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 and about uni is simple

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

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 the city is a 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.

Take the University bus

University bus outside of Students' Union

Explore the University bus

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

Find a bus

Take a public bus

If you live in other areas of the city you can also use public bus services to the city centre, which are run by First Bus and Stagecoach. Many of these services operate on weekends, public holidays and outside of term-time but you'll have to buy a ticket.

The 1, 2, 7, 25 (Hayling Ferry link) and 700 buses stop very near the University.

Queen Alexandra Hospital is also easy to get to using services 2, 3, 18 (First Bus) and 20 (Stagecoach). If you want to go further afield, you can catch a direct bus to Southampton or Chichester.

If you regularly use the bus, consider getting a monthly or season ticket to save money compared to buying daily tickets.

Cars and parking

It's not usually worth bringing a car to Portsmouth, as parking, congestion and air pollution are big issues in the city and it can be tricky to park or get about. We all need to do our part in alleviating traffic and parking congestion and improving air quality in the city. As the campus and city centre is compact, it's often easier to walk, cycle, or scoot.

If you do decide bring a car, in many areas you will need a residents' parking permit to park outside your accommodation. Portsmouth City Council will only issue you a permit if your car is registered with the DVLA at a Portsmouth address.

We also strongly discourage you from bringing cars onto campus and a parking permit is required to park in any of the University car parks. Students can only apply for a car parking permit if they are a registered disabled blue badge holder, or if they live outside the PO1-PO6 areas and have exceptional circumstances or restricted public transport. 

For more information, please email or call +44 (0)23 9284 6677.

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