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Tertiary or TAFE students

Eligibility

Eligible tertiary students can access concessions to help with the cost of public transport.

NSW tertiary students are eligible to apply for concession fares in NSW if they are enrolled full-time in either:

  • an accredited course of study with a registered higher education provider, or
  • a Vocational Education and Training (VET) accredited course.

Tertiary students must also be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

A full-time student means:

  • a university student who is considered to be enrolled on a full-time basis by their university, or
  • a student enrolled in an accredited course of study requiring at least 16 hours per week of classes for a continuous period of at least six weeks.

Tertiary students with a disability that are enrolled part-time may also be eligible.

Eligibility is determined in accordance with the NSW Tertiary Student concessions guidelines (pdf 229KB).

Check if you are attending an approved tertiary institution.

International students are only entitled to concession fares when their study is fully funded by specified Australian Government scholarships.

International students on an Endeavour Scholarship, an Australian Awards Scholarship, or an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, are also eligible.

Eligibility is determined in accordance with the NSW Tertiary Student concessions guidelines (pdf 229KB).

NSW TrainLink Regional services

If you are an eligible international student, you must carry a valid proof of entitlement to travel on concession fares across NSW.

Find out more about international student eligibility for travel on NSW TrainLink Regional services.

Transport Concession Entitlement Card

If your tertiary institution's student ID card is not recognised, you'll need a Transport Concession Entitlement Card when you're travelling on your Concession Opal card within the Opal network.

The Transport Concession Entitlement Card can also be used as proof of entitlement on public transport in regional NSW.

You can apply for a Transport Concession Entitlement Card if you are attending an approved institution.

Cards are issued in line with the terms and conditions for tertiary students.

Ticket options

You must carry proof of entitlement at all times to travel on a concession fare in NSW.

In regional NSW you’ll need to carry your Transport Concession Entitlement Card as proof of entitlement.

In the Opal network, you will need to carry your proof of entitlement and you can apply for a Concession Opal card, giving you access to concession fares. Find out more below.

In the Opal network, the Concession Opal card for tertiary students gives eligible applicants reduced fares for travel on public transport between home and their tertiary institution. The Opal network includes metro and Sydney and Intercity train services, buses, ferries and light rail.

You cannot travel with a Child/Youth Opal card or Child/Youth Opal single tickets.

Proof of entitlement cards for travel inside the Opal network

When travelling on your Concession Opal card in the Opal network, you must carry your proof of entitlement, such as:

How to get your Concession Opal card

First give your consent

For privacy reasons you'll first need to check with your student centre whether you have already given your consent for your institution to share your details with Transport for NSW. If you haven’t, and your institution doesn't have a specific online form for this, you’ll need to complete this consent form and hand it in to your student centre.

Please allow two business days for your information to reach Transport for NSW before applying for your Concession Opal card.

Check if you are eligible

  1. Confirm you are attending an approved tertiary institution.
  2. Check to see if your student ID is accepted as proof of entitlement. If you are attending an approved institution but your student card is not accepted, you need to apply for a Transport Concession Entitlement Card

Order your Concession Opal card

Once you have an approved proof of entitlement card and have given consent to your institution, you can apply for a Concession Opal card on the Opal website.

  • Apply on the Opal website.
  • Select 'I want to order a concession Opal card'.
  • Select 'Continue ordering an Opal card'.
  • Complete the registration details.
  • Enter your entitlement details.
  • Decide on your top up amount and make your payment. Select 'Submit'.
  • Complete the online application.

Once your eligibility is confirmed by TfNSW, your Concession Opal card will be mailed to you within 5-7 working days. You'll then need to Activate your Opal card.

Terms and conditions

Cards are issued in line with the terms and conditions for tertiary students.

Find out more about Opal terms of use.

Replacement cards

For a replacement Concession Opal card: call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL). A replacement fee may apply.

Sydney Airport train station access fee

Eligible tertiary students pay the Concession Sydney Airport station access fee when travelling with a Concession Opal card to or from the airport train stations.

NSW TrainLink Regional services

In regional NSW, eligible tertiary students are entitled to concession fares with a Transport Concession Entitlement Card on all NSW TrainLink Regional services (excluding sleeping berths).

When making a booking, you’ll need to produce your Transport Concession Entitlement Card and quote your student ID number which is printed on the back of the card.

Eligible international students are entitled to concession fares with an accepted form of proof of entitlement. Find out more about international student eligibility for travel on NSW TrainLink Regional services.

No further concessions apply when booking sleeping berths.

Private-owned services

Some privately owned and operated services may not offer concession travel for NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card holders.

Check with your local transport operator before you travel to find out if you're entitled to concession fares on privately-operated local bus services.