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Sustainable and Active Travel

The University Travel Plan

The university works closely with local transport providers to provide travel discounts to UCLan staff and students. Our sustainable travel information provides details of the different ways of travelling to UCLan and discounts associated with public transport, cycling, walking, and car sharing.

You can now check out your personal commuting options to UCLan by entering your journey details into the travel planner below.

For more information please email the Sustainable Travel Coordinator



Dr Bike - Bike Works

Get your bike serviced for FREE with Bike Works.

Bike Works visits UCLan regularly and offers free bike checks, maintenance and advice. Simply drop your bike off in the morning and collect it later. 

BIKE WORKS Sessions:

Tuesday 17th March

Thursday 28th April

Tuesday 12th May

Tuesday 16th June

Tuesday 14th July

All sessions are from 10am - 3pm in the Students' Union Pop-up Shop - Please drop your bike before 1pm.

Cycle Storage Facilities

UCLan has a range of cycle storage facilities across campus including cycle compounds and equipment lockers, which are free to use as well as individual bike lockers which cost £15 per semester to hire.

Click here to view the Campus Map for cycle facility locations. If you would like access to either of the cycle compounds or are interested in hiring a bike locker please contact the Sustainable Travel Coordinator.

Cycle Compounds

For access to Maudland or Greenbank Cycle Compound you will need to register for access. Just visit the Security Lodge in Harrington Building with your UCLan ID card.

*Please note that at peak times the Security team may not be able to add swipe access instantly and you may be required to leave your ID card with them for a few hours.

If you would like to store your bike in Roeburn Cycle Compound please email

Cycle Lockers

Cycle lockers are situated at the following buildings: Vernon, Media Factory, Maudland, Brook, Greenbank, Harrington, Edward and the Library. These lockers can be hired for £15 per semester and a £50 deposit is also required. If you are interested in hiring a locker please email

Bike Locks

The University has a bike lock scheme to keep bikes safer and promote cycling. The scheme enables all current UCLan staff and student cyclists to access good quality ‘Gold Secure’ D-locks for only £18.50 (RRP £40). 

Locks can be purchased from The <i> in the Library.

Abandoned Bikes

A large number of bicycles are parked on campus either in cycle compounds, at bicycle stands and at various locations throughout the University.

The purpose of the Abandoned Bike Procedure is to reduce the number of abandoned bicycles and thefts across the University estate. This will create space for regular users to secure their bicycles and deter thieves.

We work in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary to deliver a consistent and integrated approach to identify, tag, remove and recycle abandoned/unsecured bicycles. Download or view our Abandoned or Insecure Bike Procedure here.

Unsecured/Insufficiently Secured Bikes

Bicycles which are found by UCLan Staff/Lancashire Constabulary to be unsecured or insufficiently secured will be locked with a secure D Lock and tagged in order to deter thieves/vandals, if the bike is not claimed within 28 days it will be removed by FM Waste and Recycling Services and put into storage for a further 28 days. During this period, if the owner wishes to reclaim their bike they should contact. The Sustainable Travel Coordinator (x2052) or out of hours UCLan Security (x2068) can be contacted to unlock the bike.

Shower Facilities

Showers are available for cyclists the latest shower location list is available in excel format.

Car Sharing

Car share icon

Car sharing is where two or more people travel together on their journey to and from work/study. Sharers benefit from the convenience of travelling by car whilst saving money and alleviating the negative effects of car travel on both global and local environments. Car sharers also benefit from a 50% discount on a University car parking permit.

UCLan have teamed up with Liftshare to supply private car share groups for students and staff.


16-25 Railcard

A young persons Railcard, offering 1/3 off travel, is available to students (aged 16-25) and mature students in full-time education (over 15 hours per week). Railcards cost £30 per year. Please note: a minimum fare of £12 applies before 10am Monday-Friday (no minimum fare during July & August). You need to apply online for a 16-25 Railcard.

26-30 Railcard

If you are aged 26-30 the National Rail 26-30 Railcard will save you 1/3 on leisure journeys across Britain for just £30 a year. It is the first digital-only Railcard and it's available to buy inline and downloaded to the Railcard app on a smartphone. More information about minimum fares and where and when you can use your Railcard can be found here.

Rail Season Tickets

If you commute to UCLan by train it may be worth purchasing a rail season ticket. Season tickets can be used between any two stations and can be purchased for a month or more. Use the handy calculator to work out the cost of a season ticket for your commute.


Stagecoach Bus

The Stagecoach Preston Unirider is a bus ticket available to UCLan students and staff. It offers unlimited bus travel on Stagecoach services in Lancashire (in 3 different zones) and it doesn't cost you the earth! 

Stagecoach Preston Unirider 2019/2020 

Unirider Citi  Central Lancs Zone Unirider Gold
Ticket Term 1 £80 Ticket Term 1 £132  Ticket Term 1 £230
Ticket Term 1&2 £160   Ticket Term 1&2 £250    Ticket Term 1&2 £450   
Annual Ticket £205  Annual Ticket £345  Annual Ticket £605 

Please note: a UCLan photo ID card will need to be shown to the driver along with the Unirider Pass

Preston Bus

Unlimited travel is available with the Preston Student ticket.

Preston Bus 2019/2020 

Ticket Term 1
1 Sept – 31 Dec
Ticket Term 2
1 Jan – 30 April
Ticket Term 3
1 May – 31 August
£85.00 £85.00 £85.00

Preston Bus Student Tickets are not available to purchase online. These can be purchased from Preston Bus Travel Office, Preston Bus Station.


UCLan Super Bus Services

Only £1 each way!

Accrington -Blackburn - UCLan Preston

Blackpool - St Anne's - Lytham - Warton - Freckleton - UCLan Preston 

Tickets can be purchased from the car parking section on the online store.
One pick up in the morning to arrive at the Students’ Union, Fylde Road at 08.30 - 08.45
One return journey departing from the Students’ Union, Fylde Road at 17.15.

More information and all the journey stopping / collection points

(Services will run for 30 weeks of the academic year)

Park & Ride

Preston Bus operates Walton-Le-Dale Park & Ride (Service 1) and Portway Park & Ride (Service 2)

Walton Le Dale Park & Ride car park is situated next to the Capitol Centre & Vue Cinema just off the A6 Bamber Bridge Bypass which leads directly to M65. It offers convenient links from the M6 (South) at J29 and M61 (Manchester) at J9. Access is easy from Leyland and Lostock Hall areas too. This service stops at Preston Bus Station, only a 10 minute walk from the centre of campus.

Portway Park & Ride car parks are situated near to the Riversway Docklands area and convenient for the A59 and A582 trunk roads from South Ribble.

For more information about Park & Ride services including opening times, route details and fares see individual route listings.

Compare your Train and Bus Travel Options

Use this link to find the quickest and cheapest options for your journey:

Walking / Walking Campus

UCLan has developed a ‘Walking Campus’ initiative of guided walks led by trained volunteer walk leaders. The project aims to encourage people to take every opportunity to build exercise into their daily lives.

We have a bank of trained walk leaders, both staff and students and the University has worked with Preston City Council to develop five measured mile walks.

UCLan Walking Routes

Four walks of different lengths from starting at points across the Preston City campus have recently been developed.

Individual route maps, directions and points of interest are available to download and print below (please print double-sided).

Lancaster Canal Walk (1.5 miles/20-25 mins) starts at the Praying Hands on Fylde Road, takes you past St. Walburge’s Church and to the start of Lancaster Canal.

Moor Park Walk (2.5 miles /35-40 mins) starts outside Greenbank building, with more than half the walk in Moor Park.

Riversway Docklands Walk (2 miles/30 mins) starts outside Darwin Building on Marsh Lane, the walk has some green spaces but is mainly urban leading you to a beautiful view of the docks and further options for exploring.

Winckley Square Walk (1 mile/15 mins) starts outside Livesey House on Heatley Street, the walk takes you  into the city centre and to the green space of Winckley Square.

UCLan Energy Trail - Find out what the University is doing to reduce its own carbon footprint by walking the 1.5 mile Energy Trail.