Getting around campus at night

Its always great to be able to walk around campus with friends, but sometimes individual study needs mean you may have to walk alone. To ensure you feel safe getting around campus at night we have a number of suggestions:

  • Walk around using the identified Recommended Paths
  • Use the identified Patrolled Paths when walking through the campus
  • Catch the Security Shuttle Service to get you home at night
  • Call for a Safe Walk Service if you feel unsure

Our Safety and Security Services team provide an after dark safe walk service, which is available to all members of our university community. The escorted service is provided from building to building, building to vehicle, and vice versa within the boundaries of our Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses.

When receiving a call for this service, the Safety and Security Services team taking the request will make every possible attempt to have the safe walk service to your location as soon as possible. However, at times situations such as a heavy call load, medical emergencies or critical response requirements do arise that may delay the escort. Providing us with your call back number will enable us to contact you in the event of a delay.

This service if available to students and staff 24/7, 365 days a year but is subject to operational capacity and we recommend that you call us at least 15 minutes prior to your required time. For the Safe Walk Service you can email the team or call:

  • 4921 5888 (Callaghan campus)
  • 4921 7962 (Newcastle City precinct
  • 4348 4222 (Central Coast)
  • 0412 595 054 (Port Macquarie TAFE)

The Safe Walk Service only operates on-campus and does not extend to the campus surrounds.


From 6:30pm up until 1:00am you can call the security shuttle to arrange a pick up. The security night shuttle takes passengers to locations on-campus and also nearby suburbs including Jesmond, Shortland, Birmingham Gardens and Waratah West. For the after hours shuttle service you can arrange a pick-up by calling 0407 951 470. You can also use any internal phone by calling extension 27114. Click here to see the off-campus boundary map. If you want to keep an eye on where the security shuttle is download the myUON app.


A free security shuttle operates during the semester on the Central Coast campus Monday to Friday from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. The shuttle departs from the main bus stop on the Loop Road but will come to your location on request. The service also includes drop off and pick up to Ourimbah Railway Station by request. The shuttle does not operate on weekends, public holidays, University concession days or during semester breaks. To arrange a pick up with the security shuttle please call 0414 411 799.

NEW SPACE SHUTTLE (Callaghan inter-campus service)

The New Space Shuttle service is a free inter-campus shuttle service that runs 5 days a week from 7:00am – 10.15pm. There are 6 stops on Callaghan campus and you can hop on and off wherever you like. The service then operates as a non- stop service to New Space. The shuttle service runs during semester on a 30 minute frequency. During semester break the shuttle will change to a hourly service. The shuttle does not operate during the uni shutdown period or on public holidays. Please ensure you show the drive you student of staff ID when boarding the bus.

To help you get around campus at night our Safety and Security Services team are walking a number of key cross campus paths between 12:00pm–12:00am seven days a week. These identified patrolled paths are in addition to our normal campus patrols and provide a friendly face at night when getting across campus to our libraries or your bus home. See the patrolled paths map here.

UON has a identified a number of paths that are well trafficked and have a combination of enhanced lighting, CCTV surveillance, wide paths and reduced vegetation which we have called Recommended Paths. We encourage staff and students to choose these Recommended Paths when walking around the campus at night. See the Recommended Paths map here.