Buses and Commuter Cost Scheme

Commuter Cost Scheme

The Students' Union for the academic year 2016/17 will be running a Commuter Cost Fund to support living at home students with their travel costs.

The Commuter Cost Fund is a pilot scheme facilitated by the Students' Union and accompanying a piece of research aimed at supporting and improving engagement for living at home students. 

There are 50 places available within the scheme and if you are successfully chosen to participate in the research you will be able to recieve up to £100 per term reimbursement on the travel costs of your commuter to University of Manchester.

If you have any questions please email offcampus.su@manchester.ac.uk

This application takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and you must sign on the final page to confirm that all information is correct and that you are in agreement with keeping in touch with the Students' Union in order to support the research.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 2nd October, and you will hear if you have been chosen to be involved in the scheme by Wednesday 5th October. 

The application form can be found here: https://umsu.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/commuter-cost-fund


Travelling to the Students' Union

By Bus

The Students’ Union is well serviced by local city buses. There is a bus stop right outside the Steve Biko building.

Buses from Piccadilly Gardens: 14, 16, 41, 42, 43, 43a, 44, 45a, 48, 111, 140, 142, 143, 157, 250

Buses from Oxford Road Station: All buses travelling down Oxford Road

Buses from Manchester Airport: 43

Further information on buses in Manchester can be found online here.

Route 147 Bus

Did you know that University of Manchester students and staff travel free within the ‘yellow zone’ with a valid University ID pass? Click here to download the route map

   Bus Student Travel Costs





Autumn Term

(September until December)

Spring Term

(January until April)

Summer Term

(April until July)

Stage Coach



(and Magic Bus)

£13.50 (Megarider)











First Buses



(weekly super-saver limited services)


(First week)


(Plus Bus)


(requires photo card)










Until April: £275

Until June:


Until July:


Until August:





System One Travel

(all bus companies)

Only for under 26s…









This table is only a guide. The Students’ Union does not endorse any particular provider. Prices correct at the time of publishing in August 2016.


Transport for Greater Manchester have recently launched the new 'Get Me There' travelcards that can currently be used on most bus services across Greater Manchester. Find more information about 'Get Me There' at their website: www.getmethere.co.uk



By Train/Tram

Oxford Road Station is the closest train station, located 15 minutes’ walk north of the Students’ Union.

For more information on trains in Manchester please click here.

For more information on Manchester's tram network, please click here.



On Foot

The Students’ Union building is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from Manchester city centre.

Starting from the eastern side of Piccadilly Gardens, walk westwards down Portland Street (the Portland Tower will be on your left hand side) until you reach the intersection with Oxford Road. Take a left down Oxford Road and continue down this road for 1.5km. Our building is located opposite Kro Bar and the Holy Name R.C. Church.



By Bike

There are dedicated bicycle lanes along most of Oxford Road and stands to which you can lock your bike both outside and behind the Students’ Union building.

If the bike stands outside our building are full, additional ones are located outside the adjacent Stopford Building (Medical School).

For maps, a cycle journey planner and more information on cycling in Manchester, please click here.

For information on the Get on Your Bike (GoYB) campaign, which has had a great run of activities and events, including bike sales, maintenance and training courses, please click here.