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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 live in London during term time and use London Underground services to travel to and from lectures during the week, e.g. commuting students.

Can I get one?

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 and fully enrolled at Royal Holloway.
  • 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'm on a year in business, am I eligible?

No. Transport for London specify that to eligible for the 18+ Student Oyster Photocard, students must be on a mandatory work placement in London and engaging in 15 hours of tuition led or structured learning. As the year in business is optional and not a prerequisite requirement of your course, you fail to meet the criteria outlined by Transport for London. Additionally, as you are on a year in business, you do not meet the required 15 hours of tuition or structured learning hours.  

For further information, please see Transport for London's placement establishment terms and conditions

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+ Student Oyster Photocard when you aren’t eligible, you won’t get your money back.

How much does an application cost?

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

When will I know if my application can be approved?

If you're applying before the start of the new academic year, please be advised that assessment will only be possible once you are fully enrolled at the university and once term has started.

If you're applying at any point during the academic year, you should hear back within two weeks.

Why has my application been rejected?

 If your application for an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard has been rejected, you will receive an email from the Student Services Centre explaining why you have failed to meet Transport for London's eligibility criteria. 

How long can I have an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard for?

You can get a photocard valid for up to three years of your course.

Can I apply for a 16 + Zip Oyster Photocard?

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.

 

Where can I find out more about the 18+ Student Oyster Photocard?

You can find out more about the 18+ Oyster, including Transport for London's terms and conditions on their website.

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.

I'm a Postgraduate Research student, can I apply?

To be eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard, you must be a full-time postgraduate student, studying or in your first year of writing up to more than 15 hours a week. To ensure you meet this criteria, please contact us and we will confirm your study details with Doctoral School.

I'm a Postgraduate Research student in my second year of writing up, am I still eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard?

Before applying for the 18+ Student Oyster Photocard, we would recommend that you contact us so that we can confirm your study details with the Doctoral School and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria.

I'm a Postgraduate Research student who has submitted my thesis, can I apply for an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard?

We will be unable to assess your eligibility for an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard if you are still awaiting the outcome of your viva. Once you have been notified of the outcome of your viva, please contact us before applying for an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard so that your study details can be confirmed with the Doctoral School and we can advise you of your eligibility. 

 

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.

How do I apply?

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

If you are applying in person and it is your first card, you’ll need to submit a passport sized photograph with your application form.

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.

If you are an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught student, you will need to book an appointment with the Student Services Centre so we can complete your rail card form. For the appointment, you must bring your College Card, railcard application form and a passport sized photograph. To book an appointment, please call 01784276441. 

If you are a Postgraduate Research student, please contact the Doctoral School to get your form completed. 

I'm a Postgraduate Research student, how do I apply?

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

Once you have an application form, please contact the Doctoral School for completion. 

I'm a Postgraduate Research student in my second year of writing up, am I still eligible for a 16-25 Railcard?

If you're in your writing up year, you'll need to be studying or writing up for 15 or more hours a week. The Doctoral School will check this with your supervisor before completing and approving your application form.

 

Local buses

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.

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Living in halls? Don’t throw £20 down the drain!

If you’re living in College accommodation or the local area around Royal Holloway, you won't be eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard.

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.

Need help?

If you are unsure of your eligibility or would like further information about travel concessions, please contact the Student Services Centre.