Student Oyster Card Cost

All the trips in and out of greater London can add up quickly enough making it important to take advantage of any discounts that are available. Thankfully, for students there is a student Oyster Card that can save a fortune so that money can be spent on more important things. Let's take a look at the costs involved.

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The card is only available to students that are 18 or older and are attending a university that is participating in the Transport For London(TFL) scheme. For more comprehensive details on participating institutes, visit the TFL website or ask an appropriate staff member from your university as to whether your institute participate in the TFL scheme.

To apply for a student Oyster photocard, your first port of call needs to be the Transport for London website where you can select the 18+ Student Oyster photocard option. From there you can simply input your university enrolment number, your course dates, a legitimate London address and a colour digital photograph that is similar to a passport photo in that it shows your head and shoulders. The cost of the card is a £10 administration fee and you canpay for it online with a valid credit or debit card and your email address. Students can do all of this up to four weeks before their course start date.

Getting a Student Oyster photocard will give you 30% off adult rates on Travelcards as well as on Bus and Tram Passes. For example, with the Student Oyster card for a 7 day Travelcard it will cost £21.90 compared to the adult fee of £31.40. The monthly Travelcard cost sees bigger savings again of £84.10 compared to £120.60 adult fee. And the annual cost sees a cost of £876 versus the £1,256 adult fare.

Keep in mind though that this card may not be beneficial for those living relatively close to their university. Most likely it would be a better option to pay as you go at the adult rate as your transport needs would be far more flexible. Check out the prices thoroughly though and see what the best option is for you personally. Those that live in Greater London can still get use out of this card even if your University lies outside of Greater London.

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