglasses, contact lenses or you would like to find out more about corrective eye surgery, visit our local clinic in Petty Cury, Cambridge, today. www.opticalexpress.co.uk/ 

  • FREE, state-of-the-art, personalised iScan eye care report
  • FREE eye test*
  • FREE initial consultation and 10% discount on laser & lens eye surgery
  • 10% off LipiFlow dry eye treatment
  • 10% off complete glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses bought in clinic
  • FREE second pair of glasses** 

Terms & Conditions: To qualify for these offers, you must bring your staff ID card to your appointment as proof of eligibility. These discounts do not apply to online purchases and direct-debit contact lens sales, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, offer, discount or entry level treatment promotions available to the general public.

*Optical Express provides NHS eye examinations to all eligible patients free of charge. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, eye tests are free with any purchase, £30 without purchase.  

** Free second pair - If £100 or more is spent, after any discount has been applied, on a complete pair of prescription glasses (frame and lenses), then a free second pair can be chosen from the special range. These must be fitted to the same prescription and the frame must be chosen from the Special Collection. You may upgrade the lenses or frame and pay the additional amount. A free second pair cannot be given in conjunction with a complete price offer.

Barons Cambridge MINI

As your local MINI Retailer, Barons Cambridge MINI have a range of fantastic offers. Barons Cambridge offers the highest levels of service and expertise in the local area, and is the only Centre for all of your MINI needs.

10% off BMW & MINI servicing at Barons Cambridge BMW*
£1,000 Deposit contribution towards any new MINI model across the range**

T&Cs: *Excludes BMW & MINI Value Servicing. Please visit www.baronsgroup.co.uk/bmw for full terms and conditions. **Offer must be quoted on initial enquiry. Subject to availability.

 

Recreation

Limoncello

Limoncello is an Italian Delicatessen on Mill Road with a range of Italian food; including cheeses, sausage and meats, drinks, biscuits and all kinds of other gourmet Italian delicacies. Limoncello also provides Luxury Hampers, catering and delivery in the Cambridge area around their shop. Receive a free coffee or drink by showing your University Card when spending over £15. You can find more information about this retailer at

Doubletree Hilton

Show your University Card at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge and receive 25% off food and beverages. It is perfectly situated on the banks of the River Cam, boasting picturesque views and only a few minutes walk to the town. Please note that the discount cannot be combined with any other offer and some restrictions may apply.

The Graffiti Restaurant, Hotel Felix

Show your University Card and receive 10% discount on lunch and dinner at Graffiti, Sunday – Thursday. The Graffiti Restaurant at the Hotel Felix offers award winning British cuisine in a stylish and contemporary

Cambs Cuisine

Show your University Card to receive 10% off food (for tables of up to 4) at one of these great local Cambridge restaurants - The Cambridge Chop House St John's Chop House, The Tickell Arms, The Cock, Hemingford Grey, SmokeWorks, and The Crown & Punchbowl, Horningsea.

Local Secrets vouchers

University staff can take advantage of Local Secrets eating out and shopping privileges. Many restaurants, pubs and other places in Cambridge and the local area participate in the scheme. Just click on the link above, print the vouchers and show them with your University card.

ADC Theatre
 

University staff can receive concession rates for productions at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom. During University Term, there are usually two shows a night: a mainshow at 7.45pm followed by a lateshow at 11.00pm.
The ADC Theatre is the liveliest theatre in Cambridge, presenting a vibrant programme of drama, music and comedy. The aim of the ADC Theatre is to provide opportunities for students to experience and learn about all aspects of theatre, while presenting professional standard productions. The ADC Theatre has helped to launch the careers of many theatre luminaries, including Sir Ian McKellen, Rachel Weisz and Emma Thompson. The ADC Theatre also manages the Corpus Playroom, Cambridge's primary fringe space which showcases a variety of productions, with an emphasis on new writing.
If booking online, select 'University of Cambridge staff' from the list at the time of booking to receive the discounted rate.

INNASPA

University staff can receive a 20% saving against all Innaspa services.
Concessions are valid during the week on Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs excluding the week prior to Christmas.
Staff will be required to provide validation on their first visit to Innaspa. At their first visit they will be gifted a personalised partnership card valid for 1 year and renewable thereafter.

 

Health and fitness

Private Medical Insurance

University of Cambridge employees have access to competitive rates on private medical insurance through General & Medical Healthcare. Further details are available in the scheme brochure.

Blue Fitness, Cambridge University Centre

Blue Fitness is available for all University members to join, including all current staff and students, College staff, alumni, retired University staff, visitors to the University and spouses of members. Discounted membership fees are available on an annual, quarterly or monthly basis. For more information call 01223 337766, visit the website or email bluefitness@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Parkside Pools

University of Cambridge employees have access to a 35% discount on a full gym membership and swimming across Cambridge including Parkside Pools & Gym, Abbey Pools, Cherry Hinton Sports Centre & Jesus Green Outdoor Pool, only available on the monthly rolling contracts. For further details and to book a free tour please contact 01223 446100 or email parksidepools@gll.org. Employees are required to show their University Card to obtain the discount.

Cambridge Complementary Health Centre

On production of your University card, University employees can access a range of discounted treatments from the team of therapists at the Cambridge Complementary Health Centre (located in the city centre). Therapists offer an individual treatment rate and discount (up to 25%). Please note, not all therapists will offer this discount, please check at the time of booking. Telephone 01223 355344 to make further enquiries or an appointment.

The University of Cambridge Sports Centre

The University of Cambridge Sports Centre is equipped with a fitness studio, strength & Conditioning room, badminton courts, squash courts, fives courts and a range of fitness classes, making it one of the best facilities in the local area. You could become a Cambridge Sport member and be so much more than a slave to the treadmill. Being a staff member at Cambridge University gets you access to all of these superb facilities with a 12.5% discount meaning you pay as little as £35 per month!

 Why not pop in for a look round or contact reception on 01223 336580 via phone and enquiries@sport.cam.ac.uk via email for more information.

 

Financial and Legal

Ashtons Legal

The 1 Scheme from Ashtons Legal is an employee benefit scheme covering the legal needs of all University of Cambridge staff and their families and offers a range of benefits including a 15% discount on all fees. For more information visit the webpages here. Further details are also available by contacting unicamb@ashtonslegal.co.uk or 0333 220 9042 (quoting University of Cambridge).

Exclusive CAMbens Savings Account

The Cambridge Building Society in conjunction with the University of Cambridge and CAMbens has launched an instant access savings account.

Exclusive to employees of the University of Cambridge, the account can be opened in two city centre branches; St Andrews Street or Grafton Centre and managed in any of 18 branches, located in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.

Almary Green

Almary Green has 4 advisors in the Cambridge area that offer advice on all aspects of financial planning including mortgages, pensions, divorce and investments. They offer a discount to University staff of £25 per hour off their hourly rates (please quote AGI-CAMB UNI).

Dartington Wealth Management

Dartington Wealth Management has provided financial advice in Cambridge and to University staff since 1962. They arrange initial meetings at no charge to establish whether or not they can help and to clarify the issues and to identify options. At the end of this meeting they will explain the actions that should be taken, and, if appropriate, the work that should be completed and any associated fees. If they recommend work should be carried out on your behalf they reduce their usual initial advice fee by 20%. in the first instance call Malcolm Coury on 01223 211122 to arrange a meeting.

NW Brown Group

NW Brown began life as a partnership in Cambridge in 1974 and today comprises several subsidiary companies together offering a comprehensive range of financial services including Financial Planning, Life and Pensions, Investment Management, Employee Benefits, General Insurance and Mortgages. We are pleased to offer discounts on our charges and welcome enquiries about our services.

Moving, Relocation and storage

Cambs Lock and Safe

Use your University Card to receive a 15% discount on labour and materials from the locksmiths with over 35 years’ experience in Cambridgeshire.

Abels Moving Service

To access a 10% discount on removals, contact Abels Moving Service via their website.

Bishop's Move

Bishop's Move provide Local, National and Global moving services including full Relocation assistance and HomeSearch services. To access your 10% discount, please contact corporate@bishopsmove.com or telephone 01293 613027.

Doree Bonner International

Doree Bonner (telephone 0800 289541 or email moving@dbonner.co.uk) offers employees 10% off local moves, national moves or storage.
 

Simply Removals

Simply Removals are a leading home removals company who serve Cambridge. They have a fleet of vehicles and over a hundred staff covering the whole of the UK. They are able to offer house removals at short notice and also offer a complete packaging and storage service. Visit http://www.simplyremovals.co.uk and receive a 20% discount by using the code: STIR20.

Local Estate Agent

Established in 2010, Local Estate Agent provide a full agency package, personal service and local knowledge on a no sale no fee basis. We're open 7 days a week 9am-10pm and offer weekend availability for accompanied viewings.
With our professional service, your dedicated agent will know you and your property in order to achieve the highest possible selling price and make it a positive experience from instruction to completion.
University staff can get 10% discount on the standard 0.5% selling fee (for sole agency, min fee £999). This is from the office in Cambridge and the offices in St Neots and Wisbech, the postcodes covered are:
CB1-5, CB21-25, PE13-15, PE19, PE28-31, PE33, PE38.

 

Transport

Cycle Shop Discounts

A number of cycle shops offer discounts on cycles and accessories to University employees. All you need to do is show your University card. Full details can be found here.

Zipcar

Zipcar offers a range of self-service pay-as-you-go cars to University employees with a discounted joining fee.

Zipcar's range of self service cars and vans are available 24/7 for rent by the hour, day, week or month. With a large range of vehicles throughout Cambridge, Zipcar is a convenient, cost efficient, environmentally conscious alternative to owning your own car.

Half-price private membership (is available for University of Cambridge staff and students. Visit www.zipcar.co.uk/cambridgeuni to register.

Universal bus

The Universal bus service operates between Addenbrookes, West Cambridge and the Madingley Park and Ride with an additional stop at the railway station. It operates a new 15 minute frequency Mon – Fri and a 20min service on Saturdays between Madingley Park and Ride and the railway station. Discounts apply for University card holders, just show the driver your card and pay just £1 per journey.

Other weekly and monthly ticket options are also available for Whippet services. For ticket option click here. A route map can be found here while a timetable can be found here.

Travel by Train

A 10% discount rate on the purchase of train season tickets and bulk buy tickets is now available for staff of the University of Cambridge.

Visiting

Scudamore's Punting Company

Scudamore’s Punting offer concessions rates on self-hire of punts, canoes, rowboats and kayaks for University staff when they show their University Card. The discounts include up to £4 per hour off standard hourly rates and up to £20 off day and overnight rates. University staff can gain a further discount online through our concessions tickets for a range of Boat Hire services.

Moller Centre

Show your University Card to take advantage of special discounts when booking at the Møller Centre, set in the beautiful grounds of Churchill College. Receive special rates of Single B&B - £90 and Double B&B - £114 which includes VAT and breakfast. You may also upgrade for an additional £25 (subject to availability). Some restrictions apply.

Cambridge BIke Tours

Use your University Card and receive 20% off the City and Grantchester tours with Cambridge Bike Tours.  Cambridge Bike Tours offers a fun and leisurely way to explore this beautiful and fascinating city. Discover hidden gems with one of their knowledgeable guides all while cruising on one of their many bikes. For more information click here.

Britten Sinfonia at Lunch

Show your University Card and enjoy £7 tickets to the Britten Sinfonia at Lunch series performed by Britten Sinfonia, the University's Orchestra-in-Association, and one of Europe's most dynamic chamber orchestras. Discounted tickets available on the door only.

 

For Businesses

CAMbens Discounts - Our National staff discounts are managed through our discount provider Reward Gateway. Therefore, please work with them to become a provider, with a discount available to our staff.

You can become a partner of Reward gateway here: http://www.rewardgateway.com/uk/contact-us-retailer

Local Discounts - If you are a local business and would like to appear on this page as offering a Local Discount for staff then please email us: cambens@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Local businesses will need to be within 20 miles of Great St Mary’s church in central Cambridge. Cafés, restaurant, clothing, technology, homewares, gyms, financial and legal services and transport providers are all acceptable businesses. All retailer offers will be reviewed by the HR Reward Manager, University of Cambridge.