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Active travel: walking and cycling


If at all 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.





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BIKE SECURITY MARKING -  Come and get your bike security marked for free at one of our Roadshow events on the redbrick area outside of the  Student Union. Not only is this a great deterrent to potential bike thieves but also ensures that your bike is traceable back to you if lost or stolen and recovered.

BIKE DR - Bring your bike to be checked over by a cycle mechanic free of charge and only pay for parts if needed

CYCLESCHEME - Are you thinking about commuting to work on two wheels?  If so come and talk to a Cyclescheme expert about cycling to work. 

Save 25-39% on a new bike for work

The University offers a cycle to work scheme for staff run by Cyclescheme. This scheme gives you the opportunity to take advantage of tax and National Insurance savings on the purchase of a bike, while keeping fit and contributing to a greener economy

Cycle Republic will be taking part in our Road Safety event on Friday 22 March from 11.00am outside in the SUSU shop in the red brick area on the Piazza.

Bike locks, lights, helmets and rucksack covers will be available for sale at the event. 



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.

Useful downloads

UoS Walking Map

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.

Facilities for Cycling

Cycle parking 
University staff and students can use the cycle stores and external hoops at all sites. Cycle stores are accessed using your University ID card; to arrange access please visit the Unilink office located in Building 57 (above the Students Union shop).

Access is included in the Halls of Residence fees and is free to car park permit holders, academic or yearly unilink bus passes, however you will still need to activate your ID card at the unilink office, otherwise the cost is £10 for the year.

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.


                                                          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.

                                                              BIKE DR

We provide regular Bike Dr visits where you can get your bike checked and tuned for free (you may be asked to pay for replacement parts but all work is carried out for free). 

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

                                 2018/19 Academic year     

Highfield Campus Friday 9.30-2pm fortnightly as below.



August  10th, 24th

September 7th, 21st

October 5th, 19th

November 2nd, 16th, 30th

December 17th


January 11th, 25th

February 8th, 22nd

March 8th, 22nd

April 5th,

May 3rd, 17th, 31st

June 14th, 28th

July 12th


Boldrewood & Avenue, monthly alternating, Wednesdays 12pm-2pm.   


August 8th – Boldrewood

September 19th – Avenue

October 10th – Boldrewood

November 14th – Avenue

December 12th – Boldrewood


January 16th - Avenue

February 20th - Boldrewood

March 20th – Avenue

April 10th – Boldrewood

May 8th – Avenue

June 19th – Boldrewood

July 10th -  Avenue


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