Full-time students can apply for a Transport for London (TfL) 18+ Student Oyster photocard, which provides a 30% discount on travel in London.

You can apply online via the dedicated TfL site and will need a digital photograph and a credit/debit card. You can check your eligibility at TFL 18+ Student Oyster which also includes important information about how and when applications will be validated.


Steps when making your application

  • When you make your application, please ensure that you select King’s College London as the institution: ‘Kings College London, James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road.’ (institution code 0403).

  • If selecting the institution from a list, make sure to select Kings College London, and not the NHS Foundation Trust or “Kings London.”

    • If you don’t apply to the correct 'Kings College London' your application will be rejected by another institution and you may have to make a new application and incur the £20 administration fee again.

  • When entering your Course Details (Step 3) you will be asked to provide your Student enrolment (ID) Number. This is the 7 or 8 digit number on your student card. Please do not enter the ID that begins with a “K” as this may cause delays in approving your application.


Important to know:

  • Most part-time students and students on a break/interruption of study are not eligible for the 18+ Student Oyster photocard. Please refer to the more detailed guidance at TFL 18+ Student Oyster and to our guidance on interruptions for UG students or PG students.

  • The King's Student Funding Office confirms whether applicants are registered as full-time for TFL.

  • Applications cannot be approved until the first day of term, so the Student Funding Office will begin approving application from then onwards.


How long will it take for my Oyster application to be approved?
The Student Funding Office approves all Oyster card applications directly with TFL. It take a couple of weeks for this to come through at the start of term, but these are approved as soon as possible. For more details, please visit I have applied for a Student Oyster Photocard. When will my card be approved?

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