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Sustainable travel

Would you like to cycle or walk to College? Find out how we can help!

Cycle to College Bike Loan

Are you applying to Student Finance for help with the costs of travelling to College?

Would you be interested in cycling to College instead of taking the car or using public transport?

There are so many benefits to cycling – it keeps you fit, it’s cheap, it’s often quicker than by car in traffic, and it’s great for the environment.

Interested but don’t have a bike of your own?

Student Finance may be able to support you with the loan of a bike for the whole of the College year + lock, lights and helmet (normal Student Finance eligibility will apply).

If you might be interested in talking to someone about this option, and find out more about the scheme and the facilities available to cyclists in College please contact Student Finance on 0115 914 6414 and ask to speak to Phil Stephenson.

Get Active and Walk

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.

  • Adults should be doing at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate activity over the course of the week to keep fit and healthy, for 10 minutes or more at a time (Dept of Health 2011).
  • The average person can walk at a moderate walking pace of 3 miles an hour or 1 mile in 20 minutes. So just walking to College or back home 3 days a week will help you meet nearly half your weekly activity target without even thinking about it.
  • By 2050 almost 60% of the UK population could be obese, which could cost the economy £49.9 billion. (‘Future Choices’ Government Office of Science 2007).
  • Apart from helping with your physical health, walking can also help your mental health. The more you walk, the better you feel and the more relaxed you become. Walking can support your emotional health and give you a sense of independence and self confidence.
  • People who are active have lower rates of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, colon and breast cancer and depression (World Health Organisation 2011).
  • Walking one mile can burn up to 100 calories.

Walking Tips

  • Meet a friend and walk together, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get to College when you’re talking!
  • Listening to music or a podcast is also a great way to make the time fly (but do take obvious precautions if you have headphones in).
  • Look up! Nottingham has some great buildings and architecture - learn to appreciate where you live.
  • Zone out and get rid of those negative thoughts - walking is a great way to clear your head so you can concentrate better once you get to class or relax more once you get home.
  • Be the first to spot when the sales are on as you walk past your favourite shops. 
  • Get a walking app on your phone to track your route, time, distance, speed, pace and the calories you burn. is available on iPhone and Android. 
  • Talk to the College Sports Maker about joining a walking group in College - a really popular group has been meeting at the Beeston site during the 2015/16 college year.