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How much will my travel to College cost?
Peter Symonds College strongly supports the policies of local councils, which seek to encourage the use of public transport in this age of environmental awareness.
We are not able to subsidise travel to and from college as any subsidy would have to come out of the money we receive for teaching and learning. However, we realise that for a significant number of students transport costs are an important factor in their choice of college. We aim to give you basic information on the main transport systems that serve the College.
Students from low-income families may be able to access some financial support from the college’s Student Support Funds.
Peter Symonds College is able to offer a termly discounted rail pass for travel from all the local stations into Winchester. The savings depend upon the distance travelled. The rail prices for current year may be useful.
For timetable information please contact National Rail Enquiries on (08457) 484950.
Between them, Stagecoach Hampshire Bus and Blue Star operate regular services to Winchester from most of the surrounding areas. As a student of Peter Symonds College you can take advantage of special season ticket prices which give significant saving over the normal cost of travel to College.
All bus tickets are valid at any time including evenings and weekends. If you purchase an annual ticket it is valid over all vacations.
You may purchase tickets either for the whole year or by term. There is usually a small price increase each year, but the rates for the year 2018–2019 were as follows:
- Autumn Term ticket - £291
- Spring Term ticket - £291
- Summer Term ticket - £194
- Annual ticket - £697
- Autumn Term ticket - £265
- Spring Term ticket - £205
- Summer Term ticket - £190
- Annual ticket - £645
Can I get any discounted travel to college?
We have negotiated favourable rates for our students with local bus and train providers. Details on how to apply for student bus or train passes are available at and after Welcome Day (early July), as well as in the travel section of our welcome site.
Hampshire County Council does not provide a travel subsidy for the majority of post-16 students. However, students who have specific learning difficulties and disabilities may still be eligible for a travel grant.
Is there somewhere safe to keep my bicycle?
Secure cycle storage is available on campus, including some individual cycle storage pods. Keys can be obtained from Student Services for a small deposit.
Secure cycle shelters can be used at a cost of £12, which includes a refundable deposit of £10 when the key is returned.
The cost of a pod is £40, which includes a refundable deposit of £35 when the key is returned.
There are also general shelters available at no cost, but these will require you to use your own padlock as they are not secure.
All cycles are left at the students’ own risk and must be secured by the student.
Can I park at College?
There is no student parking on the campus. Spaces are only available for students with disabilities or health problems preventing them from using public transport. Such students can apply to Student Services for a parking permit.
Please note there is virtually no parking in the local streets. It is very important that you do not decide to come here on the assumption that you will be able to drive to college once you have passed your driving test. We expect students to use public transport.