Every Monday, firstpoint publishes five points about a topic related to life at university. his 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.
Despite being a city, Worcester is still easily explored by foot.
You can download a map of the city centre and find more information on the Visit Worcester website.
POINT TWO: TRAVELLING BY BUS…
Travel in and around Worcester is easy, visit the First Bus website for more details. You can plan your journey and find information on travelling further afield, using the First Bus journey planner
There are regular services from the city centre to St Johns. Hop on at the Crowngate bus station and arrive at the St. Johns campus in around 7 minutes.
Download the First Bus mTicket App to buy your tickets and check for any discounts that may be available. You can even gift tickets to others or ask family and friends to gift to you.
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 digital 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.
Visit the railcard webpage to apply on line and see the full range of benefits available or if you’re a mature student pop into firstpoint with the railcard application and a passport sized photograph, and we can validate your student status.