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Sustainable travel

We aim to make travelling around campus better for everyone and ease pressure on the environment at the same time.

We have over 18,000 students and 3,800 staff who study, live or work at the University, and many more people visit our campus for events like conferences, open days, public lectures and graduations.

The potential implications for congestion and traffic pollution are significant.

As well as developing the public transport links to and from campus, and the free bus service between Campus East and West, we've been managing the number of vehicles on campus by implementing the various schemes below.

Travelling by bike

The cycle pool scheme

Bikes are available to hire for 48-hours at a time, located at James, Halifax and Goodricke College, Providence House and King’s Manor. Simply visit the the respective reception with your membership card and a £10 refundable deposit and sign the booking form.

To join the cycle pool scheme, you'll need to agree to the terms and conditions and complete the booking form. You'll receive an email confirmation with details on collecting your membership card.

Join the bike pool

Cycletowork salary exchange scheme

Staff can save up to 42% on purchasing a bike with our Cycletowork staff salary exchange scheme.

Find out more

Get £10 for completing cycle training

If you're new to cycling or haven't ridden for a while, why not sign up for a 90-minute training session with the University's qualified Travel and Transport Team. Get tips on safer riding around the local area.

Once you've completed the session and obtained your certificate, email transport-team@york.ac.uk to receive £10!

Sign up for cycle training

Travelling by bus

Discount student bus pass

You can get unlimited First York bus travel for as little as 60p a day when you buy an annual student pass, receive discounts on monthly or Yorkey card 20-trip tickets, or pay a reduced rate for travel between the railway station and the University campus. Remember to show your University ID when using the discounted bus passes.

  • Travelling from Leeds? CityZap provides fast bus services to York and Leeds. Show your student ID and travel for just £7.00 a return. 

Buy a First student bus pass

Discount staff bus pass

Get unlimited First York bus travel with an annual pass, exclusive to University staff. Receive discounts on monthly or 20-trip tickets, or pay a reduced rate between the railway station and campus on any First service as long as you show your staff card.

Buy a First staff bus pass

Travelling by car

Drive an electric car? Visit the City of York website for up to date information about where to find charging points across the city.

Find a car share

As well as saving petrol costs and reducing your environmental impact, car sharing allows you to take advantage of our reduced-price car share parking permit and access to priority parking available at Vanbrugh College.

Find a car share

Enterprise Car Club

Only need a car occasionally? We have an Enterprise Car Club bay in the Information Centre car park, with other locations available within walking distance of campus.

You can claim a discount as a staff member or student.

Join the car club

Sustainable travel research

As well as the the development of our Sustainable Travel Plan 2015 - 2020 (PDF , 6,309kb), our Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) has led several government-sponsored projects aimed at understanding people's travel habits, especially as they relate to cycling to and from work.