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Travel & Transport

Covid-19 and College Transport

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on public transport for all areas of the UK, and Herefordshire is no exception.

As of the 15th June 2020, it became mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport, this also applies to all college transport too. Further guidance is available here from Shropshire Council.

Cycling to College

At both campuses there is a bicycle parking shelter. If you are considering cycling into college please make sure that you are safe to do so with proper helmet and safety items.

To plan your route please visit the following website: This will give you access to cycle maps and a mapping tool for across the country. Enter your postcode into the planning journey section and the tool will calculate your journey and provide you with a map.

Bus Routes to College

Our College is committed to providing transport for our students each day from pick-up points near and far.
This year, we are making travel more affordable.  More students will be eligible for free travel and for those students purchasing a bus pass. For 2022/23 the cost is £450, £550 or £650 depending on which ‘zone’ you live in and you will have the option to pay in full or termly.

To apply for a Bus Pass, you can download the form below, and email it back to 

Apply for a Bus Pass

Available Bus Routes

Please note: Available Bus Routes updated on 26/09/2022

How much will my bus pass cost?

Accessing local education and training can often be a challenge for some of our young people due to the high costs of travel.  We have decided to offer subsided travel on all routes for the 22/23 academic year, to enable the young people of North Shropshire to access education and training at their local college.  Travel remains free on all routes where students are eligible for a travel bursary. A new zoning system for passes has been introduced as follows:

  • Within 4 miles of any NSC campus to be attended - £450 per academic year
  • Within 5-15 miles of any NSC campus to be attended - £550 per academic year
  • Over 15 miles from any NSC campus to be attended - £650 per academic year

Is there any help with the cost of transport?

Families with a household income of £26,000 or less can apply to the College Bursary Fund for help towards the full cost of travel. For further information contact Student Services on 01691 688000.

If you live in Wales

Powys County Council may assist with the cost of the bus pass. Please contact Powys County Council on 01597 826678 for further information.

Apply for a NSC bus pass:

If you qualify for help towards full cost of travel  please complete the Bursary Application Form suitable to your group age.

For all students who do not qualify for free travel please submit the Bus Pass Application Form below to Oswestry/Walford Reception along with a passport photo and initial payment.

Student Finance
North Shropshire College
Oswestry Campus
Shrewsbury road
SY11 4QB

When you have your NSC Bus Pass:

  • You must carry your bus pass with you at all times.
  • You must show your bus pass to the bus driver when getting on the bus.
  • The bus driver has the right to refuse you travel if you do not produce your bus pass when asked for.
  • Abuse towards the bus driver, member of College staff or students will not be tolerated whilst you are travelling on the bus. Behaviour of this kind will result in your bus pass being revoked with no refund.
  • If you are paying termly for your bus, payment of the next termly instalment must be paid for in full before you receive your new pass.
  • If you lose your bus pass you will be charged a £5 replacement fee.

Other transport options:

Travel pass from Shropshire Council

For students aged 16 to 18 and have a Shropshire postcode (SY not TF) and TF9, a bus pass can be purchased direct from Shropshire Council. The cost of the pass is currently £875 (and can be paid in three termly instalments.  A reduced rate pass is also available for households receiving qualifying benefits. Please contact Shropshire Council on 0345 678 9006 for further information.

Arriva Student Saver Discount

The cost of this travel pass is currently £635. You can purchase an Arriva Student Saver Discount bus pass on line at or by telephoning 0844 800 4411. You can pay for the pass in three termly instalments or by monthly Direct Debit.

For students aged 19 or over

For students aged 19 and over, a travel pass can be purchased direct from NSC.  Please call NSC on 01691 688000 for further information.

If you use a service bus to get to college, you can apply for an Arriva Midlands Student Saver Bus Pass. More details can be found on the Arriva Website at or by telephoning 0844 800 441.

If you have any transport queries, please contact the College on 01691 688000.

Whilst every effort is made to supply North Shropshire College transport to as many areas as possible where a good public service already exists you will be expected to make use of this service. This allows the minibus fleet to cover the more rural locations that have little or no public transport.

Bus passes for 16-18 year old students

If you are under 19 years of age on the qualifying date, you can apply to your Local council for a bus pass, the cost of which is subsidised.

Post 16 Transport Assistance

Shropshire Council
Shropshire Council Development Services
Abbey Foregate

Entitlement Team
0345 678 9006
Telford & Wrekin – apply directly to the College for your pass via the form above.

Eligibility for council schemes

  • be enrolled on a full time course
  • a resident of Telford and Wrekin or Shropshire
  • over 16, but under 19 years of age before 31 August in the academic year
  • attending the nearest designated college for your home address
  • have a distance of more than three miles between your home and the college

Bus passes for students who are not eligible for the above council schemes and who are over 19 years of age
If you would like to travel on the College minibuses, and you are not eligible for the above council schemes,  you need to ring 01691 688000 to make an application and a payment by card.

Powys Council may provide financial assistance with the cost of travel.

Please contact Post 16 Transport Assistance

Cyngor Sir Powys County Council
Admissions & Transport Team
Communities Skills & Learning
Powys County Hall
Llandrindod Wells

01597 826678

Arriva Midlands Student Saver bus pass

If you use a service bus to travel to college you can also purchase an Arriva Midlands Student Saver Card  - more details can be found on the Arriva website –  or by ringing 0344 800 4411.