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Public transport is a great way to get to and from campus. You can study while you travel without the headache of driving or paying for parking, and it's better for the environment. Melbourne has the world's largest tram network, as well as an extensive system of trains and buses.

Purchase your ticket

Your ‚Äčmyki card is your ticket to travel on trains, tram and buses in Melbourne and some areas of regional Victoria. You can purchase a myki from one of over 800 retail outlets throughout Victoria, such as 7-Eleven stores. Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for information about how to buy and top-up a myki.

Travel in free zones

You can travel free of charge within the Free Tram Zone, however, as none of the University's campuses fall within this zone, you must always touch on your myki when you board.

Apply for discounted public transport fares

You may be eligible for a student public transport concession, which means you can travel at discounted prices. Check the eligibility requirements below to see if you qualify for a concession.

Eligibility

You're eligible for a Public Transport Victoria concession card if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are currently enrolled in:
    1. An undergraduate course at the University of Melbourne (includes approved overseas exchange programs and domestic honours programs), AND
    2. Have a full-time study load (ie at least 37.5 credit points in one semester or half year, up to a maximum of 50 credit points)

AND

  1. You are one of the following:
    1. Australian citizen OR,
    2. Australian Permanent Residency Visa holder OR,
    3. Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holder (i.e. refugee status) OR,
    4. Australian Development Scholarship (i.e. Australia Awards student) OR,
    5. studying as part of an approved overseas exchange program

AND

  1. You hold a current University of Melbourne student card.
Only full-time for one semester?

You are not eligible for a full year transport concession card if you are not enrolled in subjects for the second half-year period. However, you can get a half-year transport concession card if you are enrolled in a full-time load for the first half-year period.

How to apply

To obtain your PTV Tertiary ID application form:

  1. If you are a new student, obtain your student card first before applying for a transport concession.
  2. Log into my.unimelb, and navigate to ‘Student admin’ then ‘Transport concessions’.
  3. Select the link to 'Get my public transport concession'. The form will be emailed to your student email account and will be prefilled with your student card photo and your personal and enrolment details.
  4. Retrieve the form from your student email. Print the form and take it directly to one of the premium stations, as listed on the Public Transport Victoria website.

Troubleshooting support

If you are unable to access your transport concession form, please visit Stop 1 for assistance.

Eligibility

You're eligible for a iUSEpass discount if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are currently enrolled in:
    1. An undergraduate course at the University of Melbourne, AND
    2. Have a full-time study load (ie at least 37.5 credit points in one semester or half year, up to a maximum of 50 credit points).

AND

  1. You are one of the following:
    1. an international student (not an Australian citizen/Australian Permanent Residency Visa Holder/Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holder), OR
    2. New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Permanent Residency Visa holder.

AND

  1. You hold a current University of Melbourne student card.

How to apply

2019 iUSE codes are available until late November 2019.

To obtain your iUSEpass code:

  1. If you are a new student, obtain your student card first before applying for a transport concession.
  2. Log into my.unimelb and navigate to ‘Student admin’ then ‘Transport concessions’.
  3. Select the link to 'Get my public transport concession'. A unique code will be sent to your student email account.
  4. Retrieve the email containing your iUSEpass code.
  5. Go to the PTV iUSEpass website and follow the instructions to purchase your pass. You will need to enter your iUSEpass code, upload a current photo, nominate a postal address and provide payment details.
    Important notes:
    1. When completing your payment, do not navigate away from the payment processing screen.
    2. Use one email address when registering with PTV so that you do not create multiple accounts. Your unique iUSEpass code will be inextricably linked to that email address and cannot be changed.
    3. Use a postal address that will remain current for at least one month as your card sent to as your myki card may take several weeks to arrive,
  6. Once payment has completed and processed, your pass will be posted out to your address.

Troubleshooting support

  • If your iUSEpass payment screen times out and you are unable to either request a new code through my.unimelb or redeem the current code through the iUSE portal, please visit Stop 1 or submit an ask.unimelb enquiry with the topic ‘Documents and Cards’ and sub-topic ‘Transport concessions’.
  • For more information on the iUSEpass including troubleshooting tips, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.

Refunds

For instructions on how to claim a refund on your iUSEpass, see this FAQ.

You can apply for a discounted 365-day myki pass if you join the myki Commuter Club, and receive the following discounts:

  Upfront payment (10% discount) Annual saving compared to retail myki pass
Zone 2 only $1,053 $117
Zone 1 + 2 $1,550.25 $172.25

This is an upfront payment, and as this pass is for one year, it will only be of benefit to students completing two or more semesters. Before applying, please consider carefully whether it suits your circumstances.

How to apply

Visit the self-service portal during the following dates:

New applications 2019 June September
New applications open on 1 June 1 September
Application and upfront payment close on 14 June 14 September
365-day passes sent out by Late July Late October

Troubleshooting support

If you have any questions about the myki Commuter Club, get in touch with the Service Centre on 8344 0888 or at transport-parking@unimelb.edu.au.

If you want to check your eligibility for alternative travel concessions, such as a Health Care Card, visit the PTV website for further information.

Plan your journey

You can use the Public Transport Victoria Journey Planner for personalised instructions for tram, train and bus connections for travelling to any University of Melbourne campus.

There are also several useful Smart Phone apps that can assist you in journey planning and public transport timetabling: