bus at collegeAll three of our campuses are easily accessible by public transport. We work hard to find the best travel deals for our students. No matter where you live, we will help you get to college.

 Distance in miles to our Booth Lane campusDistance in miles to our Daventry campusDistance in miles to our Lower Mounts campus
Kettering 11.5 27.6 14
Wellingborough 9.1 27.5 11.8
Market Harborough 17.8 24.6 17.3
Rugby 22.8 11.2 21.4
Towcester 14.5 12.4 10.1
Brackley 26 23.3 21.6
Daventry 16 0.7 13
Milton Keynes 23.1 25 20.9
Bedford 22.7 40.1 21.7
Banbury 34.4 18.4 30
Rushden 13.7 30.6 15.1

Bus passes

We offer Stagecoach bus passes so you can save money on fares.

Bus passes issued by the College can be used every day at any time, including half term (this excludes full terms – Easter, Summer and Christmas.)

If you would like to buy a bus pass, please drop in to Student Services to apply. You can pay with a debit or credit card - we no longer accept cash payments in college. Please note that bus passes can only be purchased termly and not yearly.

Students can access help with the cost of a bus pass through the College bursary - for more information, and to access the online application form, please click here.

Subsidised travel Scheme (STS) - available for students aged 16-18

Through the College subsidised travel scheme (STS), we can offer you a subsidised bus pass if you are aged between 16-18, studying a full-time course, and live more than three miles from the College.

You will be required to purchase a voucher code from Student Services at the College, which you will need to enter on the Stagecoach website to claim your discount -  www.stagecoachbus.com/regionaltickets/midlands/northampton/studyrider

Once you have purchased your pass, the website will present you with two options – you can add your pass to a current smartcard, or order a new smartcard (this will take approximately 3 days to arrive).

Subsidised bus pass prices can be seen on the table below.

Bus passes for students aged 19+

Students aged 19+ are not eligible for the subsidised travel scheme, and must pay full price costs for a bus pass, which can be seen on the table below.

However, you may be eligible for help with the cost of a bus pass through the bursary if you live:

  • In a household in receipt of income-based benefits
  • In a household with an income of less than £26,000
  • More than three miles from the College.

Students over the age of 19 that would like to purchase their bus pass through the College will be issued with a physical smartcard by Student Services, starting from 7 September 2020.

Bus pass prices

Bus pass prices for all students are shown below.

Megarider – for travel within Northampton only

Term Subsidised cost
(for students aged 16-18)
Full cost
(For students aged 19+)
Term 1 £144 £190.50
Term 2 £122 £160.50
Term 3 £100 £137
Cost for the year £366 £488

 Megarider PLUS - for travel within Northampton and surrounding villages

Term Subsidised cost
(for students aged 16-18)
Full cost
(for students aged 19+)
Term 1 £200 £295.50
Term 2 £170 £247.50
Term 3 £140 £213
Cost for the year £510 £756

Goldrider - for travel within Northampton and surrounding counties, including Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire

Term Subsidised cost
(for students aged 16-18)
Full cost
(for students aged 19+)
Term 1 £225 £388
Term 2 £190 £330
Term 3 £155 £278
Cost for the year £570 £996

A Goldrider pass is also valid for travel within the Peterborough and Bedford Megarider zones, Milton Keynes (X6 and X7), Bedfordshire (50) and Oxfordshire (200, 500 and 53).

Please also note that use of a Goldrider pass on Route 41 is only valid to Denton.

Travelling by car

You are welcome to travel to college by car. There are plenty of parking spaces at our Booth Lane and Daventry campuses.

At Lower Mounts, we run a scheme in partnership with the neighbouring NCP car park (St Michael’s). For a £10 returnable deposit, we can give you a parking card. Using this card, you’ll only pay £1 per day to use the car park at St Michael’s. When you first take out the card, you’ll need to purchase a minimum of £10 credit for the first ten days’ of parking. After that, you can top it up as you need. For further details, speak to the Student Services team at Lower Mounts. For more information on Lower Mounts view our getting here guide.

Travelling on foot or by bicycle

We have plenty of cycle points at all our locations so cycling to college couldn’t be easier. There is a secure cycle/motorcycle area at Booth Lane which you can access using your student card once it has been validated by the Estates team.

If you live close by, you may even prefer to walk and get some exercise at the same time!

Special Educational Needs transport

If you have special educational needs (SEN) and require transport to and from college, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Eligibility for transport for those with special educational needs will be in accordance with Northamptonshire County Council’s Post-16 Travel Policy which can be accessed here.

To access our Home to College Transport Policy, please click here.

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