Bridgwater is on the main rail line from Taunton and the main campus is just a short walk from the station. There is free parking at all Centres, and there are also designated zones for parking mopeds and bicycles.
For current timetables, costs or information on any aspect of travelling to College, see below or call the Student Support Team on 01278 441233.
Buses to College
Each day over 22 buses come to the Bridgwater Centre from towns and villages across Somerset and North Somerset, with connecting buses transporting students to and from the Cannington Centre in the morning and afternoon.
Somerset County Ticket
Students living in Somerset can apply for the Somerset County ticket, which allows unlimited bus use within the County from 1 September to 31 August. Applications for 2016/2017 should be made online directly to Somerset County Council.
If you live over 2 miles from the Centre you mainly study at, Bridgwater College will reimburse £300 of this cost in termly instalments following application to our Transport Bursary. Students may be eligible for further support from the 16-19 Bursary. Please contact Student Support for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01278 441233.
All of the services included under the County Ticket Scheme are public buses, therefore please check with the individual operators for information about their own ticket schemes as these may provide a less expensive option for you than the County Scheme.
If the cost of bus travel for the academic year to the College is greater than £375, when you purchase weekly or monthly tickets directly from the operators, please download the Transport Bursary application form to assist with this cost. The bursary can provide up to a maximum of £300. As with the County Ticket, refunds will be made in 3 termly instalments.
Bridgwater College Bus Passes
Bridgwater College operate a number of services that do not fall under the County Ticket scheme from areas without direct public services to the College. This pass allows travel to and from College during term time on the designated services below, the cost of this bus pass is £330:
- Crosville/Southern National services from Portishead, Clevedon, Yatton, Congresbury, Weston-Super-Mare, Milton, Worle and Lympsham. (Routes 110, 111, 112, 113 and 114)
- Taylors services from Shepton Mallet, Castle Cary, Keinton Mandeville, Yeovil, Martock, Ilchester and Somerton. (Routes BC05 and BC06)
- Berrys service from Wiveliscombe
- Bridgwater College minibus service from Tiverton
Please download and complete the Bridgwater College bus pass application form to apply for this pass.
Please refer to the Timetable of services for further detail on these buses.
Payments (College bus passes only)
Students getting the County Ticket will pay Somerset County Council directly for their pass.
Students purchasing Bridgwater College bus passes can either pay in full at the time of application, either by cheque or via our Online Store or if you wish to spread the cost of the bus pass please download our direct debit mandate.
Ensure you return this with your application form for processing along with a cheque for the first instalment of £33, the first instalment can also be made by card payment through our online store. We will set up 9 monthly direct debits of £33 which will be collected on the first working day of each month from October through to June.
If you have any queries or need financial assistance to help pay for the bus pass please contact us on 01278 441233 or by emailing email@example.com. All completed application forms need to be sent to Student Support, Bridgwater College, Bath Road, Bridgwater, TA6 4PZ by 19 August 2016 to ensure passes are ready for collection prior to the start of the academic year.
Students attending the Paignton Centre should contact School Transport at Devon County Council on 0845 155 1019 or visit www.devon.gov.uk/school_transport. Alternatively Stagecoach offer termly passes for students living and studying in Devon. Please visit www.stagecoachbus.com for further information and prices. As with the Somerset County Ticket if the cost of your bus travel to the Paignton Centre is over £375 please contact Student Support to request a refund.
Bike Loan Scheme
This Somerset County Council run initiative allows a student living in Somerset and attending a full-time education course, to loan a bicycle, lights and a lock at low cost via the scheme for an academic year. At the end of the loan period the student has the option to buy the bicycle and equipment at a highly subsidised rate or return it. For more information on the scheme and how to apply please visit movingsomersetforward.co.uk/cycling/bike-loan.