For those unable to walk or cycle to College, Colchester benefits from good road and rail links, which enable students to travel from a range of different destinations all over Essex and South Suffolk. There are two railway stations within easy walking distance of the College, as well as a large network of buses, which bring students to Colchester from a range of locations.
Every year we are pleased to see a significant number of students join us from areas such as Ipswich, Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton and beyond.
We recognise that, for some students, travel to and from the College represents a major consideration. For many, the commute to a larger town or different part of the local area will represent an exciting first step in their journey towards the world of work or university and a chance to broaden their horizons, but for some, this must of course be balanced against other practical and financial considerations. A range of advice and support is available for students and their parents on this matter. During our Open Evenings and our evening meetings for parents at Induction, staff are available in College who can advise upon transport issues - alternatively they can be contacted via the College switchboard. There is also a range of information available in the pdf document in the sidebar on this website and this is updated regularly. (Please note that, whilst we make every effort to ensure that any details are correct, the information offered is for guidance only).
We would certainly advise that students and their parents take the opportunity to further consider any travel arrangements with us. For those who have been offered a place, the Induction Days in June give students a chance to give their proposed travel arrangements a ‘test run’. The Induction Days also provide parents with an opportunity to discuss the matter further with staff during the evening meetings before any final transport decisions are made.
In terms of financial support, the College is not able to directly subsidise transport, however, there are bursaries available to those on a low income and these can amount to several hundred pounds. Some families have made the decision to use such bursaries to help with transport costs (further details of the Bursary Award Scheme can be found in Parents Information on this website). In addition, the College does regularly negotiate preferential rates for travel passes with a number of transport companies. Arrangements can be made in some exceptional cases to pay for termly passes by instalment. In all cases, it is well worth further discussion with staff here at the College.
Here are just a few locations with suggested transport providers to consider:
|If you are travelling from Chelmsford, Witham, Hatfield Peverel, Kelvedon and Marks Tey you may opt for rail travel or First Essex Buses.|
|Braintree you may wish to use rail travel or First Essex Buses. Coggeshall is served by First Essex Buses.|
|Halstead and Earls Colne are served by First Essex Buses and Hedingham Buses, West Bergholt are served by First Essex Buses and Chambers.|
|West Mersea and Tiptree are served by First Essex Buses, whilst Brightlingsea is served by Hedingham Buses.|
|Harwich, Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton and through to Wivenhoe - you may choose from rail travel or First Essex Buses.|
|If you live in Suffolk and are coming from Ipswich you may wish to travel by rail. Manningtree, you have the option of rail travel or First Essex Buses and Brantham is covered by Carters.|
|Hadleigh and East Bergholt you may purchase a 10 journey ticket from Beestons. Sudbury you may choose rail travel or travel by bus with Chambers.|
Racks are provided for student bicycles. Students are strongly advised to security code and insure their bike before bringing it to College and to lock their bike securely using a D-lock and to remove easily detachable items.
Motorcycle Parking in College
Students who wish to park their scooter or motorcycle on the College site are required to apply for a permit, attend a briefing meeting and adhere to the rules and times for vehicle movement. Students are strongly advised to secure their motorbikes and park them in the appropriate area.
Updated May 2016