Getting to and from UWE Bristol campuses

It's easy to get from one campus to another and in and around the city centre, as well as going further afield, with Bristol's excellent transport links.

By bus

It's easy to get around the city by bus and Metrobus. Bristol Bus Station offers cross-country services and Frenchay Campus has its own Megabus and National Express stop.

Travelwest and First Bus have details of:

  • Campus bus stop locations
  • Bus services to Frenchay Campus
  • Bus services to City Campus
  • Bus services to Glenside Campus
  • Bus routes from our campuses into the city centre

First Bus app

The First Bus app includes a journey planner and offers live bus times so you can check when your bus is due in real time.

Bus checker apps and journey planners

Download the Travelwest bus checker app for live and scheduled bus times for every bus in the Bristol area. Free for iPhone, Android and Windows mobile devices.

Details of all timetables and routes can be found on the TravelWest journey planner.

Long distance coaches and coaches from London airports

Megabus and National Express provide a very cost-effective service direct to Frenchay Campus from many UK cities and some overseas destinations including London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester and Leeds.

By bike

Named as the UK's first cycling city, Bristol is built for cyclists.

Cycle to and from campus

UWE Bristol has benefited greatly from the recent investment in largely traffic-free cycle routes that criss-cross the city.

Facilities for cyclists

Cycle parking lockers, showers and drying areas are available across our campuses.

Abandoned bikes

Please be aware of our procedure for bikes abandoned on UWE Bristol campuses: UWE Bristol abandoned bike procedure (PDF).

Help to get a bike

  • Students can take advantage of the student cycle loan scheme. Please visit the Student Union reception for more information.
  • Staff can take advantage of discounted tax-free cycles from Cycle Solutions through the HR department (login required).
  • For a list of where to buy a bike in Bristol, visit the BetterByBike website.

Borrow a bike

  • Borrow one of our Bristol Bicycles for free for up to two weeks. Bring your staff or student ID card to the Centre for Sport reception on a Thursday or weekend and you can borrow a bike, complete with lights and a lock.

Better ways to travel

For more information on better ways to travel, take a look at the Travelwest website where you'll find more information about cycling, walking and the e-scooter trail in the Bristol area.

Please note: only e-scooters that form part of the trail are permitted for use on the public roads and UWE Bristol sites. 

Bike maintenance

Across our campuses there is access to:

  • Bike pumps and tool stations across all three campuses. 
  • Free bike check-up drop-in sessions from Dr Bike.

Dr Bike drop-in sessions

Bower Ashton, City Campus

Dr Bike drop-in sessions take place 09:00 to 13:00 at Bower Ashton in the cycle hub by the North car park.

  • Tuesday 3 October 2023
  • Tuesday 21 November 2023
  • Tuesday 16 January 2024
  • Tuesday 27 February 2024
  • Tuesday 26 March 2024
  • Tuesday 16 April 2024

Frenchay Campus - Q Block cycle hub

Dr Bike drop-in sessions take place 09:00 to 13:00 in the cycle hub by Q Block.

  • Tuesday 17 October 2023
  • Tuesday 14 November 2023
  • Tuesday 12 December 2023
  • Tuesday 23 January 2024
  • Tuesday 20 February 2024
  • Tuesday 19 March 2024
  • Tuesday 23 April 2024

Glenside Campus - by main reception

Dr Bike drop-in sessions take place 09:00 to 13:00 by the main reception.

  • Tuesday 10 October 2023
  • Tuesday 7 October 2023
  • Tuesday 13 February 2024
  • Tuesday 30 April 2024

Map of Frenchay Campus cycling routes and facilities

View a map of Frenchay Campus that has locations of: 

  • Cycle parks and bike hubs
  • Shower
  • Lockers and changing rooms
  • Repair kits
  • Bike pumps and tool stations
Download the bike route map (PDF)
Man in a stripy t-shirt crouching down next to a bike.

By train

Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbey Wood railway stations connect you to the rest of the country, as well as local and inter-city services.

The nearest train station to UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus is Filton Abbey Wood. It takes around 30 minutes to walk to campus from the station. There is also a First Bus service that leaves from the station car park.

Bristol Parkway is also close to Frenchay Campus. There are buses direct to Frenchay Campus or nearby with a short walk.

Bristol Temple Meads is closest to the city centre.

See the National Rail website for further information.

By plane

Bristol Airport connects the South West to hundreds of destinations across Europe and the rest of the world. Located just a few miles south of Bristol's city centre, it's easy to get to and from the airport, 24hrs a day via the Airport Flyer - Bristol Airport's direct bus route.

Maps and directions

Frenchay Campus

East entrance (BS16 1QY)

Directions to Frenchay Campus - East entrance (Google Maps)

North entrance (BS34 8QN)

Directions to Frenchay Campus – North entrance (Google Maps)

Glenside (BS16 1DD)

Directions to Glenside Campus (Google Maps)

City Campus at Bower Ashton (BS3 2JT)

Directions to Bower Ashton (Google Maps)

City Campus at Spike Island (BS1 6UX)

Directions to Spike Island

City Campus at Arnolfini (BS1 4QA)

Directions to Arnolfini

City Campus at Watershed (BS1 5TX)

Directions to Watershed

FET Design Studios at 4 Portwall Lane (BS1 6NB)

Directions to 4 Portwall Lane

Campus maps

Aerial view of Frenchay campus

Frenchay Campus map

Find your way around Frenchay Campus. Find cafes, car parks, Information Points, buildings, cycling routes, bus stops and taxi pick up points.

City campus Bower Ashton

Bower Ashton map

A map of our Bower Ashton site (part of our City Campus) including buildings, car parks, Information Points and bus stops.

View of the clock tower at Glenside campus

Glenside Campus map

Find your way around Glenside Campus. Find cafes, car parks, Information Points, buildings, cycling routes, bus stops and taxi pick up points.

Car parking

Car parking on our campuses is limited. Please see our car parking pages for frequently asked questions, charges and guidance for students, staff and visitors.

Access requirements

If you require any help with getting on to any of our campuses or require specific information on areas of disabled access, please contact us:

Graduation ceremonies

View information on how to travel to your Awards Ceremony.

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