Getting to Varndean College is very easy. If you live in Brighton or Hove, you can catch the 5B right to the door. Many of our students though, come to Varndean College from significant distances away from Brighton. Their experience has been that it’s actually much simpler than they first thought to travel to and from Varndean College quickly and easily each day, due to the large number of bus and rail routes which provide quick and direct access.
Travelling to College from within Brighton and the outskirts of the town The far easiest way is to use the bus services. Most bus routes take you in to the town centre where you would change to take a bus from there to the College. There are however some direct services:
Travelling to College from within Brighton and the outskirts of the town
The far easiest way is to use the bus services. Most bus routes take you in to the town centre where you would change to take a bus from there to the College. There are however some direct services:
The 5B runs from Hangleton in Hove, via Nevill Road, Sackville Road, Blatchington Road, Church Road, Western Road, North Street, Old Steine, Preston Circus, Stanford Avenue, Beaconsfield Villas and Surrenden Road. This bus service runs approximately every 10 minutes during the day and stops right outside the College.
The 56 bus runs from the Knoll Estate, via Old Shoreham Road, Seven Dials and Churchill Square. Ditchling Road is the nearest stop for the College. It also links the Hollingbury and Patcham areas.
From Mile Oak
The 55 bus runs from Mile Oak and Hangleton to Hollingbury via Valley Road, Nevill Avenue, Old Shoreham Road, Seven Dials, Churchill Square and then the same as the 5B from North Street.
This bus service only departs Mile Oak between 7.05am and 8.05am. There is no direct return service so you would need to change at Churchill Square.
The 46 runs from Southwick, Portslade and Hove to Hollingbury via Western Road, Old Steine, London Road, Open Market and Ditchling Road. The 26 starts from Churchill Square and then operates the same way as the 46 on to the College.
From Queens Park
The 94 provides a limited service between Varndean and Queens Park.
Travelling to College from further afield
The closest station to the College is Preston Park which is several minutes walk from the College. There are frequent trains stopping at this station, some of which are direct services:
From the West
From Worthing, there is a direct service to Preston Park via Lancing, Shoreham, Portslade and Hove. There is one train every hour and the journey time from Worthing is only around 20 minutes. There are additional services via Brighton Station.
From the North
From Haywards Heath, there are four direct trains per hour, calling at Wivelsfield, Burgess Hill and Hassocks. The journey time from Haywards Heath is approximately 16 minutes.
From the East
From Lewes, there are approximately four trains per hour, some stopping at Falmer, Moulsecoomb and then London Road. London Road station is close to bus services to the college (or a 15 minute walk should you prefer!) The bus services from Lewes are the 28/29/29B and from Ringmer the 28. From Newhaven, the 12/12A/12X buses run via Peacehaven, Saltdean and Rottingdean. These services all run into central Brighton and are not direct so you would need to catch the 5B bus which stops right outside the College.
Unfortunately parking on campus is restricted to staff only. However there are plenty of spaces on nearby roads for students' cars.
Adult Education Students attending evening classes (after 6pm) should find that there are plenty of parking spaces.
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