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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 require extra assistance.

All students 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 the College transport. Our Code of Conduct can be viewed here.

Transport Information – 27th July 2021


Dear all,

As previously communicated the fee for this year’s transport is £1,100 which can either be paid in full at enrolment, or via a payment plan.  We increased the cost below the rate of inflation, to ensure it is affordable to everyone. To help spread the cost, we are pleased to be able to offer more flexible payment options.


FlexPay is an external organisation that we have teamed up with to allow you to arrange a tailored payment plan to cover the cost of transport. Once registered, you can set up a payment plan over a maximum of 9 months (the first payment being in September). If you wish to take up a payment plan, there is a charge of £6 (incl VAT) per month, which FlexPay will collect with each of your payments.


To secure your place on College transport you will need to adhere to the following at enrolment:

· Pay the full amount of £1,100 (no further action required) or:

· Pay £110 deposit at enrolment and:

· Set up your FlexPay account (for a payment plan that suits you)


If you need any further information regarding transport, please do not hesitate to contact us via:


Kind regards,
The Student Administration Team

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All students attending Kingston Maurward College are entitled to purchase a pass for our transport.

For Full-time students, the current cost of Transport is £1,100 per academic year. Payment must be made prior to the start of team, either in full or by arrangement of a payment plan. 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 and must be paid in advance.

Payment for transport must be made in advance, this can either be done in full payment or by arrangement of a payment plan. The first instalment must be paid prior to the start of the course. For more information, please speak to our Student Administration Team.

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. You will be required to pay at least 10% of the cost. For further information please visit our dedicated Bursaries page, click here, or contact the Bursary Fund Administrator on 01305 215165.

Our buses generally operate from Axminster in the East to Christchurch and Verwood in the West, to Castle Carey and Mere in the North, and Swanage and Portland in the South. Our routes cover most towns and villages in the county. If you are unsure if their town is covered by our buses, please speak to our Student Administration Team.

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.

If you have applied for transport before the start of the first term, your pick-up point and time will be finalised at your enrolment day. 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.

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.

All buses drop off and depart from the same drop-off at the Equine Arena Car Park.

This is not a problem provided there is space on the bus. We ask is 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.

The journey duration is dependant 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.

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.

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 you no longer require transport, please inform the Student Administration Team, and they will adjust the payments accordingly.

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.

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