18+ Student Oyster photocard

If you are a full-time student commuting to university from a London borough, you may be eligible for the 18+ Student Oyster photocard.

The photocard gives students 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram pass season tickets.

Please note, your card cannot be processed until you are fully enrolled at the University. 

To be eligible for the photocard you must be:

You also must be one of the following: 

  • enrolled on a full-time course including at least 15 tuition-led or structured learning hours a week, with attendance at scheduled classes being Monday to Friday only, and not including evening classes, over a minimum period of 14 weeks on the same course

OR

  • a full-time student receiving NHS bursary money

OR

  • a full-time postgraduate student (eg studying or writing up for 15 or more hours a week). 

You are not eligible if you:

  • live outside London, even if your university is in London
  • already have an Oyster photocard, Freedom Pass or a Bus & Tram Discount photocard
  • live in London outside of term-time
  • live in university halls outside of London.

Unfortunately, students on a part-time course at Bucks are not eligible for the photocard as they do not meet the funding criteria.

If you suspend your studies for any reason (eg planned break, maternity leave) your card unfortunately will be cancelled and you will have to apply for a new card after re-joining the course.

Please check the Transport for London terms and conditions before applying for the photocard. When submitting your application, you must pay a non-refundable £20 fee, which will not be returned to you if you do not meet the criteria.

You can apply for the 18+ Student Oyster photocard here: tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/adult-discounts-and-concessions/18-student

 

Apprentice Oyster photocard discount

If you are studying for a degree apprenticeship and live in a London borough you may be eligible for the Apprentice Oyster photocard discount. 

The photocard gives students 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.

Please note that Apprenticeship Oyster photocards are processed by the University.

To be eligible for the Photocard you must:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • live in a London borough (a list of London boroughs can found here: bobulous.org.uk/misc/London-boroughs.html)
  • be enrolled on an apprenticeship* with a further education college or training organisation for a minimum of 12 months
  • be in the first 12 months of your apprenticeship. 

*The apprenticeship must be SASE (Specification for Apprenticeship Standards in England) compliant or an approved standard. It should be delivered by a further education college or training organisation that is approved, or funded by, the Skills Funding Agency.

You are not eligible if you:

  • live outside London, even if your apprenticeship is in London
  • already have an Oyster photocard, Freedom Pass or a Bus & Tram Discount photocard
  • are on a planned break from your apprenticeship learning
  • are on a pre-Apprenticeship Access programme

If you suspend your studies for any reason (eg planned break, maternity leave) your card unfortunately will be cancelled and you will have to apply for a new card after re-joining the course.

When applying for this photocard, you will need your Unique Leaner Number (ULN) and your UK Provider Reference Number (UKPRN).

The University’s UKPRN is 10000975. Your Unique Learner Number can be found by emailing apprenticeships@bucks.ac.uk

This photocard is only for students who commute into university daily from London to lessen their travel cost, as opposed to students that live in London out of term-time, or those that live in halls.

Please check the Transport for London terms and conditions before applying for the photocard. When submitting your application, you must pay a non-refundable £20 fee, which will not be returned to you if you do not meet the criteria.

You can apply for the Apprentice Oyster photocard here: tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/adult-discounts-and-concessions/apprentice-oyster-photocard

 

TfL Audits

Twice a year, the Students’ Union are required by TfL to complete an audit to confirm that students who are accepted for the photocard discount are still studying at Bucks and still meet the relevant criteria.

This means your card may be cancelled during your studies if it becomes apparent that you do not meet the criteria for your photocard.

If you suspend your studies for any reason (eg planned break, maternity leave) your card unfortunately will be cancelled and you will have to apply for a new card after re-joining the course.

Any queries regarding Oyster cards should be directed to union@bucks.ac.uk