Travel Costs

Travel Costs


The University of Worcester, St John’s Campus is only 20 minutes’ walk from the city centre where one of Worcester’s two railway stations and bus station are located. The University’s City Campus is centrally located within a few minutes walk of transport links.



If you wish to cycle to University or between campuses, then there is the University’s Woo Bike Share scheme. The 100 bike fleet has 50 pedal bikes and 50 electric e-bikes.

  • Students and staff join by paying a £45 annual membership via the online Woo Bikes system (2018/19 price)
  • To start your membership, collect your FREE helmet and lights from the Bike Shop on St Johns campus
  • Collect key from any 24/7 hub City or St Johns’ reception
  • Hire pedal bikes up to 7 days at no extra cost and e-bikes for 24 hours
  • After you've used it, return the bike to any of our hubs and hand in the key (and battery for e-bikes)

All bikes are ready to ride, and come complete with lock, mudguards, rack (pedal bikes only) and are regularly checked and maintained by Spokes who also operate a weekly campus bike shop (see below). 

For details and to sign up visit: 

Campus Bike Shop

Campus Bike Shop The bike shop that regularly visits the University is part of Spokes in Kidderminster and is open near Woodbury building between 12:00pm and 2:00pm every Tuesday and Wednesday during term time and between 12.00 and 1.00 during vacation time.

The shop sells recycled and new bikes (Raleigh and Dawes Agents) and accessories, using good quality recycled parts where possible to lower the cost. They also service and repair any bike and offer advice and information. 

Rail Travel

Foregate Street railway station is in the city centre and Shrub Hill station is 10 minutes walk from the centre of town.

Student Rail cards cost £30 a year or £70 for three years, and can save you up to a third off rail travel costs and are available to anyone between 16 and 25, and to full-time students over 26. (However there are some restrictions to when cards can be used so you are advised to check these before purchase). You can apply online at, collect an application form from your nearest station, the Students’ Union, firstpoint, or phone 0345 300 0250.

Disabled persons’ railcards entitle you to a third off most rail fares across Britain for you and a companion and currently cost £20 a year or £54 for three years.  

Local Bus Travel

Local First buses drop off outside the University and also pick up in the St John’s Campus and offer cheaper rates for tickets bought in advance. For further information click on link to left of this page.       

Disabled people fulfilling the relevant criteria are entitled to free bus passes for bus travel in the city of Worcester. For eligibility visit:       

National Express

A Young Persons Coachcard is available to anyone aged between 16 - 26, and to full-time students. It costs just £12.50 a year or £30 for three years, and gives you a third off Standard and Fully Flexible fares and 15% off travel to events and festivals. Find full details at:

Car Parking at the University

The majority of students do not need a car for most of their time at university. However, there are a limited number of car parking places and students can apply for a car parking permit to park on campus although you are not guaranteed a parking space if you purchase a permit.         

The 2019/20 permit prices are available to view by clicking on the link to the left of this page.

Parking permits are available free to disabled students with an appropriate Disabled Badge and for those without the badge but in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment there is a 50% reduction in cost.

As a registered student you can apply and pay for your student parking permit online at:

Car Sharing

For information on car sharing visit:    

Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is a great way of cutting the cost of your driving as most new cars lose value in the first year. But there are risks, so it's important to take your time rather than rush into any deal - remember, buying a real old banger for a low price can turn out to be an expensive bargain because of the costly repairs that follow.

If you are thinking of buying a car, check out our Buying a Used Car Guide for advice and guidance.