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2017: student membership of RHS
by Janet Prescott - Monday, 16 January 2017, 12:39 PM

This is something that comes up every year.  

I'll give you the details of how to apply for RHS student membership again: we have been looking at offering you an NUS Extra card, which gives you  other student discounts, but unfortunately NUS Extra are not a very efficient organisation and I've been chasing them since November for more information!

If you are studying with us you are entitled to apply for student membership of the RHS, which can be as little as £10 per year.

I think  this doesn't allow you to take a companion into RHS gardens like regular membership, but it does give you free access to the RHS gardens and partner gardens for yourself, access to shows on 'members only' days, AND the annual subscription to The Garden which alone is worth more than £10.

To qualify the RHS ask for a student number  -but we don't assign you a student number of our own as we don't need any more bureacracy than the RHS already requires...

You can download an application form for student membership from the RHS website here.

 If you have an RHS  Candidate Number because you are registered for a  Practical qualification, or have entered any RHS exams,  you can give them this number as well as details of your course/exams. Or phone  0845 130 4646 and give them the code 3481 and your Candidate number.  They should be able to find you in the system and have agreed this is fine.

 If you aren't registered for an exam already, I've been in touch with the RHS about the simplest way to confirm your student status.  My suggestion is that

1. you change your password  for the online classroom and then

2. you forward your original enrolment email to with the membership form to explain that you are applying for student membership. They have agreed that the enrolment email is proof of student status.

We log your user name and original password as our record of your enrolment, and this (with your online email and original payment confirmation) is how your identity is stored in our files.

If you have not already changed your password, I suggest this is a good time to change it to something memorable ( 8 letters minimum, at least one capital, one number, one 'other'), save it somewhere safe,  and then send the email to the RHS.  Please do not send the email without changing your password!

If at any stage you lose or forget your password, I will always restore your original for you so that you can reset it yourself.  I cannot see the password you have set, that's why I will always reset to the original.

The automatic reset function will only operate if you've entered an external email for the system to send a change to, so send me an email if you have problem with it.