Commuting and travel to campus

Updated 13 April 2021

Planning your journey to campus

It is expected that the majority of staff will continue to work from home. If you are notified that you can come on to campus, please follow Government guidance on safe travel, travelling safely by walking and cycling if you can. Where this is not possible, use public transport or drive.

If travelling at a specific time is creating undue difficulty, please discuss your circumstances with your manager, it may be possible to consider a temporary altered/flexible working pattern.

If you would like help or advice planning your commute to work you can contact

Please use the sections below to help you plan your journey and see the latest updates on facilities and support available from the University.

Walking or running to campus

If you would like advice on walking or running to campus, including route advice, please see our active travel webpage.

Changing rooms and showers will be opening on a building-by-building basis. It is therefore worth considering how you will freshen up if you need to. Please check with your line manager if changing and shower facilities will be open and available for use.


Local shop, Yorkshire Runner are offering University staff 15% off in store and online plus free gait analysis to encourage staff to get active on their commute. Simply show your staff ID card in store or use the code ‘club15’ online.

Cycling to campus

If you are cycling to campus there are a number of cycle stands (open and covered) available for you to secure your bike as well as bike repair stands and track pumps. If you’re not sure where these are located then get in touch with the Bike Hub,

Changing rooms and showers will be opening on a building-by-building basis. It is therefore worth considering how you will freshen up if you need to. Please check with your line manager if changing and shower facilities will be open and available for use.

You can access route advice for cycling to campus on the active travel webpage

Cycle to work scheme

The Staff Cycle to work scheme is with Cyclescheme. The scheme includes an increase of the hire value of up to £3,000 to enable access to a wider range of bikes including electric and adapted bikes. For further details and to apply, visit the staff benefits webpage.

Bike Hub

The University Bike Hub is open for bike hire and bike maintenance support through pre-booked appointments. Please be aware that there will be no physical access into the Bike Hub and all exchanges will occur outside the building.

The Bike Hub’s new opening hours are;

  • Bike hire and maintenance: Tuesdays and Wednesday 10am -3pm

For more information on the bike hub including bikes available to hire, costs and how to book appointments visit the Bike Hub webpage.

For any queries relating to bike returns or access to secure cycle storage on campus, please contact

Parking on campus

Any members of staff who have registered their vehicles for out of hours parking can park, any time on campus, until the 30 April free of charge.

Free parking on campus during core hours will end from Monday 3 May and the temporary ‘interim permit’ system introduced last year will be reinstated. Follow the guidance on the staff parking webpage if you’re working on campus and need a permit. Existing interim permits will be reinstated automatically.

Public transport

If you are travelling by public transport please read the latest Government guidance on planning your journey and precautions to take

You can also check with your transport operator for the latest travel advice on your route. Some operators, such as First Bus, are providing online updates as well as advising on available capacity via the First Bus app and National Rail is also providing online advice.

As of 15 June it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling on public transport in England. A face covering is a covering of any type that covers your nose and mouth.

See the latest government guidance on face coverings and other modes of transport where you must wear a face covering, where it is advisable to wear a face covering and those who do not need to wear a face covering.


Due to subsequent national restrictions that came into place in November 2020 and January 2021, MCard have updated arrangements for the extension or cancellation of MCard tickets until 21 June 2021. For full details see the MCard webpage.


Northern recognise the need for a flexible season ticket for those employees that may be travelling less than 3 days per week as they return to the workplace. They can now offer a Flexi-Season ticket which is a bulk purchase of 10 all-day tickets, offering savings for regular commuters. Find out more about Railcards on the Staff Benefits Webpage.

Have your say on local transport changes

Leeds City Council is continuing to work on local travel infrastructure improvements which can be viewed and commented on. Changes to two popular commuting routes to campus are underway. These are works on the A660 Otley Road to enable more cycling lanes and Active Travel Neighbourhood pilots.
More widely, the draft Connecting Leeds Transport Strategy is out for consultation until 26 March 2021 and the WYCA Infrastructure Connectivity Plan engagement is open until 11 April 2021.

University business travel

For advice on UK and international travel – when travelling on University business – including fieldwork, study abroad and work placements, please see the Travel advice page