How we became the World’s leading Student Travel Company

StudentUniverse is the world’s leading travel booking service for students and youth, headquartered in Boston, with offices in London, Toronto, New York, and the Philippines. Here’s how we got here:

1999 - StudentUniverse is founded by Espen Odegard and Fredrick Carl Stormer to help students find the cheapest possible travel fares.

2000 - StudentUniverse launches its first online booking engine (we’ve made it quite a bit better since then).

2010 - StudentUniverse launches discounted airfares for 18-25 year-olds, to help all young people to discover the world, even if they aren’t students.

2013 - StudentUniverse UK launches! That’s us.

2015 - StudentUniverse is acquired by Flight Centre Travel Group, one of the world’s largest travel agency groups.

2016 - StudentUniverse UK joins forces with gapyear.com, the world’s leading travel advice resource for backpackers.

StudentUniverse UK is based in London. We operate 24/7 customer support services to ensure our customers can make their travel dreams a reality as simply as possible. We are ATOL registered and are members of the British Educational Travel Association (BETA).

For students looking to travel the world, we offer our members special rates on flights, hotels, and tours, allowing students to travel more and spend less. Our unique pricing and terms are negotiated specifically for this demographic through contracts with dozens of world-class partners and more than 70 airlines. Membership is free. We are on a mission to make global experiences possible. We believe that travel is essential to a modern education and that students return enlightened and inspired. Millions of students use our service every year.

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History of StudentUniverse in the UK

StudentUniverse launched in the UK in 2013. In 2015 it was acquired by Flight Centre Travel Group. In August 2016 StudentUniverse UK merged with Journeys are Made @ gapyear.com, the largest travel advice website for gap year experiences.

In 2015 and 2016 StudentUniverse UK won Best Youth Travel Agent at the prestigious Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTAs).

In March 2017 StudentUniverseUK sponsored the TNT Travel Show, London’s biggest free travel show.

Our Mission

We are on a mission to make global experiences possible. We believe that travel is essential to a modern education and that students return enlightened and inspired.