Location & Travel

  • Travel

    • Paisley and Glasgow are just over forty minutes away by train on the west coast lines
    • A77/M77 northbound links Ayr to Paisley and Glasgow in just over forty minutes
    • Southbound is Stranraer, where there are regular ferry crossings to Northern Ireland
    • Ferries also leave from nearby Troon
    • Frequent bus and rail services operate from Glasgow and the south-west, as well as further afield, to Ayr
  • The University campus is located in Ayr itself, on the West Coast of Scotland. The town is set among some of Scotland’s most impressive scenery and looks out on the Firth of Clyde, with the peaks of Arran in the foreground and the Mull of Kintyre in the background. Packed with historical sites, Ayrshire’s visitor attractions and cultural and leisure pursuits include unspoiled beaches and rolling hills, castles, a racecourse and, of course, golf courses.

    The town also offers a thriving collection of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and nightclubs, meaning you won't be short of something to do in Ayr.

    Ayr has increasingly become student-focused, offering excellent student amenities, shops and entertainment. Ayr provides a rare combination of relaxation and liveliness, an excellent environment in which students thrive.

    Campus Parking

    Parking on campus is limited for students during the day and, as there is little capacity for on-street parking in the area, you are advised to make use of public transport to the campus or to car-share as much as possible.

    Parking Permits

    UWS and SRUC encourage students to make sustainable travel choices for their journey to Ayr Campus. The Campus is well served by public transport links and many students who live close to the Campus choose to walk or cycle. You can plan your walking, cycling or public transport route with Google Maps or www.travelinescotland.com Timetables for local transport services are also available from the Campus reception area. For further guidance on sustainable travel, please visit www.uws.ac.uk/sustainability. Student parking on Campus is available on a first-come first-served basis in the Student Car Parks (Car Parks 3 & 4).

    Blue badge holders and car sharers are able to access dedicated spaces in Car Parks 1 & 2. UWS and SRUC students interested in car sharing should register at www.uwsjourneyshare.com to find someone to car share with. Once you have registered and chosen your ‘team’ name please email this information to nicola.clark@uws.ac.uk and a parking pass, for use within the relevant bays in Car Parks 1 & 2 will be provided. Please note that, should no journeyshare bay be available within Car Parks 1 & 2, you should make your way to Car Parks 3 & 4.

    Access to designated accessible parking bays is guaranteed for students who are Blue Badge-holders. To register that you are a Blue Badge holder, please email, studentadminayr@uws.ac.uk

    The University and SRUC enjoy a close relationship with the local community and we ask students not to park on the Craigie Estate or Holmston Road due to the disruption this can cause to local residents. South Ayrshire Council are monitoring parking on the streets around the Campus and are likely to apply penalties to those parking illegally. If you are unable to park on the Campus you can access parking in Ayr town centre – for more info visit www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/parking (or see the map on the reverse of this leaflet). The recommended access route for pedestrians from the town and the railway station is via the access road through the grounds of Ayr College and past the entrance of Dam Park Stadium (marked on the maps in this leaflet): this route is well-lit and covered.

  • Off-campus Parking

  • Alternative Transport

    • On Foot
      The new campus is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Ayr town centre. Walking routes from town are indicated on the Ayr map.
    • Train

      The new campus is close to Ayr train station. On foot, Ayr train station is under 10 minutes’ walk from the campus. Click here for the Ayr map.

      There is a half hourly train service between Ayr and Glasgow Central (return from approx. £9.60, off peak), journey time just over 40mins.

      The Ayr-Glasgow Central train also runs via Irvine and Prestwick www.scotrail.co.uk 

      If you are aged 16-25 or a full-time student aged 26 or over you can save 1/3 off most standard class rail fares throughout Great Britain with a 16-25 Railcard. A 16-25 Railcard costs £28 and it'll save you 1/3 on rail fares throughout Great Britain for a year, including all Standard and First Class fares. For more information click here.

    • Bus

      Stagecoach is the local bus operator and runs bus services into Ayr and the town centre from surrounding areas and further afield www.stagecoachbus.com 

      Ayr map.

      There is also a new student shuttle bus, run by Dodds of Troon (Service D10), from Ayr town centre to Ayr Campus. The service will start on Monday 26th September 2011, and the fare is £1 for a single journey. Timetable.

    • Cyclists

      For cyclists there are racks for 104 cycles on the campus, plus there is access to shower and locker facilities.

      Campus Parking Map.

    • Motorbikes/Scooters

      There are motorbike and scooter parking spaces on site, in car park 2.

      Campus Parking Map.

    • JourneyShare

      The University has signed up to Journeyshare, a free to use car share system which is available for colleagues and students.

      The site is designed to make it easier for you to find a car share buddy for your journey to UWS and can also save you money. Find out more at www.uwsjourneyshare.com