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North East Unirider

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 86p per day*.

Don’t worry about change for the bus – 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 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


Student tickets are now smart! 

stagecoachsmart student card

Unirider tickets bought online are now loaded onto a StagecoachSmart student 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?

From just 86p per day*

An annual Stagecoach unirider costs just £260 when you buy online  and is valid from 1st September 2017 right up until 30th June 2018.

Alternatively, you can buy your ticket by term.    Summer  tickets  are  available  to  buy  now.


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Ticket Type  Price  Validity Dates (to & from) 
 Annual £260  1 Sep 17 - 30 Jun 18 
Term 1 £112 1 Sep 17 - 31 Dec 17
Term 2  £112 1 Jan 18 - 31 Mar 18 
Term 3  
£112     1 Apr 18 - 30 Jun 18
Term 2 & 3 
£178   1 Jan 18 -  30 Jun 18
£77     1 Jul 18 - 31 Aug 18 

*based  on  the  purchase  of  an  online  annual  North  East  unirider  ticket  at  £260  over  302  days.


What if I lose it?

If your ticket is lost or stolen you should report this to the police and notify Stagecoach immediately. If you or we cannot recover your ticket, we may consider an application for a duplicate ticket. Even in those cases where it is deemed appropriate to replace a lost or stolen 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 you choose to cancel your unirider ticket before the end of its validity period, we will calculate your refund by deducting the cost of the best value tickets available to buy during the period of time for which you have held the ticket, from the total ticket price, minus an admin fee of £10.


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