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Gateway Building at Bedford campus

The University of Bedfordshire's Bedford campus lies fifty miles north of London on the main A6 route, between the main north-south link roads, the M1 and the A1. Bedford is also well-placed with its main train station linking London and Brighton to the south and Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield to the north.


By road

The campus is on Polhill Avenue off the A4280 on the eastern side of Bedford. From the north, leave the M1 at junction 14. Take the A422, following signs for Bedford. From the south leave the M1 at junction 13 and follow the A421 to Bedford. There is car parking on site, costing £1.40 for a day (pay and display).

By rail

There are frequent trains from London St Pancras International station. The fastest are the East Midlands Trains which run about every half hour. The journey time is just under 40 minutes, so, for example, on Saturday 23 June 2018, the 08.47 will arrive at Bedford at 09.23, and the 09.05 will arrive at 09.40. The ones operated by Thameslink and Great Northern are slower, with a journey time of about 50 minutes. There are also direct trains from Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield. You need to allow about ten minutes for the cab journey from the station to the campus.

By air

Local train services link with London Luton Airport (30 minutes) and Gatwick Airport (under 2 hours). Stansted is also within easy reach and Heathrow, Birmingham and East Midlands international airports are all within a 90-minute drive.


Taxis are always available at the railway station. The cost is about £5.00 or £6.00, and it takes about ten minutes to get to the campus. If you are travelling from somewhere else in Bedford, you can ring one of two reliable minicab firms: A1 Cars, 01234 364444, or 24/7 Cars, 01234 262222.


If you need to arrange overnight accommodation, or wish to stay in Bedford for a few days, you will find helpful advice and guidance on the Visitor Information page at Bedford Borough Council

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