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.
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.
If you already have your own vehicle and are planning to use it to travel to campus, you should remember to consider parking charges when assessing the affordability of this option. Parking is generally not available on campus unless you are given access due to disability.
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 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 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.