The dreaded expense of university course books. Few students get a warm-fuzzy buzz spending cash on study necessities - course books are certainly not as exciting as a fresh new outfit for a student club night. That’s where we come in.
As a brand for students, we are consistently focused on developing new ways to make student life easier, and, with a record-breaking number of undergraduate students starting university this year, we are on a mission to make those purse strings looser.
Knowing that students spend, on average, a huge £240 a year on course books, we have teamed up with Barclays to run a pilot program; we’re giving students three free textbooks on Campus Books, our online e-book service, as an added incentive for them to sign up for a Barclays’ Student Additions Account.
Campus Books is our online e-book service which is consistently increasing users in the student community. Not only will freshers across the pilot universities be able to save money, but we have also developed a range of study smart features on Campus Books to make library sessions easier.
What is most exciting for us so far, though, is the positive feedback and interest in the offer, both from our outbound communications and on campus at Warwick and Leeds, which we visited over Freshers’ Week. Students loved that they could not only save money, but also take advantage of the collaboration tools and the ability to access their books on any device, any time. They love that they can save both money and time to enjoy the things that really matter to them (e.g. jäger bombs).
Campus Society offers free e-book service for students
- Students spend £240 a year on textbooks
- 3000 e-textbooks up for grabs for first year students
London, 17th October 2018: Campus Society, the popular student networking site, today announces it has partnered with Barclays to give away 1000 free subscriptions to its digital textbook service, Campus Books. The offer is available to first year students in Leeds, Warwick, Durham, Manchester, Cambridge, Oxford, Lancaster, Exeter and Plymouth who open, or already have, a Student Additions Account with Barclays.
The limited offer is intended to help students cover the essential cost of course books, as research reveals students spend, on average, £240 per year on books. Campus Books lets students access either three core textbooks for free; or two core textbooks for free and 12 months access to a package of over 2,000 books. Students need to open a Student Additions Account with Barclays by 31st October to claim a voucher for their free subscription.
Pip Landers-Letts, Head of Student Accounts said, "Starting university is an incredibly exciting time for students, but we know the cost of buying books on top of other living expenses can put a significant strain on students' first-term budgets. We want to support students throughout their time at university and help them focus on their studies rather than worrying about the cost of buying books."
Rashid Ajami, Founder of Connectt and Campus Society, said, “At a time when student purse strings are tighter than ever, this fantastic offer with Barclays will go a long way in helping freshers make the most of their first year at university. Through this partnership, Barclays has proven just how forward-thinking it is as a business with a strong commitment to social purpose. We look forward to welcoming more students to the Campus Books platform.”
Campus Society is owned by social networking solutions business, Connectt, and it is the largest and fastest growing online community platform for students to discover, collaborate and connect on shared interests.
For further information, please contact:
Will Parrott/Ben Tozer, Propeller PR
0203 301 5335
About Connectt Limited
Connectt is a Social Network as a Service platform business that provides any organization the ability to deliver branded social networking solutions for customers, employees, remote business partners or any group aligned around a common interest area. With Connectt, a business no longer needs to subject its brand’s social capital to third parties that control what users see and do. They can integrate the features that matter to drive engagement, purchase, retention, and loyalty. Connectt owns and operates Campus Society, the UK’s leading social network for university students, in partnership with UCAS. Campus Society connects university students with peers based on common interests across the UK. Most recently the company has launched Campus Books offering every course textbook in the UK through the Campus Books app available on iOS and Android.
For more information, visit www.connectt.us
About Campus Society
Campus Society is the UK’s leading social network for university students. Launched in 2016 and working in partnership with UCAS, Campus connects new university students with peers who share common interests helping students connect across the UK – freshers to third year, high school students to first years. Campus Society is owned and operated by Connectt, Ltd. a Social Network as a Service platform business that provides any organization the ability to deliver branded social networking solutions for customers, employees, remote business partners or any group that is aligned around a common interest area. With Connectt, businesses no longer need to subject their social capital to third parties that control what users see and do. They can integrate the features that matter to drive engagement, purchase, retention, land loyalty. Most recently the company has launched Campus Books offering every course textbook in the UK through the Campus Books app available on iOS and Android.
For more information, visit www.campussociety.com
Notes to editor
- Students can redeem the voucher on the Campus Books platform - this gives them three tokens to use against the books they want.
- Students must collect the voucher from their local university Barclays branch (at participating universities). They can do so at the same time as opening the account if they open it in one of these branches
- Vouchers are valid until October 31st 2018; tokens are valid until January 31st 2019
For full terms & conditions, click here: https://www.campussociety.com/pages/barclays-books-2018
 2018 Student Money Survey: https://www.savethestudent.org/money/student-money-survey-2018.html