Student life comes with a lot of perks. You have plenty of free time, are carefree and you get to make a lot of friends, most of which will stay with you forever. Nonetheless, you also receive a lot of discount and even freebies: books, concerts, food on campus, computers and many other things that help you with your studies or with your personal development. Since the graduate life may not be so simple, it is advisable to make the most of these discounts and perks while you can.
As a student in the United Kingdom, you should know that there are also a lot of public transportation concessions for students. In order to receive them, you need to apply for a special card (Oyster, for instance) that you can use whenever you wish to ride the bus or the subway. In order to find out what criteria you need to meet, and the steps for obtaining public transportation concessions for students, you can call the Transport for London phone number. Also, this is the place you need to register with in order to obtain concessions. They are available of students of all ages (the categories are: under 5 years old, 5 to 10 years old, 11 to 15 years old, 16 to 18 years old and 18+). Each of these receives different concessions, according to their needs.
The general criteria for receiving your concessions photocard: being enrolled in a full-time or part time form of education and having a valid London address. Students who are under 18 years old must have their application written by their parent or guardian.
The concessions you receive as a student in London vary according to your age. For instance, if you are 18+, you can receive a 30% discount on public transportation. For students who are under 18 years old, discounts are even more significant and they can even ride the tram or bus for free (some criteria apply here).
The public transport concessions for a student are valid for numerous means of transportation: bus, tram, rail, underground. For each of them, you may receive a different discount, depending on your age, as well as other criteria.
If you are unsure of whether you may apply for an Oyster card that offers you discounts on public transportation, feel free to call the TfL phone number. You can discuss with a consultant who will offer you all the information you need in order to find out if you are eligible for such a card, what discounts will you get and all the other information you may need. Nonetheless, a consultant here can also guide you through every step required in order to obtain your card.
However, if you are under 18 years old, it may be advisable to ask one of your parents or your legal guardian to place the call for you, especially since they are the ones who need to apply for the card on your behalf.