Getting around

London is divided into six travel zones; zone 1 covers Central London and zone 6 is furthest away from the centre. How much you need to pay for transport depends on where you are studying, where you live and probably also where you work.

Travel ticket prices vary depending on the transport service you use, the zone(s) you travel in, the day you travel and the time of day you travel – peak or off peak. Peak travel is between 06:30-09:30 and 16:00-19:00 Monday to Friday. Travel is more expensive during peak hours. Off peak travel is at all other times (including bank holidays.)

Familiarise yourself with travel routes to college before you set out house-hunting; and remember that the underground is not the only public transport available: there are also buses, overground trains, Docklands Light Railway and even Thames river boats. Also be aware that by midnight, most public transport will have closed down, apart from night buses.  From Autumn 2015 at weekends some tube lines (Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Central and Jubilee lines) will operate a 24 hour service

If you are likely to travel into college or university most weekdays, buying a weekly, monthly or even annual season ticket is more economical than paying for single journeys. You can find fare information at: www.tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/

Student Travel in London

There’s good news for students as you can benefit from lower cost season tickets. If you're 18 or over, live at a London address, in full-time education you may qualify for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard.  This will entitle you to 30% off on adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Passes. To apply you must be living at a London address, enrolled with a college or university that is registered on the TfL Scheme and be on an eligible full-time or part-time course. For more information visit www.tfl.gov.uk/students

Travel Costs with student discount

For detailed information on the 18+ Student Scheme go to www.tfl.gov.uk (choose: Tickets uChild and students Discounts u Students over 18) or phone 0845 330 9876 and select the ‘Student Oyster Photocard’ option.

Prices accurate as of July 2016 but usually increase in January of each year. 

Prices inc Zone 1

7 Day

Monthly

Annual

Zones 1-2

£22.60

£86.80

£904

Zones 1-3

£26.60

£102.20

£1, 064

Zones 1-4

£32.50

£124.80

£1,300

Zones 1-5

£38.60

£148.30

£1, 544

Zones 1-6

£41.30

£158.60

£1, 652

Cycling can be the cheapest, healthiest and fastest way of getting around London. The Mayor is spending almost £1bn to improve cycle routes in London – both Cycle Superhighways and quieter routes on the back routes. London also has the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme lets you hire a bike, ride it where you like, and return it to any docking station. Free or subsidised cycle training is available to students who want to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings. To find out more, plan your cycle ride and read tips for safe cycling visit: www.tfl.gov.uk/cycling

Safer travel at night: Travelling in London at night is generally safe, and TfL are working with the police and other organisations to make it even safer. You can travel more safely by, planning your journey in advance, travelling with others late at night & avoiding isolated areas.  Only licensed taxis (cabs with an orange light displaying the word 'TAXI'), can pick up passengers on the street. You can also find taxis at designated taxi ranks. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/safety/staying-safe