Bus travel has been made even easier for Plymouth students thanks to a new initiative set up between Plymouth Citybus and Unite Students, the UK’s largest manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation.

Students are given freedom of the City of Plymouth with a free annual bus pass for travel on all zone 1 and 2 Plymouth Citybus services within Plymouth for an entire academic year. The scheme is offered to all current and new residents at the Unite Students Alexandra Works property.

The partnership between Plymouth Citybus and Unite Students means that not only do residents of Unite’s Alexandra Works get free travel to and from university on the high frequency service, they also benefit from better access to other facilities across the city, including supermarkets, hospitals, retail parks, leisure centres and restaurants – which is free under the new scheme.

The initiative is part of Unite Students’ wider commitment to creating a ‘Home for Success’ for students, making life as hassle free as possible so they can focus on their studies.

Students can also download the new travel app launched earlier this month by Plymouth Citybus to plan their journey, track their bus live and follow where to get off the bus if they’re unfamiliar with an area.

Mark Collins, Head of Commercial & Marketing at Plymouth Citybus, said: “We believe the bus is the best way to get around the city. This scheme allows students to see bus travel as the whole solution in getting around the city and not just a way to travel to their study centre. It’s a great fit for students in the area as it gives them the opportunity to easily explore what our great city has to offer – and that’s not just in and around the University but further afield too.

“This partnership with Unite Students essentially gives students the freedom to travel around the city for free. Students bring big business to the city and by enabling them to get around more easily we will in turn be helping businesses gain more custom, especially in areas that are harder to reach by foot. We hope that by turning students into bus users while at university means they will continue to use the bus, helping to free up the city’s roads, once they graduate.”

Phil Lewis, Head of Operations for South and West Midlands at Unite Students, said: “Many of our students who live with us at Alexandra Works are active members of the community; they study, socialise and work in local businesses in the city, so it’s great that they are benefitting from this new scheme which will help them to save money and encourage them to explore their city further.”