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



Boldrewood Innovation Campus is around 5 minutes' walk away from the main Highfield Campus.



Parking will be limited on site and on a first come-first served basis, so where possible we ask you to travel by foot, bike or bus.

We will once again be running a Travel Sustainably Prize Draw and you will be eligible to enter. Simply fill in the competition entry slip when checking in at one of our Welcome Desks throughout the day and you will be in for a chance to win a fantastic LEGO set or science kit.

For visitors familiar with the Campus: please note that the top half of Salisbury Road (leading to Lovers Walk on the edge of the Common) will be closed to motorised vehicles. Gower car park will be available just for disabled parking and reserved throughout the day.

Free Festival Shuttle Bus


There will be a free Unilink Shuttle Bus for festival visitors running between the Highfield Campus, Boldrewood Innovation Campus and Avenue Campus. Avenue Campus will be used as parking only - see Parking section below. The Unilink Shuttle Bus will run regularly throughout the day every 10-15 minutes (traffic permitting).

Shuttle Bus stops and directions will be clearly marked and labelled on the event map that you can pick up from one of the Welcome Desks upon your arrival. If unsure about the bus direction, please ask the bus driver.


By Bus

Some of the Unilink and Bluestar buses are just a 15-20 minutes' bus ride away from Southampton City Centre to the Festival's venues.

The Unilink U1A, U2B, U6H 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 2.20 single/3.70 all-day pass for adults and 1.50 single/2.80 all-day pass for children (free for under 2 years old).

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 U6C, about a 10 minutes' bus ride to Boldrewood Innovation Campus or about a 15 minutes' bus ride to the University's Highfield Interchange.

You can find more information on bus times, ticket fares and city maps on the Unilink website, Bluestar website or via the clickit2ride app (to buy tickets on the go, check maps and see buses live locations).

Alternative routes are also available on the First Southampton website and Xelabus website.

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


By Bicycle

There are a number of cycle hoops on both Highfield Campus and Boldrewood Innovation Campus.

For full information on walking and cycling to campus, including walking maps and bicycle store locations, please see our active travel page.

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



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.

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 8-10, 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 8-10, 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 Car

Recommended postcode for satnav to the closest car parks to festival venues: SO17 3AT (South Hampton Private Car Park), SO17 3SZ (Hampton Car Park) and SO16 7QF (Boldrewood Innovation Campus).

Note: Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QF (please do not use this postcode in mapping/sat nav software. Instead, look for the campus entrance opposite house number 70 on Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7PP)

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 and to the Festival parking sites.


Parking

Parking will operate on a first-come-first-served basis and we are unable to reserve any parking in advance. There will be limited parking available on Highfield Campus and Boldrewood Innovation Campus.

Recommended postcode for satnav to the closest car parks to festival venues: SO17 3AT (South Hampton Private Car Park), SO17 3SZ (Hampton Car Park) and SO16 7PP (Boldrewood Innovation Campus).

An overflow parking will be available at Avenue Campus, Highfield Road (SO17 1BF).

There will be a FREE Unilink Shuttle Bus running between the three campuses regularly throughout the day - please see the Free Festival Shuttle Bus section above.

If you prefer to walk, Avenue Campus is around 10-15 minutes' walk away from the main Highfield Campus.



By Coach

A more affordable and rather 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 www.nationalexpress.com.

Some coaches arrive (and depart) in Burgess Road (near Building 45), a 5 minutes' 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 & 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 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 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:

  • Radio Taxis
  • English Rose Collection

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