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Free e-textbooks for Barclays student customers

Written by: Emma Lunn
Barclays has announced a partnership with Campus Society to offer students with a Barclays Student Account access to thousands of books during their studies.

Student social network Campus Society will give Barclays customers three free e-textbooks from the thousands of titles available from Campus Books.

Campus Books allows students to access core textbooks, reference materials, and literary classics, based on their individual subject and course needs. Students can also access features to help them study smarter, including keyword search, text highlighter and annotations, and accessibility features.

The Barclays tie-up, which is open to anyone enrolling in higher education in the UK in the 2019/20 academic year who opens a Barclays Student Account, means students can save more than £100 on the cost of textbooks.

Pip Landers-Letts, head of youth, student and graduate propositions at Barclays, said: “Starting uni is such an exciting time, but for many, the prospect of managing your own money for the first time can be a little daunting. We know that money can be tight, and in fact, a third (34 per cent) of students now say that money is the thing that keeps them awake most at night.

“The partnership with Campus Society offering free e-textbook subscriptions should help ease one of the financial strains of student life, alongside our fee-free overdrafts and helpful features from our award-winning app like spending categorisation and payment limits to help you stay in control of your money.”

Rashid Ajami, founder of Campus Society, said: “Since its inception, Campus Society’s focus has been to enhance the university experience for students from both an academic and social perspective. We’re very proud of this initiative with Barclays, which is all about supporting this goal. The Campus Books offer is one step towards helping students of all backgrounds enjoy and embrace the enriching experience that university ought to be without unnecessary stress.”

The Barclays Student Account also offers a fee-free overdraft of up to £500 on account opening, then up to £3,000 over the course of their studies. It comes with an app which helps students stay in control of their money by tracking their balance, categorising spending and setting limits on payments and cash withdrawals. Accountholders can earn up to 10 per cent cashback at selected retailers.

Students should shop around before opening a student account. Santander, Lloyds, HSBC and Natwest have all launched their student accounts for the 2019-20 academic year.

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