Public transport and discounts

The University is committed to developing sustainable transport alternatives to assist students to reduce car travel across the campus network. 

See the variety of discounts that are available when travelling by bus or train.

If you travel by train you may not need to purchase a separate bus ticket to reach your final destination.

PLUS BUS tickets are added to the cost of your rail travel and provide you with discounted daily travel within the PLUS BUS zone of your destination station.

Visit the PLUS BUS website to find out whether it is available for your journey.

Discounted tickets are available to students at Canterbury and Broadstairs.

The University is offering a subsidised rate for the current academic year to discount students who travel with the Stagecoach Bus Company. 


Stagecoach Travel Cards for the 2017- 2018 academic year will be available through the University at a discounted rate as set out below.  Select the best one for you.

Stagecoach UniRider

Valid from 16 September 2017 until 29 July 2018

Are you a student and getting ready for the new term? You can travel for a lot less with the Stagecoach UniRider student bus pass. This ticket is available to all Canterbury Christ Church students at a reduced cost of just £525. UniRider tickets can be purchased directly from the Stagecoach website.

Stagecoach MegaRider

MegaRider tickets are ordered through the University. Please complete the student application form.  Further details will be sent upon receipt of your completed form.

MegaRider Ticket Prices
Ticket 12 Week  52 Week 
 Local MegaRider  £95.40  £413.40
 South East MegaRider   £160.20  £694.20


View bus timetables. 


Students can apply for Mega Rider Travel Cards:

Please complete the student application form

Further details will be sent upon receipt of your completed form.

Email us if you have queries on the above discounted fares.


In certain circumstances, Stagecoach is able to offer a refund but this is at their discretion. Stagecoach will calculate the refund by deducting the cheapest available tickets for the cost of travel over the period the ticket has been used from the amount paid. These fares will usually work out higher than those given in the sustainable travel incentive.

Students wishing to cancel their Travel Card should do so through their local Stagecoach office.In the case of an employee leaving the University or wishing to cancel their ticket, the individual is responsible for refunding the University the amount remaining on the ticket. This is detailed on the application form which is signed by the individual.

Eligible students can now apply for the Kent 16+ Travel Card offered by Kent County Council.

Travel Cards for applications made by 14 July 2017 will be sent by KCC to Canterbury Christ Church for collection on the first day of term. 

Please note: Public Transport no longer issue letters for students to travel on the first day of term. Instead, students should retain their old pass if they have one but if they do not it is not a problem. KCC have agreed with operators that any student, carrying an old pass or otherwise, should be allowed to travel for the first few days of term so that they can collect their pass from the University.

Who is eligible to apply?

To apply for a Kent 16+Travel Card for the period 1 September – 31 August, every applicant must fulfil the following requirements:

  • They must be under the age of 19 when applying.
  • They must have already registered their place with the University and have their CCCU student ID number.
  • They must be a resident of Kent (i.e. their household pays Council Tax to a Kent district council for KCC services).
  • Residents of Medway Council and London boroughs which have a Kent postal address (e.g. Bromley) are not eligible to apply and should contact their own council to access schemes in those areas.
  • Any student who lives within the boundary of Kent County Council, whether their provider is based in the county or outside, is eligible to apply.

Visit Kent County Council's website for full terms and conditions and further information.

How much does it cost?

Applications for Term 1 Travel Cards will be accepted until 22 September 2017, with any applications received after this date being automatically processed as Term 2.  This is because applications can take up to 28 working days to process and to avoid students not get the full benefit of the Term 1 payment from the pass.

The deadlines for applications to guarantee passes are ready for collection on the first day of the remaining terms are as follows:

Card valid from:PriceDeadline for applications
Term 1 (September) £400 14 July 2017
Term 2 (November) £340 29 September 2017
Term 3 (January) £280 1 December 2017
Term 4 (February) £210 5 January 2018
Term 5 (April) £140 16 March 2018
Term 6 (June) £70 11 May 2018

However, applications received after these dates will continue to processed as quickly as possible with passes being issued by KCC within 28 working days.

When can I use my K16+TC?

The K16+TC is valid at any time of day on any day of the year, including evenings, weekends and school holidays. There are no restrictions on the number of journeys you can make.

How do I apply?

If you wish to apply, please read the Terms and Conditions first.  

If you are confident that you qualify you will need to send the following documents to

If you are unable to apply online then please return this form with a passport sized photograph to;

Kent 16+ Travel Card
Kent County Council
PO BOX 441
Aylesford, ME6 9HJ

Please note: Do not send payment to the above address as this needs to be made to Canterbury Christ Church University. 

Payment can be made at our online shop or via cheque (made payable to Canterbury Christ Church University) sent to;

Canterbury Christ Church University
Facilities Administration
Rochester House
St George’s Place

For queries regarding applications, replacement passes or refunds for the 2016-17 scheme year please contact the Kent 16+ Travel Card team –

Can I get a refund? 

Refunds can be arranged through Canterbury Christ Church University for K16+TCs returned to KCC before Friday 23 May 2015.  

Refunds will be calculated based upon the numbers of terms remaining. However these will be subject to an administration fee by KCC and will also depend upon any terms and conditions which your education or work-based learning provider has set. 

Students wishing to cancel their K16+ Travel Card should email us. 

Universities at Medway have been working together with Arriva Bus Company to assist with student travel across the West Kent area. Students travelling around West Kent can purchase a discounted bus pass. This pass will allow you to travel to places all across Medway, Maidstone and even up to the Dartford area.

The 116 bus service in Medway goes though the campus, stopping on Central Avenue near the Pembroke Building and on New Kent Road next to the Gillingham Building (UKC). It stops within walking distance of the Chatham and Gillingham train station as well as Medway Maritime Hospital and Hempstead Valley shopping centre.

Visit the Arriva website for details of the route and the current timetable.

Four weeks £25  
Twelve weeks £65  
Academic year + summer vacation free
Valid 1 Sept to 31 Aug
Annual N/A  

In order to get the best prices you need to gain the promotion code:

Students – Please request the promotion code by emailing us and quoting your name and student number.

You will then be sent an email with the discount codes and instructions on how to get the cheaper tickets.

All tickets are available through a mobile phone. Mobile users will need to download the Arriva app.

When using the ticket it is displayed on the screen and the user needs to show it to the bus driver along with ID. Sales arrangements for the 10 journey ticket are being finalised but will, in any case, be available from the Arriva Offices at the Pentagon Centre.

Visit the Arriva website for more information or contact us.

If you're aged 16 - 26 or a full-time student and looking to save money on travel the Young Persons Railcard allows you to save 1/3 on standard fares. Apply now.

Canterbury City Council operates a Park and Ride Scheme at the Wincheap, Sturry Road and New Dover Road Park & Ride car parks.

The University offers the following options for purchasing a discounted card, both reduce the standard daily parking charge from £3.50 to an amazing £2.30 per day.  Click here to purchase;

This includes return coach travel into Canterbury for the driver and up to six passengers of the same vehicle. Please read the full terms and conditions or visit the Park and Ride website for more information .

An email confirmation of your payment will be issued. You will need to take this plus your student or staff ID to your nominated collection point, where your card will be issued.

Queries in relation to the balance available on a card, or any operating problems must be directed to Canterbury City Council on 01227 862000.

If you have any queries regarding the process, please contact us. 



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Last edited: 01/05/2018 14:03:00