Travelling to our Cambridge campus

This page contains directions to our campus on East Road, as well as to our Health Building, Music Therapy Centre and Compass House which are all nearby.

Our main address is East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT.

If you're coming to our Health Building or Music Therapy Centre, our address is Young Street, Cambridge CB1 2LZ.

Our sports, computing or technology courses are based at Compass House, 80 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8DZ.

How to find us

We’re committed to doing all we can to reduce the environmental impact of traffic travelling to our campuses, and promote the use of public transport wherever possible. ARU students can get discounts on the train in Cambridge.

On foot

Our East Road campus is about a ten-minute walk from the centre of Cambridge and landmarks such as the Guildhall and Market Square. The Health Building and Music Therapy Centre are just around the corner on Young Street. You’ll find a campus map at the bottom of this page.


Cambridge is the unofficial cycling capital of the UK, and Cambridge Cycling Campaign has a free city map and route planner.

You’ll find plenty of cycle parking on campus.

Park and Ride

Cambridge is currently running four Park and Ride bus routes, one of which (Newmarket Road) stops at Napier Street, approximately ten minutes' walk from our campus on East Road.

Park and Ride is usually a quicker and cheaper option than using a car park. It costs £3 for a day return ticket. Group Park and Ride tickets are also available for up to five people for £8.50 (correct as of 7 November 2022). Please check the Cambridge park and ride website for more information before travelling.

Bus and coach

We’re a 15-minute walk from Drummer Street bus station, where most local bus services stop. Stagecoach has bus timetables and route maps.

National Express coaches (including services from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports) stop at the Cambridge Coach Station on Parkside, a five-minute walk from campus. Coach routes and timetables are available from National Express.


Trains run frequently between Cambridge and London, Ipswich, Peterborough, King’s Lynn, Birmingham and Stansted Airport.

If you’re travelling from Heathrow or Gatwick, head for King’s Cross or Liverpool Street stations in London; you can catch trains to Cambridge from there. If you’re planning a train journey in the UK, National Rail Enquiries is a helpful source of information.

If you’re travelling on Eurostar it will bring you to King’s Cross, where you can catch a train to Cambridge. The journey time from London to Cambridge is about 50 minutes to one hour.

When you arrive in Cambridge, we’re a 20-minute walk from the train station. Alternatively, you can catch the busway A bus to The Busway Parkside (Nw-Bound), which is a seven minute walk to campus. Take a look at Google maps to see which option suits you.


Cambridge is close to the A1 for north-south journeys, and the A14 and A47 for east-west routes.

Central Cambridge can get very busy, so we recommend using the Park and Ride service if you’re travelling by car. There are five different services running seven days a week. One of the services (Newmarket Road) stops at the Grafton Centre, opposite our campus.

We don’t have any general parking for students, staff or visitors on campus but there are a limited number of spaces for daily use by Blue Badge holders (book in advance by emailing [email protected]). For general parking the Queen Anne and Grafton Street multi-storey car parks are both five minutes’ walk away and there is a short-stay car park opposite our campus on Adam and Eve Street. Students, staff and visitors should not park in the residential streets around the campus. Parking a car in Cambridge can be expensive – we recommend using the Park and Ride. See the council website for locations and prices of car parks.

Maps of Cambridge and our campus

If you want to drop in and see our Admissions Team, they’re based in Abbeygate House on East Road – just across the road from our Cambridge campus.