London benefits from excellent public transport links, with a busy network of trains, tubes, trams, buses, the DLR, river boats, cycle routes and highways.

Public transport and the 18+ student oyster card

If you are a full-time student and intend to use the public transport system regularly you may wish to apply for an 18+ Student Oyster Card which entitles you to a 30% discount on fares. You will need to supply ID and evidence of your enrolment when you apply and this can be provided when you start the course. For more information about student oyster cards visit


London is becoming increasingly cycle-friendly, with the introduction of cycle lanes and highways across the city. The UCO has secure bike storage facilities for students who cycle to the school, as well as shower facilities for those who wish to use them.

London also runs a Cycle Hire Scheme, with bikes available to hire and drop-off at various points across the city in return for a small fee. 


Locations in London are often closer in distance than they appear on maps, and it is usually much quicker to walk to a destination than you would expect. It’s also the cheapest option for getting around, and the location of the UCO means you may get to see some of London’s most historical and famous sites along the way.


Travelling by car in central London is not advisible unless strictly necessary. Traffic levels can be high, and cars driving into central London are subject to the congestion charge, which is currently set at £11.50 if paid in advance or on the same day, or £14 if paid the following day. If you do need to drive to the UCO, we have a small private car park, which may be used if permission is granted by the Facilities team.