The Cameo offers an annual student membership through its parent group, Picturehouse, for just £20. This comprises free entry to all their Discover and reDiscover screenings, which preview the best in film talent along with screenings of the best of recent and classic cinema. For example, their current Debutante strand, which has brought recent cult hit Aftersun back for a showing. Also on offer are cheaper tickets every Monday, a couple of free tickets redeemable for any of their screenings including booking online, and 25% off food and drink at the excellent Cameo bar.
Glasgow Film Theatre
A Glasgow cinematic institution, the GFT isn’t just home to the unmissable annual Glasgow Film Festival; it also hosts a range of films across its three screens. It offers free membership for 15–25s regardless of student status, which includes £6 entry to standard screenings, one free youth screening per month, loyalty points, and offers by email. Friday matinees are even cheaper and they have a pay-what-you-decide screening once a fortnight, open to all.
If photography is of interest to you, you could support Edinburgh’s centre for photography, Stills, by joining their Friends scheme for £25 for a year. This entitles you to an exclusive members-only welcome pack ( including a limited-edition postcard by a recently exhibited artist),a Stills coffee cup, tote bag, and 10% off shop items, as well as a discount on courses. Friends also receive a newsletter with invitations to private views and events, including out-of-hours gallery openings, talks, and studio visits.
A feat of design and engineering, the V&A Dundee is made of curving concrete walls that recreate the appearance of a Scottish cliff face. Membership starts from £25 per year, but Dundee-based students can gain a discount, and it confers unlimited exhibition visits and first-look opportunities at Members’ previews, alongside a 10% discount in the shop and café. They also have an excellent learning programme, with affordable workshops open to the public throughout the year. The current exhibition, Tartan, tracks the textile through time, exploring its various associations, from Vivienne Westwood counterculture to royal conservatism.