Bus fare information

First Bus

Students and staff can benefit from discounted fares on First Bus services across Bristol and further afield.

  • Students: Up to 30% discount on all tickets to students with a valid ID. Special fares for University students are also available on the Bristol Unibus U1 service.
  • Staff: Exclusive discounts for University staff are available on annual First Bus passes and on U1 tickets.

The best First Bus fares are normally available as mobile tickets which can be bought and stored on your mobile phone using the mTicket app (just search ‘First mTickets’ in your app store).

Further information on First Bus website.

Bristol Unibus U1

A range of special passes and fares is available for the Bristol Unibus U1 service linking Stoke Bishop residences with our main campus and city centre during term time.

All students living in a University residence (except postgraduates living in postgraduate-only accommodation) receive a free academic year pass for the U1 service. The pass is also valid for First Bus services 4, 9 and 72 during term time and service 3 during term time and vacations.

This pass is available to all University students for £179 and can be upgraded to an academic year pass for all First buses within the Bristol inner zone for £120 (£299 when bought separately).

Any University student or member of staff can buy a monthly mTicket pass for the U1 for £33 (via the student area of the app), or a single ticket on the bus for £1.40.

Further information on Bristol Unibus 

Discounted annual bus passes for University staff

University staff can buy an annual mTicket pass for all First buses in the Bristol Inner Zone at the exclusive price of £550 (normally £650). This is the cheapest option for bus travel in the Bristol Inner Zone, if you are a daily passenger.

Annual mTicket passes for the First Bus Portway and Brislington Park and Ride services are available to University staff at the special price of £469 (normally £550).

For your discount, email woe.studenttickets@firstgroup.com from your University account with your job title and department name for a voucher code to use on the mTicket app. Please specify which ticket you wish to purchase.

We are also a member of the First Bus Corporate Travel Scheme which offers further staff discounts.

Staff can spread the cost of an annual pass for the Bristol Inner Zone or Bath and Bristol Outer Zone by applying to the University for an interest-free loan. Corporate Travel Scheme prices apply to passes bought in this way.

Wessex Bus

Visit the Wessex Bus website for information on Wessex Bus services operating across Bristol (including student fares).