Student Travel

Sustainable travel

Sustainable travel is embedded within University culture and the University actively encourages the use of alternative methods of travel. Sustainable travel benefits your environment, your health and well-being as well as your finances.

Getting around Bristol

Maps of the University campus, including our Google map, are on our Maps and travel page. Maps of central Bristol produced by Bristol City Council are available free from the reception desk in Senate House and the Students' Union. A-Z street maps covering the whole city are available from bookshops and newsagents.

Online tools such as Travelwest’s journey planner can help you to plan local journeys in detail.

There are several options for getting around:


The University campus (containing most of the academic buildings and the central halls of residence) is quite compact, and you can walk between most buildings in less than ten minutes. The campus is also within easy walking distance of the city centre, Bristol Temple Meads train station and Bristol bus and coach station.

More information on Walking


Many of the residences have secure cycle sheds and there are cycle stands throughout the University campus. The University runs numerous initiatives to support and encourage cycling, including free cycle training and a free cycle clinic to keep your bike in good order. 

Keep up to date with cycling events and initiatives by joining the TUB-BUG (University Bicycle User Group) information mailing list.

Student discounts

Students are entitled discounted locks and lights sold by Sustainability

Students are entitled to discounts at some local bike shops

More information on Cycling


The city and the University campus are well served by bus services. There are buses from the campus to the city centre, Bristol Temple Meads train station, Stoke Bishop halls of residence and other areas you are likely to want to travel to and from.

More information on Bus

Student discounts

Students are entitled to a 30% discount on all First bus tickets across the West of England.
Students are entitled to discounted tickets on Wessex services within Bristol
Students over the age of 18 and either living at a London address during term time, or are on a mandatory work placement in London may be eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard

Bristol UniBus, Service U1 (operated by First Bus)

Undergraduate students living in University accommodation will receive a bus pass for unlimited travel of the Bristol UniBus U1 service. All other students may purchase a bus pass or buy individual tickets on board the bus.

Please note, the University is currently mobilising the new Bristol UniBus bus contract with First Bus, which will replace the Wessex Service 16. This new U1 service will start in September 2017. More detailed information on route, timetable, fares and frequently asked questions to follow.


Bristol is the regional capital of the South West and has good intercity train connections. It has two major train stations, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway. The Severn Beach Line crosses the city, calling at several stations between Severn Beach and Bristol Temple Meads. Clifton Down station is the nearest to the University campus, about 10 minutes’ walk away.

More information on Train

Student discounts

Students are entitled to reduced rail fares with a 16-25 Rail Card. This railcard is also available for those over 25 in full-time study. The annual cost of the card is £30 and it enables a 1/3 off Standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance, and First Class Advance rail fares. Mature students applying for the card require their application form to be signed by a University of Bristol staff member, such as their Faculty Administrator or their personal tutor, who can confirm their full-time student status. In April 2018, the 16-25 Railcard will be extended to include those aged up to 30. 

Students over the age of 18 and either living at a London address during term time, or are on a mandatory work placement in London may be eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard

The National Rail website allows you to plan journeys and book tickets.


National Express serves 1000 UK destinations, including major airports. A number of services depart from the Bristol Bus and Coach Station which is a short walk from the University Precinct.

Bristol International Flyer is a coach service that serves Bristol International Airport from Bristol Bus Station and Bristol Temple Meads. offers low cost intercity express coach travel throughout the UK. Services depart from Bond Street which is a short walk from the University Precinct.

Student discounts

Students can save up to 30% on National Express services with a Young Person's coachcard.

More information on Coach


Bristol has several taxi and private hire taxi firms. There are also several taxi rinks in the centre of Bristol and at Bristol Temple Meads.


Students should not bring a car to Bristol unless it is essential, for example because of a disability. Bristol is a highly congested city and there are many restrictions on parking in place. The main University campus is contained within the Kingsdown Residents’ Parking Scheme area (KRPS) and the majority of on-street parking in and around the campus is subject to residential permits, meters and time limits.

Further car parking information for students living in university allocated accommodation 

Further car parking information for and eligibility for students living in the private sector 

A great alternative to bringing a car to university is joining one of Bristol’s car clubs. These have pay-as-you-go cars located on streets all over Bristol (and elsewhere in the UK). You can use car club cars whenever you want, for as long as you want.

Or you may wish to consider using the Park and Ride service.

Student discounts

Students can benefit from free membership, no monthly minimum spend + £10 credit (worth up to £95) with Co-Wheels car club