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Students can save as they learn with cheaper travel

22 Sep 2017

With the start of the new term, students are already planning how to manage their precious funds and enjoy their new-found freedom, and Stagecoach North East is on board to help them with its popular unirider ticket.

Students across the north east can travel on all Stagecoach North East buses throughout Tyne and Wear and the Tees Valley from just 86p per day, as the unirider ticket allows students the chance to hop on and off Stagecoach buses anywhere across the north east, in Newcastle, Sunderland, Teesside, South Shields and Hartlepool.

From library visit to lectures, parties to bars, shopping, cinema and nightlife, students can get on board with one ticket which can be used as many times as needed throughout the year.

Students can purchase an annual unirider online for £260 as long as they have their student ID from college or university. Offering great value, tickets are valid from 1st September 2017 until 30th June 2018, giving 302 days of affordable travel to university, for shopping and socialising, visiting family or exploring the great cities and towns our region has to offer. Unirider now represents better value than ever before; with tickets also valid on the recently launched X24 express service between Sunderland and Newcastle.

Each year the discounted ticket from the local bus operator proves to be popular and is welcomed by thousands of students looking to make the most of the social and academic life and the attractions around the region.

Term tickets are available throughout the academic year at the online price of £112 and there's also a summer version costing £77 for those students who stay in the North East for the summer break. All tickets can be purchased online at 

Steve Walker, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East said: “We realise that as a student, your income is limited and therefore we want to help finances go as far as possible when it comes to getting around the region. With travel forming an essential part of college and university life, we hope the unirider proves to be just as popular this year and further enhances the student experience with all the entertainment our towns and cities bring.”