Rail discounts for post-16 students

Apply for a scheme to get discounts on rail travel if you are a student.

1 16-17 Saver

The 16-17 Saver is a new national railcard which replaces the Sussex Student Card for 16 and 17 year-olds. It costs £30.00 per year and gives 50% off standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance and Season tickets for travel at any time of the day.

The 16-17 Saver is valid for one year or up until your 18th birthday, whichever comes first. However, if you buy a season ticket with a 16-17 Saver discount before it expires, you can continue to use it for up to 4 months after the expiry date. The expiry date and the date that you can use your season ticket until are shown on the 16-17 Saver.

Find out more and apply for a 16-17 Saver (external link)

2 Sussex Student Card

The Sussex Student Card is a free card which allows you to buy discounted rail season tickets after you turn 18.

It confirms that you:

  • are, or soon will be, 18 or over
  • attend full-time education at a school sixth form, sixth form college or college of further education
  • live in West Sussex, East Sussex or Brighton & Hove.

Please note that if you currently hold a Sussex Student Card and are aged under 18 you can continue to use it until the expiry date, but you may benefit more from the discount offered by the 16-17 Saver.

3 What discounts are available with the Sussex Student Card?

The Sussex Student Card gives you a 34% discount on the price of monthly and longer season tickets.

You can use the discount card for rail travel outside of Sussex, however:

  • the starting point of your ticket must be the most convenient station for your home; and
  • the destination must be the most convenient station for your school or college.

Journeys are limited to the Southern and Southeastern rail networks, but are not available to London terminals.

4 How to get a Sussex Student Card

You can apply if you are aged 18 or over, or will turn 18 within one month of your application.

Complete and return the form below, enclosing a recent passport-style photograph. 

You will need to get your form signed by a representative at your school or college. 

You should allow at least 10 working days from when we receive your application for your card to be issued. At peak times there may be a slightly longer wait.

5 Getting a season ticket

Your Sussex Student Card will be sent to you with a covering letter stating your unique PIN code. Once your card has been delivered, you can apply for a rail season ticket under the Sussex Further Education Season Ticket scheme.

You must:

  • include your Sussex Student Card's unique number as part of your application
  • carry your card when using a rail season ticket purchased under the discount scheme.

Keep your new PIN safe as you will need to use this every time you buy or renew your season ticket.

6 If your Sussex Student Card or PIN is lost or stolen

7 Unizone rail ticket (college and university students)

If you’re studying in or around Brighton or Worthing, the Unizone ticket gives you unlimited discounted travel.

To qualify for a Unizone ticket you’ll need a 16-25 Railcard and valid ID confirming you are a student in further or higher education.

Find out more on the Southern website.

Last updated:
11 March 2020
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