Ordering your bus/train pass (without financial support)

Bus Passes:
All Full Time students are eligible to purchase an online discounted student bus pass via the First Group mTicket App (mobile phone bus pass) and Stagecoach website. The student pass will allow you to travel for a much cheaper cost. Additional financial help (a partial refund) towards online bus passes may be available to Full Time students (not including Higher Education courses) who are aged 16-19 and live in certain postcode areas and are still enrolled on their course of study at the end of the first full term. This is called a ‘Travel Subsidy’; if you are eligible for this, the College will contact you near the end of the Autumn Term.

Train Passes:
Full Time students who wish to travel by train, may apply for a termly rail pass. The train pass will be at a discounted price (compared to standard priced fares). A further reduction to the cost, will be made by the college towards all rail passes.

You can purchase a termly train pass via the college’s online payment system, Wisepay (click here) and enter your login details – continuing students may use their existing login details.

If you do not know your details, please contact Finance on 023 9279 7991 (option 6). Once you have entered your details, click on General Payments and select the Train Pass options for Havant or South Downs.

  • Click on ‘view details’ and select the train station you are travelling to and from. The price for this rail pass will be displayed – then click on purchase. Once you have paid, the college will be notified, and we can then start to process your order.
  • If you pay for a train pass by 2nd August 2019, we guarantee that your train pass will be ready for collection at the start of term. We will still process applications after this date but will not be able to guarantee when they will be ready for collection. You are liable to pay your own travel costs until your train pass arrives.

You can collect your pass from the Student Travel & Support office. Please remember to bring a passport style photo with you.

STAGECOACH (website will go live for online bus passes on 1 August 2019) :

Go to the main Stagecoach website.

All the tickets for both the South Downs Campus and the Havant Campus will be displayed. Please make sure you select the correct ticket for the campus you are studying at and the correct ticket for where you live – see below for examples to help you:

Havant Area Student Ticket (South Downs Campus or Havant Campus): If you live in Havant, Bedhampton, West Leigh and Leigh Park you may select the Havant Student Ticket. The Havant Student ticket can be used in all of Havant (including the Havant Campus) and as far as the South Downs Campus (no further than this).

Waterlooville Area Student Ticket (Valid to the South Downs Campus only): If you live in Waterlooville and are studying at the South Downs Campus, you may select the Waterlooville ticket – this ticket can be used in all of Waterlooville (including Horndean and Clanfield) and as far as Havant Asda (no further than this and you cannot travel to the Havant Campus on this ticket).

For students living in Waterlooville and studying at the Havant Campus: If you live in Waterlooville and are studying at the Havant Campus you cannot select the Waterlooville Ticket as this ticket will not allow you to travel to the Havant Campus. The furthest you can travel is to Havant Asda. To arrive at the Havant Campus, you must select the South Hants Student Ticket – See below.

South Hants Area Student Ticket (South Downs Campus or Havant Campus): If you live in Portsmouth, Southsea, Hayling Island, Waterlooville, Havant and before Emsworth Square, you may select the South Hants Student Ticket. This ticket can be used in all the above areas. This ticket will allow you to travel to both South Downs Campus and Havant Campus.

Gold Area Student Ticket (South Downs Campus or Havant Campus): If you live in Petersfield, Alton, Liss, Bordon, Chichester, Bognor or past Emsworth Square you may select the Gold Student Ticket. This ticket can be used in all of Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Kent. This ticket will allow you to travel to both South Downs Campus and Havant Campus.

If you have any questions, or you find that your smartcard does not work, please contact the smartcard helpline on 0345 810 1000.

First Group are withdrawing plastic bus passes across their network; First Bus mTickets is an App that allows you to buy and load bus tickets to your mobile phone. This means that you cannot lose your pass and you will no longer have to pay for replacements. If you lose or change your phone, just download the App to the new phone, log in to your account and simply press ‘refresh’ and your ticket is reloaded. An internet connection is not required when you are using the ticket, a data connection is only needed for the initial purchase.

All bus passes for Havant & South Downs College can be downloaded on the First Bus mTicket app (please note this is a separate app from the First Bus main app). It is important that you register for the mobile pass in the student’s name and the student’s college email address – please do not use a personal email address, otherwise your mTicket may not work. Your college email address is displayed on the front of the covering letter.

 How to download an mTicket (available to download from 15 August):

  • Download the App on your  phone
  • Choose the area (Portsmouth/Gosport/Fareham/Hampshire)
  • Select ‘Buy your Ticket’ (Student mTickets)
  • Choose the appropriate HSDC ticket (see below guidance for which ticket you need to choose)
  • Add to basket
  • Pay now (you then may be asked to log in or register – this must be registered in the student’s name, not a parent/carer, and register with the your HSDC email address)
  • Continue (without a code – the passes are already heavily discounted)
  • Complete the purchase
  • Activate the ticket on the first day of use
  • Show the driver the ticket on your phone

For full details please click here.

If you have any questions, or you find that your mTicket does not work, please contact the First Bus mTicket helpline on 03300 947 577 or email: mticket-support@firstgroup.com


Please make sure you select the correct ticket for the campus you are studying at and the correct ticket for where you live – see below for examples to help you:

There are two tickets to choose from – Waterlooville or the Hampshire (all zones) ticket

Waterlooville (South Downs Campus): This ticket can be used in: Waterlooville, Denmead, Hambledon, Clanfield, Horndean, Lovedean, Cowplain, Purbrook, Cosham and as far as Cosham Railway Station. This ticket will allow you to travel to the South Downs Campus from these areas.

Waterlooville (Havant Campus): If you are studying at the Havant Campus you can only choose the Waterlooville ticket if you live in Hambledon or Denmead. The only service you can use is the 654-bus service. The 654 service will travel to the Havant Campus once in the morning and will travel back once in the afternoon. You can only travel as far as the Havant Campus on the 654 service and no further into Havant. Students living in other areas of Waterlooville (excluding the Hambledon/Denmead area) and studying at the Havant Campus should choose Stagecoach Bus Company (South Hants Student Ticket).

Hampshire (South Downs Campus): This ticket can be used in: Waterlooville, Denmead, Hambledon, Clanfield, Horndean, Lovedean, Cowplain, Purbrook, Cosham, Portsmouth, Southsea, Bishop’s Waltham, Swanmore, Waltham Chase, Shedfield, Wickham Square, Gosport, Fareham, Portchester, Paulsgrove, Titchfield, Whiteley, Warsash, Locks Heath, Hedge End, Southampton (except the motorway service). This ticket will allow you to travel to the South Downs Campus.

Hampshire (Havant Campus): If you are studying at the Havant Campus you may wish to purchase this ticket if you live in Hambledon/Denmead and use the 654 service, Gosport/Fareham/Portchester and use the SD5 service or Bishops Waltham/Wickham and use the SD4 service; these services will run once in the morning and once back in the afternoon. If using the 654, the SD5 or the SD4 bus services you may travel as far as the Havant Campus but no further into Havant. Students living in other areas of Hampshire (excluding Hambledon, Denmead, Gosport, Fareham, Portchester, Bishops Waltham, Wickham) and studying at the Havant Campus should choose Stagecoach bus company.

These instructions are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change depending upon First Group or Stagecoach updating their travel routes, website or Apps.

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