Can’t believe I only just found this out – after booking some rail tickets. Although they may be canned with the upcoming strikes. CHecking for rail passes in England gives the option of 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior, Disabled and Network (SE/London). Checking in Scotland gave me the same options with Network replaced with Highland.
No obvious option for the mature student, which I thought a little unfair. After all, a 23 year old could be a graduate on Â£40k. I’m 36 and on Â£4k, all of which I have to pay back.
But, lo! Dig into the “Are you eligible?” section at the 16-25 Railcard web page and it includes mature students! As long as you’re attending 15+ hours a week for 20+ weeks per year, you qualify for the card. You require an ISIC (international student ID) card or a signature/stamp from the college and one passport-style photo. The pass can then be obtained from any manned railway station. You cannot apply online if you’re a mature student.
As it happens, this would only have saved me a smidgen over Â£6 on my London trip which doesn’t offset the Â£26 fee a great deal but these things mount up quickly over a year. It would definitely encourage me to use the train more.
Another point to note is that if you get the card on the last day of uni, it is still valid for the following 12 months – the same as if you get one on the day before you turn 26. So if you get a card partway through your final year and get your Â£26-worth, then just fork out for another one the day you leave!
So, bad advertising? Or a deliberate attempt to hide the fact that some people could be saving money? Either way, spread the word!
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