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Going to university can be a great opportunity to live independently, study a subject you’re interested in and prepare yourself for the world of work. For many young people, starting university also marks the start of another journey – a journey that takes them thousands of miles around the country.
Here at TransPennine Express, we carried out a survey of 1000 students to find out how their social lives impact their day-to-day lives. We found that on average, students over the duration of their three-year degree will travel 2,064 miles – that’s further than the distance between London and Paphos, Cyprus – in order to visit their friends.
Thankfully, savvy students with a 16-25 Railcard who book their train tickets in advance can save potentially thousands of pounds when visiting friends and exploring different parts of the country.
Thanks to smartphones, social media and the internet, it’s never been easier for people to keep in touch. But our recent survey suggests millennials are shunning technology in favour of more personal interactions.
Two-fifths (41%) of the young people we questioned said face-to-face meetings are the best way to maintain relationships with their mates, compared to only 16% who prefer to keep in touch using social media.
A further 15% said texting is their favourite way of staying in touch, while one in ten would rather speak on the phone. A further one in ten likes to keep up to date with friends through video calls, such as FaceTime or Skype.
While it can be fun visiting friends and exploring new places, many university students will soon find they are clocking up the miles and hours thanks to their busy social lives.
We found that over a 12-month period, students take an average of 16 trips to see friends across the country. Over a typical three-year university course, this equates to a whopping 48 trips in total.
People aged between 16 to 25, or aged over 25 and studying full-time, are eligible for a 16-25 Railcard. It only costs £30 for a year and provides 34 per cent off all off Standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance and First Class Advance fares.
If students book TPE Advance train tickets online or via the TPExpress app, we will increase this discount to 50 per cent and help students travel further, for less.
Find out more about the Student Travel Offer.