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If you don't live close to campus, chances are that travel costs are going to be an essential part of your budget while you study at UWS. This doesn't mean, however, that there aren't savings to be made.

Being a full-time student doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be on campus from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday. Being at university involves a lot of independent learning rather than sitting in a classroom, so you may be able to save money on travel costs by working at home or in a local library.

If you have group work to undertake, or you need to spend some time in the library, schedule it for a day when you are going to be on campus for classes anyway.

If you need to book an appointment with one of our advisers, we will be as flexible as possible to try and schedule this at a convenient time for you, as will other support departments in the university.

Your own car

If you don’t have your own car and are thinking about getting one, do your research and calculate how much it will cost you.

There are lots of different ways to finance the purchase of car, each with their own pros and cons depending on your circumstances. Make sure you do the research before making a commitment as the consequences of not keeping up with payments can be serious. You can find out more about the different ways to finance buying a car through the Money Advice Service website.

You also need to think about how much you will spend on fuel, road tax, insurance and parking - not to mention unexpected repairs or MOT costs. Compare this to the cost of public transport before making your decision.

This Car Costs Calculator is a good place to start.

You can also use websites to calculate how much you will spend on petrol.

It’s also important to shop around for the best deal on car insurance. You can do this on price comparison websites such as uSwitch, Compare The Market and Go Compare. Just remember that some insurance companies will not appear on price comparison sites.

If you already have your own vehicle and are planning to use it to travel to campus, you should remember to consider whether parking is available on campus, and the additional costs associated with this if applicable.

Car share

If it is essential that you own a car, why not drive your friends to uni for a small fee? They could save money on their own travel costs and you could get help paying for the cost of running a car.

Public transport

Public transport is the easiest way to travel to university and all UWS campuses are conveniently located close to rail and bus services. You can find useful travel information for each campus in the section below.

Take advantage of rail cards or student tickets on the bus. You may also be better off buying weekly or monthly tickets, but do your sums ahead of time so you aren’t paying for your bus fare out with term time, or when you don’t need it.

You can check the costs and services available via ScotRail, SPT, First Bus, McGills Buses, and any other local provider in your area.

Last updated: 23/08/2017

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