We aim to make travelling around campus better for everyone and to 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.
So the potential implications for congestion and air pollution from traffic 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 are managing the number of vehicles on campus by implementing the various schemes below.
Travelling by bike
Inter-campus route map
Our inter-campus guide will help you navigate your way across campus. Walking or cycling could save you time in the long run. You’ll avoid queuing for the bus and will leave spaces available for those who most need them most. Keeping active is great for your physical and mental wellbeing and will help reduce your carbon footprint too.
Staff or student? Try out cycling to work or lectures, enjoy the outdoors and exercise when you want by hiring a bike through the cycle pool scheme. Available for up to a week at a time, bikes are located at James College, Halifax College and the Ron Cooke Hub.
Simply book a bike via Eventbrite, collect the key from the relevant reception, unlock your bike and ride away. Just make sure you read the Pool Bikes Terms and Conditions (PDF , 48kb) before you do.
Cycletowork salary exchange scheme
Staff can save up to 42 per cent on purchasing a bike with our Cycletowork staff salary exchange scheme.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive £10!
Use an e-scooter or e-bike
As part of a trial being funded by the DfT and in partnership with City of York Council, e-scooters and e-bikes are available to shuttle between Campus East and West for free or for 75p per hour when travelling into the city centre.
The e-scooters and bikes are a safe and more sustainable way of travel. As part of a joined up approach to increasing sustainable travel with City of York Council, the team managing the vehicles are fully climate neutral.
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.
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.
- Travelling further afield? The Adult 12 Month Gold Pass can be used on Yorkshire Coastliner and Transdev York buses, including between Leeds and Harrogate.
- Staff can also get an interest-free loan for annual bus tickets.
Travelling by car
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.
Electric vehicle charging
Electric Vehicle charging points are available on Campus for use by University staff. Five double chargers are located in the Church Lane Building car park, operated by Pod Point.
Charging costs £0.39/hour for the first four hours and £2.00/hour thereafter to encourage users to move their vehicle once charged.
To register to use these charging points, email: email@example.com. After confirmation, you'll need to download the Pod Point app to your phone and register with your University email.
Sustainable travel research
As well as 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.