18+ Student Oyster Photocard

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


At present, students whose family home is in London but who study at universities outside the capital are not eligible for a student oyster photocard whereas students studying at one of the capital's universities but whose family home is elsewhere are eligible. Do you agree that the current rules risk penalising permanent residents of London, many of whom are based back in London during periods of university recess, and will you agree to look at this?


Answer for 18+ Student Oyster Photocard

Answer for 18+ Student Oyster Photocard

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The scheme provides Travelcard season discounts only. The 18+ Oyster photocard scheme was introduced to help students at London colleges and universities meet the cost of their regular commute to their place of study. It does not provide discounted pay as you go travel for leisure use during vacations.

Therefore TfL has no plans to introduce further discounts for Londoners who are over 18 years old who study away from London for use in their breaks from university.

All young people aged between 16 and 25 years can get discounted off-peak travel with a 16-25 Railcard, regardless of where or if they are studying, and those in full-time education over the age of 25 can also benefit. This discount can be loaded on to Oyster cards for use with off-peak pay as you go fares on London Underground and Docklands Light Railway.