We know it's not always possible for you to join us at an Open Day, but don't worry, our campuses are open to the public all year round.
You're welcome to drop by and explore our Green Flag Award-winning University Park Campus at any time that suits you. To help you find your way around, we've highlighted some of the key buildings on campus below.
To follow the self-guided tour, we recommend you use our campus map as the building numbers and map references correspond to this map. However, you can also use Google Maps to navigate our campus too, just search for the name of the building on the app.
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Before you arrive, please check our parking website, as restrictions and charges may apply. The main visitor car park on University Park Campus is located off Cut Through Lane.
Make sure you wear comfortable footwear as our campus is quite large. Also allow yourself plenty of time to complete the tour, we estimate it will take around 1.5 hours.
1: Start at Hallward Library - 9/D3
We recommend starting your tour at Hallward Library as it is a short walk from the visitor car park.
Hallward Library is home to our arts and social science students and holds over half a million books. There are four floors of study spaces with computer access and a café. While you won’t be able to enter the library on your visit, our friendly staff at the front desk can answer your questions.
2: Portland Building – 15/E3
Turn right out of Hallward Library and head down the steps on Djanogly Terrace towards the big screen, or take the ramps on either side of the terrace.
Portland Building houses the Students’ Union (SU) and offers a large range of food and drink outlets. You’ll also find useful services such as Accommodation, the Careers and Employability Service and Student Services. In front of Portland is Highfields Park where you can enjoy a lakeside walk, mini golf and boating in the summer months.
3: Trent Building – 11/E4
Come out of the front of Portland and turn right.
Built between 1922-1928, our iconic Trent Building is known for its clock tower. It is home to the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies and Trent Café, which is located on the lower floor. From here you'll get a great view of the lake on Highfields Park. When you're done here, walk through the Trent Building courtyard and down Jubilee Avenue.
4: Catered accommodation and Humanities Building –B/A4, C/B4, D/B4 and 55/B4
Follow Jubilee Avenue and join Beeston Lane so the west entrance to our campus will be on your left. Beeston Lane will take you around the perimeter of our campus.
As you continue to walk down Beeston Lane, you will see the Humanities Building (55/B4) and three of our catered halls – Ancaster (B/A4), Cavendish (C/B4) and Willoughby (D/B4). You won't be able to go inside our halls, but you can find more information about them on our accommodation web pages.
5: David Ross Sports Village – 34/B2
You will then walk past David Ross Sports Village (DRSV). The DRSV offers state-of-the-art facilities for all, including a fitness suite, sports halls, swimming pool, climbing wall, squash courts and much more. Students living in university halls have access to our sports centres through the complimentary Active Living package. See our website for the full list of facilities.
6: The Downs – C/D2
Come out of the DRSV, cross the road and walk between Sherwood Hall (G/C2) and Rutland Hall (H/C2) to make your way onto The Downs.
The Downs is a green space often used for celebrations. To your left are Sherwood (G/C2), Derby (I/C2) and Lincoln (J/D2) halls. Continue up The Downs and walk between Hugh Stewart (M/E2) and Cripps (L/E2) halls.
7: STEM buildings – F2/F3
Continue to follow the footpath around the back of the visitor car park and past the Sir Clive Granger Building (16/E3), which is home to the School of Geography. At the end of the path take a left and continue walking until you reach Keighton Auditorium (56/F3).
If you'd like to take a shortcut, you can continue down the footpath along the site of the visitor car park, go down the steps and cross the road.
At the zebra crossing, the Maths Building (20/F3) and Keighton Auditorium (56/F3) will be on your right. Turn left and ahead is the Physics Building (22/F2) and next to that is George Green Library (24/F2).
8: George Green Library – 24/F2
George Green Library is in the STEM area of our campus. It holds books for Engineering and Science students and has accessible study spaces, printers, laptop loans, computers and a café. Access to the library is limited for the public, but staff at the front desk can answer your questions.
Leave George Green Library through the east exit and our Physics Building (22/F2) will be to your left. Continue forward through the science quad and turn right at the Chemistry Building (28/F2) to see our Engineering and Science Learning Centre (54/G2). If you come to the multi-storey Tower Building (37/G2), you've gone too far!
9: Engineering and Science Learning Centre – 54/G2
Across from the Chemistry Building is the Engineering and Science Learning Centre (ESLC).
The Faculties of Engineering and Science use the ESLC for teaching and as a space to study. This building is connected to Coates Building (36/G2) where there is a café with an outdoor seating area which is perfect for a food break when the weather is nice.
10: Coates Building – 36/G2
The Coates Building is home to engineering project laboratories and lecture theatres. It is connected to Pope Building (27/F2) where the collaborative and teaching project laboratories are located.
11: Medical School – 46/H2
Turn left out of Coates Building and head down Coates Road, you'll see the A52 (Clifton Boulevard) as you reach the edge of our campus. For step-free access, head out of Coates café, go back into Coates Building and take the lift down to road level.
At the end of the road, turn right and there is a footbridge access to the Medical School, situated in the Queen’s Medical Centre. The Medical School is home to our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences students who typically have teaching, clinical and practical sessions here.
12: Laboratories/Biosciences – G2/G3
Turn around and head back down Coates Road. On your left are several laboratories and our biosciences facilities. Continue along the path turning left and head up the steps between Pharmacy (26/F3) and Psychology (29/F3). At the end of the path, Life Sciences (23/F3) will be on your right.
Alternatively, you can walk past the Psychology Building (29/F3) towards the road, turn right onto Science Road then right again onto East Drive.
13: East Drive and Lakeside Arts – E/F3 and 49/F3
Head up East Drive. East Drive is our main transport hub. Here you catch the Hopper Bus to Jubilee and Sutton Bonington campuses and the 34 bus to the city centre. A tram service also runs past the south entrance (F4) to Beeston, the train station and the city. To your left is the university’s arts centre, Lakeside Arts (49/F3).
And that's our University Park Campus.
To get back to the car park, head back towards to East Drive and go up Keighton Hill. At the end of the road take a right, cross the road and take the left up to the visitors car park.