UWS Campuses

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  • Serving west and south-west of Scotland

    UWS incorporates four distinctive campuses situated in the west and south-west of Scotland: Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley; each town has its own individual character, architecture and social-scene. Whether you choose an urban or rural environment, our four campuses offer you a gateway to the best that the West of Scotland has to offer and an unparalleled educational experience.

    Travelling to Ayr Leaflet

    Travelling to Dumfries Leaflet

    Travelling to Hamilton Leaflet

    Travelling to Paisley Leaflet

    UWS in London

    UWS has opened a new campus in the heart of London. The campus is only 15 minutes' walk from Tower Bridge and is a delivery hub for Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Business and Health.

    Find out more about the UWS London Campus here.

  • Travelling by Air

    • Airports
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      There are two international airports close to our campuses, Glasgow International Airport (GLA) and Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK).

      If you arrive into London by air you can take a direct flight to Glasgow International Airport or Glasgow Prestwick Airport. There are frequent services from London to Glasgow and the flight only takes one hour.

      Alternatively, the London Underground and British Rail operate train services from to London City Centre from where you can access connecting bus, rail and road networks to Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley.

    • Airlines flying to Glasgow International Airport
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      • Aer Lingus
      • British Airways
      • Canadian Affair
      • Continental Airlines
      • Eastern Airways
      • EasyJet
      • Emirates
      • Flybe
      • Iberia
      • Icelandair
      • Jet2
      • KLM
      • US Airways
      • Virgin Atlantic Airways
    • Travelling to Ayr from Airports
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      Glasgow International Airport

      The easiest way is to take a taxi or bus to Paisley Gilmour Street train station and then a train to Ayr.

      Taxis are readily available at the airport and the cost from the airport to Paisley Gilmour Street train station is approximately £8 - £10. Alternatively, you can take the number 60 bus service to Paisley Gilmour Street train station.

      Once you have arrived at Paisley Gilmour Street train station you can take a train directly to Ayr station. Trains to Ayr operate every 30 minutes (less frequently on a Sunday). The journey will take about 45 minutes and Ayr is the last stop on the route.

      Our Ayr accommodation is a 5 minute taxi journey from Ayr train station. Taxis are available outside the train station and it will cost approximately £5 to get to our Ayr Campus.

      Please visit The Trainline to confirm train times and fares.

      If you arrive into Glasgow International Airport after the last train to Ayr has left, you will need to take a taxi to Ayr, costing approximately £70.

      Glasgow Prestwick Airport

      Glasgow Prestwick Airport is very close to our Ayr accommodation. A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately £8 - £12. Taxis are available from the front of the airport and can also be called from the airport. Airport staff can assist you if required.

    • Travelling to Dumfries from Airports
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      Glasgow International Airport

      You can take a bus from outside the airport to Glasgow Central train station and then a train to Dumfries train station. Once you have arrived at Dumfries you can take a taxi directly to your accommodation. Taxis are available from the front of the station and can also be called from the station.
      Please visit The Trainline  to confirm train times and fares.

      If you arrive into Glasgow International Airport after the last bus to Glasgow Central train station and onwards to Dumfries, you will need to take a taxi to Dumfries. Taxis are readily available at the airport. Airport staff can assist you if required.

      Glasgow Prestwick Airport

      Take the train from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Glasgow Central train station. All passengers receive discounted rail tickets on proof of air travel (e.g. flight itinerary or boarding pass). The train journey takes around 50 minutes. Trains operate approximately every 30 minutes, for most of the day, and every hour on a Sunday.
      When you arrive at Glasgow Central Station you can take a train to Dumfries train station. Once you have arrived at Dumfries you can take a taxi directly to your accommodation. Taxis are available from the front of the station and can also be called from the station.

      Please visit The Trainline to confirm train times and fares.

      If you arrive into Glasgow Prestwick Airport after the last train to Glasgow Central train station and onwards to Dumfries, you will need to take a taxi to Dumfries. Taxis are available from the front of the airport and can also be called from the airport. Airport staff can assist you if required.

    • Travelling to Hamilton from Airports
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      Glasgow International Airport

      Our accommodation is number 2 Barrack Street and is the large brick building on the corner of Almada Street and Barrack Street.

      Take a bus to Glasgow Central train station and then a train to Hamilton West train station. Trains to Hamilton West leave from the lower level platforms in Glasgow Central train station and the journey will take approximately 25 minutes.

      Our Hamilton accommodation and campus is a 5 – 10 minute walk from Hamilton West train station:

      • Exit the train station and turn left onto Clydesdale Street
      • Follow the one-way street around to the right onto Douglas Street
      • At the traffic lights turn left onto Almada Street
      • Walk down to Barrack Street (second street on your left)

       

      If you would prefer to take a taxi from Hamilton West train station, contact the Accommodation Office in advance of your journey for advice and taxi firm contact details:
      Email: accommodationhamilton@uws.ac.uk
      Tel: +44 (0) 1698 283100 and ask for extension number 8376

      Please visit The Trainline to confirm train times and fares.

      If you arrive into Glasgow International Airport after the last train to Hamilton has left, you will need to take a taxi to Hamilton, costing approximately £45.

      Glasgow Prestwick Airport

      Take the train from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Glasgow Central train station. All passengers receive discounted rail tickets on proof of air travel (e.g. flight itinerary or boarding pass).
      The journey takes around 50 minutes. Trains operate approximately every 30 minutes, for most of the day, and every hour on a Sunday.

      When you arrive at Glasgow Central Station you can take a train to Hamilton West. Trains leave from the lower level platforms in Glasgow Central train station and the journey will take approximately 25 minutes.

      Please visit The Trainline to confirm train times and fares.
      If you arrive into Glasgow Prestwick Airport after the last train to Glasgow Central train station and onwards to Hamilton West, you will need to take a taxi to Hamilton, costing approximately £55 - £70. Taxis are available from the front of the airport and can also be called from the airport. Airport staff can assist you if required.

    • Travelling to Paisley from Airports
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      Glasgow International Airport

      Glasgow International Airport is situated in Paisley, 10 minutes by taxi from Underwood Residence and 15 minutes by taxi from Thornly Park Residence.

      In an airport taxi, the cost to Underwood Residence will be around £12 and to Thornly Park Residence around £14.

      Glasgow Prestwick Airport

      You can get a train direct to Paisley Gilmour Street train station, taking 40 minutes. All passengers receive discounted rail tickets on proof of air travel (e.g. flight itinerary or boarding pass).
      You should take the Glasgow bound train which operates approximately every 30 minutes, for most of the day, and every hour on a Sunday.

      Once you have arrived at Paisley Gilmour Street train station, you can take a taxi from Country Square (right outside the station) directly to your accommodation.Underwood Residence is a 5 minute taxi journey from the station, costing approximately £6 and Thornly Park Residence is around 10 minutes from the station, costing approximately £8.

      Please visit The Trainline to confirm train times and fares.

      If you arrive into Glasgow Prestwick Airport after the last train to Paisley has left, you will need to take a taxi to Paisley, costing approximately £55 – £70. Taxis are available from the front of the airport and can also be called from the airport. Airport staff can assist you if required.

  • Travelling from London (by Coach, Car or Train)

    • Travelling by Coach
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      Travel by Coach (from London)

      There is a direct coach service from London to Glasgow, arriving into Buchanan Street Bus Station in Glasgow’s city centre. From there, connecting services can be taken to Paisley and Ayr.

      There are also coach services from London to Hamilton, from London to Dumfries (travelling via Birmingham and Carlisle).

      Visit National Express for further information.

    • Travelling by Car
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      Travel by Car (from London)

      The M25, M6 and then the M74 motorways are the most direct road routes from London to Glasgow.

      Visit the AA Route Planner for help on planning the best route for your journey to Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley.

    • Travelling by Train
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      Travel By Train (from London)

      You can travel directly to Glasgow from London Euston station and from London Kings Cross station. The journey takes between 4 hours 30 minutes and 5 hours 30 minutes.

      From Glasgow, there are frequent connections to Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley.

      You can travel from London Euston Station to Dumfries, via Carlisle. The journey takes around 5 hours.

      Visit The Trainline for times and fares.

  • Travelling by Sea

    If you have travelled overland from Europe, you will probably enter the UK via Dover, Hull or Newcastle.

    You can then travel to Scotland by coach or train.

    The quickest and most cost effective mode of transport depends on where you are travelling from and to.

    Further information:

  • Downloads

    UWS operates a smoke-free policy on its campuses in Ayr, Hamilton, and Paisley. The smoke-free policy covers campus buildings, students residences and student association premises. For more information download the Smoke-free Policy and Procedure (pdf)

    Ayr Campus Awards

    Guardian University Awards 2013 - Runner up

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