About the challenge

Five competing universities crowdfunding towards a cycle scheme in their area. 

The Santander Cycles University Challenge offers two universities the chance to win the upfront costs for a cycle hire scheme for their campus worth over £100,000. 

In January we launched the Challenge and provided 25 universities access to coaching and consultancy support from our partners at nextbike and Crowdfunder to help them design their own Santander Cycles hire scheme. In May we shortlisted the best five schemes and these went through to the final crowdfunding stage of the competition.  Now the finalists are competing to raise funds and demonstrate the commitment of their local community to their scheme. 


From November 6th until December 8th 2017, the teams have 4 weeks to complete their crowdfunding campaigns to raise funds that will cover the on-going running costs of their scheme . The two universities that raise the highest percentage of funds over and above their running cost target win!  We will launch cycle hire schemes on their campuses in Spring 2018.

Visit the individual team project pages to find out more about each of our finalists.   

View the leaderboard

The five universities have each put together comprehensive proposals for cycle schemes within their areas. They've set the foundations.


Ready, set, crowdfund! The universities are competing to raise the largest percentage of their target, all aiming for pole position.

Two winners

The top two universities will win and receive funding from Santander to make their cycle schemes a reality!