Student Travel

Apply for our Smart Student Scheme

If you’re a full time student aged 16+ studying in the South Essex area, and your college is part of our Smart Student scheme, you can save up to a third off travel to college when you buy a Weekly, Term-time, Monthly or Annual Season ticket on your c2c Smartcard.

How to apply for our Smart Student Scheme

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    Download the c2c Travel Travel app on iOS or Android.

    Download the c2c Train Travel app
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    Order your c2c Smartcard via the app, it should arrive by post in five working days.

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    Contact your college with your name (as it appears on the card), date of birth, and Smartcard number.

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    Once your college has confirmed your student status with us, we’ll email you your discount code.

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    Use your code to buy your discounted student travel tickets in the c2c Train Travel app.

  • Returning student?

    Your student discount is valid for one academic year. If you’ve already got a Smartcard, and are entering another year at college, simply speak to the administrator at your school or college.

    They will contact us to let us know that you’re still eligible for the Student Smartcard discount.

    We’ll then email you your new discount code to use when buying your tickets in the c2c Train Travel app.

    Student travel FAQs

    • Which colleges are in the Smart Student scheme?
      Smart Student is available to full time* students, aged 16+, and studying at the following schools and colleges:
      • Barking Abbey School
      • Central Training Group
      • The Coopers’ Company and Coborn School
      • Elutec
      • Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
      • Harris Academy Riverside
      • Hassenbrook Academy
      • Havering College of Further & Higher Education
      • Havering Sixth Form College
      • King John School
      • National College Creative Industries
      • New City College
      • Ormiston Park Academy
      • Robert Clack School
      • Sacred Heart of Mary Girls School
      • Shoeburyness High School
      • Southend Adult Community (Available for all full time students and apprentices)
      • South Essex College (Available for all full time students 16+, part time students aged 16-19 and apprentices aged 16-19)
      • Southend High School for Boys
      • Southend High School for Girls
      • Stanford & Corringham Sixth Form College
      • St Bernard’s High School
      • St Cleres School
      • St Thomas More High School
      • The Campion School
      • Thorpe Hall School
      • University of Essex
      • USP College (Seevic campus and Palmer’s campus)
      • Westcliff High School for Boys
      • Westcliff High School for Girls
      If your school or college is not listed, please ask them to contact us at contact@c2crail.co.uk *For students at South Essex College, Smart Student is also available to part time apprentices aged 16-19
    • How long will my new Student Smartcard take to arrive?
      You’ll receive your Student Smartcard within three to 10 days, so make sure you sign up for yours as soon as possible.
    • My student discount isn't working
      Please ensure that the email address your discount is linked to is the same as the one registered to your Smartcard account. Please speak to your college or school administrator, they will need to confirm your enrollment before the discount is activated. If you have already tried this give our team a call on 0345 744 4422.The discount is only valid on journeys between your home station and nearest station to the college/university you are attending.
    • I’ve lost my Student Smartcard
      Please speak to the administrator at your school or college who can make sure you get a new card which is activated with you Smart Student discount.
    Smartcard FAQs

    Other ticket options for students not in the scheme

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    Under 16? Use a Child Smartcard and get your child discount of 50% off the price of adult weekly, monthly or yearly season tickets

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    The 16 – 17 saver is a railcard that you can buy for £30. It will give you 50% off most train tickets.

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    The 16 – 25 Railcard costs £30 and will give you a third off most train tickets.

  • Download the c2c train travel app now

    Start using the c2c app for easy travel updates and quicker ticket purchases.

    Download the c2c app