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Science and Engineering Day will be taking place on Highfield Campus (SO17 1BJ) and Boldrewood Innovation Campus (SO16 7PP).



Boldrewood Innovation Campus is about a 10 minute walk away from the main Highfield Campus.




In line with the values of the University of Southampton's Sustainability Strategy, where possible we ask you to travel by foot, bike, e-scooter or bus to the Festival site.

We will once again be running a Travel Sustainably Prize Draw and you will be eligible to enter (unless you came by car). Simply fill in the competition entry slip and post it in the dedicated box when checking in at one of our Welcome Desks upon arrival or throughout the day. You will be in for a chance to win one of our fantastic prizes (prizes will be drawn at random, limit one entry per group, prizes cannot be exchanged):

With thanks to our supporters:




By Bicycle

There are several cycle parks on both Highfield Campus and Boldrewood Innovation Campus.

Boldrewood Innovation Campus is less than 5 minutes' ride away from the main Highfield Campus.



A self-service bike station with air pump and a few tools is available on the side of Building 177, facing Burgess Road (next to the Science and Engineering Day banner) at Boldrewood Innovation Campus.

Beryl shared bikes are another way to ride to the festival site and in between campuses. Download the Beryl app onto your iPhone or Android device to start riding around the city. For more details on how Beryl bikes work see:

For full information on walking and cycling to campus, including walking maps and bicycle store locations, please see the University of Southampton's Active travel page.


By e-scooter

Voi shared e-scooters are another, carbon-neutral way to travel around the city, in particular between Highfield Campus and Boldrewood Innovation Campus, with many of Voi's bespoke parking bays nearby.

How to start:

  • Download the Voi app onto your iPhone or Android device to start travelling around the city on two wheels.
  • Riders need to have a provisional or full driving licence and be at least 18 years of age to hire an e-scooter.
  • Find an available Voi e-scooter and unlock it using your Voi app.
  • Riders are always encouraged to wear helmets.
  • Learn how to ride safely in just 15 mins by enrolling in 'RideLikeVoila', Voi's online e-scooter traffic school. 
  • If you are new to e-scooters, you can switch to Beginner's mode on the app to keep the speed slow. 
  • Southampton and Voi operate a Mandatory Parking Zone system which means that you need to park the e-scooter in a specific parking area to complete your ride. These are all easy to find on Voi's app and there will be some extra parking spots on the day as well to encourage sustainable transport to the event.

For more details on how to Voi see:


Free Festival Shuttle Bus

A free Unilink shuttle bus for festival visitors will run regularly throughout the day every 10 - 15 minutes - traffic permitting - between Highfield Campus (Interchange), Boldrewood Innovation Campus and Avenue Campus (parking only).   

An image of a UniLink bus out of focus, close to a campus map.

The shuttle bus stops are located at: 

  • HIGHFIELD CAMPUS: coach bay at the entrance of the Bus Interchange, near Building 6 (former Nuffield Southampton Theatre) | what3words location ///
    • To Avenue Campus: first parking lot at the right of the main car park, on the one-way road between Building 176 and Building 185 | what3words location ///
    • To Highfield Campus: '10 min only' loading bay in front of Building 178 | what3words location ///
  • AVENUE CAMPUS: Unilink (U2) bus stop in Highfield Road | what3words location ///

The shuttle bus stops will be clearly signposted on all campuses and labelled on the Science and Engineering Day official map (available in the event brochure at the Welcome Desks). If unsure about the desired shuttle bus stop location, you can also ask for directions to our friendly student ambassadors or to the festival team.

If unsure of the shuttle bus direction, please check with the bus driver upon boarding.  


By Bus

Some of the Unilink and Bluestar buses take just 15-20 minutes to get to the Festival's venues from Southampton City Centre.

The Unilink U1A, U2B, U6H routes go from Southampton City Centre and stops at the University's Highfield Interchange. Unilink services U2C (and U2B), U6H (and U6C) and U9 also stop at Boldrewood Innovation Campus, on Burgess Road. All Unilink tickets are £2.70 single/£4.20 all-day pass for adults and £1.80 single/£3.40 all-day pass for children (free for under 2 years old). For full up to date details on Unilink fares, please see their website:


The Bluestar 1 bus goes from Winchester to Southampton city centre (via Otterbourne and Chandlers Ford) and stops on the boundary of the Boldrewood Innovation Campus, on Bassett Avenue. The Bluestar 2 bus goes from Fair Oak to the city centre (via Eastleigh) and stops on Portswood Broadway, about a 20 minutes' walk or 5 minutes' bus ride away from the University's Highfield Interchange on the Unilink U1A or U6H.

The Bluestar 3 bus goes from Eastleigh to the city centre via Bitterne, Thornhill, Hedge End, Botley and Fair Oak. The Bluestar 4 bus goes from Romsey to Southampton Central Station via Shirley, Lordshill, Nursling, Rownhams and North Baddesley. The Bluestar 6 bus goes from Lymington to Southampton Central Station via Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Ashurst, Totton and Millbrook. From the Southampton Central Station you can catch the Unilink U1A, about a 20 minutes' bus ride to the University's Highfield Interchange.

The Bluestar 7 (from Lordshill to Sholing) and the Bluestar 17 (from Weston to Adanac Park) stop at Southampton Central Station, and at at the Southampton General Hospital (Coxford Road); from there you can catch the Unilink U6H, about a 10 minute bus ride to Boldrewood Innovation Campus or about a 15 minutes' bus ride to the University's Highfield Interchange.

Since February 2023, Bluestar buses run additional bus routes across the city, including Sholing, Lordshill, Townhill Park, Edge End and Hamble. More information are available at

To find out about bus times, ticket fares and city maps on the Unilink website, Bluestar website or via the UniLink bus app (to buy tickets on the go, check maps and see buses live locations). PLEASE NOTE: Tickets purchased through the Bluestar and UniLink apps can be used on both bus lines.  

You can also plan your journey by bus by visiting the My Journey Southampton website.



By Train

There are two train stations in Southampton, both convenient to the University. Coming from London, the first station is Southampton Airport Parkway (Eastleigh), located directly opposite Southampton Airport. This station is slightly closer to the University's Highfield Interchange.

Fast trains from London and Bournemouth/Weymouth stop at Southampton Central as well as Southampton Airport Parkway (Eastleigh). Trains from Portsmouth and Bristol/South Wales stop at Southampton Central. There are also regular trains from major airports such as Gatwick and Heathrow to Southampton Central. You can find details of routes and timetables on the National Rail website or on the Trainline website.

From Southampton Airport Parkway (Eastleigh): the journey takes about 10-15 minutes' ride using the Unilink U1C. Taxis are also usually available on the east side of the station, towards Wide Ln. From Southampton Airport Parkway, the ride is about 10 minutes long and costs approximately £10-20, depending on the company.

From Southampton Central station: the Unilink U1A (from the south of the station) or the Unilink U2B (from Mayflower Halls, north of the station) connects the station to Highfield Campus. The ride takes about 20 minutes. Taxis are also usually available at both side of the station. From Southampton Central, the ride is about 10 minutes long and costs approximately £10-20, depending on the company.

St Deny's and Swaythling Stations are both a 25 minutes' walk from campus. Alternatively, Unilink U1C takes about 15 minutes from the station to the University's Highfield Interchange.



By Coach

An affordable and convenient option to reach the University of Southampton from London is the coach service provided by National Express. Timetables and reservations are available online at

Some coaches arrive (and depart) in Burgess Road (near Building 45), a 5 minute walk away from Highfield Campus. To obtain information and book tickets on those coaches, please make sure to enter 'Southampton University' in the 'To' field on the National Express website. There are also coaches that go to the centre of Southampton but only stop at Southampton Coach Station. These are less convenient, as you will then need to take a bus or taxi to the Highfield Campus.

From Southampton Coach Station you will need to walk to the ASDA and Marlands stop (Portland Terrace) to take the Unilink U1A or U1E or Unilink U6H. Alternatively, you can walk to the nearby Civic Centre (Civic Centre Rd), where you can continue your journey to Highfield Campus using Unilink U6H or a taxi.



By Car

If travelling via the M3: exit at junction 14 (Southampton A33).

If travelling via the M27: exit at junction 5 (Southampton Airport).

Look out for the yellow AA signs that will be directing you to the Science and Engineering Day, but please read carefully the next section on Parking before starting your journey and bear in mind that there is no parking on University Road.




There will be limited parking available on Highfield Campus and Boldrewood Innovation Campus. Additional parking spaces will be available at Avenue Campus, and a UniLink free bus shuttle will travel across all the three campuses throughout the day. The shuttle bus stops will be marked in each campus.   

Please note that we are unable to reserve any parking in advance.

If coming by car, we strongly recommend you to park your car in one of the car parks available in Southampton and then reach Highfield Campus and Boldrewood Innovation Campus by using a UniLink or Bluestar bus, a Beryl bike or Voi e-scooter. More information about find parking in Southampton can be viewed on the Southampton City Council website.

Alternatively, you can download an app, e.g. Parkopedia, onto your device to find a suitable parking for the day.

To find out more about parking for disabled persons, please visit our Accessibility page.



By Ferry

If you are travelling to us by Ferry from the Isle of Wight, Red Funnel ferries passenger terminal is in the city centre at Town Quay.

From here, walk up to High Street to the bus stop Telephone House (Stop TE) where you can catch Unilink U1A or U1E, which stops at the University's Highfield Campus.



By Air

Southampton International Airport is approximately a 10 minutes' drive from the Festival site by car or taxi, off junction 5 of the M27. There are flights to Southampton from UK airports, mainland Europe and the Channel Islands.

From Southampton Airport you can get the Unilink U1C bus to University's Highfield Interchange.

London Heathrow Airport is just over 60 miles from Southampton. You can catch a National Express coach direct to Southampton Coach Station from Terminals 2/3, 4 and 5. Some coaches also stop in Burgess Road, a 2 minutes' walk from Highfield Campus.

You can also travel by train from Heathrow to Paddington in central London. From London, you can take a train to Southampton. For more details see the National Rail website.

London Gatwick Airport is nearly 90 miles from Southampton. You can catch a National Express coach direct to Southampton Coach Station. You can also catch a direct train from Gatwick Airport to Southampton Central. For more details see the National Rail website.

Taxis to London airports

Some local companies provide a taxi service between Southampton and the London airports, including e.g. West Quay Cars and Aero Taxis Southampton.



For more travel advice and options, please visit the My Journey Southampton website and check the Southampton City Council public transport map.