Studying in London? Here's how to apply for a 18+ Student Oyster photocard
Studying in London? Save extra money on transport. Source: Shutterstock

If you’re waiting for the extortionate prices in London to dramatically drop, you could be waiting a while.

There seems to be a never-ending rise of expenses. Source: Giphy

If you work or study in the UK capital, you’ll already be familiar with the Transport for London (TfL) service.

With daily updates to their transportation routes and valuable information about changes in their systems, it’s every student’s go-to destination for discount news and offers.

That’s why the 18+ Student Oyster photocard is a handy pass for discounted travel, especially on a student budget.

Who’s eligible for this photocard?

If you’re 18 or over and you are in full-time education and live at a London address during term time, or you’re undertaking a mandatory work placement in London, you may be eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard.

Please also note, you must be enrolled:

-With a school, college or university that’s  registered on the TfL scheme

-On a mandatory placement in London

-Or on an eligible full- or part-time course

For further information on eligibility, click here.

How to apply for the 18+ Student Oyster photocard

Here’s how to apply for the photocard online, according to TfL regulations:

You’ll first need to provide:

-A colour digital photo

-Your student enrolment ID from your school, college or university

-A London address

-A valid debit or credit card to pay the £20 administration fee

-A valid, active email address

The colour digital photo must be of your head and shoulders with your full face clearly visible, and you should not be wearing anything that covers your head unless it’s consistently worn for religious or medical reasons.

Make sure your photo looks like you! Source: Giphy

If your photo doesn’t meet these guidelines, your application will be rejected.

What happens next? 

If accepted, 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.

Within two weeks, if nothing has happened, you can check your application status online.

Where do I apply?

Click this link to apply for your 18+ Student Oyster photocard online and enjoy your discounted travel in London!

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