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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. We're easily accessible by bus, foot and bike from Stirling's centre.

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  • September 2018

    Monday 10 September

    Car park users are advised that a new short-stay visitors' car park will be in operation within Logie Car Park, from Monday 10 September. This car park, which will operate under a revised flat-rate tariff of £4.00, for up to four hours, will be reserved for visitors and parking reservation requests only. Permit-holders will not be allowed to park in this location. Staff and students are kindly requested to choose one of the alternative parking areas on campus.

    The new extension to the South Car Park, created to offset the loss of parking spaces in what now comprises the University’s new Transport Hub, has been completed and will also be available for use.

  • October 2018

    Monday 1 October

    The new University bus hub will open on Monday 1 October.

    The hub, which is the first phase of the Campus Central Project, is located within the area which was previously utilised as the overflow car park, and is conveniently placed with close access to the Logie Entrance of the Cottrell Building, Stirling Court Hotel, and the University of Stirling INTO Building.

    Once the new University bus hub opens on Monday 1 October, buses will cease to call at Queen’s Court. There will be two arrival and departure locations/stops on campus. These will be located at the main entrance to campus - providing access to the Pathfoot Building - and at the University bus hub.

    New shuttle bus

    A new campus shuttle bus service will be introduced in early October, which will operate between the main University buildings. The shuttle bus will be free to use and is being trialled up until Christmas. Download the Campus Bus Shuttle Service timetable.


    Monday 8 October

    Drivers will no longer be permitted to enter Queen’s Court from Monday 8 October.

    Access to Queen’s Court and the West Link Road has been removed for all vehicles, to facilitate the start of the Campus Central project works, including the creation of a new landscaped pedestrian zone in the Queen’s Court area.

    A limited number of blue badge parking spaces will remain outside the Macrobert Arts Centre, until the end of the year. Disabled drop-off access to the Macrobert Arts Centre and Atrium will also remain, until the end of the year. However, access to the drop-off location (immediately outside the Atrium) will now be via the East Link Road, and not from the current West Link Road. Access for emergency and service vehicles will also remain.

  • November 2018

    Saturday 3 November - Temporary road closure/alteration to UniLink route

    Essential road repair works are required at the junction between the Innovation Park Access Road and the main carriageway leading to the Hillfoots Entrance to the campus. These works, which will necessitate closing the Innovation Park Access Road across its full width, are scheduled for Saturday 3 November, between 6:00am and 6:00pm. While the road is closed, it is intended to provide temporary access for tenants, delivery and emergency services vehicles to the Innovation Park, via South Car Park and the bus gate. On this date, the First Bus Unilink service will temporarily amend its route to the Hillfoots Entrance, via the East Link Road (and not its normal route via the South Car Park).

    National Swimming Academy road layout and car park closure

    The current one-way system around the swimming pool building will be closed from Monday 12 November. The remaining car parking spaces can be accessed via a turning point and layby situated at the existing road entrance.

    The National Swimming Academy car park will then be closed on Friday 23 November, for the University graduation ceremonies, and will remain closed due to the Sports Redevelopment Project, as noted in previous communications. A limited number of blue badge parking spaces and a drop-off point will be retained.

    Alternative parking is available at locations indicated in the online temporary facilities information.

    To summarise, key dates:

    • From Monday 12 November – new road layout in operation. Car parking still available.
    • From Friday 23 November – car park closed for University graduation ceremonies and Sports Redevelopment Project. A limited number of blue badge parking spaces and a drop-off point will be retained.

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 (Approx 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 via:

    • 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 (Approx 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 enough cycle storage areas across campus for some 480 bicycle spaces.



    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 1 hour of every ride. A small charge (50p/ ½ hour) will apply for bike rentals longer than one hour.

    After initial registration, staff and students can swipe their staff or student identity card at any of the Stirling or University campus hubs to rent a bike. The campus hubs are at Alexander Court, Pathfoot, Willow Court and Cottrell (Mail Room Entrance).

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

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

    University of Stirling staff

    University staff can save money and spread the costs through Cyclescheme.

  • By bus and 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 the one of the handiest and most regular services. Most bus services to the campus run from either just outside Stirling's Rail Station or a two minute walk away, in Murray Place.

    Regular travellers to and from the University can also enjoy substantially discounted fares on buses by purchasing a weekly FirstWeek ticket. FirstWeek ticket holders can enjoy unlimited travel within their designated travel zone over a period of seven days.

    Find out more about the First Group's services and times to the campus.

    Night bus

    A night bus service serves the campus on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Find out more about times on the First Group website.

    First Bus App

    Using the First Bus app, you can obtain timetable and Real Time information, service updates and news about First Bus services sent straight to your phone.

    mTickets App

    The mTickets App enables you to purchase bus tickets using your phone. Once registered for mTicketing, simply buy your ticket, activate it for the day or week required, show your ticket to the bus driver and away you go!


    FirstBus operate the following services to the University – Unilink (UL), 54/54A, 58, 62 and 63.
    Timetables for these services

    This also includes details of the night service which operates on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

    Bus travel from Edinburgh
    Bus Travel from Glasgow

  • 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 for fares, timetables and journey information.

    Travelling between train stations and the campus

    Our Stirling campus is a 40 minute walk from Stirling city centre /train station and 30 mins from Bridge of Allan rail 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.

    Cycling from the rail stations

    Staff, students and visitors commuting to campus by train should note that, on most Scotrail services, bikes will be transported free of charge. See the 'Cycling' section for route suggestions. Find out More Scotrail information about transporting your bike on the train.

    By bus from Stirling station

    • Unilink ‘shuttle’ service: Stirling City – University of Stirling – Stirling City
    • 53: Whins of Milton – University (via Stirling City Centre)
    • 54: Stirling - Stirling (via Cornton, Bridge of Allan, University, Causewayhead)
    • 54A: Stirling - Stirling (via Causewayhead, University, Bridge of Allan, Cornton)
  • By car (including parking)

    We encourage everyone coming to the University to use the excellent public transport links to and from Stirling or Bridge of Allan.

    Please note that at certain times demand for our car parking spaces may exceed supply.

    Parking for visitors

    Pay and Display machines are in operation within all campus car parks and operates Monday–Friday, 9am-5pm all year excluding Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Blue Badge holders are not required to Pay and Display.

    Pay and Display rates

    • Up to 1 hour – £1.00
    • 1-3 hours - £2.00
    • 3-5 hours - £3.00
    • 5+ hours - £5.00

    Vehicles that do not have a ‘Pay and Display' ticket displayed and/or are otherwise in breach of the campus traffic regulations (e.g. parking on double yellow lines or in disabled bays, etc.), will be issued with a Private Parking Notice (PPN) requiring a payment of £60 to the University. This will be reduced to £30, if paid within 14 days of the date of the notice. Failure to pay a PPN within 28 days will result in the vehicle being denied access to the campus at the main control barriers.

    Queries regarding any aspect of car parking on campus can be directed to the Car Parking Office, Cottrell Room 4Z2, +44 (0) 1786 466065. You can also find more information on our frequently asked questions page.

    Car sharing

    The University Liftshare Scheme is a dedicated car sharing platform which helps you to find someone to share your commute and save on travelling costs. You can register your journey requirements on the Liftshare website to see who else could travel to University with you.

    Visitors to campus can find potential car sharing partners by logging on to tactran liftshare.

    Designated car-share spaces for those staff/student drivers carrying two or more people are located near main building entrances. There are 20 such spaces within the following car parks:

    • Cottrell Main ('Y' Entrance)
    • Logie
    • RG Bomont
    • Pathfoot (Front Entrance)
    • Pathfoot (Rear Entrance)

    These spaces will remain reserved for car sharers up until 10.30am daily, Monday-Friday or as may be varied from time to time and advertised accordingly.

    Visitors to campus are encouraged to do their bit for the environment, ease congestion and save fuel costs by car sharing.

    City Car Club

    In partnership with the University, E-Car Club now operate a fleet of two City Car Club cars at the University - both hybrid electric - for use by staff, students, local residents and businesses. The vehicles are located adjacent to the existing electric vechicle spaces, within the Cottrell main and Pathfoot rear car parks. 

    If you're a staff member or student you can hire a vehicle for £5.50 per hour, or for the day (24 hours) at £35.00. There's also a charge for any petrol used at £0.125 per mile. The University has secured an arrangement with E-Car Club to waive the membership costs to join the scheme for University staff.

    How do I join City Car Club as a student or member of staff?

    You can join through a simple online registration process. Get more details on how to join.

    Directions for driving to our campus

    Visitors to the University who choose to bring their car should note the following directions:

    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.

    AA Route Planner

    RAC Route Planner

    Real time traffic information

    Electric vehicles

    There are two electric vehicle charging stations located within Cottrell Main Car Park and at the rear of the Pathfoot Building. There are four designated spaces allowing up to four electric cars to recharge simultaneously.

    Electricity is provided free-of-charge. However, users are still required to display a valid parking permit or Pay and Display ticket. A maximum charging time of 4 hours applies following which time users are requested to move their vehicles to an alternative designated parking space to allow others to use the facilities.

    Park and ride

    There are two park and ride routes in Stirling, situated at Castleview and Springkerse, with buses every 12 minutes to and from Stirling city centre. From Stirling city centre, you can access First Bus routes UL, 54, 54A, 58, 62 and 63, all of which come on to the Stirling campus.

    Parking for staff and students

    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, and display, a ‘Pay and Display' parking ticket.
    • park in a designated parking space. Possession of a valid permit does not guarantee a parking space.

    What parking permit options are available?

    • Standard/Full year permit (Staff and Students)
    • Pay-as-you-go permit (Staff and Students)
    • Half-Year Permit (Students only)
    • Resident Student Permit

    Apply for a parking permit using the University portal (you must be a current student or member of staff to be able to view this page)

    Parking for first-year students resident on campus

    If you are a first-year student and resident on campus, you are not permitted to bring a car onto campus.

    Frequently asked questions and regulations

    • Car parking frequently asked questions

  • 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.

    You can check timetables on the Citylink website and find out more about Edinburgh Airport Bus Connections.

    Driving from the airport

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

Getting around campus

Find your way around our 330-acre campus by using our interactive map or downloading a PDF version.

Campus maps
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