London Transport Advice


Transport for London (TfL)
London Underground
London Buses

To enter stations and busses, passengers can purchase paper tickers or use “Oyster cards” – stored-value contactless smart cards. SU London is able to offer student discounts on weekly and monthly Oyster card rates. More information on this is available below.

Both the Tube and bus networks are extensive and easy to use. While there are some bus routes that operate 24 hours a day, please note that the Tube is normally closed from approximately 1.00am to 5.30am.


Tube maps are available on TfL’s website. The closest Tube station to Faraday House is Holborn Station on the Piccadilly and Central lines.
Bus maps are also available on TfL’s website. Faraday House is close to several bus lines.
You can plan your trip on London’s public transportation lines using TfL’s Journey Planner.

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Student Discount Oyster Cards

SU London is a member of a scheme which allows our students to apply for a 30% discount on the price of weekly and monthly Oyster travel card plans. You can apply for your student discount Oyster at:

You will need SU London’s Student Discount registration number. This will be emailed to you along with more detailed instructions on the application process before you arrive.

Your student Oyster will be in the form of a photocard. Travelcards, which are the alternative to pay-as-you-go top ups, allow for unlimited Tube and bus travel within the specified zones and time-span.

Take a look at TfL’s master guide to student travel fares here.


Should you need a taxi service, there are a few things to be aware of and several resources to draw upon to ensure safe, legal travel. The only taxi that may legally pick up passengers after being hailed on the street are licensed taxis, otherwise known as black cabs. Fares in taxis are metered. You may tip what you wish, but most people round up to the nearest pound. Keep in mind that not all taxi drivers will have exact change.

Taxis may either be called on the street or found at one of the many dedicated taxi ranks throughout the city. TfL maintains a comprehensive list of taxi rank locations. Alternatively, you can book a taxi in advance. If someone approaches you and asks if you need a cab or taxi – do not accept their offers under any circumstances.

Transportation Costs

For a more detailed breakdown of transport in and around London, read our Transport Costs page.