If you can get there by bus with Stagecoach Manchester and Magic bus you can go there with your student bus pass.
Don’t worry about change for the bus when money is getting tight – pay at the start of the year or the term and never have to think about scraping together travel money again.
No more walking home from campus in the rain, no more expensive late-night taxis. All you need is your bus pass and your student ID to travel.
Living in Manchester?
If you are living in the popular student areas of Rusholme, Fallowfield, Didsbury or Withington Stagecoach and Magic bus services run past the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Royal Northern College of Music to the city centre 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. In this area we run buses more frequently and later than any other bus company.
Plus from 3 September 2018, Magic bus will be running service 147 between West Didsbury, Fallowfield, University of Manchester campus areas at Oxford Road and Sackville Street and Piccadilly Rail Station. Buses will run every ten minutes Monday to Friday.
Check your bus journey online
If you are unsure which Stagecoach or Magic bus you can plan your journey here or download the Stagecoach Bus App where you can also see live bus times and where you nearest bus stop is. Alternatively you can check if you can check if you area is covered on our area map (PDF).
Travel for Students 16 and over
Stagecoach student bus passes are available to any student aged 16 or over. There’s no upper age limit.
All you will need is student photo ID such as an NUS card or your College or University ID Card to show to the bus driver each time you travel.
Save over 50%* with a Student bus pass
Buy a Student annual bus pass for the best value and travel from the equivalent of just 83p per day**.
Ten months equivalent bus travel that would normally cost £580*
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|Ticket type||Price||Validity dates|
|annual bus pass. Was £250 now £235
buy online now***
|£235||1 September 2018 until 30 June 2019|
| term 1 bus pass (autumn) Was £115 now £105
buy online now***
|£105||1 September 2018 until 31 December 2018
| term 2 bus pass (spring)
||£85||1 January 2019 until 31 March 2019|
| term 2 & 3 bus pass (spring & summer)
||£155||1 January 2019 until 30 June 2019
| term 3 bus pass (summer)
||£85||1 April 2019 until 30 June 2019
| summer holiday bus pass
||£70||1 July 2019 until 31 August 2019|
Get your bus pass online
Buying your bus pass online is quick and easy and we will deliver your bus pass to you in up to three working days. You will receive a Student Smart Card to use on the bus each time you travel. Remember to carry your student ID with you every time you travel.
Receiving a Student Smart Card also gives you the peace of mind that if your bus pass is lost or stolen we will replace it for free!
Already got a student smart card? Reload your card by choosing your student smart card under "Select a smart card" at checkout.
If you prefer you can buy a paper student bus pass from one of our sales agents and travel straight away. Buy your ticket from:
If you lose your paper Student bus pass there would be a charge of up to £50 to replace it.
If you are worried about losing your pass it's better to buy your bus pass online and receive a Student Smart card. We could then offer you a free replacement.
Lost bus passes
We realise that there is a small chance of you losing your ticket, please look after it as it’s a valuable item.
If you lose your Student Smart card please notify us either by logging into the My account section of this website or by contacting the StagecoachSmart Helpdesk on 0345 810 1000.
Lines are open 07:00 to 22:00, 7 days a week, excluding Christmas Day
*Calls are charged at geographic rates (the same as 01/02 numbers) and are included in call packages from both landlines and mobiles.
A replacement Student Smart will be posted to you free of charge.
If you lose your paper Student bus pass please complete and submit the lost ticket form.
Paper Student bus pass replacements will cost £50 up until 31 October 2018. Replacements from 1 November 2018 will cost £30.
Only one replacement will available in an academic year.
*Annual bus pass £250. Equivalent travel for 10 months using megarider Xtra tickets £580. Saving 56%.
**83p based on Annual bus pass £250 used for 303 days.
***Annual price reduced to £235 online and Autumn Term price reduced to £105 online from Sunday 14 October 2018