Local and commuting students

Lots of students at Bucks choose to commute to the University. You are classed as a commuting student if your home and term-time address are the same.

There are many reasons why students choose to commute. You may wish to stay close to your home, family and friends, you may have caring responsibilities, or you may choose this option for financial reasons. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to be a student, and just because you live locally and travel in, it doesn’t mean you will miss out on the university experience.

If you choose to commute to the University, we’ve included some tips below that might help you during your time here.

ADVICE FOR COMMUTING STUDENTS

There is no parking on campus for students during the week, unless you are a blue badge holder, so you’ll need to make use of the local car parks, park and ride or public transport. If you wish to make use of the library or other University facilities on a weekend, we offer weekend parking for students. More information about how to apply for a student weekend permit can be found on our Students’ Union website.

You can find information about the best way to get to our High Wycombe, Uxbridge or Aylesbury campuses online. We’d recommend looking at your timetable carefully to see how often you’re going to be on campus and how best to make your travel costs as economical as possible.

Our campuses are all situated in busy towns, and although this means they have easy transport access it also means that traffic can be busy, especially during peak times. Make sure you leave enough time for your journey to allow for this.

If you’re travelling by public transport, it’s worth checking whether you’d be eligible for a railcard or Student Oyster photo card, which can really help towards your travel costs. Why not also consider using your journey time to read over lecture notes, listen to a podcast, or plan your day - to really make the most of this time!

Bucks Student’s Union also wants to give Bucks students the opportunity to stay fit and healthy, lower their carbon footprint, and save money. Our free bike hire scheme (for just a £20 deposit) is another great option for you to commute to university.

You can bring your own food and drink onto campus to help save money, but there are cafes on all three sites where you can grab a bite to eat or a hot or cold drink, for very reasonable prices. Don’t forget to pack your reusable mug to get discounts on your hot drinks!

Living in halls of residence is by no means the only way of making friends. You can meet people studying on your course, or why not join a club, society, additional skills workshop or trip run through our Students’ Union? As part of our Big Deal scheme, most of these are free to take part in!

The library at our High Wycombe Campus is open 24 hours a day during much of the year. Our Uxbridge library also offers late opening times. For the latest opening hours, visit our library pages. If your seminar finishes at 5pm and you want to miss the rush hour traffic, why not use the library for an hour or two before heading home?

If you don’t always want to carry a laptop to uni, we offer a self-serve loan laptop service for up to four hours. This service is available at our High Wycombe and Uxbridge campuses. More information can be found on our library pages.

If you use our studio spaces, such as art and design, media or dance as part of your course, these are often open on evenings and weekends for you to make use of. We also offer extended hours during peak times such as dissertation hand in. Your course tutors or technicians for these areas will be able to provide you with more information on availability, as there are regulations (such as health and safety agreements) you will need to follow in order to make use of these facilities during evenings and weekends.

Another great facility available for students is our University Gym. We offer a number of 30 minute ‘blast classes’, which could be perfect for in between lectures! Visit the Gym pages to find out more.

Just because you’re a commuting student, that doesn’t mean that your wellbeing isn’t still a priority for us. Starting university is a big change, no matter where you’re living. But as a commuting student you may be balancing travel with other commitments such as working or raising a family. This can be a lot to juggle while you learn to get the balance right. There is lots of support for you as a student; from counselling to a chaplaincy service, careers advice through to academic support. Visit our current student page for information on the support services available to you.