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Travelling to University by Train

Whether you’re heading to university for the first time, or heading back for your final year, you’ll have plenty of things to think about. However, how you’re going to get there should not be one of them. With many universities just a hop, skip or a jump away from the nearest train station, travelling to university by train is the perfect option.

Travelling to Univeristy by Train
Travelling to Univeristy by Train

Benefits of Travelling to University by Train

There are so many benefits of travelling to university by train, and not just because it’s one of the most convenient ways to travel.

If you book your seat in advance, there is a high possibility you’ll be able to request a seat with a plug, allowing you to catch up on some much needed work, or just keep your phone fully charged whilst you sit back and wait to arrive at your destination.

Getting the train also means you can take the time to sit back and relax. You don’t have to stress about traffic delays or whether you’re heading in the right direction. University can be a stressful time, taking the train can help remove some of this stress and give you some time to yourself.

Cost Saving Rail Tips for Students

The sooner you book your rail tickets, the cheaper they are likely to be. Therefore, as soon as you get your timetable for the year, pin point the times you’ll most likely want to travel and get your tickets booked. Don’t forget, being a little flexible with your times and trains can also save you a hefty chunk too. Our savvy train users have saved up to 80% on their train tickets by booking early. For more tips on cheap train travel, see here.

There are plenty of ways to make travelling by train cheaper for you, which we know is especially important when you’re a student. If you know you’ll be travelling by train quite frequently, it could be useful to invest in a 16-25 rail card. Having this card will get you up to 1/3 off most rail fares, and could save you around £8 or more a month. If you’re a mature student, don’t worry, you can still reap the benefits of this card if you’re in full time study. For more information on railcards, please see here.

Getting There

Here are just some of the universities that make travelling by train a doddle.

The University of Warwick

Nearest Train Station: Coventry Station

Coventry train station is around four miles away from Warwick’s campus and is the closest main line station, with trains running regularly from London (Euston) and Birmingham town centre.

The University of Nottingham

Nearest Train Station: Nottingham Station

Nottingham train station is two miles away from the university campus and can easily be reached by walking or by hopping on the tram. The station has regular services from London (St Pancras), Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield.

The University of Birmingham

Nearest Train Station: University Station

The University of Birmingham is the only UK University to have its own train station on campus. The station is only two stops away from Birmingham New Street which has links to trains all across the country.

The University of Manchester

Nearest Train Station: Piccadilly Station

The University of Manchester’s Sackville Street is just a five minute walk away from Piccadilly Station. Piccadilly Station is easily accessed from London, and local train lines to Oxford Road Station and Victoria Station are also easily accessible.

The University of Sussex

Nearest Train Station: Falmer Station

Directly opposite the University campus is Falmer train station. Falmer train station is on the line between Brighton and Lewes, taking eight minutes in each direction, providing great travel from both the west and the east.

The University of Reading

Nearest Train Station: Reading Station

Reading is a mainline train station making it easily accessible from many places around the UK. The campus is around two miles away from the station and should take around 40 minutes to walk, or you can simply hop on to one of the many buses that run to the campus.

The University of Bristol

Nearest Train Station: Bristol Temple Meads

Bristol Temple Meads can be found right in the centre of Bristol, and is about 20 minutes away from the campus by bus, and only 40 minutes walking (although it does involve an uphill climb). Bristol Temple Meads provides links to London, Plymouth, Birmingham, Cardiff and many other destinations.

The University of Kent

Nearest Train Station: Canterbury West

Canterbury West station is just a pleasant half hour walk away from campus, with the university well signposted. Canterbury West is serviced by trains from multiple different London stations.

Aberystwyth University

Nearest Train Station: Aberystwyth Station

With a regular service from North Wales and the Midlands, Aberystwyth station is perfect for students travelling to University. The walk to campus takes around 20 minutes, but there is also a regular bus service if you don’t fancy the walk.

The University of York

Nearest Train Station: York Train Station

Travelling to York by train is one of the simplest things you can do. With a frequent fast train service on the main East Coast Line you can get to York from anywhere, including London (King’s Cross), Edinburgh and selected airports. Once you’re there, the University is just a short ride by either bus or taxi.

Now go get packing your toaster and frying pan, and don’t forget to book your train tickets with!

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