This year the application portal opening coincides with the launch of a new Our Pass ‘Exclusive’ providing discounted TOTUM Student+ membership, with access to hundreds of discounts and offers.
The application window for Year 11s to apply for the Our Pass membership is now open. Parents and carers of young people should apply now in time for the Autumn term, to make sure their dependents can join thousands of young people who already have access to free and discounted travel.
This year, an Our Pass membership is even more relevant for families during the cost-of-living crisis, giving them a helping hand as their children leave school and think about their journeys to access education, work, training, culture and leisure in the city-region.
Who’s eligible for an Our Pass membership?
For a one-off £10 fee, those eligible to become an Our Pass member can travel on most local buses across Greater Manchester, any day of the week, for free. Their Our Pass card will get them where they want to go. Members can also get half-price off-peak 1 day and weekend travelcards on Metrolink.
To be eligible to apply for Our Pass as part of the next intake for 2023-2024, an applicant must reside in Greater Manchester and also be aged at least 16 and under 18 on 31 August 2023.
Membership is much more than a travel pass
Our Pass ‘Exclusives’ unlock offers and experiences such as discounts, special offers, free tickets, swimming and leisure passes, merchandise and taster sessions. These can be activated once your Our Pass membership is live and can be accessed on-the-go through the ‘Our Pass Exclusives App’.
A brand new Our Pass ‘Exclusive’ with TOTUM
We’ve launched a brand new Our Pass ‘Exclusive’ with TOTUM, open to all members and provides access to the premium benefits of a TOTUM Student+ membership – including a physical card that can be used when shopping on the high street.
TOTUM Student+ members will also get a digital ISIC card, providing access to thousands of discounts when travelling abroad, a free tastecard (normally worth £34.99) so you can enjoy ‘2 for 1 meals’ at thousands of restaurants nationwide, ‘50% off’ pizza delivery from Domino’s, Papa John’s and Pizza Hut, ‘up to 50% off’ days out and super cinema ticket discounts.
Our Pass Members also have access to offers only available to TOTUM Student+ members, including ‘10% off’ every time you shop at Co-op, up to ‘20% off’ Fender, ‘up to 40%’ off Garmin and ‘10% off’ at Boots with an Advantage card.
Also, the first 5 young people to apply for the TOTUM Student + ‘Exclusive’ in May get their annual membership for free.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:
“Now is the time to get your application in so your school leaver can take full advantage of Our Pass and all the fantastic opportunities it opens up for young people across Greater Manchester.
“We introduced Our Pass to unlock the city-region for 16- to 18-year-olds, helping them to get around and discover new horizons. Since it launched in 2019 the impact it’s had has been phenomenal, with 91% of young people saying it has increased their levels of personal freedom and 86% saying it has helped them take part in new experiences.
“Those new opportunities are now being boosted again by this new offer from TOTUM. I’m pleased that Our Pass is partnering with them to give young people access to more than 400 UK student discounts and offers in their pockets – right where they need them.” Olivia Felinska, an Our Pass Member from the current cohort who attends Xaverian College in Rusholme, Greater Manchester, said:
“It opens up so many doors for you. You can not only save money, but also get anywhere you want, with anyone you want – so make sure your friends apply as well so you can travel in a group.
“You can get to town and go to a restaurant with your friends – it helps you socialise as well, which is really good.”
Julian Howison, Founder | CEO at TOTUM said:
“We’re really excited to launch this partnership with Our Pass and give young people in Greater Manchester the opportunity to save money on everything from eating out and fashion to tech, health & fitness, beauty and more!
“At TOTUM we’re passionate about putting money back in the pockets of our members so we’re absolutely delighted to be able to add to the fantastic benefits that Our Pass offers to its users and help them to live their best lives for less.”
Visit the Our Pass website to find out more about the Our Pass App.
You can browse the latest Our Pass ‘Exclusives’ here.