Travelling to College

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Ipswich Campus | Suffolk Rural | On The Coast

Travelling to our Ipswich Campus

Walking / Cycling

The College is a 10 minute walk from town - You can see this route using the map below:

(Click the map to open in Google Maps)

The College has a lockable cycle shelter that is activated by your student card, please head to the learning curve to get cycle shelter access added to your student card.

We suggest if you are cycling to College you bring a strong lock (such as a D lock) to secure your cycle inside the shed.

By Bus

We recommend you download the FirstBus app on your phone to plan your journey to college and check the next bus times! Click here for more information.

The College is situated in close proximity to three main bus routes.

The nearest stops for these routes are listed below:

The above map shows a direct walking route from The Old Cattle Market bus station if your bus terminates there.

Bus Discounts

If you are between 16-19 you are able to get a cashless Endeavour Card you can get at least 25% discount off full price adult fares on participating bus services. To find out more head to the Endeavour website.

By Train

There are two stations in Ipswich (Ipswich Main Station and Derby Road) Please visit the UK Train Timetables website for more information on routes and times.

Click here for a walking route from Ipswich Train Station to Suffolk New College

Click here for a walking route from Derby Road Station to Suffolk New College

Train Discounts

For information about discounted rail fares please visit https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/

Driving

Staff and Students are able to use the College car parks if they display an official car park permit (available from your school administrator) and purchase a ticket from the machine.

Parking for mopeds and motorcycles is situated in our Rope Walk car park.

Suffolk New College map with parking here



Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safe travel guidance for bus passengers

This is under review in line with Government guidance. Please keep your eye on this section as this is where important updates will be posted. The information we post here will include how you can help keep yourselves safe, fellow students as well as your drivers.

For advice from Suffolk County Council regarding safe travel on one of their routes, please click the following link: Coronavirus FAQs.



Travelling to Suffolk Rural

Getting to Suffolk Rural is easy. There is an extensive network of direct bus routes from across Suffolk and Essex.


Suffolk County Council Transport

For routes 116, 118 and WE007 (Woodbridge onwards) you can apply to Suffolk County Council for a discretionary travel pass (16-18 year olds only). Endeavour cards are accepted on pay daily fares. For more information and online applications, please see https://www.suffolkonboard.com... or contact - 0345 606 6173.

** Important update regarding Suffolk Norse WE929 service from Bury St Edmunds bus station. The College has been advised that regretfully this service is no longer running. All students who qualify under Suffolk County Council’s Post-16 transport policy will be offered an alternative route by Suffolk County Council’s Passenger Transport team. The Passenger Transport team have advised that any students who were looking to travel on the WE929 bus should go online to look at their options, you will also find a journey planner on here. Please visit https://www.suffolkonboard.com... for more information.


Norfolk County Council Transport

For routes RC1, RC2, RC3, RC4*, RC5, RC6* and RC7 (Felixstowe to Martlesham Heath) you must apply to Norfolk County Council for a travel pass. With the exception of the RC7 route, there is no option to pay daily. For more information and online applications, please see www.norfolk.gov.uk, contact 0344 800 8020, or use the following link: NCC Post16 Travel Scheme.

If you are not sure which bus you should apply for, please contact our Student Support team, who will be happy to answer any questions you might have about your journey and how to get to us, at studentsupport@suffolk.ac.uk.

For timetables and bus information see our transport guide.

Click here for Norfolk County Council's School Transport Guide.



Since welcoming the Rural Campus into the Suffolk New College family, we have received feedback about a popular bus route that many previous students of Easton & Otley College will know as “the OC1”. This popular route picked up students from Thorrington, travelled through Alresford, Wivenhoe and then five (yes five!) separate stops in Colchester - before arriving at the College. Unfortunately Easton & Otley College were unable to run this route during the academic year 2019 - 20. We are delighted to announce, as a result of feedback received from students and their parents/carers (both past and present), that “the OC1” or the RC1 as it will now be known, is back in time for September 2020!

* With the return of the RC1, there have been changes made to the RC4 and the RC6 routes. This is good news, as it means these buses now won’t leave their first pick-up point until later. If you have already applied for the RC4 or the RC6 and have any questions about your journey, including whether the RC1 might be a better route for you, please get in touch with our Student Support team, and we can discuss this with you. Norfolk County Council have said it will be absolutely no problem to change to the RC1, but you will need to do this with our Student Support team - just get in touch with us as soon as you can at studentsupport@suffolk.ac.uk, and we can get this organised for you.




Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safe travel guidance for bus passengers

This is under review in line with Government guidance. Please keep your eye on this section as this is where important updates will be posted. The information we post here will include how you can help keep yourselves safe, fellow students as well as your drivers.

Please click here for the latest advice from Norfolk County Council regarding travel to Suffolk Rural on the RC1, RC2, RC3, RC4, RC5, RC6 and the RC7.

For advice from Suffolk County Council regarding safe travel on one of their routes, please click the following link: Coronavirus FAQs.



FAQs

When should I apply?

Please ensure you apply for your travel pass in good time - contact the appropriate council directly for further information on their specific timescales. You do not need to wait until your course offer is confirmed or your bursary application has been processed (if applicable).

Specialist Transport

For students with SEND who may be unable to travel by bus, please contact your local County Council for further information about specialist transport for post-16 education.

Is there any financial support available?

There is a College Bursary Fund available which can be applied for. If eligible, the bursary may be able to offer help towards travel costs. Please be aware that no bursary payments are made prior to students commencing their course, therefore any payments due before September will need to be made up front.

Can I drive my own vehicle to campus?

Students can choose to bring their own vehicles on site. There is plenty of parking available and all car parks are free. Students will need to register their vehicle details at the point of enrolment and collect a parking permit from Student Support. This must be displayed at all times when on site.

Please note that all information regarding public transport is subject to change - please contact the providers for the most up to date information.


Travelling to On The Coast

Leiston Campus:

Car
If you arrive by car please use Sat Nav: IP16 4BG and when entering the Alde Valley grounds follow the signs to “Suffolk New College – On The Coast” where there is parking directly outside our building.

Walk
Suffolk New College – on the coast is very easy to walk to from any street in Leiston due to the good roadside footpaths and many public footpaths that lead toward the College.

Bus
School Buses are provided from various locations to Suffolk New College – on the coast under the Suffolk County Council (SCC) School Travel Policy. All students using SCC funded school travel will have to opt-in to the service each year by no later than the 31st May to ensure that the transport provision is in place by the start of the new academic year in September. If you apply after 31st May, there is no guarantee that your transport provision will be in place for the start of the new academic year. Please see www.suffolkonboard.com/optin for further information.

Bus timetables for Leiston: https://bustimes.org/localitie...

Bicycle
Bicycle storage is provided close to the Hub for any students that wish to cycle to school. It is solely the responsibility of the student to appropriately store and secure their bicycles when being kept on the school site

Moped / Motorcycle
Student mopeds and motorcycles can be stored in the main car park area. It is solely the responsibility of the student to appropriately store and secure their moped/motorcycle while it is on the school site.



Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safe travel guidance for bus passengers

This is under review in line with Government guidance. Please keep your eye on this section as this is where important updates will be posted. The information we post here will include how you can help keep yourselves safe, fellow students as well as your drivers.

For advice from Suffolk County Council regarding safe travel on one of their routes, please click the following link: Coronavirus FAQs.


Halesworth Campus:

Car If you arrive by car please use Sat Nav: IP19 8PY there is parking directly outside our building.

Walk
Our Halesworth campus is very easy to walk to from any street in Halesworth due to its central location and is a 10 minute walk from the train station.

Bus
Bus information for Halesworth is available here. The nearest bus stop is "Water Tower" on Norwich Road and is 3 minutes away from the campus.

Bicycle
Bicycle storage will be provided close to the main building for any students that wish to cycle to school. It is solely the responsibility of the student to appropriately store and secure their bicycles when being kept on the school site

Moped / Motorcycle
Student mopeds and motorcycles can be stored in the main car park area. It is solely the responsibility of the student to appropriately store and secure their moped/motorcycle while it is on the school site.



Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safe travel guidance for bus passengers

This is under review in line with Government guidance. Please keep your eye on this section as this is where important updates will be posted. The information we post here will include how you can help keep yourselves safe, fellow students as well as your drivers.

For advice from Suffolk County Council regarding safe travel on one of their routes, please click the following link: Coronavirus FAQs.