Your studies at our Ambleside campus will be unrivalled. We are the only UK university within a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Set in the heart of The Lake District, you’ll get unrivalled access to a 912-square-mile picturesque patchwork - with more than 200 mountains, 16 lakes, an abundance of rivers and its rich and unique habitats and wildlife. Whatever course you embark upon at Ambleside, you’ll quite literally have an idyllic outdoor classroom on your doorstep.
Ambleside is a wonderful place to live and study; the campus is compact and friendly, located just two minutes walk from the town centre. On a clear day you can even enjoy amazing views over the Lake District from the top of the campus. The range of study facilities on offer include a library, lecture theatres, student residences and The Barn; a flexible learning space with social and study areas. As a student studying at Ambleside you will also have access to our very own climbing wall.
The University of Cumbria works collaboratively with a range of collaborative regional partners and is proud to have been part of the successful UNESCO bid.
The Lake District - A World Heritage Site
In July 2017, the Lake District National Park was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Home to Lake Windermere, the UK's largest natural lake, and Scafell Pike, its highest mountain, the Lake District is the ideal place to visit for outdoor enthusiasts.
Our Ambleside campus is right in the middle of the action, so come along and enjoy studying in the heart of a beautiful World Heritage site.
Staff, student and visitor permit holders can use any car parking space within the University campus at Ambleside (including, for avoidance of doubt, the Pay and Display areas) but not spaces that are specifically allocated and signed for any other purpose.
Pay and Display parking is available in the lower car parks on the campus. It is possible to pay for this by coins or by phone. Instructions for both are available at the Pay and Display machines.
Do not attempt to drive large vehicles (anything larger than a standard wheelbase van) up Nook Lane - if you are at all unsure, it is recommended to walk the route first before committing in a vehicle. If you require a large vehicle to attend, for example due to emergency or breakdown, please contact University staff in the Barn who will advise whether access can be provided via the North Entrance. Despite this, it is unlikely that large vehicles would be to access the front of CMB (visitor and disabled parking).
Disabled parking spaces are available immediately outside the main entrance to the Charlotte Mason Building.
Car share priority spaces are available in two locations on campus: adjacent to Borrowdale and Scale How.
Unloading and contractors parking permits are available from Ambleside Reception at The Barn.
Download the Traffic Regulations and Car Parking Policy
The issue of permits, management of University car parks and issue of Parking Charge Notices is currently managed by Excel Parking Services Ltd. Excel have a dedicated email address for University of Cumbria enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can use their general enquiry phone number: 0114 261 7111.
Any correspondence relating to the issue of a PCN must be directed to Excel Parking Services Ltd. This is not dealt with by the University. If you are dissatisfied with the issuing of a PCN you can appeal to Excel Parking Services Ltd. If you are not satisfied with the response from Excel Parking Services Ltd, you can appeal to the national Independent Appeals Service. Details of this will be provided with the PCN.
If you believe that there is a problem with a University Car Park (eg, the Pay and Display machine isn’t working), please report this to the site reception.
If you have any other queries about this policy please contact FM Administration in the first instance. They can be contacted at: 01524 590831 / email: email@example.com
There is so much to do and get involved in at Ambleside. Whether that be joining one of our sports clubs, being part of our student union or taking part in a fundraising event for the local community.
Use your downtime to explore further, make the most of the campus sporting equipment, and immerse yourself in this spectacular landscape, from the UK’s largest lake to the highest mountain in England. Make the University of Cumbria your world.
Find out more about this unique area from Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District National Park