How to find us

Lancaster University is set in 360 acres of beautiful parkland and lies approximately three miles south of the City of Lancaster. The campus is easily accessible via road, rail and bicycle and is within 70 miles of Manchester's International Airport.

 

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By Car

Note: A main road in Lancaster city centre is completely closed for around 10 weeks, due to work being undertaken by United Utilities, causing significant delays to journey times. Due to these delays we recommend all persons travelling to Lancaster University via the M6, exit at Junction 33, avoiding the city centre.

Leave the M6 motorway at Junction 33 and take the A6 north towards Lancaster.

For Lancaster University main campus - turn right at the third set of traffic lights on the A6 into the University main drive.

Take the first exit left from the roundabout at the top of the main drive, then the first avenue on your right. This brings you to the Reception Lodge where security staff will direct you to your destination on campus.

For Alexandra Park (south end of campus) - turn right at the second set of traffic lights on the A6 into Barkers Drive and turn left at the roundabout into Alexandra Park Drive.

You can use either the RAC or AA route planners to view and print directions for your journey.

If using an online route planner or satnav, please note that the university postcode is LA1 4YW.

By Rail

There are direct rail links between Lancaster and many of the UK's major cities and airports. For train times, visit National Rail Enquiries. The 3A and X4 bus services operate between Lancaster Railway Station and Lancaster University every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes and hourly on Sunday afternoons and evenings. Taxis are available at the station, which is a five minute walk from the city centre.

Local taxi services can be contacted on: +44 (0)1524 32090; +44 (0)1524 35666 and +44 (0)1524 848848.

By Bus

For bus information call 'Traveline' on 0871 200 22 33. Alternatively, visit the Stagecoach website for current timetables and further information.

In the City: The bus station is situated on Damside Street in the City Centre. Buses (services 2, 2A, 3, 4, X4, 42) leave for the University every five minutes on weekdays and most services also stop at Common Garden Street. Additionally, the 3A and X4 bus services run every 30 minutes between the Railway Station and the University (Monday to Saturday daytimes; hourly on Sunday afternoons and evenings).

On Campus: All buses drop off and collect passengers in the Underpass, situated underneath Alexandra Square. Additionally, services 3 and 4 serve the southern perimeter road around Alexandra Park. There are also bus stops directly outside the Sports Centre on the main drive.

Local taxi services can be contacted on: +44 (0)1524 32090; +44 (0)1524 35666 and +44 (0)1524 848848.

There are daily scheduled coach services from the underpass to destinations across the UK. These are operated by Megabus and National Express.

By Air

From Manchester International Airport take the M56 motorway at Junction 5 and join the M6 motorway at Junction 20 (north), then follow the 'By Car' directions as above.

Alternatively, take the train - an hourly rail link runs directly between Manchester airport and Lancaster. For train times, visit National Rail Enquiries.

By Bicycle

Lancaster was recently a Cycling Demonstration Town (2005-2011) which means it benefited from increased investment in facilities and initiatives for cyclists. It takes 30 minutes or so to cycle from the city centre to campus on the two University signed routes.

An off-road cycle route runs from Whinfell Drive in Hala and enters the campus near Bailrigg House. A further off-road signed cycle route runs along the Lancaster Canal to the city centre. Most colleges have secure cycle stores at the newer buildings. Other residences have undercover cycle stands. Cycle hire is available at Leisure Lakes on Penny Street in the city centre.

Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council have produced the following to maps promote and encourage cycling and walking; footpaths and cycle routes are marked.

Visitor Car Parking

Visitor car parking is available on campus 24/7 and is free after 6pm.

If you’re visiting campus during the day then parking charges do apply and can be purchased from any of the 11 pay and display machines across campus a cost of £2 for two hours. Chip and pin card payment facilities are available at each machine. Alternatively, all-day visitor scratch cards are available from the cashiers' desk in University House priced at £5 each.

The nearest visitor parking zone for Live at LICA venues and the Ruskin Library is Visitor Parking Zone A on North West Drive and Bowland Avenue. To access this zone, take the first exit at the main roundabout and then continue forward for a hundred yards – the parking spaces are then located on each side of the road. Continue along the ring road to access other parking areas across campus.

The Sports Centre has a separate parking policy from the rest of the campus. Users of the Sports Centre can park for up to two hours free of charge at the Sports Centre Car Park or the Sports Field Car Park (accessible from Green Lane) subject to availability & restrictions. Please see the Sports Centre website for more details.

Wheelchair accessible spaces are clearly marked across all car parking areas on campus. Blue Badge holders should park in Bowland Avenue.

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