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Sustainable travel

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 queueing 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 cabron footprint too. 

The cycle pool scheme

Bikes are available to hire for 48-hours at a time, located at James College and the Ron Cooke Hub. 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 per cent 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

Use an e-scooter

As part of a trial being funded by the DfT and in partnership with the City of York Council, E-scooters 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 are a safe and more sustainable way of travel. As part of a joined up approach to increasing sustainable travel with the City of York Council, the team managing the e-scooters are fully climate neutral.

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.

Staff 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.

Join the car club

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

Sharing a car can help with saving petrol costs and reducing your environmental impact.

If you're a member of staff, you can also take advantage of our reduced-price car share parking permit.

Find a car share

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.