All Routes Lead to Derby College

Derby College is closer than you think. We are easy to reach, with central campuses in Derby and Derbyshire all served by good public transport links.

Derby Station Bridge Route to College Update, September 2021

For the 2021/22 academic year all staff and students will be able to cross the Derby Station Bridge upon a reasonable request to the member of staff at the barrier. To support this we will also be issuing new train station Bridge Passes from student services kindly provided by East Midlands Railways. The card will enable students to cross the bridge by swiping on the barrier instead of waiting for staff to grant access. Cards will be assigned to your student number and all usage will be monitored. An acceptable usage contract must also be signed upon receiving a new Bridge Pass. Incorrect usage or inappropriate conduct will result in the Bridge Pass being deactivated and a possibility of refused access by East Midlands Railways.

In line with previous updates, please be aware that students should no longer be using any Train Station Bridge Passes (paper or plastic) issued before this current academic year (2020/21).

Please can all purple EMR plastic passes issued during 2019/20 be handed in at the Station or at student services as soon as possible. These passes remain the property of East Midlands Railway, as stated in the Code of Conduct signed by all students before receiving their card. These cards have been deactivated and will no longer work. Our new Bridge Passes are white, train station staff will take old passes from any person who attempts to use them.

For further information around the 2021/22 Bridge pass or to start your application please contact Marcus Gayle at

Plan your journey

We want you to get to College as easily, conveniently and cheaply as possible. We’ll help you find the best transport option – whether it’s cycling, using a motorcycle or moped, taking the train, catching a bus or walking.

Learner Services provides the latest information on travel deals and discounts to help you save time and money, plus advice on journey planning and opportunities such as cycle training and moped loans.


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Public Transport

Our city-centre campuses are all easily accessible by public transport and we provide a reasonably priced bus service at the beginning and end of the College day between the main campuses and serving locations on these routes. For other cost-effective journeys, you can check out cut-price travel options such as:

b_line card

If you are 16 to 18-years-old, resident in Derbyshire and studying full time, this pass enables you to buy bus and train tickets at a discounted rate of up to 25%.Visit

Mango card

If you travel by trentbarton Buses, a rechargeable Mango card may reduce your travel costs by up to 15%.


Other discount cards

Other bus discount schemes include:

Nottinghamshire learners

If you live in Nottinghamshire, are under the age of 19 and are in full-time education, you may be eligible for financial support towards your travel costs to College. See: learning/schools/schooltravel/post- 16-travel-assistance


Those who live close to a station may find rail is the perfect way of getting to College campuses in the city.

16-17 railcard

If you’re aged 16 or 17, you can now enjoy 50% off standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance and Season tickets, helping you save money on trips into town, days out to the coast, travel to college or weekend festivals – as many times as you like. Visit: 16 - 17 Saver

16-25 railcard

A 16-25 railcard currently costs just £30 per year, and you can save an additional 11% when using your NUS extra card at the time of purchase. Additionally, three-year 16-25 railcards are priced at just £70 (though there is no NUS reduction on these). Visit: 16 - 25 Railcard


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If you live within five miles of your campus, you can cycle there in about 30 minutes. We have invested in up-to-date cycle facilities. The Roundhouse, Johnson Building, Hudson Building, Joseph Wright Centre and Broomfield Hall all have designated cycle parking areas which are secure and free to use.


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Most campuses are accessible on foot, especially the city-centre sites. If you live within a two-mile distance of your campus, you could walk there in less than 30 minutes – helping you to keep fit and healthy for free too.

Various walking route planning tools are available online free of charge or can be provided to suit your individual needs as part of the College’s personalised transport plan service.


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While we would encourage you to choose more environment-friendly forms of transport, all campuses in the city and Ilkeston are located close to public car parks and there is plenty of free parking at Broomfield Hall. Don’t forget that car sharing with friends might be an ideal way to reduce the costs of fuel and parking.

For learners using motorbikes and mopeds, there is designated secure and free parking at all campuses.