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Active travel: walking and cycling


Where possible, please consider walking or cycling to University campuses. By doing so you will help to reduce the amount of carbon we generate and the amount congestion on our campuses, plus you may well reduce the cost of your commute.

We provide a number of secure cycle sheds across University sites for staff and student use.



Secure cycle shed locations across Highfield Campus
Secure cycle shed locations across Highfield Campus

Southampton Campuses

Walking between campuses is often the quickest (and most direct) way to travel. The following link provides details of approximate walking times between campuses in Southampton:

If you would like to walk for recreation, Southampton Common is located on the western boundary of the Highfield Campus and offers a number of scenic routes.

‘My Journey’ website provides further details on recreational walking in Southampton.

Discover Southampton provides more information, including an interactive map of the Common and surrounding open spaces.

University Campuses are included in directional signage and map totems across Southampton.

Winchester Campus

Our Winchester campus is an easy 15 minute walk from Winchester rail station (located north-west of the city centre) and the bus station (located opposite the Guildhall). Visit Winchester provides maps of the city centre.

Southampton has an extensive cycle network, made up of off-road routes and quiet roads. My Journey provides details of routes across the city.

For information on cycling facilities and routes in Winchester, please visit the Winchester City Council website.

We work closely with Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council and Winchester City Council to explore ways to improve the cycle network around our campuses. If you are a cyclist and you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.

Cycle shed access

University staff and students that cycle to university sites can gain access to secure cycle stores and external hoops across all university campuses. 

Access to the secure cycle stores for the current academic year is with your university ID card and needs to be renewed in September.

Access to your chosen cycle stores can be added to your card at the Unilink-Transport Office on the 1st floor of building 57.

For information about the layout and design of University cycle stores, please view the Cycle Storage Standard Specification.


Wide Lane Sports Ground

A new cycle store has just been installed at Wide Lane Sports Ground which can be accessed by your university ID card without the need of being pre-programmed and free of charge.

Cycle store access is included in the Halls of Residence fees and is free for car park permit holders, academic or yearly unilink bus passes, otherwise there is a charge of £10 annually.

View all Cycle parking locations (provided by Southampton Open Data service)

Terms and conditions of using the cycle stores (PDF)

Map of the cycle stores across the university campus (PDF)

Photos of the different cycle store facilities (PDF)



There are a number of showers located across our campuses. Locations are listed on the University Open Data site, which includes a map of buildings containing showers and room numbers.


The University offers a cycle to work scheme for staff run by This scheme gives University employees access to tax savings on the purchase of a bike and/or cycle accessories through your salary, typically saving 30-40% of the cost. For more information, and to take part in scheme, please visit the employee benefits website.

Safety and Security 

For your own safety please insure that you are visible (especially when riding in the dark).

Reflective snap bands, bag covers, LED lights, helmets and locks are available in the Unilink Office and the SU shop in building 57.

The University works closely with the Police to both inform cyclists of the need to secure their bike and deter would-be thieves from operating on our campuses. It is advisable that cyclists use the University's cycle stores and only use 'D Type' locks for security (these can be purchased at a discounted rate at the Uni-link Office).  

For advice on bicycle theft prevention, please download the 'Security tips for cyclists' leaflet.



                                                              BIKE DR

The Bike Dr service is on Highfield Campus on a fortnightly basis to service your bike for free, they will only charge for any parts that are needed. 

Dates and locations for upcoming Bike Dr sessions for this year can be found below.


October 6th, 20th

November 3rd, 17th 

December 1st, 15th 


January 5th, 19th

February 2nd, 16th

March 1st, 15th

April 12th, 26th 

May 10th, 24th 

June 7th, 21st

July 5th 


                                                   UNICYCLE SCHEME

The aim of the Uni-Cycle project is to promote cycling, enhance safety and reduce the amount of bikes abandoned around campus. The project is run between the University's Transport Team, student volunteers and a local cycle shop. Refurbishments are carried out by a qualified bike engineer, who also provides a bi-monthly ‘Bike Doctor’ service where staff and students can bring their bikes for free safety checks and quick repairs. visit the unilink office in B57 for more details.

The project also provides subsidised bike locks, lights and cycle training with support from Hampshire Constabulary and Sustrans. Bikes that are not suitable for resale are used for parts or donated to charities across the UK and Africa and any remaining metal is recycled so that nothing goes to waste.

The scheme has refurbished over 100 bikes that have been sold to University staff and students as cheaply as possible, (typically £30-£50).

Uni-cycle recovers bikes from university sites and from donations around Southampton. If you would like to donate a bike please email for further details.

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