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Travel for free

Are you a school leaver heading to college this September? Don’t let travel be a barrier to your success.

We are here to help you get to any of our campuses using the variety of transport means available, whether that’s by bus if you’re eligible for Our Pass or via our travel support package TMC Go. So whether you’re travelling to college or need to get to your work placement, we will help to get you there for free, anytime, seven days a week.*

*Terms, conditions and eligibility apply.

Travel Support Checker

Answer a few questions to see what support you may be eligible for before you apply. Applications for support will open in the coming months.

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Our Pass

If you’re aged at least 16 and under 18 on 31st August 2022 and live in Greater Manchester then you will be eligible for Our Pass.

Our Pass is a membership scheme for young people who live in Greater Manchester and supports both school leavers and care leavers. Those eligible have the chance to become a member – and potentially enjoy two things:

  • Free bus travel across Greater Manchester. For a one-off £10 fee, members can travel on most local buses, any day of the week, for free. Members can also get half-price off-peak 1 day and weekend travelcards on Metrolink.
  • Membership unlocks exclusive offers and experiences: discounts, special offers, free tickets, swimming and leisure passes, merchandise, taster sessions and much more.

Once you’ve applied your Our Pass will be loaded onto your College ID badge and can be used on public transport as a travel card, this needs to be renewed every 28 days. The process is simple and takes only a few minutes to activate on campus with a smartphone, then you can travel wherever, whenever you like within Greater Manchester.


For students aged 16-18 who are not eligible for Our Pass and/or who live outside the Greater Manchester travel area there is support available through TMC Go.

TMC Go is there to support students with a range of travel solutions, therefore if journey by bus isn't feasible we can also support you with travel by Metrolink or train. 

Our TMC Go offer applies to 2022/23 only and is subject to available funds, terms, conditions and eligibility.

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If you’re aged 16 or 17 and live outside of Greater Manchester or aged 18 prior to 31st August 2022 then you won’t be eligible for Our Pass, however you can apply to get travel support through TMC Go if you meet our criteria*.

  • Your household income is less than £35,000 per year
  • You've been a UK resident for 3 or more years

Additionally, if you are eligible for Our Pass but are struggling to get here by bus or it takes too long we will look at alternative transport methods if you meet our criteria.

Applications for TMC Go will open soon. Check back to apply or make an enquiry and we'll let you know when they open.

If you are eligible for free bus travel through TMC Go,  then this will be loaded onto your College ID badge. This can be used on public transport as a travel card, this needs to be renewed every 28 days. The process is simple and takes only a few minutes to activate on campus with a smartphone.

*Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions apply.

If you’re aged 16-18 and your journey to college by bus just isn’t feasible and/or you plan to travel by tram or train but are struggling to afford it, then we could help fund some or all of your travel to campus via train or tram with TMC Go.*  

The level of support and mode of transport will be determined at the application stage and will be checked when processing the application. Students may be required to attend an assessment interview to discuss travel options.

*Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions apply.

Depending on your personal circumstances and income you may be eligible for travel support through our Study Programme Award for adults, including our TMC Go travel award. 

TMC Go will not only help you with getting to and from college, it can also provide you with a way to explore all the great places in Greater Manchester.  We’ve been working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to incorporate your bus pass with your College ID and if eligible, you will be able to load a travel pass onto it every 28 days via a smartphone on campus.

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Accepted an offer with us? 

If you are eligible you can apply for Our Pass now so this will be ready when you enrol. 

Apply for OurPass

If you aren’t eligible for Our Pass and would like to apply for travel support via TMC Go then please submit your details via the contact form below and we will be in touch once applications are open, in the meantime you are welcome to speak to our Careers and Welfare team to have an interim assessment to understand if you are eligible. 

Contact Careers & Welfare


Not received / accepted an offer from us? 

You can apply for Our Pass or TMC Go if and when you enrol, however this will take at least 24 hours to process and no travel will be paid for until the pass or bursary has been awarded. 

Terms and conditions apply. 

How to travel around Manchester

As well as TMC Go and Our Pass there are several other city-wide initiatives to help students get across Manchester using public transport at either a discounted price or for free.

  • Free buses run around the city every 10-15 minutes on weekdays and every 15-20 minutes on weekends. Explore free bus routes
  • Choosing a combined Train and Tram Ticket allows you to travel free on Metrolink trams in the city zone if you have bought a rail ticket for travel from any Greater Manchester station to a city zone station -just request a Metrolink add-on free of charge when purchasing your rail ticket. Find out more.
  • Save 1/3 on rail tickets when you purchase a yearly railcard (£30 for a year)

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Make an enquiry

Whether you’d like to know more about available travel options, a specific course, ask a question about applying, or find out about the college, we’re here to help! Make an enquiry below and we'll let you know when applications for TMC Go are open.

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