Getting around Bristol

Bristol is a great place to get around without a car and the University’s central location means you can reach most places easily on foot, by bike or by public transport.


  • Maps of the University campus are on our maps and travel page.
  • Maps of central Bristol produced by Bristol City Council are available free from the reception desk in Senate House and the Students' Union, Richmond Building.
  • A-Z street maps covering the whole city are available from bookshops and newsagents.


The University campus is quite compact, and you can walk between most buildings in less than ten minutes. The campus is also within easy walking distance of the city centre, Bristol Temple Meads train station and Bristol bus and coach station - print one of our maps to find your route.


There are cycle stands throughout the University campus and many of the residences have secure cycle sheds. The University runs lots of initiatives to support and encourage cycling, including free cycle training and a free cycle clinic to keep your bike in good order.

Keep up to date with cycling events and initiatives by joining the TUB-BUG (University Bicycle User Group) information mailing list.


There are bus services throughout the city and the University campus. There are buses from the campus to the city centre, Bristol Temple Meads train station and Stoke Bishop halls of residence.

Student discounts

You are entitled to a 30% discount on all First bus tickets across the West of England.


Bristol has good train connections for getting around the city. Clifton Down station is the nearest station to the University campus. It is about 10 minutes’ walk away.

Student discounts

You are entitled to reduced rail fares with a 16-25 Railcard (also available to full-time mature students).


You should not bring a car to Bristol unless it is essential. Bristol is a very congested city and there are many parking restrictions. The on-street parking in and around the main University campus is subject to residential permits, meters and time limits.

You could join a car club. They have pay-as-you-go cars located across Bristol.

Park and Ride Services

If you are travelling to Bristol by car we recommend using a Park and Ride service as an alternative to driving into the city.

Getting to Bristol

For information on how to get here, look at our maps and directions information.

Sustainable travel

Sustainable travel benefits your environment, your health and wellbeing as well as your finances.

Find out how we are dedicated to promoting sustainable travel through our initiatives and facilities.


Travelwest's journey planner can help you to plan local journeys in detail.

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