Travel discounts for FE students

Brighton & Hove Further Education (FE) students can get discounts on bus and rail travel. Some students may also qualify for help with travel costs from the council.

Discounts on bus fares for new students

The Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus ID card gives you money off season tickets that you can use for all your bus travel, including evenings and weekends.

Discounts on rail travel - Sussex Student Card

You may be able to get one third off the cost of your daily travel by rail from home to school or college. You can get the discount if you are a full-time FE student aged 16 to 19 and your home address is in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex or West Sussex. 

The discount applies

  • to any train journey within the Southern Railway and Connex South Eastern areas (this does not include London - train operating companies are listed below)
  • to season tickets between one month and one year
  • if the discounted fare is not less than £8 a week or the equivalent (this works out at roughly £10 a week full fare)

You can't combine this discount with any other discount schemes (for example you can't use this discount with the Unizone scheme).

Train operating companies using the Southern Railway and Connex South Eastern network include South West Trains, Connex South Eastern, South Central, Virgin Trains, Thameslink, Thames Trains and Silverlink. Gatwick Express and Eurostar are not included.

How to get the discount

  • You need to have a Sussex Student Card. If you don't have one, pick up an application form from your school or college.  If your school or college is outside Brighton & Hove, East Sussex or West Sussex contact the student support team for a form: email
  • Get the form countersigned by your school or college and then send the top copy to the address at the bottom of the form.
  • Once you have your Sussex Student Card, you can buy your discounted ticket on the Sussex further education season ticket web site.  You can only buy your ticket online. It will be sent to you by post.

When buying your ticket you may be asked questions about your travel. This will help us and the rail company gather information about student travel patterns and see how well the scheme is working.