Cost of Living: Transport

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SU services, resources and tips

Free parking

Did you know that there are places in Sheffield City Centre where you can park for free? They’re few and far between, and you often need to arrive early to catch one, but they’ll save you a few quid if you don’t mind a 5-10 minute walk to the City Campus. Free street parking can be found on Granville Road, Farm Road and Norfolk Road. If you're studying at Collegiate Campus, there's also limited free parking on Victoria Road and the surrounding side streets.

Safe Rides with Veezu

Any Sheffield Hallam student can take advantage of our Safe Rides initiative with Veezu. Simply give them a call on 0114 239 39 39, quoting 'Sheffield Hallam University Safe Rides' and a vehicle will be sent to you. You must give a valid student ID card to the driver as temporary payment. After 3 days you can then collect your student card from our reception in the HUBS and pay for your ride there!


Around half of Hallam students are commuters, with some travelling from as far as 50 miles away on the days they study. That’s a lot of petrol! We know this is on the extreme side of distance, but it’s likely that someone else on your course or faculty will also be commuting from around your area. If you drive, consider carpooling with another student and splitting fuel/parking costs. There are several websites to help you do this, or simply ask around!

Free shuttle bus

There is a free shuttle bus that runs between City and Collegiate campus and back Monday to Friday. They run 10 times a day, and you'll just need to show your SHU Card as ID to get on.

View shuttle bus timetable

SHU services and resources

The University provides cycling facilities for both staff and students, with over 600 storage spaces across both campuses. There are also shower and changing facilities located across both campuses.

External services and products

Free electric bus

A free electric bus service around Sheffield City Centre has been introduced by the council! From 8 April 2024, the Sheffield Connect shuttle network will run 7 days a week every 7 – 8 minutes. It gets even better; these are also the city’s first zero emissions buses! Read the full article.

Discounted parking

The APCOA car park on Eyre Street (The Moor) offers all-day parking at a discounted rate of £5 instead of £10. Just scan your parking chip at Owen Level 5, Charles Street or Cantor Helpdesks to get the discount.

Discounted public transport

All students in Sheffield are entitled to discounted public transport across the city. If you’re 22 you can access £1.50 bus and tram fares (anywhere in South Yorkshire!) by applying for a Zoom Beyond pass. If you’re over 22, you can catch any First or Stagecoach bus in Sheffield for £1.50.

If you use public transport a lot, it might be worth getting a weekly, monthly or even termly travel pass, which give you an even bigger discount. Buying these passes on the First and Stagecoach apps often workout cheaper than buying on the bus, and some are even valid across providers and can include tram and train travel. There’s something for almost everyone – it's worth doing the maths to see if you could benefit.

Coach travel – 10% discount on Megabus with Totum, and 15% discount on National Express via Totum, Unidays or Studentbeans. National Express also offer a Young Persons Coachcard for anyone 16-26 or in full time education. Buy for £15 for 1 year or £35 for 3 years and get 1/3 off all fares, £15 day returns anywhere in the UK (Tues – Thurs) and 15% off travel to events and festivals.

Split My Fare: Travelling home to see family and friends? It might be cheaper to split your train fare! Split My Fare is an easy online tool that allows you to do this quickly and easily.

If you travel by train a lot, it’s worth investing in a Railcard, which can save you up to a third off rail journeys. They last for a year and tend to cost around £30, which can be made back quickly. There are also often discounts on the initial cost – always check Google! There’s a railcard for almost everyone, so it’s worth having a look.

If you commute by train a lot, it might be cheaper to get a National Rail season ticket. You can buy these for periods of a week, month or longer, as well as Flexi Season tickets which allow you to travel on any 8 days in a 28 day period. If you have a railcard, you won’t be able to use it to buy a season ticket, but it’s worth doing the maths as it could still be cheaper. There’s a useful calculator on National Rail’s website.

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