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 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 28 October 2023 we are trialling a free evening hopper bus service to Lenton and Beeston from University Park and Jubilee Campus - find out more below. 

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. 

901 Service update – Temporary diversion route between Sutton Bonington Campus and Kegworth due to roadworks

From the 19 February 2024 until the 8 March 2024, there will be roadworks at the junction of Station Road and Kingston Lane.

Whilst the roadworks are in place, the 901 Hopper Service from Sutton Bonington Campus to Kegworth will be diverting via Sutton Bonington Village, Zouch Road, the A6 to Kegworth Market Place.  From Kegworth Market Place it will then travel along Derby Road, Side Leys, Nottingham Road, A6, Zouch Road, Sutton Bonington Village to Sutton Bonington Campus.

While the bus is operating on this diversion route, the Anchor bus stops on Station Road in Kegworth will not be served by Hopper buses, and the Hopper bus will not be able to serve the request only stops on Station Road (Mill Road and Station Road stops). 

Timetables will not be affected.

901 Hopper Services between University Park and Sutton Bonington should not be impacted by these roadworks.  

901 Service update – NET Parking Enforcement at Clifton Park & Ride car park

We have been made aware that NET (the Nottingham tram operators) are taking enforcement action (vehicle clamping with a £140 release fee) against people that are parking at Clifton Park & Ride (P&R) and catching the 901 Hopper bus.

Reminder to all UoN students and staff that parking at the Clifton Park & Ride car park is NOT free for Hopper bus users.

Clifton P&R is a tram-based P&R which means that free parking is for tram users not bus users.

NET have advised UoN that any Hopper bus users who want to use the Clifton P&R as a car park will need to buy a day pass for the tram. Users will need to provide evidence that they have a valid tram pass for the day they are parking if challenged by NET’s car park attendants at Clifton P&R.  The latest advice from NET states that if you purchase your tram pass via the NET GO app, then you can register your vehicle registration plate on the app - see the NET Support website for more information.

The Hopper bus primarily stops at Clifton P&R to provide Sutton Bonington Campus with a public transport connection to the Tram which can be used to connect to Nottingham City Centre.

If not being able to park for free at Clifton Park & Ride impacts your ability to get to work / study then you can look for alternative ways to travel via a free Personalised Travel Plan, and eligible students and staff can apply for a UoN car park permit .   

Withdrawal of the 905 service 

The 905 peak hour bus service from University Park to City Hospital was withdrawn on 15 December 2023. Staff and students travelling to Nottingham City Hospital are able to travel free of charge on the Medilink service - simply show your University card. 

Evening bus service trial

We are currently trialling a free evening hopper bus service to Lenton and Beeston from University Park and Jubilee Campus. The new 906 Hopper Service operates Monday-Sunday throughout term time from 28 October 2023 – 28 March 2024.

The 906 leaves George Green Library every hour from 7.30pm – 10.30pm and serves bus stops across University Park, Jubilee Campus, Lenton and Beeston, including:

  • George Green Library and the Union Shop (for the Hallward Library) on University Park
  • The Exchange at Jubilee Campus
  • Ilkeston Road (Faraday Road and Albert Grove stops) and Derby Road (Canning Circus and Savoy Cinema stops) in Lenton 
  • Humber Road and Middle Street (Jessamine Court stop) in Beeston

The full timetable and route map are available below. 


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]

Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD