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Travel Pass - Your Questions Answered!

Did you know over 60% of Exeter College students travel from outside of Exeter city centre?

If you are not eligible for the Devon County Council scheme and you meet the below criteria, you are able to get an Exeter College travel pass.

  • Be over 16 and under 19 on the 1st September
  • Be studying on a full time course
  • Live more than 3 miles from Exeter College
  • How does the scheme work?

    If you are offered a conditional place at Exeter College you will be assessed by Devon County Council for eligibility on their subsidised travel scheme. You may be refused a pass on the Devon County Council if there is a similar course at a college or sixth form nearer to you. They will notify Exeter College and, as long as you meet the criteria above, you will be eligible to join the Exeter College subsidised travel scheme instead.

    Both Devon County Council and Exeter College operate their travel schemes using public transport. You will be supplied with either a bus pass or rail card for you to arrive at college before morning classes and to return after classes in the afternoon.

  • I’ve got my offer - what happens next?

    You will be sent information on the travel scheme in June from either Devon County Council or Exeter College depending on which scheme you are eligible to join. You will automatically be invited to apply and pay for the travel scheme.

  • Where do I leave from?

    The college will subsidise a travel pass from the nearest public transport route to you to get to college. You will need to arrange to get yourself to the nearest route.

  • How can I find out about route information including times?

    You can go online and work out your travel options by visiting or you can visit your nearest bus or rail station to get information. There are also useful links and further information about the scheme on the Exeter College Travel pages

  • Can I have two passes, one for the bus and one for the train?

    Unfortunately, Exeter College can only subsidise one form of public transport so you need to decide which one is better for you. Please note that there is an administration charge if you change your choice midterm (please see our terms and conditions on the college website).

  • Is there further financial help towards travel?

    If you or your family are on a low income you may be able to claim further financial help towards the cost of your travel. For more information please contact the Exeter College Bursary Team on 01392 400526.

  • Do I have to get a travel pass?

    No, but the scheme is subsidised to make it much cheaper. For many routes, a day rider ticket on the bus would cost £7.50 per day so there is a considerable saving. It is entirely up to you if want to use the college scheme, you are not obliged to apply for it.

  • How do I apply?

    All eligible students (new and returning students) will receive an invitation to join our college scheme in June. You will be invited to apply online and will need to complete an online application form, upload a photo and make your payment. Your login for this facility will be the same as the user details created by you if you applied to attend the College online. If you applied to attend the College by paper application a user name and password will be sent to you by text.

  • How do I pay?

    All payments are online via the Exeter College website. Please CLick Here to be directed to our secure online payment partner Wisepay.

  • When do I need to apply by?

    A subsidised travel pass can take between 3-4 weeks to be processed and you are responsible for your own travel costs whilst the pass is being produced. It is advisable to apply for the travel pass within plenty of time before the start of the academic year. If you choose to pay termly you will automatically be reminded when you need to reorder either by text or college email.

  • My pass only covers this term does the new pass come automatically?

    If you have paid for the full year, your pass for the next term will be sent automatically.

  • I have lost my pass what do I do?

    Unfortunately the college cannot supply replacement passes. If you have lost a train pass you need to go to Exeter St David’s train station with your student ID – there is a £10 charge for a replacement. If you have lost a bus pass you need to visit the Devon County Council website and pay £5 to order a replacement.

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