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Airport pickups

During September UWE Bristol offers all new international and EU students the option to use our free Red airport pickup service from London Heathrow Airport.

Details about the next airport pickups, which take place from 11-12 September 2017, will be available nearer the time.

This free service is only available on specific dates and times for new International or EU UWE Bristol students. Unfortunately we cannot offer this service to family and friends.

If you are arriving to Bristol on any other date, please read the 'Other arrival options' tab below for ways to get to Bristol.

When you arrive in the UK

UK currency

Please make sure that you have some UK currency with you or a credit card or other means to pay for anything you may have to buy during your first few days in the UK (for example, food, drink, travel tickets and taxis). Taxis are unlikely to be able to take payment by credit card.

There are Bureau de Change and ATMs (cashpoints) inside the airport terminals.

If you are not able to change money before you leave, Bureau de Change and ATMs (cashpoints) are located inside Heathrow's airport terminals.

Other arrival options

If your flight is delayed or cancelled and the pickup is unable to wait for you, your airport pickup confirmation email will provide information on alternative ways to travel to Bristol.

If you are arriving into the UK outside of the advertised airport pickup dates and times listed above, you will need to make your own way to Bristol.

See below for information on alternative transport options.

Travelling to Bristol and UWE campuses

From London airports
National Express Coaches run regular services from all London airports to Bristol Bus station and costs around £40.

More information on transport options from London airports are available on the respective websites: London Heathrow Airport website and London Gatwick Airport website.

Plan your journey via Heathrow Airport travel or Gatwick Airport journey planner.

Train services are also available from London to Bristol. The nearest train station to UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus is Bristol Parkway while Bristol Temple Meads is closest to Bristol city centre. See the National Rail website for further information.

From Bristol airport
If you are flying into Bristol airport,  the Bristol Airport Flyer runs every 10 minutes and stops at Temple Meads (train station), the Coach Station, Cabot Circus and Clifton.


Taxis are the most expensive form of travel - please see below for a rough guide of costs.

  • Heathrow to UWE Bristol Frenchay  Campus- £140*
  • Gatwick to UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus - £160*
  • Bristol airport to UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus - £40
  • Parkway train station to UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus - £9
  • Bristol Temple Meads train station to UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus - £20

*Do not take unlicensed taxis from the airport - book online to get the best price.

Further travel information

Visit our campus, maps and travel pages for more information on travelling to Bristol and UWE Bristol campuses.

Pre-sessional students

Pre-sessional English courses

There is no airport pickup available until April 2017 at the earliest. All pickups normally happen from Heathrow Airport. If you arrive outside of these times please see the Other Arrival Options section above.

Please note: We will only run this service if enough students sign up for it. The details of the airport pickup should be sent to you via ‘My Intray’ in your UWE Welcome.

Visas and immigration

Advice and guidance for international students regarding visas and immigration.

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