Getting by

Mind the gap

Moving away from home is a big deal. The transition from living with your parents to living in London is exciting, challenging and fun. But there’s a lot to learn before you can actually call yourself a Londoner. Your journey begins here.

Getting around

One of the first things to do is get an Oyster card. You can top it up online, at stations, or in newsagents where you see the Oyster pre-pay symbol. It works out much cheaper than paying for travel cards and single journeys.

Full-time students, and some part-time students, can apply for a student Oyster card, which allows you to save as much as 33% on fares.

Instead of automatically jumping on the tube, make sure you check out your local bus routes first. A single bus journey costs just £1.50 when you use your Oyster card and it’s a brilliant way of getting to know the city above ground.

Visit our Travel discounts page for details on the student Oyster card.

Check out the Transport for London website for information on routes, discounts, passes and planned closures. Their journey planner will probably become one of your most visited pages – bookmark it today.

On your bike

Cycling can save you a small fortune. There are plenty of cycle paths in case you’re worried about safety or getting lost. Don’t have a bike? Register with Santander Cycles, or Boris Bikes as they are sometimes known, and you can hop on and off at handy locations across the city.

Visit the Santander Cycles page on the Transport for London website

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Student accommodation

Have a look at our halls of residence.

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Student discounts

As a student in London, you'll be able to take advantage of a range of discounts.