Bike Loan Scheme

What is the Bike Loan Scheme?

Getting around Bristol by bike is cheaper, quicker and easier, whatever type of student you are. Cycling rates have doubled in the last decade, let’s double that again!

Click here for more information including useful links and the best cycle routes to campus for Frenchay, Glenside and Bower Ashton.

The Bike Loan Scheme is an initiative which aims to keep you active and also helps you to reduce your impact on the planet. With the scheme, you hire a bike to use for the year, which must be returned to The Students’ Union at the end of each academic year.

The bike loan includes a D lock to keep your bike secured and a set of lights to make sure you are safe and visible on the roads.


What’s the cost?

The cost of a bike for the year is £70, in addition to a £40 deposit which is refundable, before collecting the bike. There are 86 bikes available, five of which are available free of charge for short term use (up to two weeks) from the Centre for Sport.

We would also recommend buying a helmet and high visibility clothing to keep safe while cycling.


How do I get involved?

To help us make the scheme covid-secure we are asking you to complete a hire form online and send it to We will then get in touch with when and where to pay for and how to collect your bike. You will also receive a cycling safety video to watch and an instructional video on how to secure your bike using the D-lock provided. The hire is subject to our terms and conditions.

If you have any questions about hiring a bike, please email


Tell me more about the bikes

There are two styles of bike available, in different sizes, so that you can choose the right style and size for you.

Stokes Croft - Unisex frame, black    

  • Small (17") - suitable for someone approx. 5'2" to 5'6" (158cm to 168cm)
  • Medium (19") - suitable for someone approx. 5'5" to 5'10" (165cm to 178cm)
  • Large (21.5") - suitable for someone approx. 5'8" to 6'1" (173cm to 185cm)

Park Street - Step-through frame, black 

  • Medium (17.5") only - suitable for someone approximately 5' (152cm) upwards