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How to get to Paisley Campus

The University of the West of Scotland's Paisley Campus is located in the centre of Paisley town, and just a 10 minute train journey from Glasgow city centre. It is well served by public transport links and cycle paths. UWS supports and encourages students to make sustainable travel choices for their journey to Paisley Campus wherever possible.

Walking and cycling

If you live within 2 miles of Paisley Campus, why not save money and get fit by walking? If you live a bit further away, you could try cycling to campus. 

Sustrans are an organisation that maintain national cycle routes in the UK. Enter the Paisley Campus postcode (PA1 2BE) into the Sustrans map to see routes that take you close to the campus. Cycle parking, shower facilities and lockers are available throughout the campus.


Public transport

The UWS Paisley Campus is well served by public transport links. Paisley Gilmour Street and Canal Street train stations are both within a 10 minute walk of campus. There are bus stops within close proximity to the main High Street entrance of campus.

Timetables for local bus and rail services are available at the campus reception. Alternatively, you can plan your walking, cycling or public transport route with Google Maps or Traveline Scotland. 

By car

Please note that there is no student parking provided at Paisley Campus, except for blue badge holders. If you intend to drive and park near the campus, please consider car sharing. As well as saving carbon it will reduce your fuel costs - typical savings are around £685 a year from East Kilbride and nearly £1300 from Cumbernauld.  

The UWS journey share scheme can help you find someone to car share with. If you have an electric vehicle there is a charging point on campus which is currently free of charge.

Travelling from overseas

Travelling to Paisley Campus from overseas

There are two international airports close to our Scottish 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 these airports and the flight only takes one hour.  

Alternatively, there are train services operating from central London from where you can access connecting bus, rail and road networks to our Scottish campuses.

Glasgow International Airport

Glasgow International Airport is situated in Paisley, 10 to 15 minutes by taxi to the University accommodation. Taxis are available from the front of the airport and can also be called from the airport. Airport staff can assist you if required.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

From 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. The Trainline website provides information about train times and fares. 

Once you have arrived at Paisley Gilmour Street train station, you can take a taxi from Country Square (outside the station) directly to your accommodation. 

If your planes arrives into Glasgow Prestwick Airport after the last train to Paisley has left, you will need to take a taxi to Paisley, costing approximately £55 to £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.

Last updated: 01/08/2017