Free Travel

Our Pass

If you live within Greater Manchester you may apply for a FREE bus travel card, called Our Pass.

A £10 admin fee is payable to Transport for Greater Manchester for Our Pass but students eligible for the College’s 16-18 bursary will have this fee reimbursed*

  • You are eligible for Our Pass if you are 16 or 17 years old.
  • If you are 16 years old after the 31 August 2022 you are eligible for Our Pass.
  • If you are 18 years old before 31 August 2022 you should apply for the College’s free Arriva, First Manchester or Stagecoach bus pass.

Visit Our Pass for more information or to apply. Please apply as soon as possible (please note these are not issued by the College).

* Wigan & Leigh College will reimburse the fee during your first term.


Free arriva and stagecoach bus pass

If you live on a route that is serviced by an alternative bus transport provider, Diamond or Lancashire Zone for example (and you do not live within Greater Manchester to access ‘Our Pass’) please ask the reception team about your free transport options.

The FREE bus pass is available for full-time students aged 16-18 on or before 31st August 2022.

  • Save up to £379 per year.
  • Your free bus pass can be used throughout the day, evenings and weekends.


1.The free bus pass is only available to learners who:

- live outside of Greater Manchester (if you live within Greater Manchester you can apply for Our Pass)

- are aged 16-18 on or before 31 August 2022

- live within Greater Manchester and are 18 years old before 31 August 2022

- are enrolled at Wigan & Leigh College on a full-time course up to Level 3

2.The free bus pass is attendance related. Passes are issued on a termly basis. To receive the spring and summer term passes students must have maintained at least 90% attendance in the autumn and spring terms.

3.If you lose your pass, you will be responsible for buying a replacement. This is £50 for Stagecoach (and reduces to £30 from 1 November 2020) and £25 for Arriva.

Passes will be issued during the first week of term.

If you are using this travel option, on your first day please purchase a single fare to College and your bus pass will be issued during your first day. This will allow you to use your pass for your return journey home and beyond.

Students Studying at Leigh College:

The College are putting on a mini bus shuttle service morning and evening from Leigh Bus Station to Leigh College and back again. The shuttle bus will run several times in the morning and again after classes finish at 4.30pm in the afternoon. Please show your student badge to access this shuttle service.