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In line with the latest government guidance, we've put in place further measures in England to help customers practice social distancing. This includes limiting the available seats on buses.

Face coverings are compulsory when using public transport in England and Scotland. In Wales you must wear a 3 layer face covering on public transport and put it on before travelling unless you are exempt. It is also now compulsory to wear face coverings when using indoor public transport hubs in England only.

The safety of our customers and employees is our priority, so please avoid busy times, use contactless payment and take your litter with you. For up to date information see our Coronavirus page

In Wales you must wear a 3 layer face covering on public transport and put it on before travelling unless you are exempt.
In Wales you must wear a 3 layer face covering on public transport and put it on before travelling unless you are exempt.
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North East Student Bus Passes

What is unirider?

Unirider is the discount student bus ticket that’s always in your pocket...

Whether you want a day in the library or a night on the town, a trip to the shops or a pub lunch, never worry about getting there with  unirider from just  92p*    per day.

Don’t worry about change for the bus – pay at the start of the academic 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 taxis.

Once you buy your unirider, that’s it, you just show it to the driver,  along with your student ID, whenever you board a Stagecoach bus.

Buy your unirider now


Where can I buy it?

Buy online 

Unirider tickets bought online are now loaded onto a Stagecoach Student Smart Card.

Top up easily online and simply tap your card onto the reader when you board the bus.

Remember, you'll be required to show student ID when you board the bus.


Buy directly

Buying online is quick and easy, but you can also buy a paper unirider ticket directly from an agent or travel shop.


Agents / Travelshops

Please note - unirider tickets are cheaper when bought online. 

  • M&M Newsagents: 140 Northumberland Street, Newcastle

  • Littles Newsagents: 223 Shields Road, Byker, Newcastle

  • Nexus Travel Shop: Park Lane Interchange, Sunderland

  • Stagecoach Travel Shop: Castlegate Centre, Stockton High Street


Where can I use it?

If you can get there by bus with Stagecoach North East, you can go with your unirider ticket...

We operate services in Newcastle, Sunderland, South Shields,  Hartlepool and Teesside... you can go anywhere from the coast, to the  shops, to a lecture or the cinema, all with your one unirider ticket!


Which universities / colleges can I buy my unirider for?

If you’re a full time student in the North East, you can buy our great value unirider ticket.  Here are the main universities in the North East: 

  • Newcastle University

  • Northumbria University

  • University of Sunderland

  • Teesside University

  • Newcastle College

  • Northumberland College

  • Sunderland College

  • South Tyneside College

  • Middlesbrough College

  • English Martyrs Sixth Form College


How much is it?

From just 92p* per day! 

We've frozen our unirider ticket prices to help you save more this academic year.

Our Annual unirider ticket costs just £280 when you buy online and is valid for the entire academic year, from 1st September 2020 until 30th June 2021.

Alternatively, you can buy your ticket by term from just £122. Term 1 tickets are also available now and are valid from 1st September 2020 until 31st December 2020.

*Based on the purchase of an annual North East   unirider ticket at £280 over 304 days.


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Ticket Type Online Price Agent Price 

Validity Dates

(to & from)

Annual (academic year) £280  £290 1 Sep 20 - 30 Jun 21
Term 1 (autumn) £122  £127 1 Sep 20 - 31 Dec 20
Term 2 (spring) £122  £127 1 Jan 21 - 31 Mar 21
Term 3 (summer)
£122  £127 1 Apr 21 - 30 Jun 21
Term 2 & 3 (spring & summer)
£188  £193 1 Jan 21 - 30 Jun 21
Summer holiday  £82   £85 1 July 21 - 31 Aug 21


What if I lose it?

Unirider ticket are items of value and should be looked after as securely as possible...

If you buy a paper unirider from either an agent or directly from Stagecoach and your paper bus ticket is lost or stolen, there will be a charge to replace it as we cannot cancel the ticket.

  • We will only replace a ticket once within its validity period.

  • We will impose an administration charge of £25.

  • We will insist on the claim being in writing either by email or through the post to our head office. You will need to provide proof of purchase.

What if I need to cancel my ticket?

If we agree to cancel an activated ticket, we will refund the residual ticket value based on a pro-rata calculation of the price paid and the period of time remaining by reference to the date the refund is requested or last date of use, whichever is the later. Before we process a refund, we may ask for tickets to be returned to us or request photographic evidence of destruction. There is a cancellation charge of £15 which will be applied. To find out more about our refund policy go to our online terms and conditions.

What's on in the North East? 

Whether you're studying in Newcastle, Sunderland or Teesside, there's so much to see and do in the North East!  Check out these handy area guides for some local inspiration...