How to find us
Lancaster University lies approximately 3 miles south of the City of Lancaster. The city is within 70 miles of Manchester’s International Airport and well served by road and public transport links.
New and returning students
We want to make your arrival as smooth and safe as possible so we are asking all students to indicate your anticipated arrival date. Students should also visit the Arrival and Shuttle Service webpage for details about the travel plans we have in place and for information about our shuttle services.Arrival and Shuttle Service
Maps and directions to campus
If using an online route planner or satnav, the main University postcode is LA1 4YW.
For the Health Innovation Campus use LA1 4AT
For Forrest Hills use LA2 0PL
View or download a PDF version of Lancaster University's campus map
Navigate around Lancaster University campus using our interactive map
Covid Testing Centre Directional Map
Due to Covid-19 new circulation routes are in place in buildings on campus. Please follow the signage and maintain social distancing at all times. For more information please visit our Covid-19 webpage.
Travelling to campus
Lancaster train station is a five-minute walk from the city centre.
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 4 and 4X bus services operate between Lancaster Railway Station (Platform 3 exit) and Lancaster University every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes. There is also a limited service on Sunday evenings in term time (4X) to meet popular trains from the south. The journey time is around 25 minutes. Taxis are also available at the station.
More information about travelling to campus by train.
In the City
The bus station is situated on Damside Street in the city centre and most services also stop at Common Garden Street. Service 1/1A provides a direct connection to the University every 10 minutes, Services 100, 4, 4X, 40, 41 and 42 also serve the University giving a total of 14 buses per hour from Monday to Saturday until 7pm. A less frequent service then runs daily until around midnight.
All buses drop off and collect passengers in the Underpass, situated underneath Alexandra Square in the centre of campus, except for an hourly 40 or 41 journey which calls at the bus stops on the A6 outside the campus only. Additionally, services 100 and 42, along with certain 4, 40 and 41 journeys serve the southern perimeter road and South West Campus. There are also bus stops directly outside the Sports Centre on the main drive. All the buses which serve the Underpass also stop here.
All the above buses serve the stops at the Health Innovation Campus entrance.
More information on travelling to campus by bus
From Manchester Airport
An hourly rail link runs directly between Manchester Airport and Lancaster. Journey time is just over an hour, For train times, visit National Rail Enquiries.
National Express operate a daily coach service between Manchester Airport and Lancaster Bus Station. For coach times, visit National Express.
Alternatively, take the M56 motorway at Junction 5 and join the M6 motorway at Junction 20 (north), then follow the 'By Car' directions below.
Lancaster University also provides a coach shuttle service from Manchester Airport to the University on certain dates to coincide with Arrivals Weekend and the start of the academic year.
From London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport
If you arrive at Heathrow or Gatwick airport, you can catch a connecting flight to Manchester.
Alternatively, you can travel from Heathrow or Gatwick to Lancaster by train or coach.
From Heathrow, take the Heathrow Express to Paddington station in central London, and then the London Underground to Euston station.
From Gatwick, take the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station in central London and then the London Underground from to Euston Station.
From Euston Station, trains depart every hour for Lancaster city from Monday to Friday (but less frequently on Saturdays and Sundays). The journey takes about three hours and you can find times on the National Rail Enquiries website. On arrival in Lancaster, you can then take a taxi to the University campus.
You can also travel by coach (National Express or Megabus) from London. Please note that even a direct coach can take six to seven hours to get from London to Lancaster and if there are stops on the way journey time may increase. However, this is often a cheaper option than a one-way train ticket.
If you wish to travel to Lancaster on the coach you should book a seat in advance. Please note that you may not be allowed on the bus/coach if you have more than two suitcases. See the National Express or Megabus website for details of fares and coach times.
It takes around 20 minutes to cycle from the city centre to campus on the signed University cycle route. This is traffic free from Whinfell Drive in Hala to Bailrigg Lane from where alternative paths lead to North Campus passing Bailrigg House, and to other campus destinations passing Health Innovation One.
An alternative traffic free signed cycle route runs along the Lancaster Canal from the city centre. This offers an option that is mainly traffic free, with a short section on quiet roads. Most colleges have secure cycle stores. Undercover cycle stands are provided across campus.
A Lancaster District cycling and walking map is available.
More information about cycling to campus
Leave the M6 motorway at Junction 33 and take the A6 north towards Lancaster.
After Galgate village, three junctions with traffic lights on the A6 serve the University.
For South West Campus (Alexandra Park) - turn right at the first traffic lights into Hazelrigg Lane and then left at the roundabout into Alexandra Park Drive. On weekdays during term time, between 9:30am and 12 noon, there are usually parking spaces available on South West Campus, but not elsewhere on campus.
For North and South Campus, outside these peak times - turn right at the second traffic lights into the University main drive. You can use the Car Parking Zones Map to identify the most convenient visitor car park for your destination.
For South East Campus (Forrest Hills) - follow the directions to South West Campus but go straight ahead at the roundabout and follow the signs.
For Health Innovation One – turn right at the third traffic lights into Sir John Fisher Drive. Parking here is also limited. It takes 20 minutes to walk the length of the campus and there are frequent buses with a 50p single fare within campus.
If using an online route planner or satnav, the main University postcode is LA1 4YW. For the Health Innovation Campus use LA1 4AT and for Forrest Hills use LA2 0PL.
If you are travelling to campus in a plug-in electric vehicle, free electric charging is available. Information on charging points.
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 (£3 on South West Campus). All payments are contactless by either chip & pin and contactless card payment. Alternatively, all-day visitor scratch cards are available for home delivery in advance of your visit. These are available from the Online Store.
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.
More information about parking on campus.
The University work with AccessAble to provide access guides to various part of the University campus, which detail key access information including accessible routes, facilities and parking information.
Accessible parking is available across campus: for one-off visits, Blue Badges will suffice. There are accessible parking spaces all around campus - see the campus map for locations.AccessAble