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Thinking of making a visit? Solent University is located in the heart of Southampton city centre, within walking distance of Southampton Central train station.

Southampton is well connected with the rest of the UK, whether you plan to get here by car, train, aeroplane or ferry.

Getting here by car

Southampton is just 75 miles (120km) from London, with excellent road links. Southampton sits at the southern end of the M3 motorway.

Enter your postcode below to plot a route between your home and Solent University. Clicking 'view route' will take you to the Google Maps website.

Those who are travelling with a sat nav should use the postcode SO14 0YN.


While the University has limited on-campus parking, there are several car parks in the immediate vicinity. Please see the map below:

If you are a blue badge holder, please email us to reserve a parking space on the main campus.

There are over 200 free to use cycle spaces here on the main campus.

East Park Terrace pay to park scheme

The car parks at our East Park Terrace campus are subject to an off-peak pay-to-park scheme. The scheme applies to non-permit holders from 2pm to midnight, Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends. All vehicles must be off campus by 8.30am on weekdays.

Pay-to-park for the public is unavailable 8.30am to 2pm Monday to Friday, as use of the car parks is for Solent University staff permit holders only.

View the car parks on our campus map

Car parking tariffs

Week days  
Midnight to 8.30am   Free
8.30am to 2pm  Public pay-to-park unavailable - staff permit holders only 
2pm to 5pm  £1 per hour 
5pm to midnight  £2 
Up to 2 hours  £2 
All day (6am to 11.59pm)  £5 
5pm to midnight  £2 

Getting here by train

From London, we recommend travelling to Southampton from London Waterloo station.

For other locations, please use the National Rail journey planner.

The closest train station to us is Southampton Central Station. It’s a 10-15 minute walk to Solent University from the station – follow the directions below.

If you exit via Platform 1, turn right, walk up the hilly footpath towards the Civic Centre building (large white stone building with clock tower). Then follow Civic Centre Road and New Road straight on until you see the University ahead of you.

If you exit on Platform 4, turn left, walk up the hill towards the Civic Centre building (large white stone building with clock tower). Then follow Civic Centre Road and New Road straight on until you see the University ahead of you.

Getting here by plane

From Heathrow Airport

By train: Take the Railair coach link from Heathrow Airport to Reading or Guildford train station. Services to Southampton Central operate from both these stations. The total journey time from Heathrow to Southampton is approximately two hours. The Railair service runs every 30 minutes and picks up from all four terminals. The cost of a standard ticket for a single (one-way) journey is approximately £34. For more information on the service, please visit the South Western Railway website.

By coach: The National Express coach service operates from the bus station at Heathrow Airport to Southampton coach station. On direct services the average journey time is 1 hours and 50 minutes. The cost of a standard ticket for a single journey is approximately £15. Discount coach cards are available for students and young people.

For more information on services to Southampton and discount coach cards, visit

From Gatwick Airport

By train: Train services operate between Gatwick Airport and Southampton Central. the average journey time is 2 hours, and a standard single ticket is approximately £29.

By coach: National Express coach services operate from Gatwick to Southampton coach station, via Heathrow (coach changeover). The average journey time is 4 hours, and standard single tickets start from £25.

From London Stansted Airport

By train: Rail services operate from Stansted Airport to central London via the London Underground. Direct services to Southampton operate from London Waterloo. The average journey time is 3 hours and 30 minutes, and standard single ticket costs approximately £46.

By coach: National Express coach services operate from the coach station at Stansted Airport to Southampton via Heathrow and central London (coach changeover). The average journey time is 4 hours. A standard single ticket costs approximately £28.

From Southampton International Airport

There are regular buses, trains and taxis from the airport to the centre of Southampton.

Buses and taxis are right outside the entrance, whilst the train station is located a couple of minutes walk away and is called Southampton Airport Parkway.

The airport is approximately four miles from Solent University and train services to the city centre run frequently with journey times of ten minutes.

Taxis are available from outside the terminal but need to be booked at the taxi desk inside the airport.

Local buses

Directly outside the Spark you will find a number of bus stops servicing the local area. The Uni-link U6 bus stops directly outside the University, as well as West Quay shopping centre, Portswood, the University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital.

Other bus stops can be found on Above Bar Street. More information about local bus travel can be found on the My Journey Southampton website.

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Travel from the Isle of Wight

Red Funnel Ferry provides a regular, fast and efficient service from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to Southampton Town Quay.

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Overnight accommodation

If you would like information for local B&B / guest houses (for an overnight stay before or during your visit) please contact:

  • Southampton City Information on 023 8083 3333 or
  • Destination Southampton on 023 8078 0300.

For details of hotels in the area please visit or

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