Travel and transport
Parking at College
Students or their guests are prohibited from parking any vehicle on College property, at any time. If a student holds a Blue Badge the College can arrange for a parking space to be made available when visiting the College. Please consult the Facilities Manager for advice via email@example.com.
Bus and train passes
During the Covid-19 pandemic, there was widespread disruption of services. As of Spring 2021, services are running regularly, albeit according to new timetables. Please ensure you check with local operators for the most up-to-date information and rules regarding social distancing and masks.
Local service operators offer discounted travel passes/smartcards:
National Rail offers a number of national and regional railcards for discounted rail travel (subject to conditions). See the National Rail website for full details.
The most common railcard for full-time students is the 16-25 Railcard which gives you 1/3 off most rail fares throughout Great Britain. To be eligible you must be aged 16-25, or a mature student 26 years or older and in full-time study. Further information on eligibility criteria and how to apply for a railcard can be found at www.16-25railcard.co.uk/eligibility-benefits/eligibility/ You may need to provide a stamped copy of your enrolment certificate. You can do this by emailing a copy of the enrolment certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org who will then be able to stamp it and email a copy back to you.
Students on distance learning and part-time courses do not qualify for a 16-25 Railcard or an 18+ Student Oystercard.
Bicycle hire and purchase
Cycling is popular in Oxford. There are numerous bike shops around the city selling or renting new and secondhand bikes. Some shops provide “buy back” schemes which may be cheaper than hire, whereby money is given back when you return your bike to the shop you bought it from after an agreed term.
College has bicycle racks on site for student use. You should ensure that you have a suitable, sturdy lock to keep your bike safe and secure, working front and rear lights as required by law, and a safety helmet. Bicycles can also be hired from dockless bike hire operators across the city, for more information visit Oxford City Council’s website.
Safety on the road is also a key consideration especially if you are not used to riding a bike in a UK city. There are some dedicated cycle lanes but Oxford is a busy city and you should always make sure that:
- you are visible (wear reflective/high-visibility clothing), especially when it is dark outside;
- your bike is roadworthy, i.e. that you have fully functioning front and rear lights as required by law, a bell, and that your brakes work;
- you wear a helmet that conforms to recognised safety standards and fits you properly. Local bike shops can assist you in choosing the right headgear.
Information and guidance on staying safe whilst cycling can be found at: www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/get-active/2020/everyday-walking-and-cycling/cycling-for-beginners or you can download this Cycle Safety letter
The Broken Spoke Bike Co-op in Oxford offers drop-in workshops to enable you to fix any bike-related issues yourself (with some guidance from their staff). They also offer cycle training courses if you feel that you would benefit from instruction before hitting the highways. For the most up to date information, please visit bsbcoop.org/
You are advised to read the ‘Rules for Cyclists’ from the UK’s Highway Code about staying safe on the roads: www.gov.uk/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82
Bike theft is a particular problem in Oxford so we strongly recommend that you invest in a good lock and insurance and never leave your bike unlocked while unattended. You can register your bike with the University Cycle Registration Scheme; doing so may help the Police get your bike back to you if it is stolen. Kellogg College encourages all students who have a bicycle to register it with the scheme. For details please see www.ox.ac.uk/students/life/community/property you can also find details of purchasing discounted locks and light on this site.
The College has a large amount of cycle racking available across the Estate, please ensure that you secure your bicycle only to the cycle racking provided.
Please note: Any bicycle left against or secured to any other College property will be removed and the College will not provide any reimbursement for locks damaged when removing offending bicycles.