When you arrive in Lancaster for the first time it will probably be on arrivals weekend - instructions on how and when to get here are covered in The Guide. International students may wish to look at the Student Services information specifically for them, by following the link in the menu to the right.
Once you're here, there is a good bus service to and from the University from Lancaster City Centre, and the University are conscious of their environmental responsibilities. For this reason, car parking permits will only be issued to those in exceptional need. Please don't assume you can bring a car and park on campus. Generally speaking, you can't!
You can get a taxi between the campus and the city for about £6 during the day, and there are various cab firms operating. Useful numbers for taxis are 01524 848848 or 01524 60000 amongst others.
Bus timetables and cycle routes are listed on the University Transport pages, along with the Travel Plan. You can also pick up timetables, and purchase bus passes from the LUSU building in Freshers' Week. The X1 is a direct service that runs between the University and the railway station at 20 minute intervals, Monday to Saturday, and hourly on Sundays. This is partly funded by the University as part of the Travel Plan.
There are various stops in the city to get on and off, but it's useful to know that if you're heading to Sainsbury's you should stay on your bus until it reaches the actual bus station. The supermarket is just across the road from there.
Pretty much every bus from the University underpass goes into the city. The number 2 goes round the houses up Hala Hill, through Bowerham and ultimately out to Morecambe & Heysham.
If you fancy going south, the bus stop at the main University gates facilitates buses to Preston and Blackpool, whereas the main bus station in Lancaster has connections to routes right out into the Lake District and the south of the region.
Click here to see the Stagecoach website and view timetables.
The railway station is just off the main A6 route that runs through the city centre, and the X1 service runs there directly from the campus. Lancaster is situated on the west coast main line, with frequent services to many destinations. You can get to London in around two and a half hours.
Click here to see live departures board for Lancaster railway station.
Click here for the Lancaster University walking & cycling map of the campus and city, which also shows the location of bike stores on campus.