Students at the Liverpool Universities have expressed their outrage at the “extortionate” price of Arriva  bus passes, which sees them having to pay as much as double the cost of those in other major cities.

While an Arriva North West student ticket in Liverpool costs £358, those studying at universities such as Bristol can pay as little as £171 for the year to get to and from lectures.

In other cities in the North, Manchester’s Stagecoach charges £205, Leeds’ FirstGroup bus pass costs £259, while in Nottingham students can pay just £199.

Harry Anderson, President at Liverpool Guild of Students, said: “We understand and agree with student concerns over the price of Arriva annual bus passes, and as detailed in the Guild’s Bus Policy passed this month, we have now committed to lobbying Arriva for cheaper annual passes to make sure students receive an affordable and reliable bus service.”

A spokesperson for Arriva Merseyside said: “The Arriva Student Saver is an unlimited journey bus pass, which offers unbeatable savings compared with normal fares throughout Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, and Wrexham. For the students in Liverpool we operate a dedicated service, the 699, in addition to the ticket allowing travel on all other Arriva services. At £1.18 per day, with no time restrictions, we feel that the ticket offers exceptional value."

Whilst we at Antona Student Properties think £358 does sound a little steep, we remind our students that all our properties are within walking distance from the City Centre so there really is no need for an annual pass :)