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.
Parking code of conduct
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.
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 £1,084 per academic year.
Alternatively, you are welcome to take the bus occasionally, but this must be cleared with the Transport Team before the journey.
One-day Return Trip: £16.00
The cost, split between 8 equal payments from 1st October to 1st May each academic year. You / your parents or carers will receive a payment schedule on enrollment and the option to pay the amount in full or by monthly standing order.
For more information, please speak to our Admissions Team.
You are eligible to apply for bursaries 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 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 Transport 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 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 will depart from the same drop-off point in the morning; the Equine Arena Car Park.
This is not a problem provided there is space on the bus. All we ask is that you inform the Student Admissions Office 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. Towns or counties the 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 Transport Team, and they will adjust the payments accordingly.
At this stage whilst the College is still open for vulnerable learners and the period of lockdown is relatively short, all bus routes are still needed to run and the bus companies therefore can’t pass on any savings to the College. If there is a situation when they don’t run various routes then we will pass this cost saving onto students. The cost charged to students effectively reflects the total cost of running the buses which the College already heavily subsidise and is not a daily/weekly charge.