We’re promoting Smart Travel

As a multi-campus university spanning sites in Cheltenham and Gloucester, helping students and staff to make smarter travel, low carbon choices is important to:

  • help support healthier lifestyles
  • save students and staff money
  • limit rising pollution
  • improve air quality in urban areas
  • reduce our impact on congestion
  • reduce emissions towards our Net Zero goals

How we support smart travel

Cheltenham and Gloucester are beautiful places to explore and commuting by foot, bike, scooter or bus are great ways to discover the local area and enjoy the benefits of smart travel.

Walking, cycling and e-scooters

Safe and scenic routes – see Smart Travel Routes below for our recommended routes suitable for walking and cycling.

Cycling map – as well as these safe routes, we recommend this Cheltenham Cycling Map.

Cycle equipmentbuy Sold Secure bicycle locks through the University’s online store. 

Cycle purchasing incentives – staff can buy a bike and cycle kit tax-free using salary sacrifice Cyclescheme through HR.

E-scootersVoi operates in Cheltenham and Gloucester with parking locations on all campuses.

Shower facilities – on each of our campuses for staff to use after an active commute

Public transport

Our campuses are well located with good transport links.

Bus servicesStagecoach offer bus passes and deals for part and full academic year options. These are available from their website or through the Stagecoach app which also provides live bus times.

National bus connections – students can save up to 20% on Stagecoach National Services by purchasing an NUS Extra card.

Train national services flow regularly to Cheltenham Spa and Gloucester train stations and bus services can connect stations to all UOG campuses.


For staff and students who do need to travel by car, we support:

Car sharing – reduced price campus parking permits are available for car sharers  and we have a staff car share scheme to encourage lift sharing.

Electric vehicles – we support electric vehicle usage with charging points at Oxstalls, Park, FCH and Hardwick campuses. Setup and charge your car via EvManager website.

We use maintenance vehicles which run on electricity at our Park and Oxstalls sites, and our IT department use an electric van.

Agile working

We are shifting our educational and office systems towards Agile working as the reduced travel helps towards our carbon reduction goals.

  • Virtual meetings – all users have access to Microsoft Teams and all monitors have webcams. 
  • Video and teleconferencing technology – is available in selected meeting rooms. 
  • Virtual classroom – connects remote learners and researchers with lecture capture and viewing is available via Planet eStream.