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Travel by car

All approach routes for cars travelling here are clearly signposted 'The University of Manchester'.

Directions

Select from the list below for full directions:

Oxford Road area

Please note: drivers heading into the city on Oxford Road are now unable to travel past Hathersage Road between 6am and 9pm, seven days a week. Instead you'll need to reroute, by turning right on to Hathersage Road before continuing their journey along Upper Brook Street.

To accommodate the permanent changes to Oxford Road, Upper Brook Street has been improved to provide drivers with an alternative route. Local access to Oxford Road will be maintained from adjoining roads and signage in place to help everyone navigate the area.

Oxford Road will ultimately become a bus, hackney carriage, emergency vehicle and cycle only route between Hathersage Road and Grosvenor Street (between 6am and 9pm, seven days a week). The change is being implemented by Transport for Greater Manchester, in partnership with Manchester City Council, as part of the transformational Grow project. Grow will see more than £1 billion invested into city centre infrastructure improvements by 2017, including the Metrolink Second City Crossing, bus priority measures, six new and better cycle routes into the city centre and major rail improvements.

Sackville Street area

You can also find car parking facilities on campus.

For Oxford Road area:

M62 (eastbound), M602

  • Leave the M62 at J12 and join the M602.
  • At the end of M602, join Regent Road (A57) and continue along and join the A57M (Mancunian Way).
  • Leave at the second exit signposted A34 Congleton (hair-pin bend) and keep left, following signs for The University of Manchester.
  • Turn left onto the A34 (dual carriageway) and get in the right-hand lane.
  • Turn right at the first set of traffic lights into Grosvenor Street.
  • Stay in the left-hand lane and turn left at the next set of traffic lights onto Oxford Road (B5117).

M62 (westbound), M60

  • Leave M62 at J18 and join M60 ring road.
  • Leave M60 at J22 and turn right at traffic lights onto Oldham Road (A62).
  • Continue along until the end and turn left to join Great Ancoats Street (A665).
  • Follow signs for The University of Manchester and join the Mancunian Way (A57M).
  • Take the exit from the Mancunian Way signposted A5103/Manchester Airport (M56)/Birmingham (M6).
  • At the roundabout take the first exit onto Higher Cambridge Street.
  • Turn left at the second set of traffic lights onto Booth Street West and then turn right onto Oxford Road (B5117).

M6/M56

  • Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and turn right onto the A556.
  • Follow signs for Manchester Airport and join the M56.
  • Stay on M56 until it joins Princess Park Way (A5103).
  • Continue for a further four miles (6km) before turning right at Young's Royal Brewery into Moss Lane East (B5219).
  • Continue to the T-junction and turn left onto Oxford Road (B5117).
  • Proceed down Oxford Road and the University campus is straight ahead.

M67

  • At the end of the motorway join Hyde Road (A57).
  • Continue along for approx three miles (4.5 km), following signs for the city centre.
  • Upon reaching a major roundabout (the Apollo Theatre is on the left) take the second exit, Brunswick Street (signposted The University of Manchester).
  • Continue along and go straight through the next set of traffic lights.

For Sackville Street area (following signs for The University of Manchester):

M6/M56 (northbound)

  • Exit the M6 at J19 taking the third exit at the roundabout onto Chester Road A566.
  • Continue straight ahead onto the A50.
  • At the major roundabout bear right onto the M56.
  • Follow the M56 until it turns into the A5103 signposted for the city centre.
  • Take the A5103 into the centre of Manchester until you reach a major roundabout with an overpass.
  • Take the third exit at the roundabout onto the Mancunian Way A57 lower level.
  • At the next roundabout take the second exit (straight ahead) onto the Mancunian Way A57(M) elevated level for 350m.
  • At the next exit, bear left off A57(M) and immediately on the slip road bear right into Sackville Street.
  • Take the first left onto Charles Street where you will find a multi-storey car park.

M62 (westbound)

  • Take the M62 east to Manchester.
  • Exit motorway at J20 following the A627 (M) to Oldham.
  • Continue straight ahead onto Broadway A663.
  • Bear right onto Oldham Road A62.
  • Continue straight ahead onto Portland Street A5103.
  • Turn left onto Princess Street.
  • Turn left onto Charles Street where you will find a multi-storey car park.

M62 (eastbound)

  • Take the M62 west to Manchester.
  • Exit at J12 onto the M602 Eccles bypass.
  • Continue straight ahead onto the A57.
  • Bear left onto the Mancunian Way A57(M).
  • Bear left again onto the A57 and continue straight ahead onto Sackville Street.
  • Turn left onto Charles Street where you will find a multi-storey car park.

M6 (southbound)

  • Take the M6 south
  • As you approach the outskirts of Manchester continue straight ahead onto the M61.
  • Shortly after, continue straight ahead onto the M60.
  • Continue straight ahead onto the M62 and bear right onto the M602 Eccles bypass.
  • Continue straight ahead onto the A57.
  • Bear left onto the Mancunian Way A57(M).
  • Bear left onto A57 and continue straight ahead onto Sackville Street.
  • Take the second left onto Charles Street where you will find a multi-storey car park.

Parking

Car parking is available at the University. If you have an appointment with a member of staff they may be able to provide you with a parking permit for the day.

The multi-storey car parks at both Booth Street West and Charles Street offer paid public parking and are convenient and safe.

Please note that when special events are on (eg graduation, weekday open days), parking is extremely limited. We strongly recommend that you use public transport to reach campus at these times, unless travelling by car is essential. 

Access to the Car Park D (Booth Street West car park)  has changed and is now from Higher Cambridge Street for the duration of development work at the Alliance Manchester Business School.

If you're attending one of our open days, please read our car parking information.