Getting to Preston Campus

With fantastic transport links, visiting our Preston Campus is a simple and stress-free experience. Here are some directions and travel advice to help you find us.

Thinking about commuting to classes?

Many of our students live at home and commute to campus for their studies. If you're a thinking about doing the same, visit our commuter students page for all the information you need to help you decide.

Find out more about commuting

By car

From the North or West Coast, leave the M6 at junction 32 (M55) and take Exit 1 (A6) to Preston/Garstang. Follow the A6 to Preston and proceed through five major sets of traffic lights. Immediately after the fifth set, take the right-hand lane and bear right at the next set into Moor Lane, following the signs to Liverpool. You'll see signs for the University on this route.

From the South or East, motorways M6, M61 or M65. Leave the M6 at Junction 29 or M61 at Junction 9 and join the M65 towards Preston, then leave the M65 at its end (Junction 1). At the motorway terminal roundabout take the second exit. Follow the A6 to Preston, you'll come to a set of traffic lights with a large retail centre to the left. Go straight on at this set of traffic lights, and at the next set. You'll need to move into the middle lane for the next set of traffic lights to go straight on, follow Liverpool and Southport. Continue straight through the next set of traffic lights. Move to the right-hand lane and turn right at the next traffic lights, signposted for Blackpool and the University.


Our car parks require a University parking permit. To manage the space available on campus, parking permits for students are offered on a semester-by-semester basis to those meeting the criteria. Currently, this includes those with a declared mobility issue, those with childcare commitments and students whose daily commute to campus is over one hour. For further advice please email the Car Parking Team.

Visitor parking

Official visitors can request a pre-booked space in Victoria car park which needs to be arranged in advance (48 hours) by the member of staff they are visiting. Visitor spaces are limited and space is allocated on a priority basis.

Applicants attending a School open day (week-day events) or interview day should refer to paperwork provided by the School. A limited number of pay and display facilities are available on Harrington, Victoria 2 and Foster car parks (evenings and weekends only - £1/hour to a max of £4 for a full day ticket). For more information on University permits and visitor parking please call us.

By train

Our Preston Campus is situated within walking distance of Preston train station. Preston also benefits from direct rail links north and south to London, Glasgow and Manchester Airport. For more information visit the National Rail website. If you're walking from the train station, exit from the main entrance, turn right and then left down Corporation Street to Ringway. Cross Ringway at the lights, turn right, then take first left down Corporation Street. Go straight ahead and follow signs to the University. 

Bus or coach

Preston bus station provides reliable and extensive transport links in and around the city. The number 31 bus service runs regularly from the bus station and stops outside C&T Building, which is opposite the Students’ Union. The University is a 15-minute walk from the bus station. Head towards Lancaster Road until you arrive at the Cenotaph. Turn right downhill on Friargate. Walk through pedestrianised area down to traffic lights at Ringway. Cross Ringway and continue up Friargate. Follow signs to University. For more information visit the Preston Bus website and you can also download the free Preston Bus app.

National Express coaches operate to and from Preston bus station to destinations across the UK. You can book via the National Express website. Low-cost intercity bus travel is also available from Megabus.

Inclusive spaces

We aim to create physical social spaces to be inclusive to everyone and meet the needs of our staff and students.

Inclusive spaces

Through the implementation of our Travel Plan, we are working hard to help make the University Campus and Preston a healthier and more sustainable place in which to work, study or visit.

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