University of Portsmouth students walking across campus

How to get to campus

On foot, by bike or on our free University bus service – however you prefer to travel, getting to campus is simple

Wherever in the city you live, it's quick and easy to make your way to our campus.

You'll have plenty of options, too – from walking or cycling, to catching the free University bus – and you can find out more about each in the list below.


Take a walk

Portsmouth is fairly flat and the best way to get to know the campus is on foot. If you need a smartphone-friendly walking map and an estimate of how long your journey takes, use the My Journey Portsmouth website. You can also plan your journey using our Campus Map.


Take your bike

Cycling around campus is speedy, low-cost way of getting around campus. It's also great for exercise and reducing your carbon footprint.

 

University of Portsmouth student pushing bicycle over cobbled street

There are cycle pathways on the quieter roads around Portsmouth. You can find out where the cycle pathways and quieter roads are from this Portsmouth City Council cycling map.

You can also plan your cycle route on the My Journey Portsmouth website.

Bike storage

When you arrive on campus, you can leave your bicycle at one of the 1,500 cycle hoops and racks across campus your bicycle or at 4 secure compounds at the following locations:

  • Burnaby Terrace Car Park
  • Eldon Building Car Park
  • Harry Law Car Park
  • Mercantile House

To gain access to the above areas, you need to activate your student ID card. You can do this by sending an email to campus.security@port.ac.uk quoting the following details:

  • ID card number
  • your name

Our Security staff will then remotely activate your card for all bike compounds. If you need any help please contact the Mobility Office on +44 (0)23 9284 2805.


Take the University bus

We run 2 free bus services to campus for our staff and students – the U1 takes a circular route around Portsmouth, while the U2 runs out to our Langstone campus and back.

 

University of Portsmouth U1 student bus service

U1

The University Bus is free if you show your student card. It's convenient and frequent, with buses running every 15 minutes during weekdays in term time. It takes a one-way circular route, stopping at: 

  • Bransbury Park, Eastney
  • Prince Albert Road
  • Francis Avenue
  • Fratton Bridge
  • Winston Churchill Avenue
  • Cambridge Road
  • Elm Grove
  • Kings Theatre
  • Festing Road
  • Eastney Health Centre

About the service:

  • Service available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • If the bus is full, you'll need to wait for the next one 
  • No alcohol is allowed on the bus
  • The bus doesn't run at weekends, during the academic holidays or on public holidays

View the route map and download the Monday-Friday term timetable.

U2

There is also a free Monday evening-only service from outside the Student Union to the Langstone Campus via Albert Road traffic lights. This is for students who need to access the sporting facilities at Langstone.

The bus also collects from Albert Road traffic lights bus stop (by Bodrum restaurant), with no drop-off until Langstone.

On the return to University, the bus will drop off at Albert Road traffic lights bus stop, but no collections will be made.

About the service:

  • Free service, if you show your student ID card
  • Service available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • If the bus is full, you need to wait for the next one
  • No alcohol is allowed on the bus
  • Service is for students doing sporting activities at Langstone Campus only – not for local journeys to Albert Road

View the timetable for this service.

Take the Lanstone Sports Bus

Our Sports Bus makes travel to Langstone Sports Site simple. The Sports Bus is free to use for students, you’ll just need your student card to get on. The Sports Bus runs Monday-Tuesday with an extended timetable on Wednesdays for BUCS games.

View the timetable here.


Take a First Bus

If you live in Southsea, you can also take the public bus service to the city centre, which is run by First Group. Their bus route map is available to download.

The 1, 2 and 7 buses stop very near the university. These services operate on weekends, public holidays and outside of term-time – and can be a quicker option in the mornings than the uni bus, although you'll have to buy a ticket


Cars 

We strongly discourage you from bringing cars onto campus – there are many other ways to get here, and parking is extremely limited on campus.

However, you may be eligible for a parking permit if:

  • You're a disabled blue badge holder
  • You have exceptional circumstances or restricted public transport from where you live
  • You live outside of the PO1-PO6 postcode areas\

For more information, please email car.parking@port.ac.uk or call +44 (0)23 9284 6677.


University buildings' opening hours

To avoid a wasted journey, make sure you know when the university buildings you need to access open and close. This could save you time and hassle in the next three years.

Campus building opening hours

Term time opening hours




Open

Close

St Andrews Court

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 5.15pm)

White Swan Building

6.30am

9.00pm

University House

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 5.30pm)

Mercantile House

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 5.00pm)

Wiltshire Building

As required

On completion

Halpern House

6.30am

9.00pm

Hampshire Terrace

6.30am

9.00pm

St Paul's Gym

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 5.00pm)

St Paul's Annex

6.30am

9.00pm

Nuffield Building

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 5.00pm)

Spinnaker Sports

6.30am

9.00pm

Students' Union

6.30am

Bar and booking hours

Gun House

6.30am

9.00pm

William Beatty

6.30am

9.00pm

St George's Building

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 5.00pm)

Ravelin House

6.30am

9.00pm

Ravelin Stables

6.30am

9.00pm

Rotunda

As required

On Completion

King Henry Building

6.30am

9.00pm

St Michael's Building

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 8.00pm)

Park Building

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 8.00pm)

Hippodrome House

6.30am

7.00pm

Careers and Employability

6.30am

5.15pm

James Watson West

6.30am

5.00pm

Eldon Building

6.30am

5.00pm

Middle Street

6.30am

When last staff member leaves

Richmond Building

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 8.00pm)

Buckingham Building

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 7.00pm)

Liongate Building

6.30am

When last staff member leaves (doors shut 7.00pm)

Dennis Sciama

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 8.00pm)

Portland Building

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 8.00pm)

Milldam Building

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 7.00pm)

Burnaby Building

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 7.00pm)

Burnaby Terrace

6.30am

7.00pm (24/7 swipe access)

Anglesea Building

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 7.00pm)


Out of term and Friday opening hours




Open

Close

St Andrews Court

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 4.15pm)

White Swan Building

6.30am

7.00pm

University House

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 4.30pm)

Mercantile House

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 4.00pm)

Wiltshire Building

As required

On completion

Halpern House

6.30am

7.00pm

Hampshire Terrace

6.30am

7.00pm

St Paul's Gym

6.30am

7.00pm

St Paul's Annex

6.30am

7.00pm

Nuffield Building

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 4.00pm)

Spinnaker Sports

6.30am

7.00pm

Students' Union

6.30am

7.00pm

Gun House

6.30am

7.00pm

William Beatty

6.30am

7.00pm

St George's Building

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 4.00pm)

Ravelin House

6.30am

7.00pm

Ravelin Stables

6.30am

7.00pm

Rotunda

As required

On Completion

King Henry Building

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 6.00pm)

St Michael's Building

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 6.00pm)

Park Building

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 6.00pm)

Hippodrome House

6.30am

7.00pm

Careers and Employability

6.30am

4.15pm

James Watson West

6.30am

4.00pm

Eldon Building

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 6.00pm)

Middle Street

6.30am

When last staff member leaves

Richmond Building

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 6.00pm)

Buckingham Building

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 6.00pm)

Liongate Building

6.30am

When last staff member leaves (doors shut 6.00pm)

Dennis Sciama

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 6.00pm)

Portland Building

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 6.00pm)

Milldam Building

6.30am

6.00pm

Burnaby Building

6.30am

9.00pm (doors shut 7.00pm)

Burnaby Terrace

6.30am

6.00pm (24/7 swipe access)

Anglesea Building

6.30am

7.00pm (doors shut 6.00pm)


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