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Getting To Northumbria University

Getting Here

Northumbria University has two separate campuses - Newcastle City Campus and Coach Lane Campus, both located within Newcastle upon Tyne. All NU Experience Days are held at City Campus East only, where registration takes place, and the postcode is NE1 2SU.

Newcastle upon Tyne is a regional capital and is just under three hours away from London by the fastest rail service, whilst Edinburgh (Scotland's capital) is only an hour away. Newcastle has its own International Airport, whilst regular ferry services operate to and from Northern Europe.

Road travel, by coach or car, is particularly easy as Newcastle stands on the premier north-south route in the UK. Once in Newcastle itself, the extensive local public transport system, including the Metro (Tyneside's own underground), makes getting around very easy.

By Road

The A1(M) passes through Newcastle upon Tyne linking the area to London, the South, Scotland and major routes across the country. The A69 links west to Carlisle, the Lake District and, via the M6, to the South and West of England.

Car Parking for City Campus

On the Saturday NU Experience Days we have access to the University car parks free of charge. For those using sat nav, the postcode for the main car park at City Campus East is NE1 2SU. If you are unable to find a space here then you can use one of the public car parks listed below which are all within easy walking distance of the campus.

On the Wednesday NU Experience Day unfortunately we do not have access to the University car parks, please see the list of public car parks below which are within easy walking distance of the campus.

Public Car Parks close to City Campus 

Please use the following postcodes:

John Dobson Street multi-storey NCP car park John Dobson Street NE1 8HL
552 spaces. For this car park there is also an option to validate your car parking ticket to receive a discount. Please validate your ticket at the Security stand in the Central Exhibition Area.

MEA House public car park Ellison Place NE1 8SX
119 spaces, 7 disabled

College Street public car park College Street NE1 8JG
73 spaces, 5 disabled

Civic Centre public car park Sandyford Road NE2 1DF
280 spaces, 5 disabled

Manors public car park Trafalgar Street NE1 2LA
634 spaces

Journey Planner

Use the following online tools to help you plan your journey to Newcastle upon Tyne. All open in a new window.

• rac.co.uk
• theaa.com
• Google maps

Journey information from destinations within the UK 

Location Distance - km Distance - miles
Aberdeen 402 250
Birmingham 341 212
Bristol 486 302
Cardiff 518 322
Carlisle 93 58
Edinburgh 192 119
Exeter 600 372
Glasgow 243 151
Hull 227 141
Leeds 153 95
Liverpool 278 173
London 444 276
Manchester 230 143
Nottingham 267 166
Plymouth 666 414
Sheffield 208 129
Southampton 528 328
York 142 88

All journey times and distances are approximate. Northumbria University makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information but cannot accept responsibility for any error or change of details after this date.

By Bus

There are two major bus stations in the city centre including Haymarket and Eldon Square. 

Arriva mainly operates from Haymarket Bus Station providing the majority of services to the north of Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside. Go North East operates from Eldon Square Bus Station, providing the majority of services south of the river in Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham. Stagecoach is the primary operator in the city, with cross-city services between both the West and East ends via the city centre.

Newcastle upon Tyne is also well-connected by long-distance coaches to other major cities in the UK. These operate from Newcastle Coach Station, located on St James' Boulevard in the city centre, a five-minute walk from the city's railway station and Central Station on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

Current coach operators 

By Rail

Direct rail services run from many UK cities to Newcastle Central Station. LNER operate the East Coast mainline from London King's Cross to Scotland via Newcastle and the CrossCountry route links the region with Scotland, the Midlands and the South West. Northern Rail operate from Carlisle, Teesside and beyond, while TransPennine Express services run from Manchester, Liverpool and stations across Yorkshire. A new London King's Cross service to Sunderland is operated by Grand Central Railway.

Newcastle Central Station is within easy walking distance of many central destinations and is well connected by Metro, QuayLink, bus and taxi. Station facilities include travel information, left luggage, toilets, cafés, a bar and cash machines.

Current rail operators 

If you are planning a trip to Newcastle upon Tyne and looking for trains times and information please click on relevant train operator links above.

Journey information from destinations within the UK

Location Travel time
Aberdeen 4h 20mins
Birmingham 3h 50mins
Bristol 5h 20mins
Cardiff 5h 50mins
Carlisle 1h 20mins
Edinburgh 1h 25mins
Exeter 6h
Glasgow 2h 30mins
Hull 2h 30mins
Leeds 1h 25mins
Liverpool 3h
London 3h
Manchester 2h 20mins
Nottingham 3h
Sheffield 1h 50mins
Southampton 5h 10mins
York 1h

All journey times and distances are approximate. Northumbria University makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information but cannot accept responsibility for any errors.

By Plane

Newcastle International Airport is located approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) from the city centre on the northern outskirts of the city near Ponteland and is the largest airport serving the North East region. It is connected to the city via the Metro Light Rail system and a journey into Newcastle city centre takes approximately 20 minutes.

If you are planning a trip to Newcastle upon Tyne and looking for flights visit the Newcastle International Airport website for more information.

By Ferry

From Newcastle International Ferry Terminal, at North Shields, Danish DFDS Seaways run a service to IJmuiden (near Amsterdam).

By Metro

Metro is the North East's urban transit system. With 60 stations spread across the heart of Tyne and Wear you can easily travel from Sunderland, Gateshead and across Newcastle to visit Northumbria University.

City Campus is a short walk from both Haymarket and Manors whilst our Coach Lane Campus can be reached by using Four Lane Ends Metro station.


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