Travel and Transport

These pages outline the travel and transport information for the university from 5th August.

All our university sites are easy to access by public and sustainable transport. Please see the University’s Travel Plan aims below as well as all travel and transport information in the menu tabs including: bus and train services, park and ride and cycling and walking.

The University’s Travel Plan exists to reduce the impact of our student, staff and visitor travel to our sites and to provide viable and accessible sustainable travel options instead, which results in a reduction of carbon emissions, Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) pollution and congestion. With over 2,000 staff and 10,000 students, travel is a key issue for the University to manage.

With the move to our new campus, Waterside, the University is working hard to ensure it supports sustainable travel options through its Travel Plan, including: subsidised Uno Buses, free intercampus Uno Bus, a park and ride facility on the edge of town, Cycle CoNNect hire bikes, and excellent cycling and walking routes.

The travel plan aims to reduce single occupancy car journeys to our sites by 20% in five years.

Visitor Parking

The University has the following spaces which can be booked for visitors:

Waterside car park 2 – 52 spaces
St Georges Avenue car park 3 – 12 spaces
There are also visitor bays at our Podiatry Clinic but these are for patients only and information will be provided with your appointment.

In order to utilise the designated car parks visitors are required to pre-register their vehicle in order to be approved on the vehicle ‘white list’ and given access. Once registered the barriers will automatically open on arrival through Automatic Number Plate Recognition.

Details can be provided by either the University staff member or visitor direct, by completing the Visitor Parking Form and emailing it to A University staff member must be listed on the form and if the visitor is sending the request they must ‘carbon copy’ (CC) in the University contact in their email for verification.

The reception teams will book parking and send an automated response to visitors including a map for the site.

A timeframe must be designated for visitors in order to allow the reception team to manage the spaces effectively. The space is only booked for the duration specified and is likely to be booked out before/after also – if a visitor wishes to overstay they will need to check with reception/parking inbox that the space is available.

Parking charges commence on Monday 1st October and visitors must pay using either the cashless payment machine or pay by phone app, a receipt option will be available.

If all on site visitor parking is full, visitors can utilise the Sixfields Park and Ride for free parking, with £1.20 return bus fare. Visitors will need a UoN bus pass in order to get the discounted fare, which they can collect from the Park and Ride security cabin. Bus passes must be signed out and in again. The pass will apply for the 18 service to Waterside and the 20 to Avenue. Visitors coming to Avenue will need to change to the 20 service at either the rail station (walk to Sol Central) or Waterside.

Additionally, for visitors to Waterside there are a number of Borough Council town centre car parks, Midsummer Meadow is located just next door to Waterside and costs £4 for up to 5 hours (please check the tariff boards on site in case of price changes).

As much notice as possible, but at least 48 hours, should be given for visitor parking in order to avoid disappointment. If requests are sent through on the day we cannot guarantee the reception teams will have had the time to process it or that there will be any spaces available. For visitors arriving in short notice, please utilise the Park and Ride.

Directions to Waterside:

Waterside Campus has just opened and is therefore not yet on Google Maps or many Sat Nav systems. However, the site can be found on

Below are some nearby postcodes that might be useful.

Waterside Campus – NN1 5PH

Bedford Road – NN1 5NS

Nunn Mills Road (the turning after/before University Drive) – NN1 5PA

The visitor car park can only be accessed from Bedford Road – vehicles cannot drive through the campus. Please see the campus travel map attached.

Directions to St Georges Avenue:

St George’s Avenue (previously Avenue Campus) is just on the outskirts of the town centre opposite the old Northampton Racecourse (recreational park).

Below are some nearby postcodes that might be useful.

St George’s Avenue – NN2 6JB

Barrack Road (A508) – NN1 5NS

Kingsley Road (A5095) – NN2 7BL

The visitor car park can only be accessed from the Staff & Visitor entrance (east entrance) – please see the map attached.

Parking Charges

Please note parking charges will commence shortly. We will announce the date soon.


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