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. For more information on each mode of transport, these can be accessed from our main page or reached directly from the link in the heading of each section on this page. 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 sustainability@reading.ac.uk.

The information on this page has been structured around the carbon travel hierarchy, which structures travel methods in order of sustainability - from Single Occupancy Vehicles to no-carbon methods. The hierarchy acts as a helpful tool to consider the impact of travel decisions and consider any suitable alternatives.

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 sustainability@reading.ac.uk 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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#UoRBit

The University has an exciting 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.

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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