Getting to Stirling

The University of Stirling’s campus is just two miles from the centre of Stirling in central Scotland. We're served by excellent fast public transport links from Glasgow and Edinburgh, and are easily accessible by bus, foot and bike from Stirling city centre or Bridge of Allan.

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Getting to campus

On foot

Our campus is a pleasant walk from both Stirling city centre and from Bridge of Allan.

Stirling Rail Station to University of Stirling (approximately 40 minutes' walk)

On exiting Stirling Rail station turn right and follow Goosecroft Road until its junction with Wallace Street.

Turn right into Wallace Street (you will pass a large Tesco Store on your right).

At end of Wallace Street follow the underpass footpath and then cross the historic Old Stirling Bridge over the River Forth. Carry straight on until you reach the pelican crossing at the junction of Cornton Road/Causewayhead Road.

Cross over at the crossing and then proceed straight along Causewayhead Road (A9), passing under the railway bridge and, on the right, the entrance to Stirling County Rugby Club.

Continue straight on up Causewayhead Road until reaching the Causewayhead roundabout.

Turn left at the Causeway head roundabout and follow the path along until reaching the pelican crossing at Wallace High School where you should cross to the pavement on the opposite side of the road.

Continue on the A9. Thereafter you can opt to either access the University by:

  • the entrance to the Scottish Institute of Sport (quite a steep climb, with the University's sports facilities on your left) which takes you out opposite the main Cottrell Building car park;
  • the University's main entrance (accessed by continuing past the turn off for the Scottish Institute of Sport). At the main entrance, you should cross over the road to access the footpath which runs from the main entrance to the campus itself.

Bridge of Allan Rail Station to University of Stirling (approximately 30 minutes' walk)

From the train station make your way up to the A9 main road (road bridge crosses over the railway line).

Once on the main road, turn right and make your way into the town of Bridge of Allan.

Cross the road at the pelican crossing, located at the Allanwater Café, and then continue to make your way through the town. Follow this route all the way through the town and out the other side.

The main entrance to the University of Stirling is located approximately one mile after leaving Bridge of Allan.

By bike

Our Stirling campus is easily accessible by bicycle and there are 480 bicycle spaces across campus.

Campus cycling map

Nextbike

Nextbike is a bike share scheme with locations throughout Stirling. We fund a corporate subscription with Nextbike, which allows all staff and students free use of the scheme and free rental of a bike for the first 30 minutes of every ride. A small charge (50p per 30 minutes) will apply for bike rentals longer than 30 minutes.

After initial registration through the Nextbike app, scan the QR code to unlock and the bike is ready to go. The campus hubs are at the Main Entrance (beside the roundabout), Willow Court, Alexander Court and Cottrell (beside the bus hub).

You can also hire bikes at any other Nextbike locations throughout the UK, the closest of which is Glasgow.

Register online and find out where you can hire a bike from Nextbike locations within Stirling and elsewhere around Scotland and the UK.

University of Stirling staff

University of Stirling staff can save over 25% money on the purchase of bikes and accessories and spread the costs through Cyclescheme.

ebikes

Forth Bike has an ebike station on campus and at other stations throughout the Forth Valley region. Sign up through the app, use your student email to validate then scan the QR code to unlock the bike. Ebikes can be hired from the station beside the bus hub. 

See the pricing structure for hiring the bikes below:

Pricing

Type of use

Cost

Rides Included

Ride Time Included

Student Annual

 £48.00

Unlimited

45 minutes

Annual

£78.00

Unlimited

45 minutes 

Monthly

 £12.00

Unlimited

45 minutes

Pay Per Ride Pass

 £2.40

1

30 minutes

3 Hour Pass

£7.20

1

3 hours 

Extra Ride Time

 £0.08

N/A

per additional minute

By bus and coach

Young people under the age of 22 who live in Scotland are entitled to free nationwide bus travel. Find out more at freebus.scot.

Visit the Traveline Scotland website, Scotland's national public transport information service, to help plan your journey to and from campus by bus or coach.

By coach

Stirling is well connected by Scotland’s coach network and Stirling’s bus station is next to the train station. You can check timetables on the Citylink website and find out more about Edinburgh Airport Bus Connections.

By bus

The University of Stirling has excellent bus links from Stirling city centre and some from Bridge of Allan. The Unilink shuttle bus between Stirling centre, the train station and the main University campus is one of the handiest and most regular services. A night bus service also serves the campus.

Most bus services to the campus run from either just outside Stirling's Rail Station or a two-minute walk away, in Murray Place.

Visit the Midland Bluebird website for the most up-to-date timetable information.

Busses to and from the campus and surrounding area are also operated by the providers listed below. Visit their websites for the most up-to-date timetable information:

By train

Stirling is at the heart of Scotland and enjoys excellent rail services to Scotland and the rest of the UK. Regular services run between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee.

Visit Scotrail or trainline.com for fares, timetables and journey information.

Taking your bike on the train

Bikes will be transported free of charge on most Scotrail services. Find out More Scotrail information about transporting your bike on the train.

Travelling between train stations and the campus

Our Stirling campus is a 40-minute walk from Stirling city centre or train station, and 30 minutes from Bridge of Allan train station.

Stirling train station is the easiest option to complete the journey by bus or taxi.

Bridge of Allan train station is the easiest option to complete the journey by walking or cycling.

By car

Directions for driving to our campus

From the East, South or West, take the M9 to Junction 11. At the junction, there is a roundabout which marks the end of the M9. From here you should take the exit for Bridge of Allan, follow the road through the town itself, and after about 200 metres you will find the University entrance on the left.

From the North take the A9 to the same roundabout and follow the same route through Bridge of Allan as above.

Park in a designated parking space. Possession of a valid permit does not guarantee a parking space.

By air

You can fly to either Edinburgh or Glasgow Airports from a wide range of international and domestic airports including regular shuttle flights from London airports.

At Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport regular buses or trams can take you to the city centres where you can then access frequent train services to Stirling. Find out more at:

You can also pre-book a taxi in advance with Stirling Taxis.

Driving from the airport

Glasgow Airport is approximately an hour drive to the University campus while Edinburgh Airport is a 45 minute drive.

Arriving via Dublin?

There is no routine passport control between Dublin and the UK. This means that you may not pass through passport control in the UK if you arrive from Dublin. If you arrive from Dublin with a Student visa you should keep your flight confirmation emails/papers about the Dublin-UK flight and carry them with you the next time you travel. You will have to leave the UK and re-enter within three months of arrival so that your student visa can be activated. This can obviously be costly so any savings made arriving in Dublin initially may be lost.

By ferry

If you are traveling from Northern Ireland you can take advantage of the frequent sailings between the ports of Belfast and Cairnryan. The drive from Cairnryan to the University of Stirling campus is approximately two and a half hours.

Parking

Parking charges apply Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, all year round (excluding Christmas and New Year's Day). 

If you have a query about any aspect of car parking on campus, please contact the Car Parking Office, Cottrell Room 4Z2, +44 (0) 1786 466065.

Parking for visitors

Visitors can pay for parking through the RingGo app or over the phone. More information (including parking tariffs) can be found on our visitor parking information page.

Parking for staff and students

Information about staff and student parking (including permit types and tariffs) can be found on the staff and student internal sites. 

Staff and students wishing to park on campus should note that they must:

  • purchase and display a valid car parking permit, for which a fee is levied, and/or purchase a valid parking ticket through the RingGo app or over the phone.
  • park in a designated parking space. Possession of a valid permit does not guarantee a parking space.
More parking information for visitors
Aerial photo of the campus

Getting around campus

Find your way around our 330-acre campus by using our interactive map.