Student Discounts

Benefits of being a student

Partners and Offers

Native Instruments

SEM Students are entitled to discounts on NI Komplete, Maschine and Kontrol products.

If you have been a School of Electronic Music diploma student with us past or present, you are entitled to exclusive educational savings on selected Native Instruments products. If you are studying the Advanced Music Production module with SEM, you are entitled to a further saving.


Apple Training Centre

SEM is an Authorised Training Centre for Apple. As a students you will be entitled to the University discount Apple offer to students

NUS Card

As a student you can sign up for an NUS card giving you discounts across a range of activities and items


We have a partnership with Dawsons music entitling you to a discount across a range of products

The Production Room

We have a partnership with The Production Room in Leeds offering a discount across a range of products.

“Of all the Music Technology Schools we visited on our Red Bull Music Academy UK lecture tour, I would have to say that we found School of Electronic Music by far the best.”

Chris Cox, Red Bull Music Academy
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Midischool industry partners

Discounts on music production software available

Nus Extra Card

As a diploma student at the Manchester Midi School you can gain full-time student status regardless of your age – meaning you can enjoy all the benefits that an NUS extra card, a student railcard, and council tax exemption bring!

To receive all the discounts listed below, and many more, purchase your NUS card for just £12 once you’re enrolled at the Midi School.

If you’d like to go global with your discounts you can upgrade to an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) for an additional £2.99, which entitles you to deals such as 50% off EuroDisney tickets, and 90% off Microsoft software products.

  • Travel

    Getting to lessons? Seeing loved ones around the UK? Do it cheaply!

    Train: 1/3 off your rail fare with a student railcard

    Coach: 25% off coach travel with a National Express Railcard

    Bus: 3 month’s travel on major UK bus company Stagecoach for just £60

  • Music & Computing Equipment

    Apple Education Discount : 15% off

    Fancy a student discount on Apple products? With the Apple education discount you can receive 15% off a Macbook Air, a Macbook Pro and an iMac, so you can produce using Logic software at home.

  • Living

    Council Tax Exemption / Reduction. You can qualify as a full-time student.

    Students receive council tax breaks.

    If you live in a house where everyone is a full-time student, then you don’t have to pay council tax.

    If there are some people in your house that aren’t students, then you can still apply for a 25% discount.

  • Spotify Premium : 50% off (£4.99/month)

    We know you love music, so we know this will be music to your ears!

    Enjoy access to 18 million songs without adverts, and download your favourite playlists to listen offline, with the Spotify Premium student account.


Free music production courses

These courses run monthly, and are intended to give you a concise, hands-on overview of processes that go into music production – to show you how to turn the ideas in your head, into music heard through the speakers. We’ll take you on a tour of our studios, explaining the different software and equipment you can use to make music. We’ll then have a session in our MIDI Lab where you’ll learn how to program drum beats and write bass lines in the style of your choosing, using Logic Pro X. 

We are the only Music Technology School in the UK who provide totally free, monthly music production taster courses. If you’re a total beginner, or have tried out software demos and want to learn more, this course is for you. 

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