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.

Discounted tickets are available to students at Canterbury.

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 2019- 2020 academic year will be available through the University at a discounted rate as set out below.  Select the best one for you.

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. These tickets are available to all Canterbury Christ Church students at a reduced cost. UniRider tickets can be purchased directly from the  Stagecoach website.

Stagecoach UniRider

  • UniRider 1           07/09/20 to 10/09/21     £515.64

  • UniRider 2           21/09/20 to 21/05/21     £339.09

  • UniRider 3           07/09/20 to 07/04/21     £297.05

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.

Ticket12 Week52 Week
Local MegaRider    £105.30 £456.30
South East MegaRider £175.50 £760.50

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 Saver Scheme offered by Kent County Council.

Who is eligible to apply?

To get a Kent 16+ Travel Card you must:

  • be under 19 years old 
  • live in a house that pays Council Tax to Kent County Council
  • attend a participating school, college or university.

If you live in Medway or a London borough with a Kent postal address (for example Bromley) you cannot apply and should contact your own council to find out about their schemes.

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

How much does it cost and how can I pay?

The cost of the pass is £400 for the year and you can pay online in full or spread the cost in monthly instalments with our new direct debit option. 

Paying by monthly instalments

You can spread the cost by making 8 monthly payments between August 2019 and March 2020. A £10 administration fee applies. The administration fee will be added to the first payment taken.

If you apply later in the year then you can spread the cost over the number of months left until March 2020.

How to apply for instalment payments

Select the Direct Debit option when you apply online to be redirected to complete a Direct Debit form or print and complete the Direct Debit form and return it by post with your application.

Instalment examples

The cost of the pass remains the same whenever you apply. The earlier you apply the more monthly instalments you can spread the cost over and get the most use out of it. If you apply later in the year then you can split the cost by the number of months left until March 2020.

  • Apply by 14 July 2019: 1 x instalment of £60 followed by 7 x instalments of £50 (total cost £410)
  • Apply by 3 November 2019: 1 x instalment of £90 followed by 4 x instalments of £80 (total cost £410)

When can I use my K16+TC?

You can use your 16+ Travel Saver all day, all year. The card allows free travel on most public buses. You can't use it on private bus services and coaches.

See a list of all operators taking part.

How do I apply?

Applications can be made from 3 June 2019 until 24 May 2020. 

Apply or renew online

The quickest way to renew your pass, or apply for the first time, is online. 

You will need:

  • a debit or credit card
  • access to a printer to print and sign the Direct Debit form (you can save the form and print it at a different time)
  • a passport photo saved in JPEG format, no larger than 40KB. Minimum image dimensions are 96 pixels x 134 pixels, maximum dimensions are 132 pixels x 169 pixels. Resize your photo online with BeFunky, on Android you can use Photo Compress 2 (requires download) or for iPhone use Desqueeze (requires download).

If you don't want to upload a new photograph for your renewal, you will need to renew by post. Apply or renew online. 

Apply or renew by post

Complete our 16+ Travel Saver application form and return it with a cheque or postal order payment to:

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

Please note: All cheques and postal orders must be made payable to Kent County Council.

For more information, click here

Collecting your card

KCC will send your travel card to us within 3 weeks, but at busy times of the year (such as the start of the new school year) this can take up to 6 weeks. If you applied by 14 July 2019, your travel card will be ready for the first day of term in September.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive an email or letter from KCC as confirmation. You no longer need to present a letter in order to travel.

Can I get a refund? 

If you leave your education or training or don't need your card for any other reason, KCC will refund you part of the cost paid for the pass based on the terms where it has been used.

You need to return your pass to KCC to claim for the unused terms. You need to return your pass by Friday 24 May 2020.  

Date returned by: 
Not collected, or returned before the start of the year £390
Term 2: 28 October 2019 £323.35
Term 3: 6 January 2020 £256.68
Term 4: 24 February 2020 £190.01
Term 5: 16 April 2020 £123.34
Term 6: 1 June 2020 £56.67
No full term remaining £0

Universities at Medway continue 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.

If you wish to purchase a ticket please follow the instructions on the Arriva flyer.

Visit the Arriva website for more information or contact us 

If you're aged 16-25 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.



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