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16-25 Railcard

What is a 16-25 Railcard?

The 16-25 Railcard is a discount card that gives you a 30% discount on Standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Standard Advanced and First Class Advanced rail fares anywhere in the UK. The card is available to anyone in the UK aged between 16 and 25.

I’m over the age of 25, can I still apply?

If you’re enrolled on a full-time course at Royal Holloway we can authorise your application for a 16-25 Railcard, whatever your age is. All you need to do is bring your College Card, your railcard application form and a passport sized photograph to the Student Services Centre.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the 16-25 Railcard online or in person at your local railway station.

If you want to apply in person, you will be able to pick up an application form at any train station or in the Student Services Centre on campus. If it is your first card, you’ll need to submit a passport sized photograph with your application form.

18+ Student Oyster Card

What is the 18+ Student Oyster Photocard?

The 18+ Student Oyster Photocard is a special Oyster Card that gives you a 30% discount on the cost of your travel in Greater London. The card is meant for students who use London Underground services to travel to and from lectures during the week.

Can I get one?

Maybe! Not all students at Royal Holloway are eligible for the 18+ Student Oyster Photocard, so make sure you read this section carefully.

To be eligible for the 18+ Student Oyster Card you must be:

  • 18 or over
  • In full-time education
  • Living in London during term time or on a compulsory work placement in London as part of your course.

If you’re living in College accommodation or the local area around Royal Holloway (e.g. Egham, Englefield Green or Staines) then you won’t be eligible as you don’t need the Oyster Card to commute to and from lectures.

You might also be eligible if you’re studying part time and receiving an Access Bursary. If you think this might apply to you then please check with the Student Services Centre team before applying.

I’ve checked and I’m sure I’m eligible.  How do I get one?

Before you apply, make sure you’ve read the terms and conditions set by Transport for London.  You can then apply online on the Transport for London website.

Don’t throw £20 down the drain!

The application costs a non-refundable £20. Be careful – if you apply for the 18+ Oyster Card when you aren’t eligible, you won’t get your money back.

Who do I contact if I have any questions about the 18+ Student Oyster Card?

If you need any advice about the 18+ Student Oyster Card please get in touch by emailing the Student Services Centre.

Can I apply for a 16 + Zip Oyster Photocard?

Sorry, no. We can’t authorise your application for the 16+ Zip Oyster Photocard as it only applies to students studying a further education course at Level 3 or below in a School Sixth Form College, Academy or Further Education College.

Quick links

Need help?

Contact the Student Services Centre.


Bus discounts


441 bus

The 441 Abellio bus that goes between Englefield Green and Heathrow airport offers a student discount!

On the 441 you can get a Uni Pound ticket, which will allow you to buy a single ticket from campus to Egham or Englefield Green for £1. Simply show your College Card to the driver and you’ll be able to get the reduced fare.

You can also get a reduced rate day pass for £5. Just show your College Card to the driver to qualify for the discount.