Here you can find basic travel-related information for students, visitors and anyone with an interest in the travel policy of the University.
How to get to the University
Details of how to get to each of our sites and campus maps are available.
All University sites have arrangements for visitor parking.
If you are visiting on official University business, please contact your host department in advance so that they can co-ordinate your parking requirements, including arranging any temporary parking permits.
If you do not have a specific host department, please report to the site Reception when you arrive.
Further details are available in the university's car parking policy.
The vast majority of our campuses and sites are well-served by public transport. To find out more, please see the websites of our local transport providers.
Discounted bus travel
University of Cumbria students and staff can get discounted season tickets for Stagecoach bus travel in Carlisle and Lancaster (Unirider tickets).
For more details of the offer for each town, see the Unirider section of the Stagecoach website. Please note that for Lancaster the Stagecoach website still refers to the University of Cumbria as ‘St Martins College’ on some pages.
Students with cars or motorcycles
If you have access to a vehicle whilst at University you should ensure you are familiar with the university's Traffic Regulations and Car Parking Policy.
Applications for student or staff parking permits for University of Cumbria sites must be made online.
With the support of Cycling England and the City Council, the University has put in place a range of initiatives to support and encourage cycling at the Lancaster campus, including a low cost cycle loan scheme for students.
All university sites have facilities for cyclists and walkers. Basic information is provided on the web but if you are unsure where they are please ask at your site Reception.
Active Travel Forum
The University has an active travel discussion forum on Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment. This is open to all students and staff.
Once logged in to Blackboard, click the ‘Community’ tab and then look at ‘Active Travel’ under the heading ‘Institution Discussion Boards’.
Use of University vehicles by students
Generally, student use of University cars and minibuses is not allowed. There are specific exceptions to this rule but you will be made aware of these exceptions if you are affected.
Under an arrangement between UCSU and the University, UCSU members are able to use University minibuses subject to a number of conditions. For more details please contact the Students' Union.
The University has a travel plan, which is available to download. This describes the current volume of travel related to University activity and how the University is addressing this in the context of its business plan.
Within the travel plan are corporate actions which include the promotion of more sustainable forms of travel. The specific travel-related characteristics and issues of the major University sites are set out in appendices to the main plan.
Appendices for the major sites can be downloaded separately:
Snow and Ice Response
Snow and ice can cause difficulties for students and staff travelling to and from our campuses.
UoC has a formal policy for dealing with difficulties caused by wintry conditions.
Any queries about the content of this page should be directed to:
Travel Plan Manager
Telephone: 01524 384299