A freshers guide to public transportBy Sj.Cliff
Now you've finally worked out the quickest way to your lectures it makes sense that you spread your wings and explore your new home for the next 3/4 years.
For those of you lucky enough to be able to own and run a car, it’s a piece of cake but for those without, you're going to need to arm yourself with an arsenal of public transport
There are pros and cons to the affectionately named peasant carriers, but you need to work with what you've got.
On your bike!
Cycling is a great way to get around because not only is it free (if you actually own a bike that is) but it's encouraged. Most cities have marked cycle paths and handy route guides to help you get around with ease. Just make sure you have a puncture repair kit to hand!
Know your bus route!
Buses are a close second when it comes to convenient transport. Costing a fraction of a taxi journey, most uni cities have a thriving array of services running to everywhere you need to be... and some places you don't.
Pretty much all bus services have online timetables for you to check, including its number, destination and stop times. But if you're old fashioned and like having a paper copy to hand, bus terminals are full of paper copies of timetables for you.
Take the love train!
While I don't think anyone actually loves the train, it’s an awesome way to not only explore local places but to go further afield. A day trip out doesn't have to be pricey if you utilities the offers you can receive on either half term holidays of via advanced booking. There is massive selection when it comes to booking train tickets, so have a quick Google and see which site is best for you.
Just the same as flights, the earlier you book your train tickets, the more money you can save - like a London Midland ticket from Birmingham to London for just £5 each way, as well as a tonne of offers for attractions when you get there!