Travel to Southampton

By Air
Southampton Airport
Southampton International Airport is a few minutes away from the Southampton campuses by bus or taxi (off junction 5 of the M27). There is a full UK domestic service, as well as flights to mainland Europe and the Channel Islands.

London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport lies east of London City and is only 65 miles by road to Southampton University. The easiest way to get to Southampton is by road either by car or by National Express coach, who have a direct line from Southampton to all Heathrow terminals, with an average journey time or 90 minutes.

London Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick Airport lies directly south of London City, around 80 miles from Southampton. There is a train station in the south terminal, with connections to London, and you can travel to Southampton Central Station with 1 change.

By rail
Fast trains from London and Bournemouth/Weymouth stop at Winchester, Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway. Trains from Portsmouth and Bristol/South Wales stop at Southampton Central.
Slow trains from London and Bournemouth/Weymouth also stop at Swaythling Station.

By bus or coach
National Express provides regular services from central London, Heathrow, Birmingham, Bournemouth and the North. Southampton coach station is at Western Esplanade, in the city centre. Our own Uni-link buses connect the University’s Southampton campuses with the city centre and both train stations – Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway.

By car
Southampton is just 75 miles (120km) from London and 21 miles (35km) from the Channel ports. The M3, M27 and A34 provide fast, direct access while the A36 is the main route to the West Country, Bristol and Wales.
From the M3 – exit at junction 14, following signs for Southampton (A33). Follow the A33 into Bassett Avenue and follow the map/signs to University campuses.
From the M27 (west or east) – leave the M27 at junction 5 (Southampton Airport) and follow the map/signs to University campuses.

Travel to Highfield Campus
By Bus
All uni-link routes serve the main Highfield campus. See for timetables and route maps.

Visitor parking
There is a pay and display car park on Highfield Campus, which is sited in the vicinity of Buildings 1 and 16. Please note that it can fill up very quickly during the morning.