At university

The College is here to support all optometrists - from your first day at university, to qualification and through to the highest levels of professional achievement. Make sure you make the most of your membership.

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Your student member benefits

All optometry students are associate members of the College. And that means you have access to loads of really useful benefits and services – completely free of charge. Make sure you are making the most of them…


We have put together a list of some of the major sources of financial help for optometry students in the UK. You can also contact your own university or local education authority for advice.

College student reps

Our student reps are the point of contact between the College and our student members. We rely on them to share our news with you, and to share your news, ideas and questions with us.

Student rep blogs

College student reps know what life is like for an optometry undergraduate and have plenty of advice, tips and opinions to share.

Book and magazine discounts

As a College member, you can save money on optometry books and magazines. Simply log in for your discount codes.

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Life after university

Hospital vs community practice

Thinking about your career but not sure which path to take? We asked three newly qualified optometrists to tell us a little about where they work.

Expert tips on finding a pre-reg placement

Before you can start on the Scheme for Registration, you need to sort a placement and a supervisor – and the earlier you apply, the better.

Preparing for the challenges of the work place

Practise your problem-solving and decision-making skills with real ethical scenarios that have been adapted especially for students.

Volunteering overseas

Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to travel the world, make new friends and, most importantly, help in the fight against avoidable sight loss.