Our travel guidance
- Don't travel if you're unwell
- When should you travel to campus?
- Travelling across campus
- When was this page last reviewed?
Please do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Please only travel when you really need to.
As a community will need to use campus a little differently during autumn term – we’re looking to have fewer people on campus at any one point, enabling better social distancing and helping us better protect everybody’s health and safety.
Our blended approach to teaching and the introduction of online lectures means we are reducing the need for students and staff to travel at peak times, and being flexible to avoid large numbers of our community needing to come on to campus at once.
We have moved a substantial amount of teaching and academic contact to an online environment, and many of us continue to work from home, so you should only travel to and from campus if you have been specifically asked to.
Before you travel, consider if your journey is absolutely necessary.
This will help keep the transport network running and allow people who need to make essential journeys to travel.
If you do travel, think carefully about the times, routes and ways you travel so we will all have more space to stay safe. If possible, please try to walk, cycle, or drive to campus. This reduces the pressure on public transport and is a great way to keep fit, which helps our wellbeing too, which is all the more important at this time.
Walking or cycling to campus is the best, healthy option if you live close enough to walk.
If you're using a bike, you can use our bike stations on campus to lock your bike. Remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands before and after cycling.
If you're driving, you might find that some of the car parks are closed or partially closed for your safety. If you usually drive or wish to drive on campus, you’ll need to refer to our updated map as some roads will have become pedestrianised.
Parking charges resume on the 1st of October.
We are offering temporary support with student parking for critically vulnerable students during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are a student who falls into the ‘high risk’ and ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ group, you may be eligible for temporary support - such as a termly permit, which you will be charged on a monthly basis for. More information and to submit an application for a temporary permit is available on our Car Parking webpages.
If you are taking part in our Liftshare scheme, guidance on wearing face coverings is available. If you are not travelling as part of the Liftshare scheme, please refer to UK government guidance on car sharing.
If you use public transport, please think carefully about times and routes of travel to avoid busiest times, and to allow yourself as much space as possible to keep safe.
In line with government advice, you must wear a face covering on public transport.
Our local bus providers are working hard to arrange timetables to suit both social distancing capacity restrictions and the expected demand by students.These are still in progress but when they are finalised they will be available on our bus services webpage, along with bus stop locations.
Capacity and safety measures on buses have been arranged by our bus providers Stagecoach and National Express. Further information will be made available on our bus services webpage.
There are different bus routes into campus depending on where you are coming from. We encourage you to explore the advice from their own websites and get in touch with them if you have any questions:
- Staying safe on Stagecoach buses
- Staying safe on National Express buses
- Staying safe on West Midlands Network buses
You could also see government guidance on how to travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak.
It's probably a good idea to allow more time and travel 'off-peak' when possible, as it may take longer to travel due to reduced capacity on public transport. There could be delays if routes are busy. You may see buses on campus with “bus full” signs, which make them unable to stop for you. Please be patient and wait for the next available one. This measure is to keep us all safe.
Try to book your tickets in advance online or use contactless payments.
Getting on and off buses
There may be situations where you can’t keep a suitable distance from people, for example when getting on or off, on busier services, or at busier times of day. In these circumstances, you should avoid physical contact, try to face away from other people, and keep the time you spend near others as short as possible.
You may have to demonstrate social distancing to reassure others, too. For example, if you are travelling with a large “household” contact group, you may be challenged by others when queuing or using public transport. Remember not to eat or drink on public transport - that would mean taking your mask off and making yourself and others less safe.
Only get taxis when you really need to.
Taxi companies are likely to have their own measures in place to manage social distancing, so it’s best to follow the advice of the driver.
Warwick is a beautiful, spacious campus with lots of room to walk around and exercise.
Whether you are used to walking and cycling or not, the campus is easy to walk or cycle around once you get to know it, and there are campus maps readily available.
There are loads of cycle parks around campus. If you don’t have a bike of your own, you can hire a bike from one of the UniCycles stations across campus, either as an annual subscription or pay-as-you-go.
Our normal University Shuttlebus services are currently suspended due to Covid-19. Learn more about travelling between Wellesbourne and Main campus, and an alternative to the shuttlebus, launching soon.