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.

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 2018- 2019 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

  • Valid from 18 September 2018 to 27 May 2019: £438.75
  • Valid from 10 September 2018 to 29 July 2019: £525.00

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 £168.30 £729.30

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.

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?

Full year travel card

A card for the full academic year costs £400. There is no administration fee for applying for the pass and you will need to make the payment directly KCC. You must complete the application through them and not the University.

Part year travel cards

You can buy travel cards to cover all or part of the academic year. The cost is based on when they receive the application:

16+ pass typeDurationPrice
First half year pass 1 September 2018 to 1 March 2019 £200
Second half year pass 25 February 2019 to 31 August 2019 £200
Full year pass 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019 £400

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

When can I use my K16+TC?

You can use your 16+ travel card all day, all year. Cards run out on 31 August.

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?

Your application will be processed within 28 working days.

Apply or renew online

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

You will need:

  • the name of the University
  • a debit or credit card
  • 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 Card 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, download the 16+ Travel Card leaflet or the 16+ guide for parents.

Collecting your card

KCC will send your travel card to us within 28 working days of receiving your application. If you applied by 13 July 2018, your travel card will be ready for the first day of term in September.

Bus operators have agreed that for the first few days of the academic year (week commencing 3 September 2018), students who have applied on time and need to collect their new pass from the university should be allowed to travel free of charge. If they have it, you should carry your old pass, but anyone who would qualify for the scheme should be allowed to travel without any proof of payment or eligibility.

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'll have to pay a £10 administration fee. 

You need to return your pass to KCC to claim for the unused terms. 

Passes returned in term (between dates) 
Not collected, or returned before the start of the year £390
Term 1: 3 September 2018 to 19 October 2018 £323.35
Term 2: 22 October 2018 to 19 December 2018 £256.68
Term 3: 20 December 2018 to 15 February 2019 £190.01
Term 4: 18 February 2019 to 5 April 2019 £123.34
Term 5: 8 April 2019 to 24 May 2019 £56.67
No full term remaining £0

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 £30  
Twelve weeks £75  
Academic year + summer vacation free
Valid 1 Sept to 31 Aug

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 16-25 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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