SOAS University of London

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Travel and other discounts for students

You can get various student discounts while studying with us – most of the time all you have to do is show your SOAS ID card. 

But for some discounts, you’ll have to apply online or get official confirmation from SOAS.

Types of student discounts

Student Oyster Cards

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme with us, you can apply online for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard at the TFL website.

With it, you can get up to 30% off season tickets (like 7-day, monthly or annual Travelcards) – but it doesn’t apply to pay as you go top-ups.

When choosing your university from the drop-down menu, make sure you pick the right one: there’s SOAS and SOAS Language Centre. If you’re studying one of our Language Centre programmes, rather than a main degree, choose SOAS Language Centre. If you choose the wrong one, it could delay your application.

Part time students

You can only get an 18+ Student Oyster photocard if you have a grant from the Access to Learning Fund. You’ll need to send us evidence of your grant so we can validate your application. Please do this by using the online Student Information Desk (SID) and Submit an Enquiry, selecting the category of "General Registry Enquiry".  You should put in the information into the description box and then click on Choose File to upload the relevant evidence.  We will not be able to validate your application with TfL until we have received this evidence.

Checking the progress of your application

You can check the progress of your application on the TfL site. TfL will get in touch if there are any problems and once we’ve validated your application.

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16-25 and Mature Student Railcards

With the 16-25 Railcard, you can get 1/3 off rail fares when you travel by train. You can also apply for one if you’re a mature student over 25. Find out more at the 16-25 Railcard website.

If you’re aged between 16 and 25, you can apply online straightaway (or renew it if it’s expired). If you’re a mature student over 25, you’ll have to download and complete the form on the website, then bring it to the Registry with your photos so we can sign and validate it.

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Other student discounts

You can get all kinds of discounts just by showing your SOAS ID card – it’s always worth asking, wherever you are.

The NUS Extra card gives you official discounts at shops, restaurants, supermarkets and even theme parks, insurance and coach tickets. You can apply online at the NUS website.

For other discounts, offers and freebies, try the Student Beans website.

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