Travel offers for staff

The University has a large number of offers for members of staff to help you choose more sustainable modes of travel. They are listed below, with links to the relevant internal/external offer. We are always eager to hear suggestions on further sustainable travel offers that will be of benefit to our staff - if you any suggestions, please let us know by emailing

Cycling offers

Free cycle maintenance

Take advantage of our regular campus visits from Dr Bike, who provides free tips and basic maintenance to keep your bike in good working order. Dates and locations of Dr Bike visits available here.

Free cycle training

Free cycle training is available for staff and students every Wednesday during term time.  All levels welcome; from new learners to advanced road safety. Please email to book a session or for more information.

Borrow fix-it-yourself cycle maintenance equipment 

Visit the Chaplaincy and Security Services, where you are able to access a toolbox and pump for self-maintenance.

Cycle2Work - Discounted bicycle purchase through salary sacrifice

Get yourself a brand new bicycle with up to 42% discount through the Cycle2Work scheme. Our scheme is run in partnership with Halfords, but you can select a bike from any participating supplier. See HR's Benefits Plus pages for details.

Second hand bike sale, bike hire and bike security labelling

The University runs a small number of bike sale and bike hire events throughout the academic year, in partnership with Reading Bicycle Kitchen can be useful places to find a used bicycle. Security Services also attend these events to label your bike and provide theft prevention advice. Check our social media pages, Cycling page and the RBK website for updates.

Secure cycle parking on campus

We have several secure cycle compounds dotted around Whiteknights campus. To gain entry to these all you need to do is contact Security Services and ask them to add access to the compounds onto your student campus card. You may also need your card pin for some of them - this can be found in the campus card portal once you log in.

Not ready to commit to buying a bike?

Try loaning a bike for a month with EASIT first. This offer includes fixed frame, electric and folding bikes - perfect to see if cycling to work is right for you! Sign-up/log in to EASIT to take advantage of this offer.

My Journey Wokingham Challenge

Any residents of Wokingham Borough Council or anyone who travels in and out of the Borough can get rewards for using active and sustainable travel. Find out more at My Journey Wokingham: Betterpoints. Plan your route using this cycle routes map.

Bus Travel offers

Bus-to-Work - Discounted annual and 90 day bus passes

University employees can get discounted travel with the purchase of annual or 90 day passes from Reading Buses. These passes can be used on all routes within the relevant fare zone as well as evenings and weekends. The cost of the bus pass will be taken from your salary each month in equal instalments. Please see HR's Benefits Plus pages for details.

simplyUNI - Discounts for bus travel when showing your University of Reading ID

Reading Buses also offer the opportunity to buy season tickets directly with them. These smartcards can be purchased per term, academic year or calendar year. Visit their ticket page here for more information.

PlusBus - discounts for combined rail and bus travel

When you buy a PlusBus ticket with your rail ticket, you add unlimited bus travel around the Reading urban area. A perfect money-saving option if you know you will be using the bus several times in a day. This link takes you to information specific to Reading, but remember that PlusBus discounts could also be available for buses to the station wherever you live.

Two free bus trips for new staff

New staff can try the bus for free - just email to take advantage of this offer.

Buses that run day and night!

The Claret 21 bus route runs throughout the night, so you'll always be able to get to and from the University.

Details available from Reading Buses.


Choose green coach travel with FlixBus, which offers tickets from just £2.99 to over 50 destinations. Find journeys from Reading University (Christchurch Green bus stop) to London, Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth, with free onboard Wi-Fi, charging points and comfortable seats on its top-rated ‘Euro 6’ coaches, reducing carbon emissions.

Train Travel offers

Rail season ticket loans

The University will fund the purchase of an annual season ticket to the maximum value of £7,500 by way of an interest-free loan. This is then paid back in 10 monthly instalments from your net salary. View HR’s pages for full details

15% off rail travel through the easit network

University staff can get a 15% discount on South Western Railway fares that travel to and from Reading Station via our easitREADING membership.  Sign-up/log in to EASIT to take advantage of this offer.

Group travel discounts on GWR

People travelling in groups of 10 or more on the GWR network can benefit from savings of up to 26%.

Driving offers

Co-wheels Car Club

Car Clubs are an excellent initiative where members can hire a car by the hour. Staff can register to link a personal account with the Universities' business account, which allows the booking of any of the three vehicles across the University campus for business for short-term use. For more information visit our the Sustainable Driving page. To register, visit the Co-Wheels page.

Lift Sharing with Doing UoR Bit

The University has an exciting staff lift-share scheme provided via our Doing UoR Bit platform. The Lift Share tool connects you with other Doing #UoRBit users who would like to share their commute - either by car, public transport, cycling or walking.

There is an Emergency Lift Home policy in place, to ensure that you can get home should unforseen events prevent your normal lift share from taking place.

Free Park and Ride service from Mereoak

We have partnered with Reading Buses and Royal Berkshire NHS Trust to deliver this exciting new sustainable travel option for our staff. From Autumn 2022, staff can use the Hospital P&R 300 service from Mereoak (Junction 11 of the M4, RG7 1WJ).

How to take advantage of this fantastic new service:

  • Simply show your University of Reading Campus Card to the bus driver
  • Free parking at Mereoak is included, no permit needed
  • Use the Christchurch Green stop for Whiteknights campus and the Royal Berkshire Hospital stop for the London Road campus

Additional offers

Further discounts and offers available through the easit network

  • Taster tickets with Arriva buses
  • Savings and FREE driving credit with Enterprise Car Club
  • Discounts with Halfords on all in-store purchases (terms & conditions apply).
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