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.

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. 

A52 road closure

From Monday 9 January there will be changes to the hopper bus services to mitigate and ease the congestion both on campus and on the surrounding network as a result of the lane closures on the A52.

  • 901 Sutton Bonington service – will operate from East Drive only. Anyone who gets this bus from along Beeston Lane in the evening will need to walk to East Drive to catch the bus.
  • 903 Jubilee Campus service – will operate from East Drive. Anyone who gets this bus from along Beeston Lane or Library Road will need to walk to East Drive to catch the bus.
  • 904 Royal Derby – will operate from East Drive only. It will exit campus via the south entrance and will travel to Derby via the A453 and A50, so as to avoid the congestion on the A52. Anyone who catches this bus from West Entrance will need to walk to East Drive.
    • From Monday 23 January, the 904 will revert to travelling to and from Derby via the A52, The service will continue to operate from East Drive and will exit the South Entrance, turn round at Dunkirk roundabout and travel back along University Boulevard in the direction of Derby. The bus will stop at stops UN10 and UN01 - the stops directly outside and opposite the Co-op supermarket near the West Entrance. 

Passengers are encouraged to think before they travel and ensure they leave plenty of time to make journeys. 

We will continue to monitor road conditions and will provide updates of any further changes, many thanks for your understanding.

All timetables are detailed below.


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]

Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD