How to get to Southampton and local directions
Southampton has its own international airport with connecting routes to several European destinations. From the airport, the University's Highfield Campus is only a short taxi ride away or if you are feeling adventurous, you can catch the University's Uni-link service to the halls of residence. Further details about the service are available on the Uni-link website.
Most of you will be travelling to Southampton from one of the London airports or from central London. The following information should help you reach Southampton easily.
Frequent and convenient trains connect London to Southampton. Trains depart from London Waterloo every 30 minutes or less during the day, and take approximately 75 minutes to Southampton.
There are two train stations in Southampton, both rather convenient to the University. Coming from London, the first station is Southampton Airport Parkway, located directly across the street from Southampton Airport. I recommend using that station, which is slightly closer to the University’s Highfield campus and connected to it by bus (see below).
Train timetables and fares are available online at www.nationalrail.co.uk/
There is no need to book your train ticket beforehand. Ticket offices and vending machines are available at Waterloo Station.
A more affordable option is to use one of the trains bookable online at www.megabus.com/uk/
Only a few trains are available on this site, and once booked your tickets cannot be modified or reimbursed.
A more affordable and rather convenient option to reach Southampton University from London is the coach service provided by National Express. Timetables and reservations are available online at www.nationalexpress.com/
Coaches depart from Victoria Coach Station and arrive at Southampton University, just a hundred yards or so from the Music Department. 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 come to 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.
Heathrow Airport has no direct rail connection to Southampton. You may, however, travel to central London by train or tube and from there to Southampton following the directions provided above. Transfer information for central London is easily accessible at Heathrow.
There is a regular National Express coach service from the central bus station at Heathrow airport, which is located close to Terminals 1, 2 and 3, direct to Southampton. Some coaches stop at the University of Southampton’s Highfield campus, otherwise you can take a bus or taxi from Southampton Coach Station. The journey takes approximately 75-90
minutes. This service is convenient as there is no need to change buses while carrying heavy luggage. Further details can be found on the National Express website: www.nationalexpress.com/
Gatwick Airport is connected to Southampton via direct train. Trains for Southampton Central Stations depart every hour during the day. Train timetables and fares are available online at www.nationalrail.co.uk/
There is no need to book your train ticket beforehand. Ticket offices and vending machines are available at the Gatwick train stations.
Brilliant! You have made it to Southampton and are now ready to reach the University for registration or to check into your accommodation. If you plan to arrive before or on Wednesday 11 July, it might be best to go to your accommodation first. Conference registration opens at 5pm on Wednesday, 11 July. If you have booked university accommodation or a room at the Highfield House Hotel, please follow the directions below.
From Southampton Airport or Southampton Airport Parkway Station:
The UniLink’s bus U1C connects the airport and the station to the Highfield Campus. The ride takes about 10-15 minutes and costs £1.50. Timetable and additional information are available on the UniLink website: www.unilinkbus.co.uk
Taxis are available at the airport and at the station, or may be booked by phone at 023 8066 6666. A taxi ride to Highfield costs approximately £8.
By car, follow the Google map directions: MAP
From Southampton Central Station or Southampton Coach Station:
The UniLink’s bus U1A connects the airport and the station to the Highfield Campus. The ride takes about 15-20 minutes and costs £1.50. Timetable and additional information are available on the UniLink website: www.unilinkbus.co.uk
Taxis are available at the train and coach stations, or may be booked by phone at 023 8066 6666. A taxi ride to Highfield costs approximately £8.
By car, follow the Google map derections: MAP
From the M 27 by car:
If you are travelling by taxi you may ask your driver to take you to University Road near the Nuffield Theatre if you wish to reach the Music Department, or to the Glen Eyre Complex on Glen Eyre Road if you intend to check into your accommodation first. If you are walking, driving, or using public transport please follow the directions on the "Accommodation" webpage.
The Highfield House Hotel is located at 119 Highfield Lane, Portswood, Southampton, just a 20-minute walk from the Highfield Campus (map). From the airport or the train station, a taxi ride should cost you around £ 10. The Highfield House Hotel is also serviced by the U1, U6 and U9 bus route.