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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.
If using an online route planner or satnav, the University postcode is LA1 4YW
View or download a PDF version of Lancaster University's campus map
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 from 20:25 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.
During Arrivals Weekend, the University provides a free coach shuttle service between Lancaster Railway Station and the University campus. The service operates on Saturday from 9am to 6pm and on Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
More information about travelling to campus by train.
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.
The bus station is situated on Damside Street in the city centre and most services also stop at Common Garden Street. Service 1 provides a direct connection to the University every 10 minutes, Services 2, 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, with a limited later night bus (N1) service during term time.
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 University gates only. Additionally, services 2 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.
There are daily scheduled coach services from the Underpass to destinations across the UK. These are operated by Megabus and National Express.
More information on travelling to campus by bus
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.
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.
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.
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.
More information about cycling to campus
Leave the M6 motorway at Junction 33 and take the A6 north towards Lancaster.
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. 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 other parts of campus, outside these peak times - turn right at the third set of junction traffic lights on the A6 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.
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.
If you are travelling to campus in a plug-in electric vehicle, free electric charging is available. Information on charging points.
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). 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.
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.