Discounted Student Travel

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  99p 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.


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?

Our ticket range is flexible to match you needs, with options available for every student!

Annual unirider tickets are available now and are valid from 1st September 2022 until 30th June 2023.

You can also buy your unirider ticket for each term for £132.

Sticking around for the summer too? We even have Summer tickets available for just £90.


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Ticket Type Online Price

Validity Dates

(to & from)

Annual (academic year) £300 1 Sep 22 - 30 Jun 23
Term 1 (autumn) £132 1 Sep 22 - 31 Dec 22
Term 2 (spring) £132 1 Jan 23 - 31 Mar 23
Term 2 & 3 (spring & summer)
£208 1 Jan 23 - 30 Jun 23
Term 3 (summer)
£132  1 Apr 23 - 30 Jun 23
Summer holiday  £90 1 July 22 - 31 Aug 22

 *Based on the cost of a £300 Annual unirider ticket over 303 days.

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...