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Getting here, finding your way

Getting to the University is straightforward, see the Maps tab for details.

The department is in Derwent College, next to Heslington Hall on University Road, and very near the university bus terminus. Come to Derwent Reception, and either ask the porters for directions, or follow the signs.

Getting around the department can sometimes be less easy! Over forty years, the colleges have developed a sometimes-idiosyncratic system in which rooms are referred to by a letter and number system. The letter is the first letter of the College in which the room is (eg D=Derwent College); the first figure is the floor, and the three figures together are the number of the room itself (eg 004 is on the ground floor). Occasionally, there is a second letter; this refers to the Block in the College (eg D/D001 is room 001 on the ground floor of  'D' Block of Derwent College).

If in doubt, ask at the Department reception, which is on the first floor above Costa Coffee, or Derwent Reception Porters.

Coded locks

Please note, rooms in Derwent B and D block have coded locks on the doors - the codes can be obtained from Derwent Reception Porters or the Politics Department main office.

Office opening hours

The Politics Department reception is on the first floor of Derwent College, above the main Porters reception, and is open 10:00am–4:00pm (Monday to Friday).

When the department office is closed,

  • deliveries can be left at Derwent reception
  • student assignments can be posted in the blue box on the reception counter



A number of maps are available to help you find your way:

A helpful list of University of York Building Codes, giving the building code and the name of the building it refers to, will help you locate buildings and rooms.


Traveline offers a comprehensive journey planner for mainland Britain. Google Maps provide an online map of the City of York.

If you need a printed campus map, contact the person you are visiting, or download and print out the Acrobat PDF versions.




York is on the main East Coast Line from London King's Cross to Edinburgh. Fast trains leave from both north and south at frequent intervals. There is also a direct service across the Pennines between York, Leeds and Manchester Airport. The University is two miles from the railway station and you will need to get a bus or taxi onto campus.

An online rail timetable is available to help you to plan your journey.


A taxi from the railway station to the University will take approximately 15 minutes. There is a taxi rank just outside the station.


There are buses from the city centre approximately every 10 minutes during the day, and it takes around 20 minutes to reach the campus.

The 44 bus service starts from Heslington East running through campus and stopping at the railway station and in the city centre. The 4 runs from Heslington Hall and the Science Park to Acomb through the city centre. It doesn't go to Heslington East. This service runs every 7.5 minutes.

The ub.1 is a dedicated free shuttle bus service for travel around the Heslington campus. The 44 and 4 services also provide free travel around the Heslington campus.

You can reach York by coach from many destinations around the country. National Express coaches stop at the railway station.

Car or motorcycle

The University participates in a Car Share scheme which is available both for local journeys to and from campus, and for one-off or regular journeys from further afield. Please feel free to check the site either if you need a lift or have spaces to offer in your car.

Visitors approaching York from the A64 should turn off at one of the exits marked University (A19 or A1079), in order to avoid the City centre. Subsequent turns are also signposted.

Visitors coming from other directions should either:

  • take the Selby road (A19) to Fulford and turn along Heslington Lane or Broadway towards Heslington
  • take the Hull Road and turn right at the junction with Green Dykes Lane which leads to University Road

The AA provides an online route planner for car journeys.


The University is well served with cycle paths and is currently improving cycle access and storage facilities. See the cycling pages here.

Cycle racks are available in most parts of campus. iTravelYork provides free copies of cycle route maps around the City of York

York City Council Roads and Transport

For more detailed information about travel in York, the council has a section devoted to roads and transport in York.

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