Unfortunately, yes sometimes it can be! However, there are ways to save money on your travel costs whilst at University. Transport for London (TfL) operate most of the public transport in London and have fare information on their website
,. If you’re going to travel regularly on public transport, make sure you apply for a Student Oyster card – you can apply online through the TfL website
and save 30% on travelcards and bus passes. It’s important that you don’t apply for this before you have finished registration and have your London address confirmed, as otherwise the automatic system won’t recognise you as being a student. It can take up to 4 weeks at busy times (like Freshers Fortnight) for TfL and the University to process applications, so bear this in mind.
If you aren’t travelling frequently enough to need a travelcard or pass then it’s still worth getting an Oyster card
, especially since London buses no longer accept cash payments. When you use an Oyster card you’ll pay lower fares (£1.50 is the standard adult bus fare) and TfL have ‘daily price capping’, which means when using an Oyster you’ll never pay more than the cost of a daily travelcard. If you have a 16-25 railcard
you can also add it to your Oyster card and get discounts during off-peak travel. TfL have more information on their website
. 16-25 railcards can also be used by full-time students aged over 25, so if you often travel by train then it can save you a lot of money!