Transport and directions

Directions to the University

Swansea University is easily accessible by road, rail, and air.

Cardiff Airport is around an hour away by road and the M4 motorway, the main east-west arterial route from London, passes through the northern outskirts of Swansea.

Regular trains from London Paddington, South Wales and the rest of the UK arrive at Swansea's High Street Station.

National Express coaches and the Greyhound Swansea-Cardiff and Swansea-Bristol services run to the Quadrant Bus Station in the city centre.

From September 2015, Swansea University will be a dual campus University – the Singleton Park Campus and the Bay Campus.

Singleton Campus

Parking

The University must advise only disabled visitors are able to park on the Singleton Park Campus itself.  

We recommend all other vehicles park in the City and County of Swansea’s Recreation Ground Car Park, which is adjacent to the Singleton Park Campus and approximately 500m walk away.  (All day parking, driver only, costs £3.50. All day parking, driver and passenger(s), costs £3.00. An afternoon charge from 1.00pm costs £2.00.) Directions to the Recreation Ground Car Park can be found below.

By road

If approaching from the East:

Leave the M4 at Junction 42 (signposted Swansea A483) where the slip road will bring you onto Fabian Way.

At the first roundabout take the second exit continuing west (the first exit is a no through road), and continue straight ahead, passing Swansea University’s new Bay Campus on your right. Continue straight across the junction with traffic lights. Continue straight across the next junction with traffic lights (Swansea Docks to the left and Park and Ride car park to the right).

Go straight across the junction with traffic lights onto the bridge over the River Tawe (A4067) at the southern margin of the city centre.

Pass Sainsbury's supermarket on your left and Swansea Museum again on the left.  Continuing straight ahead, pass the large Tesco supermarket on your right.

Continue straight through the traffic lights along the coast road (Oystermouth Road, A4067) towards Mumbles, passing a stretch of bed and breakfast hotels and the Bay View public house on your right.

After the next set of traffic lights, make sure you are in the outside lane of the dual carriageway.

Pass St Helen's Rugby Ground on Oystermouth Road on your right.

Continue through the next junction. The entrance to the Singleton Park Campus is a right turn at the next set of traffic lights, with a dedicated filter arrow.  

The postcode for the Singleton Park Campus for SatNav users is SA2 8PP.

To get to the Recreation Ground Car Park, approaching from the East (M4), use the directions above to ‘Pass St Helen's Rugby Ground on Oystermouth Road on your right’.

After passing St Helen’s Rugby Ground, as you approach the next set of traffic lights, use the dedicated right hand turn lane with filter arrow to turn right into Brynmill Lane. 

Continue to the mini roundabout and turn a full 360° at the mini roundabout to return to Oystermouth Road, where you turn left at the traffic lights.

Immediately on your left (by the bus stop) is the entrance to the Recreation Ground Car Park.

If approaching from the West:

Exit the M4 at Junction 47 (signposted A483/A48). At the roundabout take the third exit onto the A483.

At the roundabout take the first exit and continue on the A483.

Continue straight along the road, passing the Tesco Extra and the retail park. Continue straight ahead through the next two sets of traffic lights.

At the third set of traffic lights (opposite the Marquis Arms Pub) turn right (onto Station Road).

Continue straight along the A4216 (Cockett Road).

Go straight ahead at the first mini-roundabout, and then right onto Vivian Road at the mini-roundabout immediately afterwards.

Continue along the A4216 (Vivian Road). At the traffic lights by the Vivian Pub continue straight ahead. At the next set of traffic lights turn left onto Sketty Park Road.

At the roundabout take the first exit onto Sketty Lane (A4216).

Continue past Singleton Hospital and the Wales National Pool and turn left onto Mumbles Road (A4067) at the traffic lights. N.B. There is no access to the University’s Singleton Park Campus through the Singleton Hospital site.

Continue straight through two sets of traffic lights, passing the University’s Singleton Park Campus on your left.

The entrance to the City and County of Swansea’s Recreation Ground Car Park is immediately on your left, just after the second set of lights (by the bus stop).

By train, bus or coach

If you are arriving in Swansea by train, a regular and reliable bus service runs from Swansea railway station to the Quadrant Bus Station in the city centre.  

If you are arriving in Swansea by bus/coach to the Quadrant Bus Station, the Singleton Park Campus is served by a range of local bus services – please see the First Cymru website for full details.

Bus numbers 2A, 3A, and 82A depart from the Quadrant Bus Station for the University’s Singleton Park Campus every 15 minutes.  These buses will bring you straight onto the Singleton Park Campus itself and buses return from the Singleton Park Campus to the Quadrant Bus Station at regular intervals.

The ftrmetro service (or purple "bendy-bus") service – number 4 bus – also provides a direct link from Swansea railway station to the Singleton Park Campus, at an approximate cost of £3.50 single and £4.00 return if using a day ticket. Visit the First Cymru site for full details.

Alternatively, a taxi from Swansea railway station to the Singleton Park Campus will cost around £7/£8.

Bay Campus Travel Information

The Bay Campus is located on Fabian Way and is about the same distance from the City Centre as the Singleton Park Campus. Working together the University, local authorities, First Cymru, and the Students' Union, will be working hard to ensure the best possible transport provision. There is information below about the bus routes, prices and frequencies.                                           

Where do the buses go and how often do they run?

Two new dedicated routes from Hendrefoilan are planned which will be stopping on the Bay Campus itself. These routes (Green and Orange) are explained in more detail below. In addition current services will run to the Bay Campus including those on the red line below.

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Green Route

The main university route will follow the existing route from the Hendrefoilan Student Village to the Singleton Park Campus. From there it will travel along the sea front, stopping along the way before turning left at the Guildhall, along St. Helens road, right by the Potter’s Wheel past Tesco, back to the seafront and following Fabian Way to the Bay Campus. 

Orange Route

The second route will travel from Hendrefoilan along Gower Road through Sketty and Uplands into the City Centre where it will go to the train station, the new St David's student accommodation and then on to the Bay Campus. 

There will be a bus calling at the Bay Campus every 5 minutes at peak times with each route running at a minimum of every 10 minutes during busy periods. 

Bus Service – What will it cost?

In terms of price, the bus will cost the same to travel to the Bay Campus from the city centre, Uplands, Brynmill or elsewhere in Swansea, as the current Hendrefoilan bus costs. There will be a range of options around tickets including e-ticketing options for yearly or termly passes as well as a range of other tickets that are currently being discussed. The University and the Students' Union will be working closely with First Cymru to get as good a deal as we can for staff and students.

What if I want to ride my bike?

If you want to cycle to the Bay Campus there will be cycle parking adjacent to the academic buildings as well as by the halls of residence. Students will be able to use the Bay Cycles loan scheme from both Singleton and the Bay campuses. Improvements are being made to National Cycle Route 4 which links the two Campuses and in particular a dedicated cycle entrance onto the campus. Between the two campuses takes 25-30 minutes and about 15 minutes from the town centre. For Cycle maps go to http://www.cycleswanseabay.org.uk or if you want to plan your journey go to http://www.cyclestreets.net