Student Oyster card

MQT on 2013-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2013
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have been contacted by a student who is a south London resident but attends university outside London. She says that she is very disappointed that she is not eligible for an 18+ Student Oystercard as she spends all her vacations at home in London and, as she is on the same low income as most students, finds high travel costs a burden. Please could you clarify the position on this and ask TfL to see whether any flexibility could be applied for students who are London residents but study elsewhere during term time.


Answer for Student Oyster card

Answer for Student Oyster card

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The scheme provides reduced rate Travelcard season tickets to help students studying in London meet the cost of their regular commute to their college or university. It is not aimed at vacation travel by London residents studying elsewhere, and the terms have been unchanged for many years.

Discounts for leisure travel by rail and Tube are available to students and all under 25s through the Young Person's Railcard which provides discounts throughout the UK including Oyster PAYG in London.