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Transport to Manchester
HOW TO FIND US
TRAVELLING BY train
It’s easy to travel by train to The University of Manchester due to our proximity to three large rail stations.
We are located close to both Piccadilly main line station (about two and a half hours from London) and Oxford Road train station, with Victoria train station a little further away.
For details of timetables, tickets and other rail information, please ring National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 (+44 (0) 20 7278 5240 from overseas) or visit:
Manchester’s main stations are highlighted on our city map (PDF file, 137 KB).
Piccadilly station to Oxford Road
The Oxford Road link bus (number 147) runs from Piccadilly Rail Station across the campus stopping at 14 locations and finishing at Grafton Street. This service runs on weekdays between 7.15am and 6.45pm, at ten-minute intervals, and can be caught from the Fairfield Street entrance to Piccadilly Station.
A taxi from Piccadilly Station to the Oxford Road area of the campus will cost you about £5.
Oxford Road station to Oxford Road campus
To get to the Oxford Road area of the campus, go down the station approach to Oxford Road and turn right. The campus is a 10- to 15-minute walk. Alternatively, buses stop outside the Palace Hotel.
travelling by car
All approach routes for cars travelling here are clearly signposted ‘The University of Manchester’.
Select from the list below for full directions:
Oxford Road area
Please note: drivers heading into the city on Oxford Road are now unable to travel past Hathersage Road between 6am and 9pm, seven days a week. Instead you’ll need to reroute, by turning right on to Hathersage Road before continuing their journey along Upper Brook Street.
To accommodate the permanent changes to Oxford Road, Upper Brook Street has been improved to provide drivers with an alternative route. Local access to Oxford Road will be maintained from adjoining roads and signage in place to help everyone navigate the area.
Oxford Road will ultimately become a bus, hackney carriage, emergency vehicle and cycle only route between Hathersage Road and Grosvenor Street (between 6am and 9pm, seven days a week). The change is being implemented by Transport for Greater Manchester, in partnership with Manchester City Council, as part of the transformational Grow project. Grow will see more than £1 billion invested into city centre infrastructure improvements by 2017, including the Metrolink Second City Crossing, bus priority measures, six new and better cycle routes into the city centre and major rail improvements.
For Oxford Road area:
M62 (eastbound), M602
- Leave the M62 at J12 and join the M602.
- At the end of M602, join Regent Road (A57) and continue along and join the A57M (Mancunian Way).
- Leave at the second exit signposted A34 Congleton (hair-pin bend) and keep left, following signs for The University of Manchester.
- Turn left onto the A34 (dual carriageway) and get in the right-hand lane.
- Turn right at the first set of traffic lights into Grosvenor Street.
- Stay in the left-hand lane and turn left at the next set of traffic lights onto Oxford Road (B5117).
M62 (westbound), M60
- Leave M62 at J18 and join M60 ring road.
- Leave M60 at J22 and turn right at traffic lights onto Oldham Road (A62).
- Continue along until the end and turn left to join Great Ancoats Street (A665).
- Follow signs for The University of Manchester and join the Mancunian Way (A57M).
- Take the exit from the Mancunian Way signposted A5103/Manchester Airport (M56)/Birmingham (M6).
- At the roundabout take the first exit onto Higher Cambridge Street.
- Turn left at the second set of traffic lights onto Booth Street West and then turn right onto Oxford Road (B5117).
- Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and turn right onto the A556.
- Follow signs for Manchester Airport and join the M56.
- Stay on M56 until it joins Princess Park Way (A5103).
- Continue for a further four miles (6km) before turning right at Young’s Royal Brewery into Moss Lane East (B5219).
- Continue to the T-junction and turn left onto Oxford Road (B5117).
- Proceed down Oxford Road and the University campus is straight ahead.
- At the end of the motorway join Hyde Road (A57).
- Continue along for approximately three miles (4.5 km), following signs for the city centre.
- Upon reaching a major roundabout (the Apollo Theatre is on the left) take the second exit, Brunswick Street (signposted The University of Manchester).
- Continue along and go straight through the next set of traffic lights.
Car parking is available at the University. If you have an appointment with a member of staff they may be able to provide you with a parking permit for the day.
The multi-storey car parks at both Booth Street West and Charles Street offer paid public parking and are convenient and safe.
Please note that when special events are on (eg graduation, weekday open days), parking is extremely limited. We strongly recommend that you use public transport to reach campus at these times, unless travelling by car is essential.
Access to the Car Park D (Booth Street West car park) has changed and is now from Higher Cambridge Street for the duration of development work at the Alliance Manchester Business School.
If you’re attending one of our open days, please read our car parking information.
Taxis are available at both Manchester train and coach stations and at many places in the centre of Manchester.
Street Cars Manchester
Tel: +44 0161 228 7878
Tel: +44 0161 228 3355
All United Cars (Manchester)
Tel: +44 0161 850 0500
travelling by AIR
If you plan to travel by air to The University of Manchester, our nearest airport is Manchester Airport.
Manchester Airport is one of the largest and busiest in the country. It is located about 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, about 30 minutes from the University.
The airport has a number of transport links to the city:
- Train – The airport’s two terminals are linked directly to the city centre by a fast, frequent 24-hour train link to both Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations.
- Taxi – A taxi from the airport to the University will cost approximately £20.
- Bus – Local buses also run to the Oxford Road and Sackville Street areas of the campus.
Most major airlines fly to and from Manchester. For more information please visit the Manchester Airport website.