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Bus Routes

There are a number of bus routes which provide easy access for students from a wide area. Please refer to www.suffolkonboard.com for more details.

For more information on routes, please click on the coloured icons in the map below:

We run two West Suffolk Buses to and from Soham and Eye.

Travel Passes

Please click here to apply for a travel pass to use ONLY on the West Suffolk buses.

Some of the commercial companies who provide the bus services on behalf of Suffolk County Council offer their own discounts and travel passes for students: 

Endeavour Card

Are you aged 16-19?

If so, with a cashless Endeavour Card you can get at least 25% discount off full price adult fares on participating bus services.

  • It is for anyone aged 16-19 in full time learning or work with training (e.g apprenticeships)
  • 25% discount with most bus services in Suffolk (e.g. Connecting Communities)
  • The card is free and will include a picture of you and your date of birth
  • Cashless card that can be topped up electronically via endeavour.suffolkonboard.com
*Please note all buses / coaches which stop at West Suffolk College, collect from outside the main campus on Out Risbygate. If you are studying at The Milburn Campus or STEM Innovation Campus then you will have to allow for time, following your studying to get to the appropriate stops.

Train

Bury St Edmunds has a train station, which is a 20 minute walk from the main college campus.

For more information on routes, please click on the coloured icons in the map below:

Help with train travel costs

There are two rail cards which are avaiable to our students, to help with travel costs:

  • The 16 - 17 Saver card is £30 and is vaild for one year or until your 18th birthday, whichever comes first. As a card holder you can enjoy 50% off standard anytime, off-peak, advanced and season rail tickets helping you save money on trips into town, days out to the coast, travel to college or weekend festivals - as many times as you like. Find out more and how to apply at www.16-17saver.co.uk
  • The 16-25 Railcard can save you up to 1/3 off a wide range of tickets, along with days out, restaurants, hotels and much more. Find out more and how to apply at www.16-25railcard.co.uk

Walk

The main campus is a ten minute walk from the centre of Bury St Edmunds, on the road leading to Newmarket (A14).

The Milburn Campus and Stem Innovation Campus are based a short walk from the main campus on Anglian Lane (Milburn Campus) and Western Way (STEM Innovation Campus).

Cycle

We encourage all our students and staff to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and where possible, to cycle to college. We have a number of covered places across the campuses, where you can keep your bikes secure.

Suffolk County Council offers information on cycle routes within suffolk, and you can also plan the safest journey on cyclestreets.net. For details on how to download the CycleStreets app, visit cyclestreets.net/mobile

Cars, Motorcycles and Scooters

Parking facilities are available at the main campus. There is a charge for car parking which is payable on entrance, with discounts avaiable for advanced payment through the College Shop. Motorcycles and scooters can park in designated bays for free.

Travel Costs Assistance

Suffolk County Council may offer assistance with travel arrangements through the council's Post 16 Discretionary Travel Scheme. Further details and how to apply can be found on Suffolk on Board.

Alternatively West Suffolk College may be able to assist students through the 16-19 Bursary Fund available by application and eligibility is dependent on personal circumstances.  

To be eligible for financial support, you must meet this criteria:

  • You must be an enrolled student as defined by West Suffolk College.
  • You must have been resident in the British Isles (or the European Union for purposes other than education) for the last three years.
  • Your household income must be below £19k for 16-18 or £25k for 19+ (if your income is higher, you may still be able to apply for funding, depending on your family circumstances.

Please be aware that financial support is dependant on government legislation and is therefore subject to change. Whatever your circumstances, you can always consult with us before applying for any course.

Please click the links for details on how to apply for travel assistance from the following county councils: