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Travelling to the Campuses

To make it easier to reach both campuses, we’ve put together directions for travel by the most common methods. The links on the right are useful tools to help plan your journey and there are maps for each campus located below.

Hopwood takes you further with FREE buses to Middleton Campus

The College offers a free bus service for students travelling to and from our Middleton campus from locations across North Manchester. We have nine dedicated bus routes and, with journey times of less than an hour, we get students to college before 9am and home again at the end of the day hassle free. New routes include Saddleworth in Oldham, Norden/Bamford in Rochdale, Tottington in Bury, and Radcliffe in Bury. The timetable for 2023/24 can be viewed HERE.

Our dedicated coaches pick up at any bus stop along the route. All students need is their college ID badge.

If you are not on our free bus routes, but live in the Greater Manchester area, you may be entitled to use the free bus pass - OUR PASS. For more details, click here to view the council's information booklet.

Visitor parking and information

Both our campuses have free on-site car parking. At Middleton, visitors are requested to use the one outside reception and at Rochdale you will need to use the intercom at the barrier to gain entry.

Visitors can also read our Safeguarding information Leaflet here.

Interactive bus route maps

Need to visualise our bus routes for yourself? Click HERE to access our interactive bus route maps.

Middleton Campus

Rochdale Road, Middleton, M24 6XH

Tel: 0161 643 7560

Fax: 0161 655 6900

Textphone: 01706 650904


By Road:

The Middleton Campus is two miles from junction 20 on the M62. Take the A627(M) towards Oldham and leave at first junction and follow signs to Middleton.

By Rail:

The Castleton rail station is 2 miles from the Middleton campus, and takes around ten minutes to reach by bus. The 17 service runs through this area and stops at Middleton campus.

By Bus:

The No. 17 bus service runs frequent between Rochdale and Manchester approximately every ten minutes and stops at the entrance to the Middleton Campus.

Find Middleton Campus on Google Maps

Rochdale Campus

St. Mary’s Gate, Rochdale, OL12 6RY

Tel: 01706 345346

Fax: 01706 641426

Textphone: 01706 650904


By Road:

The Rochdale campus is 2.6 miles from junction 20 of the M62. Follow the signs for Rochdale town centre

By Rail:

Rochdale train station is a ten minute walk from the Rochdale Campus through the town centre. It is also a Metrolink station, Manchester’s light railway system, which links Rochdale with Oldham, Bury and Manchester City Centre.

By Bus:

The Rochdale bus station is approximately 5 minutes’ walk from the Rochdale campus. There are frequent bus services throughout the borough which terminate in Rochdale.

Find Rochdale Campus on Google Maps