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.

By Car

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

For the Conferences & Guest Rooms Reception - Bowland Hall (Map ref - BLH)

Follow signs for Lancaster University. Turn right at the third set of traffic lights on the A6 onto the University main drive.

Take the first left exit from the roundabout at the top of the main drive, then the first right which is Bowland Avenue South. Follow this road around to the left and the Bowland Hall is located straight in front of you. 

Postcode: LA1 4YW

For Lancaster Conference Centre (Map ref - LCC

Turn right at the third set of traffic lights on the A6 into the University main drive. Take the third exit left from the roundabout at the top of the main drive. The Green Lane Conference Centre is set back just off the outskirts of campus to your right.

Pass the University’s Pre-school centre which is surrounded by yellow railings and continue to the visitor parking area as outlined in the campus map, or continue past the Conference Centre and take a right onto Alexandra Park Drive, where you will see further visitor parking.

Postcode: LA1 4YX

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

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

Car parking permits are included as part of our Day Delegate Rates and are also available to purchase via the pay and display machines. Visitor car parking is available on campus 24/7 and is free after 6pm.

Visitor car parking zones are available to University visitors with a valid one-day green visitor scratch-card or pay & display sticker. Visitors must not park in staff zones. Staff and student permit holders must not park in visitor zones.

All ticket machines dispense tickets for 2 hours at £2 or £5 for a full day (see below for exceptions). All day visitor scratch cards are available from the Cashiers Desk in University House between 9.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday, and are priced at £5 each. Car Parking Zones Map 2017 is available. 

Further travel information and maps for visitors click here.

Pay & Display Machines

Most machines accept payment by coin and credit/debit card. Pay & Display Machines are located in the following Visitor Car Parks:

A: Bowland Avenue / North West Drive

C: John Creed Avenue 

D: George Fox Avenue

E: opposite ISS Building

F: outside Infolab21

G: Grizedale Avenue (coin only)

H: Perimeter Road between Farrer Avenue and Management School

I: Farrer Avenue

J: South West Campus Visitor (cheaper rate of £3 per day as this is on the edge of campus)

K: Sports Field Car Park (£3 for up to 10 hours)

L: Sports Centre Car Parking Policy 2017/18‌ (sports use only)

Bigforth Barn: (coin only)

Note: There is no payment machine at Visitor Car Park B, located off North East Drive. The nearest machine is located in Visitor Car Park A.

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

Coach Drop Off

Large groups arriving by coach should drop-off and pick-up passengers at the main University bus stop inside the underpass. The underpass links the west and east side of the campus together and is situated below Alexandra Square in the centre of campus. Read more about our Coach Parking Policy 2015-16.