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University of Kent Student Bus Passes

What is a unirider student bus pass?

The University of Kent unirider is the essential low-cost bus ticket available to all University of Kent students. Whether you’re travelling to a lecture, into the city centre or going for a night out, our unirider ticket will get you there.

Where can I use my student bus pass?


Our University of Kent unirider gives you unlimited travel from 14 September 2019 until 14 June 2020, that’s the whole academic year sorted!

The University of Kent unirider is valid on all Stagecoach buses in Kent and East Sussex, not just the bus you need to get to Uni. That means you can use it for days out too. Whether you fancy a bit of shopping, a day at the coast or a bit of local history – if there’s a Stagecoach bus there then you can use your unirider!

Our unirider is not valid on Stagecoach Express M2 coach service. To find out more about M2 student prices please go to:

Here’s just a few ideas of some journeys you could make with your unirider...

• Heading to Dreamland amusement park or Westwood Cross for a bit of retail therapy? Route 8 buses run between Canterbury to Margate throughout the day. The buses have   free Wi-Fi  and USB charging points too!

• For a day at the beach why not try the Triangle! Triangle buses run from Canterbury to Whitstable or Herne Bay. Triangle buses towards Herne Bay stop right outside Wildwood Animal Park too! Triangle buses also have free WIFI and USB charging points.

• If it’s history you’re after take a visit to the famous Dover Castle on a route 15 bus - relive the courtly days of King Henry II, and venture deep underground in the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Jump off at Pencester Road and walk up the hill or catch a route 80/81 bus to take you up there.

• Travel in style on a Stagecoach Gold route 16 bus to Folkestone. Visit Folkestone’s Harbour Arm, the food, drink and entertainment destination for the town. The gold buses have free WIFI and luxury leather seats too.

To buy or use a University of Kent unirider ticket, you’ll need a valid university student ID card. The student number on your university ID card must match the student number on your ticket. You are required to present your student ID card to the driver each time you use your unirider.

How much is a unirider and where can I get one?

You can buy your unirider online now  for  £195*  and get unlimited travel in Kent and East Sussex!

Note: if you order your ticket online please allow up to 5 working days for delivery. 

Alternatively you can buy it at the   stall outside the Registry building   at Canterbury campus. The stall is open from 16 – 27   September 2019 (excluding 21 & 22 September 2019).

Lastly you can also buy it from our Travel Shop at Canterbury Bus Station, it's open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. The Travel Shop will also be open a few on a Saturdays, just to sell you uniriders! It will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 14 September and Saturday 21 September.

*early bird price up to and including 30 September 2019. From 1 October 2019 the price goes up to £276. 

What happens if I lose my student bus pass?

To safeguard your ticket against theft, loss and damage we recommend that you register your smartcard by following these simple steps:

1. Login  to your Stagecoach account.
2. Select ‘Register A Smart Card’ under ‘My Smart Cards’.
3. Now enter your name in the first box, the card number in the second box (the card number is the number on the back of the card called ‘ISRN No’) and select ‘Add New Card’.
4. Your card should now be added to your account.

If you do lose your unirider, please contact us on 03456 00 22 99 with a crime reference number from the police. A charge of £5 will be made for a replacement (we can only provide one replacement in each academic year).


If you do lose your summer unirider, please contact us on 0141 352 4462 with a crime reference number from the police.  A charge of £5 will be made for a replacement (we can only provide one replacement). 

Can I cancel my student bus pass? 

If you want to cancel your unirider, we will calculate the refund by deducting the cost of the value of the ticket portion used based on the best value alternative ticket you would have been able to purchase at the date the ticket was purchased for the period it was used. There is a £10 administration fee for refunds.

Which bus do I catch to Uni?

Unibus term time map
A University term timetable  will apply from 14 September 2019, with regular buses running between Canterbury City Centre and the University campus.

Uni1 buses run between Canterbury City Centre and the University campus (via Canterbury East Station) up to every 7-8 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes and up to every 30 minutes Sunday daytimes.

Uni2 buses run between Canterbury City Centre, the University campus and Hales Place (via Canterbury East Station to the University and via Canterbury West Station to the city centre) up to every 30 minutes Monday to Friday daytimes. On Saturdays, Uni2 buses only run between Canterbury City Centre and the University campus up to every 30 minutes during the day.

Uni 2 buses also run up to every 30 minutes between Canterbury City Centre and the University campus from 18:30-23:05 (Monday to Saturday). From 00:10-04:10, buses run hourly and continue to Hales Place.

Route 4 runs between Canterbury City Centre, Kingsmead Sainsbury's and the University campus during the day (except Sundays) and continues on to Whitstable (with some buses running to Greenhill). Buses that continue beyond Greenhill towards Herne Bay and Canterbury are numbered route 6.

Triangle buses link Canterbury City Centre with Whitstable and Herne Bay. Triangle buses also serve the University campus early in the morning and throughout the evening (Monday to Saturday). On Sundays, they run all day between Canterbury City Centre and the University campus.

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