Information Event – Transport
Getting to and from College
We offer transport through a network of buses and minibuses along major routes. Created annually in response to demand during our recruitment year, our routes cover key towns across the region. Although some of our transport has facilities for disabled access, we are happy to discuss alternative methods of transport for students with disabilities or who require extra assistance.
All students must sign up to and abide by the Transport Code of Conduct. If you follow the guidelines your journey will be safe and enjoyable however if you don’t your parents/carers and tutors will be informed, and you will no longer be allowed to use College transport. Click here to view our code.
Alternatively, if you are a student bringing a car or motorbike onto campus, you will be expected to read and sign a campus parking and vehicle use code of conduct and provide your vehicle details.
- When completing your online application you are able to indicate if you require transport. This provides us with an indication but you are able to opt in/out at a later date.
- The Student Administration Team will contact you prior to the start of term to confirm your need for transport. Once payment has been received details of pick up points and times will be advised before the start of term.
- Face masks are currently required on the buses unless you are medically exempt.
Do I qualify for transport?
All students attending Kingston Maurward College are entitled to purchase a pass for our transport.
How much do I pay?
For Full-time students, the current cost of Transport is £1,084 per academic year. Payment must be made prior to the start of team, either in full or by paying the first of 6 half termly instalments. Adhoc uses of the College transport are available, they can be arranged with the Student Administration Team and must be paid for in advance. The cost for one-day return travel is £16.00.
When do I pay? Can I split my payments?
Payment for transport must be made in advance, this can either be done in full payment or split by 6 equal payments payable each half term prior to the next half term of travel. The first instalment must be paid prior to the start of the course. For more information, please speak to our Student Administration Team.
Do you offer any grants? How would I apply for these?
You are eligible to apply for a bursary if you meet one of the following criteria:
- Your household level of income is under £23,000 per year
- You are in care or a ‘care leaver’
- You are receiving Income Support/Universal Credit
- You are receiving Employment Support Allowance in the Work-Related Activity Group
- You received free school meals in Year 11 – in which case you will receive free College meals.
The College has funds available to assist low-income families or those on benefits, bursary will be between 10% – 90% of the cost of transport. For further information please visit our dedicated Bursaries page or contact the Bursary Fund Administrator on 01305 215165.
How does the College decide which bus I use?
We endeavour to place students on a route which runs near to their home town. Some routes have fixed stops that cannot be easily changed however our minibuses can be more flexible. We are required to ensure that routes are not over-subscribed and the best use of the contract buses is maintained.
What should I do on the first day?
If you have applied for transport before the start of the first term and made payment your pick-up point and time will be confirmed before the start of term. You will collect your Student ID card and bus pass in your first week, so please don’t worry if you do not have your pass on the first day.
How will I know where to wait for the bus?
You will be advised during enrolment where the pickup point nearest to your house will be and when the bus will be departing from that stop.
Where will I get the bus from after College?
All buses drop off and depart from the same point; at the Equine Arena Car Park.
Can I go home on a different route with a friend?
This is not a problem provided there is space on the bus. We ask that you make a request to the Student Administration Team at least 24 hours before the intended travel so we can check the availability of space and inform the bus company for insurance purposes.
How long will the journey take?
The journey duration is dependent on the location you are travelling from. Collection points furthest from Dorchester could take up to 90 minutes, however, this may not always be the case. Most of our journeys are considerably shorter.
What happens if I send in a late application for transport?
You may be put on a waiting list until the passenger lists are finalised and we are sure we have enough room for all students to require transport. You will need to be responsible for your travel arrangements to and from College until your transport is agreed and we find space for you.
Can my place on the bus be withdrawn?
You are advised that the College reserves the right to ban those who do not abide by the Transport Code of Conduct. Non-payment of fees can result in being withdrawn from the bus.
If I were to change Colleges during the academic year would I get a refund?
If you no longer require transport, please inform the Student Administration Team, and we will adjust the payments accordingly.