Transport for Students
Support towards the cost of transport is normally available within the Scottish Borders region for bursary/EMA students who are attending Further Education courses and who reside more than 3 miles from their College base. Such students are issued with a bus pass, although in exceptional circumstances a petrol allowance may be arranged.
Students who live on the Borders Railway route may be paid a contribution towards the cost of their train travel. The transport issued to student is based on the cheapest route possible for that specific student to come to college. Students should ensure they have methods of attending college before applying.
Students on Higher Education courses receive support through SAAS and are required to pay for their daily travel to and from college although this cost is in part covered to those in receipt of the maximum loan available.
College Travel Cards are for students who require bus transport to college who live within 3 miles of a college bus route.
Q101 – a college bus to Galashiels and Newtown run by Austin Travel that picks up at Berwick, Eyemouth, Ayton, Chirnside, Duns, Greenlaw and Earlston. It then turns into the Q101 Shuttle to Newtown St. Boswells Campus where it collects students from Galashiels, Langlee and Tweedbank.
Q102 – a college bus to Galashiels run by First Bus that picks up at Kelso, St Boswells, Newtown St. Boswells Campus, Scottish Borders Council, Newstead and Melrose.
E11/F11 – a college bus to Newtown St. Boswells Campus run by First Bus that collects students from Hawick and Selkirk.
For pick-up times download the Transport App or visit the Border College Transport web page.
A temporary travel card will be issued at enrolment, provided you have submitted your bursary application. Students who have finalised and accepted their bursary award by the October holiday will be issued with a permanent travel card after the October holiday.
One-Tickets are for students who require bus transport to college who do not live within 3 miles off a college bus route.
- One-Tickets cannot be used outwith the Scottish Borders – if you try to use them in other areas (e.g. Edinburgh) the driver will take the ticket from you and you will not be issued with a replacement. This may also be a college disciplinary matter.
- If your journey to college starts and ends outwith the Borders area you will have to pay for the part of the journey beyond the boundary.
- You may be issued with a One-Ticket for a route which is covered by a college bus. If seats become available, you will be changed to a college Travel Card.
- Scratch Cards: You will be issued with a scratch card for use on the first day of each new term. The first card will be issued to you on enrolment, provided you have submitted your bursary application. (Pre-enrolled students will be responsible for the cost of their own travel on their first day).
- It your responsibility to ensure you collect a scratch card the last week of each term as bus fares will not be refunded retrospectively. Download the Transport App or follow the Transport Facebook page to receive a reminder notification.
- Renewal bus tickets are available for collection the first week of each term. If you do not collect your new ticket within this time you will be expected to pay for the cost of your own transport until you receive your new ticket.
- If you try to travel with an expired ticket the bus driver will take it from you and you will not be given a replacement. This may also be a college disciplinary matter.
There are two types of One-Ticket: Scottish Borders (SB) and Inner Scottish Borders (ISB). The SB ticket enables you to travel anywhere within the Scottish Borders, on any day. The ISB ticket enables you to travel within the inner Scottish Borders area (Fountainhall/Selkirk/ Clovenfords/Melrose), on any day.
Please note: The boundary for the SB ticket on the X95 First Bus service to Edinburgh is Fala but the boundary for the ISB ticket is Fountainhall. Students travelling to and from Edinburgh will be issued with an ISB ticket and should additionally purchase a return bus ticket from Edinburgh to Fountainhall. First bus drivers are entitled to confiscate any ticket used out with the ticket boundaries if an additional ticket has not been purchased.
ALL TICKETS - IMPORTANT POINTS TO NOTE
- Students should note that bus tickets are not “free” – the college pays over £100 per month for each ticket so they must be treated with care.
- If your bus ticket is lost, stolen or damaged you be charged £10 for a replacement. You will be responsible for the cost of your own transport until issued with a replacement ticket.
- Tickets/scratch cards should be collected from the Student Advice Centre in Galashiels Campus or from Reception in Hawick or Newtown St. Boswells campuses.
- If you are unable to collect your tickets the first week of term, you must contact the Transport Administrator to ask if it can be held for you. This can be done by phone, email or via the Borders College Transport Facebook page.
- Tickets not collected within one week of the start date will be returned and you will be responsible for the cost of your own transport until issued with a replacement ticket.
- Any misuse of bus tickets will be treated as a disciplinary matter by the College.
- If you do not finalise your bursary application and return your acceptance letter by the October holiday, you may be responsible for the cost of your own transport beyond this date.
- February Study Week - no college buses will operate this week and One-Tickets will be expired. If your tutor advises you that you need to attend college during study week, as part of your course, you can collect a scratch card daily from the Student Advice Centre.
Students who request to travel by train to college may be reimbursed the cost of purchasing monthly/weekly season tickets (including the Young Scot Card discount of 50% for students aged up to 19). A contribution towards mileage from home to the nearest train station may also be paid. N.B. Students will be expected to purchase their own season tickets from Edinburgh Ticket Office. N.B. Daily and weekly season tickets can be purchased on the train.
Travel to Placements
All placement transport requests must be made by your Placement Officer. If you request a mileage allowance you will not be paid for the first 3 miles each way.
If you need any help with transport to college you can either talk to the Transport Administrator in person at the Student Advice Centre at Galashiels Campus or Reception at Newtown St. Boswells Campus (Tuesday/Thursday mornings) or call on 01896 662518. You can also visit the “Journey Planner” section at www.travelinescotland.com for full travel information.