18+ Student Oyster photocard

Did you know that as fully registered RCA student you can get 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets?


All you need to do is to visit Transport for London website and apply there. To make it easier for you we have created a step-by-step guide below. Once you apply for the 18+ Student Oyster photocard and fully complete your registration process at the RCA, we, at the SU, will be able to approve your 18+ Student Oyster photocard application.

Continuing students should scroll down to the bottom of this page, to see some important information for them.



To apply for 18+ Student Oyster photocard, or access your account on the TfL website, please follow this link. You can apply at any time between 1 September 2016 and 31 July 2017. Unfortunately, we are only able to confirm your application once you fully complete the registration process at the RCA and we receive the list of registered students from the Registry.


Step 1

If this is the first time you are applying, click ‘Create Web Account.’

Step 2

You will need the following information:

  1. Your university/college enrolment number

  • This should be the six-digit number, which is written on your RCA ID card.)

  1. Your course dates

  • This should be the dates provided to you in your registration documentation, which you will have received during Registration Week.

  • In any doubt – your course should begin in September of the year you begin, and end on the 31 July of the year that you graduate.

  1. A colour digital photograph

  2. A credit/debit card to pay the £20 application fee

Step 3

Once you have completed the registration process with TFL, they will send their application through to the RCA SU to confirm.

Step 4
Once the RCA SU has approved your Oystercard application, it should take 5 working days for it to be delivered. In case there is any problem with the delivery, please contact TFL.



Q: How long after I fully complete the registration process at the RCA will I have my 18+ Student Oyster photocard application approved by RCA SU?

A: We always aim to proceed with these as soon as possible, but unfortunately, it can take up to one month for us to receive the list of all registered students. If 28 days have passed since you fully registered and applied for 18+ Student Oyster photocard please do email to students-union@rca.ac.uk, subject line ‘Delayed Oyster’.


Q: How often does RCA SU confirm 18+ Student Oyster photocard applications?

A: We aim to confirm these once a week, usually on Thursday.



Transport for London requires that the Students’ Union have to report to them in November 2015 to ensure that only fully registered students retain the travel concession. As a result, continuing students who have not completed the registration process at the RCA by the 31st of October 2016 will have their 18+ Student Oyster photocard stopped by Transport for London within the weeks following.


If you only complete the registration process at the RCA after 31st of October 2016, you will have to re-apply for the 18+ Students Oyster Card via the TfL website and be required to pay a £20 fee.


For more information about the discounts that you get by purchasing 18+ Student Oyster photocard visit TfL website here