Commuting from Exeter to Bristol

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  1. vic_dani

    vic_dani New Member

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    Hi, I am a full-time undergraduate student at Bristol. Now I live in Exeter. I would like to find a cheap and efficient method to commute from Exeter to Bristol. I've already checked the national rail website to find a proper seasonal ticket. But it showed me an expensive ticket. Could you give me a useful advice to find a cheap method? Thanks:)
     
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  3. N Levers

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    Bus? Seriously though you might be better off moving to Bristol.
     
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    That could be an expensive commute; you are probably better off moving to (or near) Bristol.

    If you're a full-time student you can get a 16-25 Railcard which you can use to get 1/3 off the price of return tickets.

    Alternatively you could get a Season ticket for 7 days, or any period between 1 calendary month & 12 months (purchasing in typically 5-week blocks taking into account weekends, bank holidays and any day you are not at Uni, may be best value). A season ticket calculator can be found here: http://www.brfares.com/#faredetail?orig=EXD&dest=BRI&tkt=7DS
     
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    The only other thing I would say if doing this journey is to check the timetable carefully to ensure you are on one of the faster (about 1 hour) express services. Also, make sure you claim compensation each time you are delayed and are entitled to it :p
     
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    I'm a firm believer in living close to campus when you're a student. I'll second the advice of moving to Bristol.
     
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    Its not that easy to just move house. Its perfectfully possible to commute to university. In journey time a train journey of just over an hour is fine. OP could also look at Advance fares if they know when they'll be travelling and don't opt for a season ticket.
     
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    It is easy to move house, especially as a first year student at Uni. Ask for the halls, chuck your stuff in a bag, give your mam and dad a kiss goodbye and go. No problem at all

    Even if they do commute for the first month im pretty sure they will regret it due to cost and also due to missing out on doing stuff with all the new friends that the OP will make - which is why they have halls of residence at universitys
     
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    I used to commute a long distance to uni and don't regret my decision to do so. The uni was in a quiet place which most people wanted to escape, so I was the lucky one!

    (I liked its quietness actually. I thought of it as my country retreat of sorts.)
     
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    Well uni is first and foremost about getting qualifications and making Friends is a secondary priority. They can always move into student digs in their second year anyway or occasionally stay the night at a friend's place in Bristol.
     
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    University is about qualifications but it's always about learning to be more independent and living away from home. I found university a great way to improve my confidence. That wouldn't have happened at home.

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    Is it really?
    Sorry I hadnt realised :roll:

    Occasionally staying the night will end up a weekend and then a week and so on, I never went to uni but I was young once you knwo.

    Ha ha yeah teres a slight difference between a rural uni with no nightlife and a place like Bristol which has just about everything a young man could want on his first foray into life.
     
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    Are we discussing a first year 18-19 year old or a mature student.

    Your response is probably true to a young student but A mature student may not move so easily, if family, working spouse, kids settled in school, home owner with negative equity.
     
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    1. That's completely untrue.

    2. It's irrelevant to the discussion. The OP has asked a question of how to get to Bristol from Exeter cheaply.
     
  16. bb21

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    It is worth noting that the £5 fare on the Falcon is not valid in the morning peak (for issue between 0445 and 0930), reducing its usefulness somewhat.
     
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