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Student Travel Information

Getting to college can be an important factor in your decision about which college to attend. We offer several options to help you, depending on your chosen method of travel. At Darlington College we try to build on existing transport links and take into account the various options for Green Travel.

Financial Support for Travelling to College

Financial support may be available to assist you with the cost of travelling to college, in the form of grants or bursaries available from the Government. For further information regarding financial assistance please contact the college’s Student Finance team on 01325 503037 or email

Students aged 16-18 who live in North Yorkshire

Students are expected to contribute towards their travel costs, (this can be paid by direct debit monthly). To qualify for help from the North Yorkshire transport scheme, students must be:

  • Aged 16-18 at the start of their full time course
  • Attending a course which is considered to be within reasonable daily travelling distance
  • Attending a course which is not offered at a college nearer to your home
  • Living more than 3 miles from the college you wish to attend


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County Durham Teen Card

The Arriva Teen card is available for all young people living in County Durham or Darlington. It allows reduced travel on most services in these areas at off-peak times and during most out of term time days. Any young person up to the age of 18 can get a Teen Card and you don’t have to live in these areas to get one. You can use your Teen Card up to the 31 January after your 18th birthday.

Student Saver Tickets

Students studying full time at universities, colleges or sixth form schools in the North East can now buy money-saving tickets lasting for a term or full academic year. The tickets allow students studying in the region to travel anywhere, any time, on Arriva buses for a one-off payment. To be eligible you must be 14 or over and be studying a full time course at university, college or sixth form at school.


The Darlington Borough only ticket is not valid for travel from Catterick or outside the Darlington Borough area.

Multi-Journey Saver Tickets

  • If you’re planning to travel regularly on Arriva buses you could save money when you buy multi-journey saver tickets.
  • You can now pre-purchase your day saver, weekly saver and 4-weekly saver tickets using your mobile phone. It’s easy, hassle-free and you can save money on 4-weekly saver tickets too. Find out more about m-tickets .

Arriva Day Saver

  • As many journeys in a specified zone as you want during one day
  • Buy from the driver on the first Arriva bus you board
  • Also available as an m-ticket through your mobile phone

Arriva Weekly Saver

  • Unlimited travel for 7 consecutive days on Arriva buses in a specified zone
  • Perfect for getting to work or just getting about
  • Can be used by other people in your family
  • Buy from the driver (in some regions)
  • Buy as an m-ticket on your mobile phone
  • Buy from your local shop if it’s an epay, PayPoint or Payzone outlet

Arriva 4-Weekly Saver

  • 28 consecutive days travel on Arriva buses in a specified zone
  • The most cost effective multi-journey ticket
  • Can be used by other people in your family
  • Buy online or as an m-ticket and save 10%
  • Buy from your local shop if it’s an epay, PayPoint or Payzone outlet

For more information on bus services:


Students wishing to travel by train may consider a 16-25 Railcard. However, there are restrictions on its use.

16-25 Railcard

A 16-25 Railcard costs £30 and it will save you 1/3 on rail fares throughout Great Britain for a year. You are eligible if you are aged between 16-25, or over the age of 26 and in full time education.

You can use your Railcard, for both long and short trips. You can use it anytime on weekends, Public Holidays and during the week. The only restriction is that if you travel at or before 10 am Monday to Friday (except during July and August) a minimum fare will apply.

Your 16-25 Railcard will save you 1/3 on lots of tickets including all Standard and First Class Advance tickets. For more information visit

New 3 year Railcard

A 3 year 16-25 Railcard costs £70, saving you an extra £20 on the cost of renewing your 1-year Railcard for 3 consecutive years. The 3 year Railcard can be purchased up until the day before your 24th birthday. This is only available to purchase online


The college has a car park which is privately run by CP Plus Ltd. There is a parking fee for parking in the college grounds.

You will need to fill in a parking permit form (annually) for which there is a deposit of £20.00, plus £1.00 per day parking fee. The permit does not guarantee you a parking space.

Please note that deposit refunds will ONLY be paid upon return of the Permit. Permits should be returned to:-

CP Plus, 10 Flask Walk, London, NW3 1HE. For all other enquiries contact 020 7431 4001.

For full details visit the college intranet.

The Local Motion Team also has a website for journey sharing, please visit their website – for more details.


The college offers two cycle storage facilities:-

  • Space where you can lock your bike up free of charge.
  • A limited number of ‘Bike Bins’ are available for your bike. A £10 refundable deposit is required. Bike bins can be booked at enrolment and are subject to availability.
  • Contact the Local Motion Team on 0800 4589810. for information on bike routes etc.


Motorbike and scooters can be stored under cover free of charge in the designated area. Students provide their own security.


For students wishing to walk to college there are plenty of leaflets in the LRC for route planners.

The college works with the Darlington Borough Council and for any further queries on any of the above you can contact the Team on 0800 4589810 or visit their website .

If you need help planning your journey to college visit

Arriva and National Rail all offer discounts or

The contents of this page are for guidance only as all information, fares and rates are subject to change.


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