Student discounts and benefits for travel in Brighton
The University of Brighton works to support students, staff and visitors to travel as sustainably as possible to and from campus; to help cut carbon emissions and pollution, improve health and wellbeing and you could save yourself some money!
With the new academic year just around the corner, now is a good time to assess your travel options and kick-start good habits for the year ahead, and make sure you’re aware of the current Government guidelines for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In line with advice from the Government students are encouraged to walk or cycle to campus where possible. Where active travel isn’t possible, public transport can be used and you are required legally to wear a face covering and should follow the Government advice on safe travel, maintaining social distancing and washing or sanitising your hands regularly.
Check out the facilities available and info on your travel options.
All university campuses are located within walking distance of town centres and train stations. Visit the c-change webpages for more information and walking times.
The university actively supports cycling, and facilities are available at all campuses and halls of residence. This includes bike parking, bikeshare bikes, pumps and repair kits. Check out the interactive map of facilities and lots of other information about travelling by bike on our c-change webpages including discounts and offers for students.
Free bike maintenance checks are provided throughout the year. Follow c-change on social media to keep up to date with where and when!
Brighton Bike Share bikes
BTN Bike Share bikes are available across our Brighton campuses, as well as across the city. Hire costs 3p per minute + £1 unlock fee, or sign up with your university email address and take advantage of the discounted annual membership fee of £65 which gives you 30 minutes of ride time every day.
You can also benefit from a free ride using this voucher:
UB1 Shuttle bus
In Brighton the free university shuttle bus, UB1, runs on weekdays during term time along the Lewes Road between the Old Steine (City campus) and Falmer campus, via the Moulsecoomb campus and Varley Park. The bus is equipped with free Wi-Fi and charging points, and is accessed by showing your Unicard.
The UB1 currently has a limited capacity due to COVID-19 and users are also legally required to wear a face covering and should follow the Government advice on safe travel, maintaining social distancing and washing or sanitising your hands regularly.
Brighton & Hove Buses
As a student you can get great savings on your bus fare with a valid Student ID card when using the Brighton & Hove Buses mobile phone app, m-ticket, or key smartcard. Buy a city SAVER day ticket for £3.45 or networkSAVER for £3.75, or longer tickets for discounted prices. Visit Brighton & Hove Buses’ student information page for ticket options, prices and route information. Also stay up to date on the go with the Brighton and Hove Buses app, allowing you to look at live departures, timetables and journey information on your phone.
See the latest information on travelling with Brighton & Hove Buses during the COVID-10 pandemic. See the infographic below of guidance, and check how busy your bus is before you travel. Users are reminded that capacity is restricted and of the legal requirement to wear a face covering.
At the start of term Brighton’s roads and buses can get very busy as new and returning students commute into our campuses along the Lewes Road. Our advice is to plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey, use alternatives or expect delays.
Southern Railway connects the university campuses along one train line, serving the Brighton campuses (Brighton, Moulsecoomb and Falmer stations) and Eastbourne.
Get 1/3 off train tickets by investing in a 16-25 Railcard: £30 a year, and get 5% off with a TOTUM card (formerly NUS extra/ISIC card), or £70 for 3-years. Available to anyone aged 16-25, or over 25 and in full time study. Visit the 16-25 Railcard website for rail discounts.
The discounted Unizone train ticket is also available to students travelling anywhere between East Worthing and Eastbourne, covering the Brighton and Eastbourne campuses. Tickets cost from around £20 a week and are available to students with student ID and a 16-25 railcard, in weekly, monthly or quarterly tickets. Buy from staffed ticket offices in the Unizone area.
A reduced service of 87% is currently operational so you are advised to check train timetables before travelling and are reminded of the legal requirement to wear a face covering.
Travelling to Varley Park
Varley Park can be reached on foot, by bike and bus from Brighton, Moulsecoomb and Falmer. View walking times and the cycle route from Varley to Falmer and Moulsecoomb. BTN Bikes are available from the Hub at Varley Park and at all our campuses.
The free UB1 shuttle bus services Varley Park on an hourly basis. View the timetable.
Brighton and Hove Buses number 24 bus run regularly from Brighton city centre, via Moulsecoomb and stops approximately 50 metres from the Varley Park entrance at the Varley Park bus stop on Coldean Lane or Hawkhurst Road.
The 5B bus also operates between Coldean and Falmer train station and the University of Sussex, a short walk from our Falmer campus using the bridge or underpass.
Alternatively, a number of buses serve the Lewes Road from Brighton, Moulsecoomb and Falmer, alight the bus at the ‘Coldean Lane’ bus stop and walk up Coldean Lane to Varley Park in 10-15 minutes. See Brighton and Hove Buses for buses and to check stops.
Only students with a valid car-park permit can park on campus. Find out more about parking on the blog.
If you normally share a vehicle with people from other households or support bubbles for essential journeys, the Government recommends you find a different way to travel so that you can maintain social distancing. For example, consider walking, cycling or using your own vehicle if you can.
Car sharing within your household is permitted. See the Government advice for car sharing with people outside your household.