There are cycle storage and shower facilities located across the University's three campuses. We host a monthly Bike Doctor outside the University Centre, in partnership with Bespoke Biking, where students and staff can bring their bikes for free maintenance checks and minor repairs carried out by qualified mechanics.
2017/18 Bike Doctor dates: 5th October, 2nd November, 7th December, 11th January, 1st February, 1st March, 5th April.
Students and staff are also entitled to a 10% discount on cycles and accessories at both Hargroves Cycles and Peter Hansford Cycles in Winchester on presentation of a University ID card.
The University's Cycle to Work scheme enables staff to save at least 30% on the cost of acquiring a bike and safety cycling equipment, up to a maximum of £1000. This means you can access great savings with numerous suppliers, including online.
Winchester has excellent rail links and the railway station is only 10 minutes walk from the University.
For students, the University sells rail season tickets, which could help you save up to 20% on regular train travel to Winchester from your starting station each semester. The ticket can be used for unlimited journeys peak and off-peak between the starting station and Winchester, including at evenings and weekends. You can also break or start your journey at any station on the line between the
starting station and Winchester.
One season ticket per semester. Email email@example.com for prices and details on how to purchase.
A 16-25 Railcard saves a 1/3 on Standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Standard Advanced and First Class Advanced fares. You can use the 16-25 Railcard at any time of day but a minimum £12 fare applies on all journeys made between 4.30am and 10am Monday to Friday. The £12 minimum fare DOES NOT apply on travel at weekends, on Public Holidays, or during July and August. The 16-25 Railcard is valid for anyone aged 16-25, or over 25 and in full-time study. It costs £30 for a whole year and can be purchased online at http://www.16-25railcard.co.uk/ or over the counter at all staffed National Rail stations. If over 25, you will need to have your application form completed by your University tutor or faculty administrator.
The University is a member of easitHAMPSHIRE and all staff are eligible for an easit discount card, enabling them to take advantage of numerous transport discounts, including 15% off all South West Train journeys into Winchester (valid on peak and off peak, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, 6-monthly and annual season tickets).
Park and Ride
Winchester has four Park and Ride sites and the University is well-served by the service. The nearest Park and Ride bus stop is outside the Royal County Hospital on Romsey Road, less than a five minute walk from both King Alfred and West Downs Campuses. All buses on the service stop here.
Students and staff can save 85% on the service and travel for around £40-60 per year (just 50p per day) by purchasing a Park & Ride Smart Card from the University's online store using their University email address. Each Smart Card costs £10 and comes pre-loaded with 20 return journeys - covering both parking and bus travel. The Smart Card can be used on any day and does not have to be for 20 days of consecutive travel.
Travel to the University on the P&R bus three days a week, each semester, requires four Smart Cards, costing a total of £40 for the year.
Travel to the University on the P&R bus five days a week, each semester, requires six Smart Cards, costing a total of £60 for the year.
Download our Park & Ride timetable and map.
The Bluestar 1 service runs between Southampton - Chandlers Ford - Winchester every 15 minutes. Staff and students are eligible for a 20% discount on Bluestar bus 30-day and 90-day network tickets, covering all Bluestar services across Hampshire and Dorset, including the Bluestar 1 to Winchester and the Unilink bus service in Southampton.
30 day network ticket: regular price £92 - save £18.40 - UoW price £73.60
60 day network ticket: regular price £210 - save £42 - UoW price £168
To claim the 20% discount you need a University email address. Visit https://bluestar.thekey.co.uk/smart-card/ enter your University email address and the code UOWIN20.
If you're a student, the Stagecoach Unirider allows you to travel on any Stagecoach bus across Zone 1 (Winchester only) or Zone 2 (Winchester, Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex) all day, 7 days a week. Unirider tickets can be purchased from the Stagecoach website using a University email address.
The Stagecoach Megarider ticket provides unlimited travel for staff on Stagecoach buses in and around Winchester. In addition
to standard-price weekly and monthly
tickets, staff can save 10%
on the cost of 13-week or annual
Winchester Megarider (main city area) or Megarider Gold (covering Hampshire inc.
Romsey, Alton Andover etc) tickets. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can save 10% on monthly, termly and annual tickets and staff can save up to 20% on monthly bus tickets, covering all First Hampshire bus services in the county. For more information and to purchase a ticket please email email@example.com. Please note there are no direct First Hampshire buses to Winchester.
Latest bus timetables for Winchester are available here.
The University has its own car share scheme and staff and student commuters can join forces to car share and save money on their journey to work. Register on the car share database and find potential matches at http://universityofwinchester.liftshare.com. It's free to join and requires your University email address.
Car share permits cost £48 for the year. Dedicated car share bays are located in St James, the Dytche and West Downs Centre car parks and are reserved for car share permit holders until 10.30am each day. Car share to the Park & Ride and up to six passengers can travel on each daily P&R ticket.
The University has both rapid and all-day charging points for electric vehicles installed at the West Downs Campus. Free permits are available to staff and students driving electric vehicles and all staff are eligible for a £10,000 discount on the all-electric Nissan Leaf Acenta through the easitHAMPSHIRE scheme.
Green Transport Loan
Staff are able to apply for an interest free green travel loan of up to £3000 a year to purchase the following;
- A bicycle and safety accessories. (cannot be combined with the Salary Sacrifice Scheme)
- A Moped or Scooter (excluding motorcycle) up to 1250cc
- A Season Rail Ticket (This can be combined with the EASIT discount of 15% off train travel
- A season ticket on Stagecoach bus services
Student Commuter Society
The Student Commuter Society was formed to help link commuting students together, who may share similar circumstances and don't always find it easy to immerse themselves in university life because of outside commitments.
The Commuter Society's Lounge on campus is designed to give commuting students a 'home from home' with comfy sofas, a dining area, a kitchen with a kettle, microwave, fridge, lockers, a shower, a silent study room with a printer and PCs that are linked to the University network. The Society run events throughout both semesters, at different times to make them as accessible to as many commuters as possible.
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