Every Monday, firstpoint publishes our top five tips on a topic related to life at university. We’ll cover a wide range of topics such as making the most of your time at university, help with your studies, working through the challenges of communal living or maybe looking after yourself during exams and assessments.
firstpointFIVE007 – Travelling around
If you’ve just moved to Worcester, there’s lots to explore and lots of ways to explore it…
Tip 1: On foot
Worcester may be a city, but it’s still easily explored by foot. Our recently revamped Riverside has parks, fountains and wild flower meadows all winding along the path of the River Severn – a brilliant way to spend a sunny summer’s day!
You can also easily navigate around the city to visit several historic sites. See the remains of an English Civil War fort at the park on Fort Royal hill or the grave of King John in the Cathedral.
‘Visit Worcestershire’ has lots of different routes and maps available online.
Tip 2: By bus
Travel between our campuses is easy with the 31 First Worcestershire bus route. Hop on at the city centre and arrive at the St. Johns campus in 7 minutes. Best of all, you can get a student discount tickets using the First bus mTickets app.
Tip 3: Bike Share
There are cycle paths throughout the city and along the river, making it easier to commute to the University or enjoy a leisurely ride. You might not own a bike, or haven’t been able to bring your bike to university- so we can help with our bike share scheme.
For £45.00 a year, you have access to up to 100 pedal and electric bicycles. The pedal bikes are available for 7 days, and you can whiz around on an electric bike for 24 hours at a time. Just renew at the end of the period to get another bike.
To sign up and start sharing go online.
Tip 4: Car Share
Commuting to University with others is a good way to cut your costs and gain some company on your journey. The University runs a Car Share club and it’s free to sign up to. It’s a great way of alleviating the stress of a commute by sharing the load, and it helps reduce road and parking congestion.
For more details and to sign up, visit our Sustainability webpage:
Tip 5: Train Travel
Worcester is a central point for travel in so many directions via train. We also have two (soon to be three) train stations which make train travel so convenient. 15 minutes travel takes you to Malvern where you can walk the hills. 45 minutes in the opposite direction and you can hit the shops in Birmingham. Feeling super adventurous? Catch the train to the seaside: Aberystwyth is just over three hours away, you can explore the town, rock pool on the beach or take a trip on the cliff railway.
Travel fares can be expensive, but you can apply for a 16-25 railcard, and get discounts on off peak travel. Don’t be put off by the name ‘16-25’- this railcard is also available to people over the age of 26 who are in full time education. Pop in to firstpoint to pick up a leaflet, and we can also validate your student status.
See the full range of benefits available online here.