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Lancaster University is set in 560 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 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 U3R and X3 bus services operate between Lancaster Railway Station and Lancaster University every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday day times. There is a limited hourly service on Sunday evenings in term time (X3). The journey time is around 25 minutes.

Taxis are available at the station, which is a five-minute walk from the city centre. The main taxi rank on campus is situated in Bowland Avenue outside the Chaplaincy Centre. Local taxi services provide accessible vehicles and offer both male and female drivers.

At the beginning of Welcome Week, the University provides a free to use coach shuttle service between Lancaster Railway Station and the University campus. The service operates on the first Saturday of Welcome Week from 9am to 6pm and on the first Sunday of Welcome Week from 10am to 6pm.

By Bus

For bus information use the Transport Hub in iLancaster or 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 U2, U3, U3R, U4, X3, 41, 42) leave for the University every five minutes on weekdays and most services also stop at Common Garden Street. The U3R bus service runs every 30 minutes between the Railway Station and the University (Monday to Saturday daytimes; hourly on Sunday evenings with the X3 service from 20:15).

On Campus: All buses drop off and collect passengers in the Underpass, situated underneath Alexandra Square in the centre of campus. Additionally, services U3, U3R, U4, 41 and 42 serve the southern perimeter road and South West Campus. There are also bus stops directly outside the Sports Centre on the main drive.

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 below.

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 has benefitted from its status as a Cycling Demonstration Town (2005-2011) which resulted in increased investment in facilities and initiatives for cyclists. It takes around 20 minutes to cycle from the city centre to campus on the dedicated University signed cycle route.

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. Other residences have undercover cycle stands. Cycle hire is available at Leisure Lakes on Penny Street in the city centre.

A Lancaster District cycling and walking map is available.

By Car

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 junction 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 Security Lodge where staff will direct you to your destination on campus.

For South West Campus (Alexandra Park) - turn right at the second set of junction traffic lights on the A6 into Hazelrigg Lane 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.

Visitor Car Parking

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

If you’re visiting campus during the day then parking charges apply. A ticket can be purchased from any of the pay and display machines across campus at a cost of £2 for two hours or £5 for up to 10 hours. Chip and pin card payment facilities are available at most machines. Alternatively, all-day visitor scratch cards are available from the Cashiers' desk in University House priced at £5 each.

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 subject to availability and restrictions. The tariff for the Sports Field Car Park is £3 per day.

Wheelchair accessible spaces are clearly marked across all car parking areas on campus. Blue Badge holders are welcome to park without charge.

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