All full time students at Alton Campus are eligible to purchase an online discounted student bus pass via the Stagecoach website. The student pass will allow you to travel for a much cheaper cost compared to standard priced fares. 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 first term.
Alton Campus 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.
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.
Stagecoach bus passes will be available from the beginning of August 2021:
Go to the Stagecoach website.
The tickets for all students will be displayed. Alton Campus students will need to choose either an annual or termly student GOLD ticket. The GOLD StudentRider ticket is the only ticket valid for Alton Campus.
Gold Area Student Ticket: This ticket can be used in all of Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire, West Berkshire, Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Wokingham. This ticket will also allow you to travel to our other HSDC campuses at South Downs and Havant (in Hampshire).
Follow the instructions on the screen and order the pass (smartcard). Please remember to select your College/Campus as ‘Alton Campus’ when prompted, as this is how we will obtain your details if you are eligible for a Travel Subsidy from the College. 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.
If you have any questions or you find that your Stagecoach smartcard does not work, please contact the smartcard helpline on 0345 810 1000.
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 login 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 Alton.
You can collect your pass from the Student Travel & Support Office in the Student Hub. 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.
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.