Hopper buses

Hopper bus parked on University Park campus

The University of Nottingham provides free hopper bus services that run between the main University Park Campus and Jubilee, Sutton Bonington and King's Meadow campuses, and the Royal Derby Hospital Centre.

The hopper buses now use a ‘tap-on’ system, so if you have your University card with you, please tap the card reader machine next to the driver. If you don’t have a card, the driver will manually record your journey.

From Monday 11 September there will be a peak hour bus service from University Park to City Hospital.  

Staff and students travelling to Nottingham City Hospital are also able to travel free of charge on the Medilink service - simply show your University card. 

Summer timetables

The 903 and 904 services are operating to the vacation timetables until Sunday 24 September.

New term-time timetables for 2023-2024

From Monday 25 September, the 903 and 904 will be operating to the term-time timetables. 

Changes have been made to the 901 Sutton Bonington timetable which will start operating from Monday 25 September, with additional daytime services starting and finishing in Kegworth. 

The School of Medicine have funded several enhancements to the 904 Royal Derby Hospital service: 

  • The first two buses to Royal Derby Hospital will commence from Canning Circus (stop CC04) in Nottingham City Centre. These buses will continue picking up at Savoy Cinema (stop LE09) on Derby Road in Lenton, outside the Queens Medical Centre (stop QM04), the usual bus stops in University Park and at the bus stop on Middle Street, Beeston opposite the Tesco Extra.
  • The afternoon and evening buses will operate to a slightly amended timetable with buses running later than they currently do for better alignment with placement finishing times at the hospital.
  • Two additional bus stops for students to board and alight will be positioned outside/opposite Lidl on Uttoxeter New Road in Derby. As these are request stops, students should make their intent clear by indicating to the driver if they wish to board the bus. 

All the new timetables are available below.  

Service change on the 901 services

From Monday 11 September to Friday 27 October 2023, there are some changes to the 901 hopper bus services due to the planned closure of Nottingham Road in Kegworth.  Service times remain unaffected.

  • This service will continue it’s normal route from Sutton Bonington Campus to Station Road in Kegworth.  It will divert via Derby Road / London Road to serve Kegworth Market Place.  We will not be able to serve any stops along Nottingham Road during this period.


As of 5 August 2018, the hopper bus services are operated by Arriva Midlands.

Tel: 01332 861 510


Hopper bus website

For lost property, contact Arriva on the above.

Outside of office hours (6am-10pm Monday to Saturday, 9am-7pm Sunday) please contact University Security on:
0115 951 3013


Read more about the purpose of the University's hopper bus service [PDF]

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