Megabus offers free travel for student couples who are at different universities

Maintaining a long-distance relationship comes with plenty of challenges, especially if you're students at different universities.

After all, there's the logistics of finding a time that works for you both, making the journey – and stretching your student budget.

In fact, it can get quite costly, with new research from Megabus revealing that student couples are shelling out £4,806.96 a year to keep their relationship going strong.

Living an average of 231 miles apart can also take its toll with costs across travel, gifts and staying in touch, and trying to see each other three times a month on average.

To make life a little easier, Megabus is trialling a new 'Sweetheart Saver' discount; an offer for long-distance student couples.


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The discount would apply on its network between two destinations, for an entire year.

The coach service is looking to trial the new service which, if successful, would see an official launch in 2020 – and it's looking for student couples willing to give it a go completely for FREE.

With the busy (and sometimes expensive) Christmas season looming, it could be perfect timing for those who are kept apart due to the logistics of going to two different universities.

Want to take part? Couples can register on the Megabus website – there are spots for 10 couples on the trial.

Sofie Woolfstein, 21, who has been in a long-distance relationship with Jonny Halmer, also 21, for three years said: "What I really struggle with, aside from the physical distance between us, is the cost of travelling to see Jonny.

"We try to book in advance and get cheap deals – but sometimes it’s just not possible. With Christmas coming up, there is a dread that we might not be able to simply afford to see each other as much as we would like."

There's no denying that long distance can take its toll; 12 per cent of those surveyed admitted that they ended up meeting someone who lived closer to them, while a quarter of students explained the cost of travel was a key reason for parting ways with their other halves.

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