There are a number of ways in which you can travel to the University of Northampton.
Free meet and greet service
The University provides a free meet and greet service to collect students from London Heathrow airport. This service will be provided on:
- Thursday 5 January 2017
- Wednesday 11 January 2017
We strongly advise you to take advantage of this service. Please book your place as soon as possible by completing the online arrivals notification form and select ‘free meet and greet service’. Please note we strongly advise that bookings must be submitted at least 48 working hours in advance of your arrival.
Please ensure that you have booked your flight ticket to arrive into London Heathrow (any terminal) on one of these dates. Members of our Welcome Team will meet you at the airport and direct you to the group transportation (usually a coach) which will bring you directly to the University of Northampton’s Park Campus.
How to get to Northampton
If you are not taking advantage of one of our meet and greet services, below are details of alternative ways to get to Northampton.
|Arrivals Airport||Transport Option||Cost||Travelling time|
|Heathrow Airport||National Express Coach to Northampton||From £32||2-3 hours|
|Taxi (booked by University)||£80||1 hour|
|Train from London Euston to Northampton||£33||1 hour|
|Birmingham International Airport||National Express Coach||From £20||3-4 hours|
|Taxi (booked by University)||£60||1 hour|
|Train from Birmingham International Station to Northampton Station||£14||1 hour|
|Stansted Airport||National Express Coach to Northampton||From £30||3-4 hours|
|Taxi (booked by University)||£85||1 hour|
|Train from London Euston to Northampton||£33||1 hour|
|Northampton Train Station||Taxi to Park Campus||£10||10 minutes|
|Bus 19 to Park Campus||£2.20||30 minutes|
Please note that prices are indicative only. We would not recommend taking a taxi from above airports as this will be very expensive. If you require a taxi please book it via the Arrivals notification form.
Travelling by bus
There are regular buses to Northampton Bus Station from London airports (approximately £32) and Birmingham airport (approximately £8). From Northampton Bus Station you can catch a University bus 19 or 21 or a local taxi to the University. For further information and to book tickets visit National Express Coaches.
Travelling by train
There are regular trains to Northampton from both London Euston Station (approximately £33) and Birmingham airport (approximately £14). For further information and to book tickets visit:
- National Express Coaches
- East Midlands Trains
- London Midland
- London Tube map (PDF 326 KB)
Travelling by taxi – booked through the university
We are able to book taxis for students travelling from local airports and Northampton train or bus station. In order to book a taxi please ensure you complete the online arrivals notification form selecting that you would like the University to book you a taxi. Please note we strongly advise that bookings must be submitted at least 48 working hours in advance of your arrival. After you have submitted this form you will receive an email confirmation of your booking and emergency telephone numbers should you require any assistance on arrival. Taxis from the airport will be booked for two hours after your expected arrival time, giving you plenty of time to go through immigration and customs. The driver will meet you at the public arrivals area which is located after customs. He or she will be holding a University of Northampton sign. Please see the list below for taxi fees. The fee needs to be paid directly to the driver on arrival at the University, so please make sure that you have enough UK money to pay for your taxi.
- Birmingham – £60
- London Gatwick – £110
- London Heathrow – £80
- London Luton – £55
- London Stansted – £85
All fees are subject to an extra £10 per hour waiting charge if you are delayed longer than one hour at the airport.
If you are making your own travel arrangements we advise students book a taxi approved by the University:
Changes to your arrival plans
Please note that if you fail to take your taxi for any reason you will still be liable to pay the fee. If you wish to cancel your taxi please ensure you do so at least one working day beforehand.
We do not recommend that students take a taxi that we have not booked for them because they can be very expensive (in excess of £200). If you should choose to take a taxi that is not booked by the University please ensure that you take a taxi from the official taxi rank. Under no circumstances should you use a non-licensed taxi as they are illegal.
Arriving at the University of Northampton
On arrival at the university please visit the Student Centre, Park Campus (Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 4:30pm) or Holdenby security (after 5pm), Park Campus if you are arriving outside the office hours.
In case of an emergency please call one of the following phone numbers for assistance:
- University Security 0044 (0) 1604 892269 (any time)
- Student Services 0044 (0) 1604 892833 (Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4:30pm)
- International Student 0044 (0) 1604 893113 (Monday Friday 10am-4pm)
Upon your arrival all new students should be given a welcome pack which includes useful information such as the international student handbook, orientation programme, maps, SIM card and bus pass.
Accommodation on arrival
If you arrive unannounced or out of hours you may be required to organise your own accommodation.
Before you travel, you must book some accommodation for your first night in Northampton. Temporary accommodation in the University is very limited.
If you arrive in Northampton without accommodation you will have to stay in a hotel. Hotels in the UK are expensive (upwards of £40 a night), so we strongly recommend you book accommodation in advance.
For more information on accommodation available around Northampton you may wish to refer to this list of hotels.