Staff Benefits

The University is supporting staff to make alternative choices with a variety of discounts and offers available for staff using public transport, car share and bike to work schemes.

Staff Bike Hire Scheme – now 3 month and 1 month options available!  Want a short term and affordable opportunity to try cycling? In addition to our regular hire offer (3 months, regular hybrid bike), The Bike Hub has launched a 1 month Try Cycling offer, allowing University of Leeds staff to try an electric, folding Brompton or a regular hybrid bike on a short term to give it a go. More information is found at:

Cycle to Work Scheme: Interested in buying a brand new bike to travel to work? We operate a cycle to work scheme which enables you to save money, keep fit and avoid parking problems by hiring a brand new bicycle and safety equipment which you will own at the end of the payment term.

This is a salary sacrifice arrangement, you save tax and national insurance contributions on the cost of the bike and equipment. You can choose your bike and kit from the shop yourself and own it after the hire period. For more information about this scheme please contact: or 0113 343 3966.
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Cycling on University business: Did you know that 20p per mile can be claimed by staff for using your bike on University business? For further information please take a look at the following link. You can also find useful guidance about business travel here. When completing the University e-expense claim for bike mileage, there’s a drop down list at the bottom of the first page under the “Mileage” heading.
MCard: Interested in getting the train or bus to work? The University is part of the West Yorkshire Travel Plan Network and as part of that we can offer staff discounted travel passes. Get 12% off the cost of travelling on buses and trains in the West Yorkshire area. You can purchase the new annual smart enabled MCard and pay in equal monthly installments direct from your salary. For more information about costs, how and when to apply for a discounted MCard please visit the staff benefits pages.
Cityzap bus: Regularly travel from York to Leeds? Get a return ticket for £6! As part of the University travel planning work, we are looking at ways in which we can extend and improve transport offers and discounts for staff who live outside of the West Yorkshire region which is something that has been a theme in annual travel survey results feedback. We are excited to announce that all staff and students from the University and the NHS can now get a discounted return day ticket for £6 (normally £8.50) from York to Leeds on a new fast intercity bus service called Cityzap which uses GPS to avoid traffic to ensure the fastest route for each journey.
You just need to show your staff ID on the bus in order to get this offer and please visit their website more details on the locations of bus stops We are hopeful that this will lead to further more permanent discounts on bus services for staff that travel from Ripon, Harrogate and York areas.
Firstbus: Interested in getting a discounted bus pass? The University of Leeds is part of the Firstbus corporate travel group which means staff can get access to a 5% discount on monthly travel passes throughout either West Yorkshire or Leeds. All you need to do is ring up Firstbus quoting your payroll number to get your pass.  For more information about this including costs click here.
Rail Loan Scheme: Looking to purchase a train season ticket? Look no further! As part of our commitment to lower car usage and to encourage the use of public transport the University offers interest free loans up to £3,000 for annual train season tickets. With an annual season ticket, you only pay for 40 weeks travel and get 12 weeks free between two chosen stations, any time, seven days a week. For information about terms and conditions and how to apply click here.
**If the cost of your ticket is more than £3,000 you can contact the Staff Benefits team to discuss this on either or 0113 343 3966**
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We are currently working on improving our staff travel benefits offer. If you have any suggestions on how we can develop it please get in touch with us to share your thoughts via We are always looking for new ways to do things!



Travel Guide

Every year the Sustainability Service updates a University Travel Guide: Your Guide to Getting Around Leeds – aimed at students to provide information about the best ways to travel around Leeds as well as the many different travel discounts that are available on train and bus passes.

You can take a look at the 2017-18 guide here. You will find a hard copy of this guide in your welcome pack if you are in University Residences. Following a successful pilot last year, we are mainly hosting this guide online in order to reduce our impact with less printed resources.

For more information about this guide or any wider travel related queries please contact: Claire Booth



Travelling on two wheels is another healthy, fast and cheap way to get around Leeds and on campus we have lots of facilities on hand for people cycling to the university including secure parking, showers, bike hire and maintenance facilities.

Click here to find out where your closest cycle facilities are on campus (this map is due to be updated shortly).


Want to cycle but not got access to your own bike?

No problem! You can hire a bike at a really low cost from the campus Bike Hub, which is located at the end of the EC Stoner and Roger Stevens building.

Along with bike hire, the hub run self-help maintenance drop-in sessions with a comprehensive range of tools available to use, along with cycle training with safety and route advice for students and staff.

To find out more about the Bike Hub and the range of great services on offer please click here and for information about the loan bikes that are available click here.  If you have any questions, you can contact the team by email or phone 0113 343 9179 they are always happy to help!


 Interested in buying a brand new bike to travel to work?

We operate a staff cycle to work scheme which enables you to save money, keep fit and avoid parking problems by hiring a brand new bicycle and safety equipment which you will own at the end of the payment term. For more information about this scheme contact: or visit the staff benefits website.

The University of Leeds is now a GOLD accredited Bike Friendly Business!

Having achieved a silver award under the Bike Friendly Business accreditation in 2016, we are delighted to have now been upgraded to GOLD award following a recent re-appraisal of our facilities and initiatives on campus to promote cycling.

The University of Leeds has also been successful in gaining grant support from City Connect to extend our staff ‘Try-Cycling’ scheme fleet of electric bikes which enables more staff to try an electric bike for a one-off 1 month trial, for only £20! (£100 deposit is required in accordance with the Bike Hire Agreement). For more information on all of the Bike Hire options available at The Bike Hub please click here.

Claire Booth, Sustainability Project Officer for University of Leeds, says:

“We are delighted to have reached gold standard accreditation in recognition of our ongoing work to promote cycling to our students and staff as a sustainable travel option. We continue to invest in the range of bike friendly measures at the University such as The Bike Hub which offers cycle hire, maintenance and advice. We are really excited to extend our electric bike fleet thanks to grant support from CityConnect.”

Click below for WYCA’s Press Release “West Yorkshire businesses continuing the legacy of Tour de Yorkshire”(Friday 11 May 2018)

Press Release Friday 11 May 2018 

For more information about the scheme, click here.


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Public Transport

The University of Leeds is well connected via all major modes of public transport and there are lots of discounts and benefits on hand in order to save you money on regular travel! Take a look below for more details.

Catching the bus in Leeds

Travelling to campus on the bus is really easy; you can expect to see a bus running past the University every 3 minutes during the day. Buses between the University and Headingley costs £1 for a single journey. These services include the number 1, 6, 28 and 97 and are operated by FirstLeeds.

How do I get a student bus pass? All the information you need about discounted student passes and bus timetables in Leeds is on the FirstLeeds website.  
How do I get a staff bus pass? The University of Leeds is part of the Firstbus corporate travel club which means staff can get access to a 5% discount on monthly travel passes throughout either Leeds or West Yorkshire. All you need to do is ring up Firstbus on 0345 340 9023 quoting your payroll number to get your pass. For more information about this including how much this pass costs, take a look on our staff benefits pages.

Cityzap bus: Leeds – York

Cityzap is a bus service that runs every 30 mins between York and Leeds, from first thing in the morning until around 7pm. Sunday is a day of zapping too – every hour from 0730.

Each Cityzap bus is fitted with a sat-nav so the driver can pick the quickest route and avoid any traffic queues. So it’s just like driving your car – only it’s much better as you’re not trapped with a steering wheel in front of you.

Cityzap buses are equipped with USB points and free wifi.

Current offers:

Students: Show your college or university student ID and travel for just £6 return on any Cityzap journey.

Staff: Simply show your university staff ID and travel for £6 return.

There is also a Cityzap service connecting Leeds and Manchester.

For more information on timetables, where to catch the bus from, fares and offers, click here:


Useful apps to make bus travel easier You can download the FirstLeeds bus apps from this website which will give you live service information, journey planning facilities and allow you to buy one off and season tickets using a debit card via your mobile. To take a look click here!

Staying out late? Service 1 operates until 3.00am on Monday – Saturday nights. The Students Union also operate a night bus which takes students from the entrance of the Union building to their doorstep and costs just £1! For more information about this handy service click here.

Shuttle bus
Leeds also has a city centre shuttle bus service. Details can be found here.     
Park & Ride
If you or visitors to the University need to travel to Leeds by car and would like to avoid traffic and congestion, a great option is Park & Ride.
Two new Park & Ride sites have recently opened, providing easy access by bus into the centre of Leeds. For more information, click here.
Travelling in Leeds & West Yorkshire
If you are regularly using both buses and trains to travel around Leeds or West Yorkshire then you can apply for a travel pass called an MCard via West Yorkshire Metro  which enables unlimited travel on both buses and trains.
What is an MCard?  Leeds sits within the large county of West Yorkshire meaning there are lots of different operators that run buses and trains between the region’s cities, towns, small villages and out into the countryside. Normally this means that you are required to buy more than one ticket in order to use the different services to get where you need to go. The new MCard is a nifty smartcard that makes it easier to travel within Leeds and West Yorkshire on both buses and trains without having to buy multiple tickets for one journey. For more information click here.
How do I get a student MCard? For full time students who regularly catch trains and buses in the City and within the region, Metro offer a 16-25 M-card which you can apply for here. If you are a mature full time student 26+ you can also apply for a Student Plus Card here. You can pay a weekly or monthly cost for both of these passes and this will give you unlimited train and bus travel throughout West Yorkshire including on trips to the Yorkshire Dales!
How do I get a staff MCard? The University offer a discounted MCard for staff as part of our travel plus benefits offer. For information about these benefits for travel passes and season tickets please click here.
National Train Travel 
How do I get a student railcard? To save up to 1/3 off train travel around the UK young people aged between 16 – 25 and mature full time students can purchase a 16 – 25 railcard.
If you are aged 16 – 25, you can buy a railcard online using a valid debit or credit card, a valid UK driving license or international passport, and a digital passport-style photo.
Mature students aged 26+ can apply online too, but will need to submit evidence of eligibility. To do this, you will need to upload a copy of your student ID, a digital passport-style photo and the Mature Student Declaration form, signed by your personal tutor, or a member of the Student Services Counter team on Level 9 of the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff building.
If you are intending to travel around the UK via train make sure you purchase your tickets early to avoid large increases in train fares closer to the travel date. For general train timetable information visit the National Rail website.


The University of Leeds has been awarded the Walk Friendly Workplace accreditation!

Walking is one of the easiest, healthiest ways to get around and can save you lots of money! To reap the health benefits of being more active, aim to walk 10,000 steps a day, which can burn up to 400 calories. Keep track of your step count with an activity tracker watch or download an app to you phone.

The University of Leeds has a very useful interactive campus map which can help you navigate your way around on foot. You can access this by clicking here.



For a limited time only, we are offering free ‘Orientation Walks’ around Leeds City Centre in partnership with CityConnect and Get Out Get Active. These will take place once a month to provide new students/academics with a guided 90 minute walk taking in some of the key sites around Leeds. This includes museums, green spaces and key shopping areas.

Click on this link for more information or to sign up to one of the free walks.


In partnership with CityConnect and Get Out Get Active, we are offering staff monthly lunch time walks to explore our campus and the surrounding area. The guided walks will take in key sites such as Blue Plaques, Art installations and the sustainability highlights on campus.

Click on this link for more information or to sign up to one of the lunch time walks.

CityConnect is working with Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, to deliver CityConnect Walking.

For more information on walking initiatives and ideas of how to integrate more walking into your daily routine, see:

You can also go to the Visit Leeds website for the City Centre and waterfront walkit maps which are available in the pdf download section along with information about the Industrial Heritage trail and Country Way routes. The City Centre map shows the location of the train and bus station along with travel centres where you can buy train and bus passes.

Did you know? To reap the health benefits of being more active, aim to walk 10,000 steps a day, which can burn up to 400 calories! To keep track of your step count it’s worth investing in a pedometer to monitor your progress. For information about ‘walk to heath schemes’ and ‘get fit for free tips’ click here.
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Bike Hire

Our campus Bike Hub has a large stock of well maintained, quality bikes available to hire for students, staff or visitors. All our bikes are 21-speed hybrids equipped with a D-lock and front and rear lights, for a great commute! We have worked hard to make sure that cycling is an easy and cost effective option for members of the University of Leeds community.

Once you have hired the bike, you can  also drop by the Hub at any time during opening hours, learn how to use the tools available and maintain your hire bike (pump tyres, mend punctures, oil the chain…). It is free (or very cheap)!

Please note that we are not able to hire bikes out to organisations, departments, or anyone not affiliated with the university. 



What will it cost to hire a bike from us? 

Members of the University community have access to two options:


We offer students and members of staff the option to hire bikes for 3 months at £22 (+£100 deposit).

Your hire period starts from the date you collect your bike from the Hub and runs for 3 months from that date. The Hub staff will notify you by email when your hire is coming to an end with instructions on what to do if you wish to re-hire or return. Easy greasy!

The terms and conditions of the hire agreement can be read here.


This hire option is for staff members only. You will be able to hire either a Ridgeback Speed Hybrid bike or a Brompton folding bike for one month only for £10 (+£100 deposit). You can also hire an electric bike for one month only for £20 (+£100 deposit). Please find the terms and conditions outlined in the hire agreement here.



Why a deposit?

Well…we require a deposit to cover the cost of any damage on their return to the hub so that the bikes can be repaired and re-hired to other students. Please note that if you hire a bike, you are responsible for looking after your bike. You will get the deposit returned to you, if the bike is returned in good, CLEAN, and well-maintained condition. Whilst we expect some wear and tear, you are responsible for covering the cost of damage due to neglect (as it can easily happen is the bike is left outside in damp Yorkshire weather).

Remember, you can drop by the Hub at any time during opening hours (Tuesday – Thursday 12 – 16:00), use the tools and learn how to maintain your hire bike for free!


Bike Hire: how does it work concretely?! 

  1. Picking up your bike: You can either collect your bike in person at the Hub or pay for a bike on the university online store (but please note the online store is not always an accurate reflection of the number of bikes in stock). Bikes are hired on a first come first serve basis and do go very quickly once term starts. To inquire whether any bikes are available you can either visit the hub or email: or phone: 0113 343 9179 (between 12 and 16:00).
  2. The Bike Hire Agreement: Please please please read and the hire agreement outlining the terms and conditions of your bike rental. It should take no more than 5 minutes to do and will tell you everything you need to know about hiring a bike from the University.
  3. Hiring form: Please make sure that you have a valid UoL username. You will NOT be able to hire a bike without a username. Everyone is required to fill in the hiring form in person at the Bike Hub. In addition, we will require a valid email address and mobile phone number.
  4. Paying for your bike: Your bike hire cost can be paid for online before you arrive to collect your bike but you can also pay by cash or card at the Hub if you wish.

And that’s it! Happy cycling!!


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What type of bikes can you hire from the hub? The Hub loan bikes are Ridgeback hybrid bikes, perfectly equipped for city cycling, with 21 Shimano gears, rear and front lights, a D-lock, and a luggage rack.

Sizes: We have offer range of different sized bike frames:

  • 15″ (XS)
  • 17″ (S)
  • 19″ (M)
  • 21″(L)
  • 23″(XL)

Not sure which size would fit? Check out the size guide to work out which bike would be best for you.

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Bike Security: secure Abus D-locks are provided with the University hire bikes which are required to be used throughout your hire when leaving your bike unattended to ensure it is left securely. Bikes are also security coded. For more information about bike safety please visit the University Security Services website here.

You can also buy Kryptonite D-locks at a discounted rate of just £20 from the bike hub.

Got any more questions? Please take a look at our Bike Hire FAQ’s for more information.

Student Engagement


The University has a commitment to make sure that all of our students become sustainability literate, and graduate with related key skills and knowledge. This forms one of the four themes in our Sustainability Strategy and we have a number of key performance indicators that help us to monitor our development in this area. We support our students to be responsible citizens and an active part of society, both locally and globally.  There are a variety of ways to get involved with sustainability; from working with us as a student architect, or intern, through to volunteering on one of our projects, or even taking a module in sustainability.

“Sustainability is part of being a student at the University of Leeds, no matter what your discipline.”

One of our key messages is that sustainability is applicable to all, and all disciplines.  Graduates are going to have to make some tough decisions in the future and we want out students prepared to make these decisions with a key knowledge and understanding of the importance of sustainability.  Alongside formal learning in sustainability, we focus on supporting students in developing, understanding and communicating the skills that they have – from volunteering, internships, and auditing, to trying their hand at beekeeping!

You can find out more about our Student Sustainability Architects here.

Integrating sustainability into the curriculum  
Take a look at the hundreds of elective module “Creating Sustainable Futures” available to most undergraduate students, and other opportunities to learn about sustainability at
For ideas and tips about completing a sustainability-related dissertation or research project, no matter what your discipline or level, visit


Student Sustainability Architects

We are currently recruiting for 3 Student Sustainability Architects to work with Leeds University Business School. To find out more and apply for visit

Find out about other ways to get involved at

Take a look at the other opportunities for you to get involved on our Student Opportunities page!  

If you are looking for information on becoming a Staff Sustainability Architect please visit: