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Top Tips to Traveling in London

As of 17th May, things in London have started to open up a bit more and we’re so excited to welcome you back onto campus for this term if you are ready. Many of you might be new to the city, or might not have had much chance this year to travel around. To give you a head start, here are some of our top tips and things to know when travelling in London.

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Welcome to London!

As of 17th May, things in London have started to open up a bit more and we’re so excited to welcome you back onto campus for this term if you are ready. Many of you might be new to the city, or might not have had much chance this year to travel around. To give you a head start, here are some of our top tips and things to know when travelling in London.

Why not join CUSU on our FREE walking tours this term, showing you the highlights on campus and beyond. See the full schedule of events at covunilondon.cusu.org/welcome

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So many options for travel!

London's public transport network is arguably the best in the UK, certainly the biggest. Along with the world-famous London Underground network (the Tube), there's the DLR, trams, the London Overground, buses, boats, countless National Rail services and even a cable car near our CU London Greenwich Campus

There's a few things you'll need to be aware of when travelling around London on public transport. One is that ticket prices often vary based on whether or not you're travelling in peak hours.

Peak fares apply Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) between 6.30am and 9.30am, and between 4pm and 7pm. Off-peak fares apply at all other times, as well as if you're travelling from a station outside Zone 1 to one within Zone 1 during the afternoon peak period. The peak/off-peak system applies to the Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail services in London, but not on other forms of public transport (including buses).

Check your route with Citymapper

A staple for planning your routes and finding your way around London, Citymapper will be your atlas, tour guide and most reliable friend in the city.  

Download Citymapper

Get some comfy shoes

Walking is the best and cheapest way to get around central London, You’ll even find that sometimes walking is faster than the tube: 8 London tube journeys that are quicker on foot

All this walking can take a toll on your feet, so be kind to yourself and wear the appropriate footwear.

Save up to 30% on travel

For those journeys that take a bit longer, make sure you’re carrying your Oyster card or have your contactless card handy (London buses don’t take cash).

If you're 18 or over, a student and living in a London borough, you can get up to 30% discounted travel with a Student Oyster card.

How to get your Student Oyster

Apply online once you've fully enrolled at University.

To prove your eligibility you will need to provide:

For just £20 administration fee, you can get a card valid for up to three years of your course.

Apply Online

Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak

Make sure you stay up to date with Coronavirus guidance at gov.uk/coronavirus. If you’re going to travel, plan ahead and travel safely. This means you should:

Covid-19 Testing,

As restrictions ease, we must Stay Safe to reduce the spread of Covid-19. In line with government advice, if you are travelling to campus, we strongly urge both staff and students to get an asymptomatic rapid lateral flow test before accessing any work or study spaces. If you are regularly attending, you should have two tests each week, three days apart. If you are occasionally attending, you should take one test - and we recommend doing this as close to your arrival on campus as possible.

At CUSU, we are immensely proud to have an all-student workforce supporting the safe operation of our various asymptomatic testing sites across five Coventry University campuses. The team are very experienced and professional in their approach, meaning everyone visiting our testing sites feels comfortable and supported during their self-swab COVID test. It is free to take a test (regardless of how often you take them). They are quick and easy to complete - and you get a result 30 minutes after taking the test.

All of our campuses now offer on-site testing (see opening times below). You can also book online via these links;

Book a test at one of our campus testing centres in Coventry, Scarborough, Middlesex Street, Greenwich or Dagenham.  

You can also access testing in your local area before coming to campus.  

As of Monday 24th May you should also be able to collect home-testing kits from our testing centre. The kit boxes contain 7 tests for convenient, quick & simple testing from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need to pre-order these kits, just pick them up on-site prior to your test. You can also order these to be delivered via www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-test

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