Every Monday, firstpoint publishes five points about a topic related to life at university. This week, methods of travel around Worcester and further afield…
POINT ONE: travelling on foot…
Worcester is a beautiful Cathedral and University City with a fascinating history, located in the heart of the West Midlands on the banks of the River Severn.
It boasts a wealth of interesting architecture; top class sports teams and venues, combined with an unrivalled combination of independent boutiques and high street names, and a vibrant programme of events. (taken from Visit Worcester)
Despite being a city, Worcester is still easily explored by foot.
POINT TWO: travelling by bus…
Travel between our campuses is easy with the 31A First Worcestershire bus route. Hop on at the city centre and arrive at the St. Johns campus in around 7 minutes. Best of all, you can get discounted tickets using the First Bus mTicket App and a University of Worcester email address.
Two special tickets are available exclusively for University of Worcester students and staff:
The 10 Journey tickets allow travel on any First bus service in the Worcester City area for £14.00.
The First Academic Year tickets allows unlimited travel on all First local bus services in the Worcester City. The ticket costs £115 cover the standard academic year from 30th August 2021 until 30th June 2022.
POINT THREE: travelling by bike…
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 borrow one of 100 pedal and electric bicycles. The pedal bikes are available to hire for a period of 7 days, and you can borrow an electric bike to whiz around on for up to 24 hours. To sign up and start sharing, visit the WooBike webpage.
If you have your own bike, remember to read up on secure bike storage on the University campuses.
POINT FOUR: travelling by car…
Worcester is well connected by road, with the M5 running across the county providing great links to the North and the South of England, and into Wales.
If you are planning to park on campus, you can apply for a parking permit. These can be purchased online and then collected from firstpoint. Apply on the parking permit webpage.
Alternatively, you may find it more cost effective to pay and display; further information and costs can be found parking information webpage.
POINT FIVE: travelling by train…
Worcester is a central point for travel in so many directions via train. We also have three train stations, Worcester Foregate Street, Worcester Shrub Hill, and Worcestershire Parkway, 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 pools 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 standard anytime tickets as well as off peak tickets. 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 with the railcard application and passport sized photograph, and we can validate your student status. Visit the railcard webpage to see the full range of benefits available for this discount card.