Travel offers for students

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

Free cycle maintenance and cycle training

Take advantage of our regular campus visits from Dr Bike to keep your bike in good working order. Dates of Dr Bike visits available here.

Free cycle training is available for all students every Wednesday during term time but must be booked in advance. All levels welcome; from beginners who have never cycled all the way up to advanced road safety. Please email for more information.

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.

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.

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. Security Services also attend these events to label your bike and provide theft prevention advice. For full details on these 'on your bike' events, 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

The claret 21 runs throughout the night so you'll always be able to get to and from 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

You can buy PlusBus with your rail ticket, this adds unlimited bus travel around Reading town centre. 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. The 16-25 railcard can be used alongside PlusBus too.


16-25 Railcard

This is 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

Shared parking permit for car sharers

If yourself and another student are both eligible for parking permits, you could consider sharing a permit. Enjoy some company on your journey, save fuel and save carbon! See the parking pages for more detail. 

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

All University of Reading students who have a held a valid drivers license for over 12 months can get free membership with 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.

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.

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