Our Sustainable Travel policy

We are part of the Taunton Deane Green Policy. We encourage our visitors to use alternative forms of transport and provide cycle racks and cycle paths.

We are part of the car share scheme for Taunton Deane and have designated parking areas for users of the scheme.

How to find us

All roads lead to Somerset College – as do many trains. So wherever you’re coming from, getting here is simple. Here’s what to do to make travelling to College as straightforward as possible.

By Car

Coming either north or south on the M5 you can get off at either Junction 25 (Taunton A358) or Junction 26 (Taunton A38). Click here for a route plan.

Parking Policy
Somerset College has limited parking on campus. Visitors are encouraged to car share where possible and use public transport when visiting the campus. See below for information on public transport to the College.

The College employs a £1 per day car parking charge across all of the campus car parks (weekdays only 8am-5.30pm). Please note that at weekends some of the car parks are closed.

Please click on one of the options below to see the College campus map and for directions on how to get to Somerset College by road.

3D campus view (pdf)
Map of Taunton (pdf)
Map of the South West (large)

Park and Ride

Buses leave the Park and Ride car park (near the Silk Mills Roundabout, click here for a map) every six to twelve minutes. After a short ride they will drop you off in front of the College entrance. The cost is £2.20 return including free parking.

A second Park and Ride car park is also available at the Taunton Gateway site (Ruishton, Taunton, TA3 5LU), located near the Taunton M5 roundabout, Junction 25. For information on the two Taunton Park and Ride sites please visit www.somerset.gov.uk/tauntonflyer.

Train

Taunton has a main line station with fast trains to London (two hours), Bristol (45 minutes), Birmingham and Plymouth. Click here for information on Taunton station.

Coach

National Express provides a regular service to most parts of the country, Berrys coaches also offer frequent services to various parts of the UK. Both services stop at Taunton bus station, a ten minute walk from the campus.

Air

Bristol International Airport is approximately 45 minutes by car and Exeter Airport is approximately 35 minutes.

Sea

We are close to Plymouth and Poole with their connection to France, Spain and beyond.

On Foot

The main campus is only ten minutes stroll from the town centre. View Map of Taunton for directions.

By Cycle

There is a cycle path along Wellington Road and through the campus and more routes are planned. There are cycle racks at several locations throughout the campus. We are committed to green transport and therefore encourage students and staff to cycle whenever possible.

By Bus

A number of buses drop you virtually at the College's main entrance.

There are numerous independent bus companies operating within the county. For independent, county-wide timetable information please contact Traveline South West on 0871 200 223 385 (7am-10pm every day).

County Bus Ticket
To apply for the County Bus Ticket, applications need to be made to Somerset County Council. The cost of a County Ticket will be £650 and application forms will be available online from the end of May 2013 at www.somerset.gov.uk/countyticket.

Financial Assistance for Transport

Financial assistance for transport, including £300 contribution towards a County Bus Ticket (eligibility criteria applies), is available to students to help reduce the costs of travel and transport whilst studying at Somerset College. For further information please visit our Financial Support for Transport page.

Moped Loan Scheme

If you live in a rural part of the County you may be eligible to apply for the Somerset Rural Youth Project Moped Loan Scheme. This is an excellent programme run by the Somerset Rural Youth Project which allows young people to break out of the transport trap by lending them a moped for up to a year. This will enable individuals to get to College or training, look for work or hold down a job, without the limitations of travel.

To find out more you can view the information leaflet here, or visit www.sryp.org.uk.