As a student, you don’t exactly have the luxury of traveling around in a Bugatti Veyron. This means that, unless you get a bicycle, public transport will be something that you use on a regular basis. Whether you are going to town, on a night out, or food-shopping, you will definitely need public transport. Walking is probably the last thing you’ll want to do thanks to England’s reputation for awful weather.
Buying a ten-journey ticket for the bus rather than buying each one individually is a great way to save money. You are more than likely going to go on ten trips during the year so it really is worth it. Younger students can get a good discount, too, if you opt for the ‘Solo’ tickets.
Getting to London is nice and simple. It costs around £12 to get to London Paddington by train and takes around 30 minutes. There is also a direct train that comes straight from London Heathrow. This makes it easier for international students to get to Reading without having to go through the confusing process of changing at different stations.
Being prepared and booking tickets in advance for journeys you will be making means that you will save loads of money and, in turn, have more to spend on your days and nights out. The earlier you book, the cheaper it is. Using different sites like Skyscanner can help you to find the best deal.
Getting an Oyster card will save you so much money and hassle if you plan on visiting London more than once. They can be bought online or at the underground stations in London.
Another must-have card is the 16-25 railcard. It only costs £30 per year – or nothing if you know your student bank deals – and gives you a third off travel, so if you live far away you will earn it back within two trips. A handy tip is to link your 16-25 card with your Oyster card to get even better deals while traveling on the tubes.
So, those are some essential tips for getting around travel-wise when term starts. Make sure you take advantage of Reading’s close proximity to the capital city!