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There are several different bus services when travelling by bus to/from campus or between campuses. Stagecoach is the local bus company and for certain routes there are subsidised travel arrangements in place for our students - you will notice some of the buses are University branded.To travel at the subsidised rate on the approved stagecoach routes you MUST use a UoC prepaid ticket (available to purcahse from SIZ or Refuel the SU shop) - if you don't have a pre-paid ticket you will have to pay the standard fare whch is significantly more. You should also be prepared to show your campus card.
Travelling between campuses (weekdays/daytime) - you can either travel on the Stagecoach U7 (single or double decker) bus or the UoC 'Uniflyer' (15 seat minibus); both services cost 60p* each way when travelling with a pre-paid ticket (10 journey tickets available from the SIZ or SU Shop). This is really easy and cost effective if you live on or near one of the campuses and need to travel to the other campus. Journey time is around 40 minutes on the U7 (there are a nunber of stops en-route) and 25 minutes on the Uniflyer. The U7 departs from opposite the LRC/SIZ at Chichester and from the bus stop just outside Bognor campus. the Uniflyer departs from immediately outside the LRC/SIZ on both campuses.
Click here to view the latset intercampus timetable
If you wish to look at the more detailed U7 timetable and stops, details can be found at: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/
Travelling between campuses (weekdays/evening) – the U7 runs during the weekday evenings until approx. 10pm with the exception of Wednesdays when there is a later service; the services costs 60p* each way (£2.40 after 10pm) when travelling with a pre-paid ticket.
Travelling to/from Campus from/to offsite halls or residence or own accommodation - it won’t be a surprise to know that the U7 stops near a number of popular student residences in its route between campuses. During the early morning and after 6pm, it also stops outside Stockbridge Halls of Residence. As well as the U7, within Chichester, the Stagecoach no 50 bus service also comes onto campus – students can use this service at the subsidised rate of 60p* each way (using prepaid tickets). The number 50 route includes Chichester bus station to Chichester campus and is therefore quite handy for students living at Stockbridge wishing to use the bus to get to campus.
Living locally/want unlimited (excluding safety bus) travel on Stagecoach buses? – if this sound like you then check out the (new for September 2015) Uni-Rider ticket. For just £200 for Semester 1 (covers 1/9 to 31/12) you can travel on any public Stagecoach bus service 7 days a week without time restrictions, in Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. Uni-rider ticket is also valid on U7 and no 50 as well as other Stagecoach buses including the 700 and no 60, but NOT the SU Safety Bus. Stagecoach T&Cs apply. To purchase a Uni-Rider ticket visit: www.stagecoachbus.com
When purcahsing a Uni-Rider ticket, enter Chichester as location (even if you are based at Bognor) and for University select 'Other'.
As an alternative to the Uni-Rider ticket it is also possible to purchase a 'Mega-Rider' Gold ticket from Stagecoach. This offers the same level of accessibility to Stagecoach Bus services and can be purchased as a weekly ticket on the bus or for longer periods via the Stagecoach website. You can get a discount on the weekly ticket if you have an NUS extra discount card and your campus card - the weekly ticket costs about £18.
Living at Stockbridge Halls or Residence (but on a split campus course)? – if you are living at Stockbridge but regularly have lectures on both campuses then the University may be able to support you with your travel. Please contact travelplan for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety Bus Service – run by the SU every night during term time, predominantly in Chichester but also in Bognor during major events. For £1 per person per journey the buses will drop you home from Campus (with a reasonable distance of campus) – fares to be paid in cash.
For students living off campus the bus will do pick-ups to come onto campus between 8 and 10pm only, subject to availability. To request a pick-up, text the bus on 07867385261 or 07769553998 giving your name, location and preferred time and the driver's assistant will get back to you (please note the phones are not monitored during the day before 8pm ).
The Safety Bus Service Bus departs from outside the LRC/SIZ. The bus runs until all students waiting for the service have been cleared from campus; there is no set finish time.
There are many cycle routes around Bognor Regis and Chichester that will help you get around. One way to find out where's best to go and the routes available can be found at the West Sussex, Cycle Journey Planner (click for the planner)
Car share details and information around Parking Permits, available here
Many students do and our campuses are both quite easily accessible from the main towns. When walking in the darker evenings/late at night, common sense applies and we would encourage you to walk with a friend, and stay n well lit routes wherever possible. The SU is happy to provide attack alarms free of charge to anyone that wishes to carry one. Remember that as an alternative there are a number of bus service options including the safety bus.
When walking to or from campus during the evening, please respect your neighbours and try and keep the noise down - avoid walking in really large groups.
Chichester students using the hospital as a cut through please be aware that hospital gate is closed from 10pm - Do NOT attempt to climb the gate when it is closed.
Sometimes students want to travel by taxi – recommended taxi companies in the area are:
Chichester – Starline (0500 771077)
Bognor - Yellow Star (01243 828282)
We hope it never happens but if as a UoC student you are stranded in the local area without cash, special arrangements exist with these taxi companies to get you home – you will have to pay later (Ts&Cs apply).
The trains into Chichester and Bognor stations are mainly run by Southern Railways, for details click here
Staying safe when Traveling
Walking - whilst Chichester and Bognor Regis are nice areas, we would always recommend you walk in pairs in darker evenings and stick to well lit routes wherever possible (for example we would suggest you avoid walking through parks etc) - or use the safety bus service. The SU is happy to provide attack alarms free of charge for anyone that wishes to carry one. When leaving campus at night please use official routes and respect your community by keeping noise down. Also, for students on Chichester campus please note that the hospital gate is locked at 10pm - DO NOT attempt to climb the gate.
Safety Bus Service – run by the SU every night during term time, predominantly in Chichester but also in Bognor during major events. For £1 per person per journey the buses will drop you home from Campus (with a reasonable distance from campus) – fares to be paid in cash.
The Safety Bus Service Bus departs from outside the LRC/SIZ. The bus runs until all students waiting for the service have been cleared from campus; the service starts at 8pm and there is no set finish time.
*It is NOT possible to purchase one way tickets, either 10 journey or return tickets must be purchased.