Student Oyster Cards

MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What percentage of applications for student oyster cards have been declined because the application was not signed by an authorised signatory of the educational establishment? Please provide this figures broken down by borough.


Answer for Student Oyster Cards

Answer for Student Oyster Cards

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is moving increasingly to a web-based application system for student Oyster Cards. This obviates the need for a paper signature since applications are approved on-line by the college. Since September, TfL has issued nearly 200,000 Student Oyster cards, with over 135,000 issued via the on-line process. Of the paper applications received, 639 have been rejected because the application was not signed by an authorised signatory, i.e. a rejection rate of just under 1% of paper applications or around 0.3% overall. TfL does not have this information broken down by borough. Any spatial analysis of 18+ student data would tend to be dominated by the locations of student halls of residence.