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I am over 25 and I need somebody to sign my application form for a 16-25 student railcard.

If you are over 25 and you are a full time student you are still eligible for a 16-25 student railcard. You will need confirmation from UCL that you are an enrolled, full time student...

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Travel Information -

Tips for getting out and about

As a full time UCL student you are entitled to many discount schemes in London and the UK.

Travelling in London


Cycling in London is a green and cheap way to travel to and from UCL. The roads in London can be dangerous though and we advise you to use cycle lanes where they are available. UCL has bicycle parking stations across the campus please download the map for more details.

To help you get the most out of cycling in London please visit the Transport for London website. Here you will find useful information about safety equipment, cycle maintenance, clothing and accessories. Registration for training sessions is also available if you wish to gain confidence riding in the dark.

18+ Student Oyster photocard

In conjunction with Transport for London (TfL), full time UCL students can apply online for a TfL Student Oyster Photocard which entitles the holder to buy student-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets valid for 7 days, one month or longer periods, which cost 30% less than adult-rate season tickets. 

To be eligible for this card you must have fully enrolled on a UCL programme of study lasting at least 14 weeks, as a full time student at UCL and be over 18 years of age. We will not approve your card when you pre-enrol; you must have fully enrolled at UCL before you will be eligible. If you apply before you have fully enrolled, you risk your application being rejected and losing your application fee. If you are a part time student, your application will be rejected unless you meet the TfL criteria which can be found on the TfL website.

In order to apply online for your photocard you will need:

  • Your credit/debit card number and expiry date
  • A digital photograph of yourself saved as a jpeg file
  • Your UCL student number (SN on the front of your UCL ID card)

Please note that you must enter your institution name correctly in order for the application to be successful - if the form does not automatically select 'UCL' when you type it in, please click the link to view a list of all eligible institutions and pick 'UCL' from the list.

Transport for London liaise with UCL directly to confirm your eligibility for the photocard scheme.  The cost for each application is £20. You may use the online application process for both your first application and any subsequent applications, including replacements for lost/stolen photocards. Visit the TfL website for more information and to apply. 

Please be aware that if you extend your period of study, you will need to apply for a new Oyster photocard to cover the additional time. UCL is not responsible for any inaccuracies in your Oyster photocard end date.

Please note that UCL is unable to sign and stamp applications for the 16+ Zip Oyster photocard scheme. The 16+ Zip Oyster photocard scheme is for students studying a further education course at Level 3 or below, in a school sixth form, sixth form college, academy, further education college or other training provider. A bachelors degree course is classified Level 6 by Ofqual.

Congestion charging

Transport for London operates a Congestion Charge Zone in central London. This means that road users will need to pay a small charge to enter this zone during certain hours of the day. Though there are no student discounts, a reduced tariff is available for some methods of payment. For full information, including rates and maps of the zone, please see the TfL website.

Travelling in the UK

There are many cheap ways of travelling within the UK - visit the Megabus and National Express websites for cheap coach, bus and train travel across the UK.

As a full time student you can purchase a 16-25 Railcard which will save you 1/3 on rail fares throughout the UK for either a year or three years. If you are a mature student over 25 and registered as a full time student, you can still purchase this card to get your discount. Please visit for more information and to apply. You can also pick up a leaflet from any train station and bring it into the Student Centre with your student ID card and we will sign and stamp it for you.

International travel from London


Many budget airlines fly in and out of the major London airports, offering cheap deals on flights within Europe. Websites such as Opodo and can help you find the cheapest flights and the best deals on accommodation.


From London St. Pancras International Station, you can reach Paris, Brussels and other cities in Europe within just a few hours using the Eurostar. The earlier you book the cheaper you will find the tickets, and there are often great deals to be found when booking out of peak season.


Eurolines coaches are probably the cheapest way of travelling in Europe from the UK - check out their website for more information on prices and destinations.

STA Travel

STA Travel is a specialist travel agency for young people. Check them out if you want to plan a trip or holiday anywhere in the world, they offer great student deals.

Travelling to London airports

London has 5 major airports - however, most of them are quite a way from the centre of the city. Travelling by taxi to the airport can therefore be very expensive even if you use a pre-booked minicab service. It is often cheaper, quicker and more reliable to use public transport to reach the airport, and there are many different travel options available. Check out the individual airport websites for more information.

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