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Bus on Lewes Road with Elm House

Student discounted tickets for transport and travel for 2023/24

Our campuses and halls of residence across Brighton and Eastbourne are well served by public transport, walking and cycling routes. There are also a range of student discounts available which you can take advantage of to help reduce the cost of travel.

Traveling by bus

Brighton and Hove Buses operate buses in Brighton and Hove, serving our City, Moulsecoomb and Falmer campuses as well as Varley Park halls, and further afield to Lewes, Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield, Heathfield, Hailsham and Eastbourne. You can buy discounted student tickets on the Brighton & Hove buses app or use the ‘Key smartcard’ for cheaper travel.

The app is downloadable free from the Android Play Store and iPhone App Store and is the easiest way to plan your journey and download tickets all in one place.

You must verify your student status using the Brighton and Hove Buses app. To get a discounted student ticket of up to 33% you will need to provide evidence of your student status by uploading a picture of your valid UniCard and your status letter (available via Student View), which will be verified within 24 hours. You will only need to do this once, see the full details from Brighton and Hove Buses.

Stagecoach Buses operate bus services in Eastbourne, and offer an annual student ticket. Download the Stagecoach app to plan your journey and buy a ticket.

Discounted tickets are available across bus providers from the Government Bus Service Improvement Plan, including £2 single tickets until 31 October, and the East Sussex day ticket. Find out more on Brighton and Hove Buses and Stagecoach websites about the enhancements.

Traveling by train

Southern Rail connect our campuses by train, operating services between the Brighton campuses and Eastbourne and offer a monthly, weekly or quarterly heavily discounted student ticket called Unizone which gives you unlimited travel in the Unizone area. To purchase the Unizone you’ll need a 16-25 Railcard and a TOTUM card, see full details from Southern Rail.

Unizone map - Trains connecting Brighon and the universities

Students living in a London borough during term time can also get 30% of travel cards in London with the Transport for London 18+ Student Oyster scheme, giving you a discount on tube, bus, DLR and trams, for day passes or longer travel cards.

Digital railcards also provide discounts on train travel:

  • If you are aged between 16 and 25, or over 25 and in full-time study, you’re eligible for a 16-25 railcard. The railcard will give you 1/3 off Standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Standard Advanced and First Class Advanced rail fares in the UK, andcosts £30 a year or £70 for 3 years.
  • If you are aged 26-30 the National Railcard will save you 1/3 on journeys across Britain for just £30 a year.
  • A third option is the Network Railcard providing 1/3 off most rail fare in the London and South East area for £30 a year.

Cycling to university

All our campuses have cycle parking, external bike pumps and access to showers and lockers. Check the location of all the facilities on our online map, and plan your route using the Brighton and Hove or Eastbourne cycle maps.

Beryl bike on Brighton beach near West Pier

BTN Bike docking stations with Beryl Bikes (electric-assisted bicycles), are available on our Brighton campuses and around the city, it’s a great way to cycle to uni if you don’t have a bike of your own, and is cost effective too.

Take a look at the c-change cycling webpages for more information on cycling to our campuses, including discounts available and buying a second hand bike.

Commuting to campus

If you are intending to commute into university then check out our study resources. Also, let your Course Leader and Personal Academic Tutor know if you are commuting into uni so that they can offer you advice on studying as a commuting student.

Visit the sustainability travel pages for further information about your travel options.

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Robin Coleman • 2 August 2023

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