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Directions to Solent University

The University is situated in the centre of Southampton. Below you can find details of how to get here. Feel free to call us if you have any queries on +44 (0)23 8031 9039.


  • City centre - The University's location in Southampton
  • Campus - The University's buildings 

Ways to get here

  1. Driving to Southampton
  2. Parking
  3. Train service to Southampton
  4. Getting here by plane
  5. Arriving by Red Funnel ferry
  6. Local buses
  7. Overnight accommodation
  8. Plan your journey using the Traveline Journey Planner (links to external website)

1. Driving to Southampton

Southampton is just 75 miles from London and 21 miles from the Channel ports.

From the North: London and the Home Counties, the M3, M27 and A34 provide fast, direct road links into the heart of the city, The A36 is the major route from the West Country, Bristol and Wales.

From the East: Follow the A27/M27 and leave at Junction 8.

The postcode for the University is SO14 0YN.

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2. Parking

There are several car parks in the immediate vicinity - the nearest long stay car parks are Grosvenor Square and Bedford Place. 

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

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3. Train service to Southampton

From London, please travel 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. 

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4. Getting here by plane

From Heathrow Airport  

By train: Take the Railair coach link from Heathrow Airport to Woking train station. Services to Southampton Central operate from Woking. The total journey time from Heathrow to Southampton is approximately 2 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 West Trains 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.

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5. Red Funnel Ferry

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

Red Funnel

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6. 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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7. 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 +44 (0)23 8083 3333 or
  • Destination Southampton on +44 (0)23 8078 0300.

For details of hotels in the area please visit or

Please note: The links to third party external sites are provided for the convenience of our site visitors only. Solent University is not responsible for the content of these external sites and does not necessarily endorse the views or agree with the information held on these sites.

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