Liverpool students complain of bus prices, but how expensive is your city?
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Liverpool students this week hit out over "extortionate" cost of travelling by bus. But are they really getting a raw deal? Travelling around Liverpool on the cheapest student pass costs £1.18/day and is ranked 34th of 40 university towns compared by The National Student to find the most expensive cities for student transport. London unsurprisingly comes last with a £1.60/day, although this covers all buses and trams in the capital. Edinburgh is the second most expensive city at £1.38/day. Aberystwyth came in with the cheapest buses with a student pass costing a mere 21 pence a day. Guilford (41p/day), York (55p/day) and Manchester (56p/day) came in next cheapest, with the mid-table filled with St Andrews (91p/day), Swansea (96p/day) and Brighton (£1/day). Final year Liverpool student Eleanor Hancock told the Liverpool Echo: "Choosing which university you attend shouldn’t be dictated by which one offers a bus pass under £300, and your budgeting for the week shouldn’t include decisions like whether to get the bus to a seminar on Wednesday or be able to afford lunch." Expense isn't the only problem with student travel recently, as we broke the news last week that First Bus Cymru blamed inaccurate student number estimates for overcrowded buses at the new Swansea University campus - with First Cymru managing director speaking to The National Student, giving assurances of increased bus frequency. Where does your uni rank? Check our table below:
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