Up to 97% of Mature Students are missing out on saving ⅓ OFF train travel

25th September 2023

London, 25 September 2023: Railcard.co.uk has found that over half a million mature students aged 26 and above could be missing out on discounted rail travel, despite eligibility for a 16-25 Railcard. Railcard.co.uk is seeking to remind mature students across Great Britain, that they too can opt-in for the 16-25 Railcard, and start saving ⅓ off their train travel – available online through Railcard.co.uk. 


Railcard.co.uk has revealed that less than 3% of their 16-25 Railcard users are mature students. With 547,980 mature students* enrolled in ‘21-’22, potentially as little as 3.01% are taking advantage of the offer. Railcard.co.uk is calling out for full-time students, aged 26 and over to opt-in, so they can start saving ⅓ on their rail fares 

Catherine Lyver from Railcard.co.uk said “Returning to university can be a big commitment, and we hope to make things a little easier by reminding mature college and uni students in full-time education, that they too are eligible for the 16-25 Railcard. At just £30 for one year, students can make an average saving of £140 annually on their train travel with a 16-25 Railcard. Whether taking field trips or making weekends visits, you’ll have made back the cost in just a few trips”. 


This year Railcard.co.uk is encouraging mature students embarking on their higher education journeys, whether for the first time or returning to their studies, to get their 16-25 Railcard at www.Railcard.co.uk and start enjoying all the additional benefits that university life has to offer!  


For more great offers and to purchase your Railcard today, visit www.railcard.co.uk 


Notes to Editors 

For more information or any queries, please contact rdgrailcard@goodrelations.co.uk  

For further details regarding the eligibility terms and conditions for the 16-25 Railcard - visit our mature students frequently asked questions page.

*Statistics are taken from the Higher Education Statistics Association’s latest report, including data up to the academic year of 21/22 of students aged 25+. See here.

About Railcards  

With a Railcard, rail users can save 1/3 off most rail fares across Britain, saving an average of £142 a year on rail fares. At just £30 a year, most Railcard customers make the cost back in just one or two journeys, whether visiting family, making new memories with friends or just exploring somewhere new. Visiting Railcard.co.uk gives all the options available, whether you’re 16-25, 26-30, or 60+, and whether you travel solo, as a couple, or as a family, there is pretty much a Railcard for everyone. For more information visit www.Railcard.co.uk 

About National Rail 

National Rail manages products and services on behalf of the rail industry. National Rail provides customers with journey planning, real time, fares and rail-related information. National Rail also helps customers save 1/3 on most rail journeys (and 60% on kids’ fares) with Railcards. For more information visit www.Railcard.co.uk. For more information on journey planning, fares and booking travel assistance visit www.NationalRail.co.uk