Bike Hire

NOTICE (25th May 2017):

We are currently accepting the return of bike rentals and are preparing ourselves for the new summer session of rentals.

If you are returning your bike, you can bring your bike along to the Transition office at anytime – preferably between 9am and 5pm weekdays. We are at 7 Woodburn Place, which is at the back of the University Estates car park – near to the Canoe Club boat shed.

Or you can lock it up at the front of the DRA Hall facilities building and let us know that you have left it there. We will then collect it and assess it before returning your deposit.

Due to unforseen circumstances, we will not be able to rent out any summer fleet until early July 2017. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Lara Fahey at:

Thank you!


How does it work?

Our Bike Loan Scheme aims to provide you with quality “refurbished” bikes for long term, low cost rental. Each of our bikes is unique, having been donated to our pool by other cyclists. These are then re-furbished up to a good standard by volunteers assisted by a professional bike mechanic so that they are safe, roadworthy and efficient.

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Deposit – We hold a £50 deposit against each bike hired. This will be returned to you within 5 days once the bikes, helmet and locks have been returned. Only if there are signs of damage or loss will there be any charge against the deposit. Wear and tear are not charged for and we encourage you to cycle as far as possible.

Short Term Rental: During Summer and Winter breaks, bikes are available for short term hire to conferences and individuals who are guests at a University Hall offering the scheme (currently just David Russell apartments).

Long Term Rental: Bikes are available for long term hire during term-time for 1 or 2 semesters (summer counts as 1 semester if a new booking). If you require it longer just ask at the end of the initial hire period. As part of this low cost rental agreement we ask that you bring your bike along to at least one bike maintenance session each term. You can see where and when these are on our Bike Pool Facebook page, but we will also send out regular reminders through our Transition mailing list (see Transition Home page to register).  These FREE sessions aim to teach cyclists how to maintain their bikes in an efficient and safe way so that you get the best from your bike and also retain your deposit when you return it to us.


Bike deposit £50
One semester or whole summer £35
Two semesters £55
1st week (or part there-of) £15
2nd week or thereafter £5 per week


What are the bikes like?

We have a huge range of bikes. That means you can find a bike to suit your size and preference. We have a selection of fold-up, mountain, hybrid and road bikes. Each bike has been refurbished by a team of volunteers overseen by a bike mechanic expert to ensure they are safe, efficient and reliable.

All our hire bikes include bike lights, helmets and cycle lock so you are ready to go!

Where can I hire from?

We hold Bike Hire Out events, typically at the beginning of each semester. To see if there is a Bike Hire Out session happening soon, see here. If no sessions have been planned in the near future, please email, to check if we have any availability.

Short term summer rentals are based from David Russell Apartments. Just take your payment confirmation (the email from the online shop) to the front desk of the services building and show the staff on the front desk your receipt. They should also have a copy sent to them by email when you book through the online shop. Just tell them which bike you require from the hire list and you will be given your lock combination and helmet.bikes 4

How do I pay?

Your deposit and rental charge can be paid via the University Online Shop. Please select the rental term that you require and the deposit.

Your deposit will be returned within five days of the bike being returned and condition verified.


It is your responsibility to take out insurance against theft. We recommend that you do this this. You could do this through your home or any other insurances. These are some examples:

Bike Hire Agreement

By paying for the hire of our bikes you have entered into an agreement with us as follows. The bike belongs to St Andrews Bike Pool (a Transition UStA project), and is being rented out by Cyclepath on their behalf.

Cyclepath is responsible for:

(i) checking, servicing and ensuring the bike is roadworthy at the start of the agreement

(ii) repairing mechanical faults due to component failure during the term of the agreement, as long as the bike has been looked after

(iii) providing a replacement if the bike is unusable due to a mechanical fault.

The Renter is responsible for:

(i) regular lubrication, care and maintenance of the bike as appropriate to the length of hire

(ii) mending punctures

(iii) replacing batteries in the lights

(iv) security (including theft and vandalism)

(v) returning the bike at the end of the term in a usable condition.

For rentals longer than 2 months, the renter agrees to attend at least one Bike Pool ‘Fix-your-Own’ sessions during each semester (term) of the period of rental; these are publicised on the ‘St Andrews Bike Pool’ Facebook page. The renter also agrees not to cycle their bike on the beach.

Failure to meet these responsibilities will result in the loss of some of the deposit, up to the maximum of £50, depending on the damage or loss caused.

Guideline costs for deposit retention:

  • Loss of helmet – £15
  • Loss of lock £10
  • Damage to bicycle will be charged according to the cost of replacement parts and an hourly rate of £15 up to a maximum of your full deposit.

NB: Damage due to wear and tear is not charged.

Further Information

Email or phone us on 01334 464000.