Back to Uni - Top tips to save money on travel this term

13th September 2023

Getting ready to return to University can be an expensive time, with the ever-growing shopping list of Uni essentials, from pots and pans to books and bedding. But it’s easy to keep your savings on track with - the ultimate solution for substantial savings on train travel across Britain!  


A 16-25 Railcard is a must-have for students looking to save this term. Whether travelling to and from campus, planning weekend trips with your new mates or visiting family, a Railcard will get you there for less without any fuss. And did you know that if you're over 25 and in full-time education, you can apply for the 16-25 Railcard too? Find out more here.


To equip students ahead of the new university year, has shared its top tips to help students make savings on their travels and excursions. 


Always carry your Railcard 

Save 1/3 off most rail fares across Britain with a Railcard, saving an average of £140 a year on rail fares.  


At just £30 a year, you can make the cost of your Railcard back in just one journey, whether travelling back home for the holidays, making new memories with flatmates, or just exploring the surrounding areas.  


Plus, your Railcard doesn’t just save you money on travel. It saves you money with our partners too – on days out, restaurants, hotels and more. For more visit  


Take advantage of Advance Tickets 

Planning ahead for University means taking advantage of half a million Advance train tickets available for less than £10 every week. Buy in advance and save an average of up to 43% on train tickets to get the best value fare for your journey. 


Tickets generally go on sale up to three months in advance of when you plan to travel. However, some train companies still offer them up to 1-2 hours before the service is scheduled to depart - perfect for making sure you’re still able to make fantastic savings if you decide to take a last-minute trip. Couple your Advance ticket with your Railcard for even greater savings! 


Explore leading attractions with 2FOR1 offers from National Rail’s  

Everyone needs a break from the books! National Rail’s Days Out Guide offers 2FOR1 discounted entry to over 350 attractions nationwide when you travel by train - check out our faves below and save money while exploring new (or familiar) places in exciting ways!  


Scranchester Tours: Eat The City - A Magnificent Manchester Food Tour 

One of the best ways to familiarise yourself with a new city is through its food and drink scene. Save on tickets for this exciting foodie experience and discover your new favourite places to drink and dine!!   

Nearest station: Manchester Piccadilly 


Drink London! Historical Walking Pub Tour 

Enjoy a history lesson like no other! Follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare & Dickens as you adventure through London’s hidden backstreets and take moments for refreshment in some of the city’s most historic pubs, inns & alehouses. 

Nearest station: London Blackfriars 


Thorpe Park Resort  

Thrill seekers will love the record-breaking roller coasters of Thorpe Park. Ride Britain’s fastest coaster - Stealth, or if you’re feeling brave enough, why not try SAW - The Ride?  

Nearest station: Staines 


Alton Towers Resort 

Discover a world of thrills on over 40 rides and attractions at Alton Towers Resort. Relax with a game of mini golf or enjoy one of their many themed activities including Halloween and Oktoberfest! 

Nearest station: Uttoxeter 


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