All full time students at Havant and South Downs campuses are eligible to purchase an online discounted student bus pass via the First Bus mTicket App (mobile phone bus pass) and Stagecoach website. The student pass will allow you to travel for a much cheaper cost (compared to standard priced fares). Bus passes can be used in the evenings and weekends in the zone specified.
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 start of the second term.
Please click here to view bus pass prices and travel subsidies for South Downs Campus.
Please click here to view bus pass prices and travel subsidies for Havant Campus.
Full time students at Havant and South Downs campuses 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. Please click here to view Train Pass Prices for Havant and South Downs campuses.
The Department of Transport has also launched a railcard for 16 to 17-year-olds, which gives students 50% off train fares. For more information on this scheme, please see further below on this page.
You can purchase a termly train pass via the College’s online payment system, Wisepay 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 Travel Payments and select the Train Pass options for Havant or South Downs.
You can collect your pass from the Student Travel & Support Office. If you are a first-year student, please remember to bring a passport-style photo with you as this is needed for your SWR train photocard. Continuing students can use their existing photocard.
STAGECOACH (the website will go live for online bus passes at the beginning of August 2022):
Go to the Stagecoach website.
Tickets for all students 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. If you do not select the correct ticket, you may not be able to travel to College. See below for examples to help you.
Once ordered, the smartcard will be sent to the student’s address. Please note, that once the ticket is in the basket, Stagecoach may ask you for a discount code – you do NOT need to enter a discount code as the pass is already at a reduced cost for students.
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 Havant Campus) and as far as South Downs Campus (no further than this).
Waterlooville Area Student Ticket (Valid to South Downs Campus only): If you live in Waterlooville and are studying at 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 Havant Campus on this ticket).
For students living in Waterlooville and studying at Havant Campus: If you live in Waterlooville and are studying at Havant Campus you cannot select the Waterlooville Ticket as this ticket will not allow you to travel to Havant Campus (the furthest you can travel is to Havant Asda). This is because Stagecoach class ‘Waterlooville’ and ‘Havant’ as two different bus zones, therefore the Waterlooville ticket can only be used Waterlooville. To arrive at 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, West Sussex, Wiltshire, West Berkshire and Brighton. This ticket will allow you to travel to both South Downs Campus and Havant Campus. ‘Gold’ area students please also see the important notice below:
Important notice for ‘Gold’ area students – Stagecoach have taken the decision to significantly increase the price of their student ‘Gold’ ticket for Havant Campus and South Downs Campus over the last couple of years. This is a big escalation from the price set in 2020. The College is disappointed in this and has challenged this price increase, however, we have unfortunately not been successful in trying to persuade Stagecoach to reduce the cost.
In light of this, for any Havant Campus or South Downs Campus students affected by the increase in price for the Gold ticket, HSDC will try to help absorb some of this cost; if a termly or annual Gold pass is purchased from the Stagecoach website, we will give you £160 travel subsidy (as a one-off payment) after the February half term in 2023. To qualify for this payment, the student must still be enrolled on their full time course (excluding Higher Education courses) in their second term. If you decide to order a Gold pass (termly or annual), please ensure you select either the Havant or South Downs Campus when choosing which college/campus you are studying at on the Stagecoach website, otherwise your details may not come through to us. The College will contact eligible students nearer the time.
The new 2022/23 prices for Stagecoach HSDC tickets
If you find that your Stagecoach smartcard does not work, please contact the smartcard helpline on 0345 810 1000.
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 HSDC can be downloaded on the First Bus mTicket 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 within the initial Travel and Support email we sent in July.
How to download an mTicket (available to download from 17 August 2022):
For full details on the First Bus website please click here.
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 Ticket (and studying at 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 South Downs Campus from these areas.
Waterlooville Ticket (and studying at Havant Campus): If you are studying at Havant Campus you can only choose the Waterlooville ticket if you live in Hambledon or Denmead. The only service you can use is the D1/654 bus service. The 654 service will travel to Havant Campus once in the morning and will travel back once in the afternoon. You can only travel as far as 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 Havant Campus should choose Stagecoach Bus Company (South Hants Student Ticket).
Hampshire All Zones (and studying at 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 South Downs Campus.
Hampshire All Zones (and studying at Havant Campus): If you are studying at Havant Campus you may wish to purchase this ticket if you live in Hambledon/Denmead and use the D1/654 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 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 Havant Campus should choose Stagecoach bus company.
The Department of Transport has launched a new Railcard which will benefit 16 and 17-year olds. This Railcard, which costs £30 to buy, offers 50% discount on rail travel.
HSDC understands that some rail passes will still be cheaper if purchased through the College but we would advise those students (aged between 16-17) and their parent/carers to investigate the 16-17 Railcard scheme before purchasing a college train pass.
For further information on the 16-17 Railcard, please go to the 16-17 Railcard website.