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Cycling: UniCycles at Warwick

An enjoyable way to get across campus

Warwick's UniCycles scheme, run in partnership with nextbike, is a bike hire scheme available to all staff and students. Whether you pay an annual subscription or pay-as-you-go, you'll have access to one of 100 bikes situated on our campus.

If you want to spend more time exploring or exercising, you can make additional payments to go that little bit further. Want to pedal elsewhere in the world? Through our partnership with NextBike, your UniCycles subscription means you can pick up and drop off bikes in a string of international cities.

Covid safety

Cycling is a great option to keep active. You can find out more information from our partner NextBike here on how to stay Covid-safe if you choose to use our Unicycles. Please also note that the bikes on campus are sanitised every day using antibacterial wipes on all touch points such as handlebars, brake levers, saddles, and quick release locks etc.

How to sign-up

Registration is quick and easy:

  1. Download the nextbike app (links below) or you can register online via the nextbike website.
  2. On the app, select ‘Menu’ (three dashes on the upper left corner of the app).
  3. Choose 'Activate Account'.
  4. Fill in the 'Profile fields' and 'Unlock Options'. Make sure you use your email address to receive discounted offers.
  5. Select ‘Unlock Options’ and choose ‘Credit/debit card’. Nextbike will ask to take £5 credit as a security deposit and this will be used to verify your account.
    • Please note: this deposit then becomes a credit on your account. If you wish to close your account, you may request a refund of the remaining balance (if applicable) at that time.

Get the Nextbike app here:

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You can use our Unicycles on a pay-as-you-ride basis, or through purchasing a subscription. After registering for an account and paying your deposit, you can pay-as-you-ride for:

  • £1 for the first 30 minutes.
  • Additional 30 minutes are £1.
  • Maximum charge per day is £10.

There are a range of subscription options available to you as well:

  Per Term Academic Year
Price £10 £25
First 30 minutes £0 £0
Additional 30 minutes 50p 50p
Maximum charge per day £5 (24hr) £5 (24hr)

Monthly Membership Offers:

To support National Bike Week from 30th May to 5th June, for the University of Warwick staff and students, nextbike are offering a discounted monthly membership of £3/month (no commitment) for unlimited 30-minute rentals. This offer is available to subscribe to until 5/6/2021. For more information regarding subscriptions, offers, and pay-as-you-ride fees please visit nextbike's website.

 Using a Unicycle

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1. Register
2. Rent
3. Park
4. Return

Register via the app, website or hotline (as described above).

Log into the nextbike app or call 020 8166 9851.

Enter the bike number or scan the QR code in the app.

You will receive a code to unlock the bike.

Enter the code into the bike computer and unlock the bike by removing the front lock from the wheel.

Please safely secure the lock in the holster behind the basket.

Put the front lock through the wheel and press ‘P’ on the bike computer.

To unlock again, enter the code into the bike computer.

Please note: parking does not pause your rental; your time is still running.

Push the front wheel into the dock and insert the front lock through the wheel and dock.

Press ‘OK’ on the bike computer.

Wait for the bike to say ‘returned’ to avoid extra charges.

Physically check your bike is locked before leaving.

Please note: you must return the bike to an official station, if you do not do this, you will incur fines. If station is full please secure to a fixed object nearby and inform customer services.

For more information, including an instructional video, on how to use our Unicycles, please see here.

Reliable bikes. Reliably located.

There are 18 UniCycles stations on campus:

  • Westwood Residences
  • Bluebell Residences
  • University House
  • Lakeside Residences
  • Library Road
  • Warwick Sports Centre
  • Rootes Grocery Store
  • Gibbet Hill Campus
  • Claycroft Residences
  • The Bus Interchange
  • Arthur Vick
  • Tocil
  • Cryfield
  • WBS
  • Sherbourne
  • Argent Court
  • Millburn House
  • Canley Railway Station (coming soon)
UniCycles map


Please make sure to bring a cycle helmet when you rent one of our bikes, and take care on the roads and paths around campus - we don't want anyone to get hurt!


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