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Bus and rail services to our campuses

Getting around Northampton or between University sites couldn’t be easier, we operate our own bus service – Uno- within the town which links you with the main travel hubs of Northampton and University facilities – not forgetting our off-campus accommodation.

Uno bus fares are subsidised Monday – Friday, so any journey within the inner town will cost just 50p and anything outside of this will be £1.

The Uno buses also offer free Wi-Fi and USB charging points so you can stay online while on the move. Plus, our bus stops have real time info so you can see when your next bus is coming.

Be sure to check the Uno bus website for the latest timetables as some of our routes operate term and non-term schedules.

COVID Updates

In response to COVID, the Uno bus routes were scaled back, so please check the timetables online before you travel as any printed timetables are now out of date. However, the routes and frequencies will be increased ready for Welcome Weekend – keep an eye on the Uno website for new timetables.

If you would like to read about what Uno are doing to keep their staff and customers safe during the pandemic please read these pages. Remember during this time to please wear a face mask or covering, use the onboard hand sanitiser and pay with contactless or App. If you are paying by cash you will need to have the exact fare as drivers are unable to give change.


Uno buses accept:

  • Cash on board
  • Contactless up to £30.00 on board
  • Uno mobile app – available from Google Play and Apple Store – prepaid.
  • Passengers can also purchase Uno 1 day, 1 week and 1-month bus travel tickets, and an Uno Group Day ticket online or from the driver.

Northampton Buzz Card and PlusBus tickets are also accepted. Further information about bus timetables and maps for services operating in Northampton can be found on the Northamptonshire County Council website.

Please also take the time to read the University’s Conditions of Travel.

Other bus services

For other bus routes travelling locally to the University campuses, please visit the Northamptonshire government website for further route information.

Stagecoach provide the majority of local services and have a journey planner tool. Currently they only offer student discounts (Younger Persons tickets, under 19 yrs) on town centre fares (show your NUS ID card).

Coach travel home

For travel further afield, such as your journey home, countrywide coach company, National Express travel to hundreds of destinations, have multiple pick up locations in the town and offer student discount via the NUS card or an annual young persons coach card.

Rail Services

Travel to/from Northampton rail station

Northampton station is only one mile – a 15-minute walk/10-minute cycle ride – to Waterside and St John’s Halls. Better still the Innovation Centre is just opposite.

The Development Hub is just over 2 miles and Scholars Green Student Village on Boughton Green Road is just over 3 miles away.

All our sites link to the station on the new Uno Buses, with the exception of the Podiatry Clinic, here’s how:

Waterside Route (Number 18: Waterside – Park and Ride)

Monday – Friday

Stops include:

  • Outside Learning Hub at Waterside
  • Alight at the Rail Station
The Development Hub (Number 18: Waterside – Park and Ride)

Monday – Friday

Stops include:

  • Outside the Learning Hub at Waterside (15 minute walk)
  • Alight at the Rail Station
Scholars Green Student Village (Numbers 19/ 19A: Kingsthorpe – Waterside)

Monday – Sunday

Stops include:

  • Outside the Halls
  • Alight at the Bus Station (10 minute walk to the Rail station)
Innovation Centre

No bus is required. The Railway station is directly opposite.

UON Podiatry (Stagecoach 9B: Northampton General Hospital – Duston)

Monday – Saturday

Stops include:

  • Hospital Stop E
  • Alight at the Railway station

Rail Links and fares

Northampton station has excellent links to large local cities such as Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London, it is just an hour ride from Euston or Birmingham New Street giving easy access to transfers to most major cities.

Additionally, Wellingborough station (approx. 12 miles away) has direct links to: Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Sheffield. Stagecoach run the X46 and X4 to Wellingborough and beyond from Northampton.

16-25 Railcard

16-25 Railcard costs £30 and it’ll save you 1/3 on rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year, including all Standard and First Class Advance fares.

You are eligible if you’re aged between 16-25, or over the age of 26 and in full-time education. Please see the 16-25 Railcard website for the full eligibility criteria.

You can use your Railcard anytime on weekends, public holidays and during the week. The only restriction is that if you travel between 04:30 and 09:59 Monday to Friday (except during July and August) a minimum fare of £12 will apply.

Now you can also buy a three-year 16-25 Railcard, available only online. It’s great value at £70, saving you an extra £20 on the cost of renewing your one-year Railcard for three consecutive years. You can buy this three-year Railcard up until the day before your 24th birthday.

Please visit the 16-25 Railcard website for more information.

Other Discounts

Additionally, National Rail offer a group save ticket, where groups of three to nine adults can get 1/3 off Off-Peak tickets when travelling together. The group must travel together at all times. No further discounts (using Railcards, for example) can be used at the same time.

Trainline offer a similar GroupSave ticket and often have the cheapest fares if you’re booking for just one person, but they do charge a booking fee.

Student Oyster Cards

Students with a London home address are entitled to discounted Oyster Cards through Transport for London. You can apply for an 18+ Oyster photocard online and the University will verify your application.

If you are a part time student wanting to apply, please read our terms and conditions.

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