Directions & parking


Lancaster University


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.

LA1 4YW for your sat nav.


Onsite parking is available and it is free of charge during evenings and weekends. On Friday, a charge applies during the daytime hours. Charge is £5 for the whole day or £3 for 2 hours.


Nearest station is Lancaster Station.

Lancaster Station is run by Virgin West Coast Railway.

It is, apparently, a five minute walk to the city center from the station.

Services that stop here are run by, Virgin Trains West Coast, TransPennine Express and Northern. This means, there are direct trains from many parts of the UK, and good connections to all of the mainland.

Use to plan your journey, and make sure to use a booking agent that doesn’t charge a booking fee

The station is (officially) staffed from Monday – Friday 04:50 – 00:00, Saturday 04:50 – 00:00 & Sunday 08:00 – 00:00.

It has lifts, accessible entrance and toilets, and a bridge that connects the platforms (note, if needing assistance, it is wise to check with the train company what, if any, booking needs to be made.)

Once at the station

The U3R and X3 bus services operate between Lancaster Railway Station and Lancaster University every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday day times. The journey time is around 25 minutes.

Note: On Sunday, there does not appear to be a direct bus to/from the station. You would need to get into the city centre.

Taxis are available at the station (Outside the main entrance near platforms 1/2/3, not the drop off point near platform 5).


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.

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.

The University has an app that might be of use for bus times and other information.

Also, use to check times and more.

Coaches stop at the above mentioned Underpass, and bookings can be made through or

Note: At time of writing, we cannot confirm bus times, nor if there are any local bus services at all, run on Saturdays or Sundays.


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.


Manchester Airport is the nearest, with hourly, direct, rail links to Lancaster. (See above)

Further help:

Click here for Lancaster University’s directions website