Get 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.
If you're 18 or over, live at a London address during term time, in full-time education, or on a mandatory work placement in London, you may be eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard.
If you're 18 and live in London you may still be eligible for a Zip 16+ Oyster photocard which offers half price travel on rail services and free travel on buses.
To apply, you must be enrolled:
To get an 18+ Student Oyster photocard you must be:
You must also be one of the following:
*You must provide your school, college or university with satisfactory evidence of your sponsorship before they can validate your application.
^Talk to your education establishment before you apply if you are unsure whether you are eligible.
If your school, college or university is outside Greater London, but you live in Greater London during term time and travel regularly to and from there, you may still be eligible for this photocard.
You are not eligible if:
If you have an 18+ Student Oyster photocard, you can get 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.
If you live near your school, college or university, or only make a few journeys, you may not need a Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass season ticket. You may be better off using pay as you go at the adult rate.
If you have a 16-25 Railcard, you can add the discount to your 18+ Student Oyster photocard to get a 34% discount on off-peak pay as you go fares and off-peak daily caps on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.
You can apply for your 18+ Student Oyster photocard online. You'll need:
* A colour, digital photograph must be:
You should not be wearing anything that covers your head unless it is consistently worn for religious or medical reasons.
If your photo doesn't meet these guidelines, your application will be rejected.
Once you've fully enrolled with your school, college or university and have got your enrolment number, you can apply up to four weeks before your course start date, or on your 18th birthday. Applications received before these dates will be rejected.
If you're on a course that's longer than one year, you can get a photocard valid for the length of your course, or up to three years, whichever is sooner.
An Oyster photocard account will be set up for you when you apply and you can use it to check the progress of your application and correct any mistakes.
You can check the status of your application by:
If you've haven't received your photocard within two weeks, check your application status.
Once you've added a Travelcard, Bus & Tram Pass season ticket, or pay as you go credit to your 18+ Student Oyster photocard, you can start using it. Pay as you go journeys are charged at the adult rate.
To avoid paying too much when using Oyster pay as you go, make sure you touch your card on the yellow card readers. It's slightly different for each type of transport. Find out more about touching in and out.
If you have an 18+ Student Oyster photocard you can top up your pay as you go credit and buy discounted Travelcard season tickets online. You can only do this via your 18+ Student Oyster photocard account.
If you try to buy a Travelcard season ticket via a contactless and Oyster account, you will be charged the full adult price.
If you're a student coming to London to do a full-time work placement for a minimum of 14 weeks and your school, college or university isn't part of the scheme, you may be able to get an 18+ Student Oyster photocard.
Firstly, fill in the online form, then upload your photograph and pay the £20 administration fee. In the course dates section, enter the start and end date of your placement in London.
You will need:
*A colour, digital photograph must be:
You should not be wearing anything that covers your head unless it is consistently worn for medical or religious reasons.
If your photo doesn't meet these guidelines, it will be rejected.
Once you've completed your application, ask your school, college or university to complete and send us a letter that must:
The letter must be sent to:
Transport for London
London SW1P 1AT
It can take up to two weeks to process your application after we have received your letter and completed application.
If you don't complete your application form correctly or your letter doesn't contain all the information we need, your application will be rejected.
For your students to apply for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard, you'll need to register with us first unless the students are on a work placement.
Read the full terms and conditions for education establishments below to check whether your education establishment is eligible to join the scheme. Education establishments are responsible for ensuring that they and their students are eligible for the scheme and aware of the terms and conditions before signing up. There is a non-refundable registration fee of £10.
If your students are coming to London on mandatory work placements they might also be able to apply. Please see the full terms and conditions for education establishments offering work placements below.
You may be able to register on the scheme if you have eligible students who live in London during term time and regularly commute to and from your school, college or university.
Call 0343 222 1234 (TfL call charges) for more information on how to register.