Homesick? Save yourself 50% off your ticket home with GWR’s 16-25 Railcard!


You are in an unfamiliar world, working on your perceptions of university life as you move to a different place, constantly trying to find the best way to do things. At university, as you discover your newfound independence and freedom, you want to become the best version of yourself. As exciting as this is, there will undeniably be challenges and obstacles to overcome, and you will miss home.

Feeling homesick is not uncommon and is actually expected; Great Western Railway’s latest research has uncovered 20% more young people are expected to travel home this week Friday 27th of October is predicted to be the busiest day. Most students are expected to head home for the first time since the semester began, in search of home comforts. As well as this, GWR conducted a OnePoll survey which revealed that one in ten under-25’s live 200 miles away from their parents. Food being important to students is also highlighted in the statistics: 46% of young people admitted to missing having meals cooked for them, while 41% missed having lots of food in kitchen cupboards.

University towns such as Exeter are expecting 71% more young people to travel this week, with Plymouth, Cardiff and Bath expecting average increases of around 30%.

Whether it’s the appeal of having home cooked meals, or kitchen cupboards stacked with food, rail passengers can expect to see a surge of young people travelling on trains in late October. According to tickets purchased with a 16-25 Railcard on the GWR network over the last two years, the end of October is the busiest time of year.


GWR Head of Communications Dan Panes, says:

“We know that many students have already been savvy enough to get themselves a 16-25 Railcard, and midway through their first term is typically when we see many of them use these as they head for home.

“Our recent survey found that one in ten young adults now lives over 200 miles from their family, and it would appear from our data that there is a critical point in October when many choose to travel home for the first time.”

He added: “Those looking to visit family and friends can also do so much more cheaply, simply by booking in advance and taking advantage of our latest offer.”


What is the 16-25 Great Western Railway Railcard?

Stop your finances feeling the strain, and still catch your train.

If you’re between 16 and 25, or older but in full-time study, you can save up to a third off on your trips home or to see friends with a 16-25 Railcard.

The 16-25 student Railcard can be used with Standard Anytime and Off-Peak train tickets, as well as Standard Class and First-Class Advance tickets. It costs just £30 for a year’s Railcard (or £70 for a 3-year Railcard). It pays for itself when you make multiple journeys, so it is definitely worth it!

The application process is completed online, which is simple, clear and convenient. More information on how to get a 16-25 Railcard can be found on the GWR 16-25 railcard page. To make it cheaper for students to visit their family, Great Western Railway (GWR) have launched the offer running through until 9th December where 16-25 railcard holders can get 50% off on Advance Single Tickets when booked via the GWR website: – so get booking!

*Terms and conditions*

Exclusive online offer for Standard Class GWR Advance Single fares only, where you book at

Bookings open 12 weeks before the date of travel. Available to purchase from 5 September to 9 December 2017 for travel between 6 September and 10 December 2017.

Promotion is only valid for customers holding a valid 16-25, HM Forces and Disabled Persons Railcard, and qualifying accompanying passengers.

Railcard child discount remains unchanged.

No other discounts are applicable with this offer.

Offer is subject to availability.

Visit for full Terms and Conditions; visit to apply for your 16-25 railcard.

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