Getting to the Gravesend Campus

Arriva Student Saver Tickets

Arriva offer a discount on the 4 weekly ticket to all students. Tickets may be purchased online at and the discounted price can be obtained by entering the college’s promotional code (available at enrolment or from reception at the end of August, once the student has enrolled). Tickets purchased online may either be sent directly to a mobile phone (for immediate use), or a paper ticket can be posted to your home address.

Which Student Saver ticket do I need?

This depends on where you are travelling from:

  • The Arriva Thameside Student Saver Ticket covers travel across Swanley, Dartford, Gravesend, New Ash Green and Vigo Village.
  • The Arriva Kent & Medway Student Saver Ticket covers all the South East areas including the Medway towns.

Please see zone maps and Arriva prices on the right, under “Travel Information”.

When using your ticket you must always show your North Kent College ID card.

Students travelling from London to the Gravesend campus

The cheapest route for students living in a London Borough is to travel to Dartford by bus (some popular routes (Oyster card only accepted on these routes) the 96, 492, and the 428 London bus services run to Dartford and then on to Bluewater).

Students will need to take a second bus from Dartford or Bluewater through to Gravesend. (You cannot use an Oyster Card on Kent Arriva bus routes, however North Kent College students can obtain discounted tickets on Arriva buses for this part of their journey. From Dartford (Home Gardens) you can take the Arriva 480 bus to Denton Lion Garage which is a short walk from the Gravesend campus. From Bluewater bus station you can take the 490 or 481 to Denton Lion Garage.  

A new 16-17 rail card is being launched in September 2019. Further information will be available as soon as it becomes available to us or you can look on the National Rail website.

16-17 Railcard

A new national rail card for 16-17 year olds is being launched soon. Click here for more information.

16+ Zip Oyster Photocard

All 16 or 17 year olds who live in a London Borough are entitled to apply for a 16+ Zip Oyster Photo Card, giving free travel on the London bus services. Also the card can be used to purchase train tickets within the Oyster Card Zone at half the adult rate.

Full - time Students (who are on a course at Level 3 or below) who are 18 as at 31 August of the year they start their course and who live in a London Borough, are also eligible for the 16+ Zip Oyster Photocard for use throughout the whole of that academic year (even though they may turn 19 during the year).

18 + Student Oyster Photocard

Full–time Students aged 19 or above (as at 31 August of the year they start their course) taking a level 3 course or below and living in a London Borough and students aged 18 or above taking a Higher Education course (Level 4 or above), can apply for an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard and get 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and London bus pass season tickets..

Please be aware that although you will get a discount on bus and train travel, Gravesend Station is outside of Zone 8 and London buses only run as far as Bluewater.

When to apply

To be eligible for a 16+ Zip Oyster Photocard or an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard, the college has to confirm that you are a full-time student. You should, therefore, wait until you are actually enrolled on a course to apply for your Oyster Card. Please note, if you apply before you are fully enrolled, you risk your application being rejected and losing your application fee.

How to apply for your Oyster Photocard

Oyster card applications are made via the Transport for London Oyster Photocard website, To apply for an Oyster Card you must first of all create a web account. For students aged 16 or 17 as at 31 August of the year they start their course, this must be done by a parent or guardian on behalf of the student; students who are 18 or above as at 31 August must create their own web account. A colour digital photo of the student must be uploaded and an administration fee is payable.

If you live in London and are aged 18, you will have to print off a verification letter that must be stamped by the College (please bring it in to reception or Student Financial Support office for stamping). The stamped verification letter must then be taken to a Post Office in London, along with other required documentation. The Post Office clerk will check your documents and you will need to pay the application fee. The Photocard is usually sent to you within 24 hours.

KCC 16+ Travel Card

North Kent College participates in the Kent 16+ Travel Card scheme, this is available to students aged 18 or under (as at 31 August, of the year they start their course) and who live in Kent (i.e. in a household which pays Council Tax to a Kent District Council for KCC Services).

The Kent 16+ Travel Card enables students who are eligible, to access unlimited bus travel in Kent (and on direct bus services crossing the county boundary) at any time.

Applications need to be made on-line via the  website which also gives full information and prices.

Please note: The Kent 16+ Travel Card does not cover students living in Medway. Students who are aged 16-18 living in Medway can apply via Medway Council for a Medway Youth Pass. 

Public buses to the Gravesend campus

190 Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester, Strood, Higham, Chalk and Gravesend
480 Dartford, Stone, Horn's Cross, Greenhithe, Swanscombe, Northfleet and Gravesend, Valley Drive, Riverview Park
481 Bluewater, Painers Ash, Gravesend, Denton, Riverview Park
483 Bluewater, Ebbsfleet International Station, Pepper Hill, Perry Street, Northfleet, Gravesend town centre and rail station and Riverview Park
489 New Ash Green, Longfield, Southfleet, Gravesend, Lion Garage Chalk
490 Bluewater, Greenhithe Swanscombe, Northfleet and Gravesend, Valley Drive

Travelling by Train

The closest train station to the Gravesend campus is Gravesend Station. You can catch a 190, 480, 490 bus from the station to the Gravesend campus. To plan your journeys by train please visit the Southeastern Railways, Trainline and Transport for London websites. 

Travelling by car

If driving to the Gravesend campus, you can take the Gravesend East junction on the A2 and head towards Gravesend. Follow Valley Drive, all the way to the end, where you will come to the Old Road East traffic light junction, and turn right. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit, you will see the entrance to the Gravesend campus on the left. 

Gravesend campus – Lower Higham Road, Gravesend, DA12 2JJ 


We have ample FREE parking available at the Gravesend campuses. However, we would suggest using public transport if you can, to help the environment and ease traffic congestion.

Financial Help

If you are a student and require funding for your travel to College, please see the Student Finance page for information on what you could be entitled to.