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.
There are direct rail links between Lancaster and many of the UK’s major cities and airports. It takes approximately 1 hour to reach Lancaster railway station from Manchester airport and 2 hours 30 mins from central London.
For train times, visit National Rail Enquiries. The 3A bus service operates 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. Taxis are available at the station, which is a five minute walk from the city centre. Taxi ranks are also available on campus.
Local taxi services provide accessible vehicles and offer both male and female drivers.
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 2, 2A, 3, 3A, 4, 41, 42) leave for the University every five minutes on weekdays and most services also stop at Common Garden Street. Additionally, the 3A 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. Additionally, services 3, 3A, 4, 41 and 42 serve the southern perimeter road and Alexandra Park. 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.
Lancaster’s nearest airport is Manchester International Airport. An hourly rail link runs directly between Manchester Airport and Lancaster. For train times, visit National Rail Enquiries. Alternatively, if flying into London you can catch an express service into central London and then travel by train to Lancaster (please see By Rail above).
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 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. 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.
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 Alexandra Park (south west of campus) – 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.
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 do apply. A ticket can be purchased from any of the 15 pay and display machines across campus 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.
If you have booked accommodation with the University then car parking is included with your room. You should request a permit when checking in.
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 & 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.