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Tips for commuting to university

1. Do your research

Before starting with us, research the best method of transport for you. If you’re studying at our city campus, you have Leeds Railway station 10-15minutes walk away and bus stops right outside our Portland building. Our Headingley campus also has great links, with Headingley Railway station a 15-20 minute walk through Beckett’s park. This campus is just off Otley Road, a major road link from the outskirts of Leeds into the city centre, offering a number of bus links available to you.

2. Don't miss out on discounts

Are you getting public transport? Take advantage of the Young Persons Rail card or the WY Metro student card where you can get up to 44% discount off your travel costs.

3. Download an app

To make your journey easier, download the travel companies app (Arriva and First Group). Not only can you buy your travel tickets through their apps but they also give you live disruption updates and journey planning advice.

4. Study on the go

If you’re using public transport, make use of the commute. We don’t recommend you write your assignments on the train, but you can read chapters off your reading list, or read through the notes you’ve taken in the last lecture.

5. Don't let your battery die

Make sure you invest in a portable charger. Your phone will be the main source of music, research, library resources and much more whilst on your commute which means your battery is likely to drain a lot faster. A portable charger will help you stay connected until you get home.

6. Use the online resources

We have great libraries at both of our campus’, but don’t forget that as a student you have access to 200,000 digital resources in our online library as well. When writing assignments, check out our online resources before you make a special trip in to campus.

7. Jump on your bike

Looking for a way to get to uni and stay fit at the same time. Cycling is a great option as both of our campus’ are surrounded by cycle lanes making it safe and easy. No bike? No problem… our student bike hire scheme means you can hire a bike for as little as £50 for the whole year. Already have a bike? Then take advantage of our weekly BikeFix Maintenance workshops where you can use their tools and learn basic bike maintenance techniques. You can even attend one of our monthly Dr Bike sessions where your bike can have a free health check.

8. The journey is better with friends

If public transport isn’t an option, and cycling isn’t really your thing, you can access both of our campus’ by car, however our great locations mean that car parking can be slim pickings. Limited pay and display car parks are available on site so arrive early to get a spot. If you don’t have another option but to drive, why not try our popular Car Share scheme.

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