The University has lots of offers for students to help you choose more sustainable modes of travel. Scroll down to check out all the offers. For more information on travel around Reading check out our cycling, buses information, or sustainable travel home pages.

If you have suggestions of more that we can do please let us know by emailing

Co-wheels car club (hire a car by the hour). Free membership plus £25 driving credit

All University of Reading students can get free membership of Co-wheels car club, plus £25 free driving credit when signing up with a University email address and our code. This great scheme lets you hire a car from as little as half an hour - perfect for the occasional trip you may need to make by car. Click here for more details of how to sign up.

Second hand bike sale; Bike Security Labelling; Fix it yourself bicycle maintenance equipment available to borrow

For full details of our start of term 'on your bike' event, including the second hand bicycle sale and hiring bikes for the term see this article.


Try the bus for free

Taster bus tickets with 2 free trips are available for all new undergraduate and postgraduate students. Perfect if you want to see if the bus can work for you. Detail of the routes around the University are available from Reading Buses.

Collect your pass from your Support Centre.

Discounted bus rates for all tickets types with Boost

All University of Reading students, regardless of age, can get the discounted Boost ticket rate. You will need to show a University of Reading student ID when purchasing or using your ticket.

Buses that run day and night

Did you know the claret 21 never stops? It runs throughout the night so you'll always be able to get to the University, providing you with a cheaper option than a taxi back from town.

Details available from Reading Buses.

Plus bus - discounts for combined rail and bus travel

Not a University specific discount, but it's worth a reminder that if you travel by rail and bus it might be worth investigating Plusbus rail tickets which could save you money by including your bus travel with your rail ticket. 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. 16-25 railcard discounts work on these too.

16-25 Railcard

Again not a University specific discount, but everyone between the ages of 16-25 in the UK, or over 25 and in full time study, is eligible for a 16-25 railcard which gives a 30% discount on all rail travel. The card costs £30 for a year, but it is well worth it if you’re going to travel by train more than twice! Apply for yours at

Betterpoints rewards programme

Collect points and gain rewards for how you choose to travel, just by downloading an app. Points can be exchanged for a range of prizes or donated to local charities. Look out for promotional periods where the amount of points available for sustainable travel in Reading substantially increases.

Regular visits from Dr Bike - free bicycle maintenance

Take advantage of our regular visits from Dr Bike to keep your bicycle in tip top condition. You only need to pay for any parts that your bike may need. Dates of Dr Bike visits available here.


Fix it yourself bicycle maintenance equipment available to borrow

From the Chaplaincy and Security Services containing a toolbox and pump at each. Dates of Dr Bike visits available here.

Cycle training

University staff and students can take advantage of our cycle training offers - whether you want to improve your road cycling skills, get back on a bike for the first time in years, or learn how to fix your bike yourself, we can arrange for heavily discounted and often free courses. See our cycle page for more details. Contact us at if you're interested.

Free liftshare membership to find car share partners

Find someone to share the petrol costs and keep you company on your journey to work with the University's own Liftshare site Sharers also get to share the cost of a parking permit.

Shared parking permit for car sharers

If you are eligible for a University parking permit, and share your journey with a fellow student who would also be eligible for a parking permit, not only do you get some potentially great company and shared petrol costs, but you also only need to buy one parking permit between you. See the parking pages for more detail or visit our liftshare site to find someone to share with.