At Pearson College London, roughly half of our students commute, whilst the other half live in London accommodation. No matter what your choice is, there’s always money saving tips to help you get around London on a budget!
What is an Oyster Card? “Oyster is a plastic smartcard which can hold pay as you go credit, Travelcards and Bus & Tram Passes. You can use an Oyster card to travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus services and most National Rail services in London.” - Transport For London
Student Oyster cards cost £25 to purchase, however they will save you ⅓ off when travelling in London. However, make sure to check the terms and conditions, as you will not be eligible for a Student Oyster if you live outside Greater London during term time.
For £30 per year (or less if using a TOTEM student discount), a 16-25 Railcard will save you ⅓ off when traveling anywhere in the UK. It can also save you ⅓ off when travelling on the London Underground (during off-peak travel, if you link it to an Oyster card).
Travelling around London by bus is fast and effective (and much cheaper than getting the tube!) Make a journey using your pay-as-you-go Oyster or contactless bank card, on a bus or tram, and you can make unlimited journeys for free within one hour of first touching in - in other words, it’ll cost you £1.50 for a single to any destination within that time!
Useful tip - London busses are now cashless - so you must have an Oyster or bank card to travel
If you're commuting to Pearson College London every day, it may be worth looking into getting a season ticket that can save you money on weekly, monthly and yearly tickets. You’ll need to check prices on this through your trainline company - but check that this does not work out cheaper than using a 16-25 railcard for daily tickets, as you can’t always buy season tickets and use your discount.
If you travel with Red Spotted Hanky, you may be able to get cheaper fares by claiming triple club card points when you travel with them. Even if you don’t travel with Red Spotted Hanky train lines, Tesco clubcards are still worth getting, as your points can build up, earning you rewards for other travel companies (such as Uber, 16-25 railcards, and National Express).
This site offers cash back when you purchase train tickets (for example it includes National Rail, Trainline, Hornby Railways, Greater Anglia, and Rail easy). If you use TopCashback regularly then savings will build up basically earning you free cash!