Getting to Newcastle campus at Callaghan

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Our Newcastle campus at Callaghan is located 12 kilometres north west of Newcastle CBD and has various transport links.

Cycling is a great way to get to and around Callaghan campus. Numerous on road and off road bike paths connect the campus to Newcastle and surrounds.

Our Active Travel Guides will give you a snapshot of your walking, cycling, and bus choices from a range of major suburbs to Callaghan Campus. The guides show you the time, distance, and health benefits of walking, cycling or taking public transport to campus. We tested many of the walking and cycling routes to find the safest most direct options available and created live google maps with directions to help you.

Secure Bike Hubs with end of trip facilities and a range of bike racks are available across campus.

Local buses stop outside:

  • the Design Building and the Mathematics Building on campus
  • on University Drive just outside campus.

Visit Transport NSW for all timetable information.

Active Travel Guides will give you a snapshot of bus choices from major suburb areas to Callaghan Campus.

Monday to Friday (8am to 5:30pm) parking is available with a valid permit or by purchasing a parking ticket. At all other times, parking is free. The University's traffic and parking rules apply at all times.


Student parking permits allow you to park only in spaces marked General at our Newcastle campus at Callaghan although buying a permit does not guarantee that a space will be available.

Types of Permits

  • An Annual permit costs $158.40 and is valid from 1 January to 31 December in the year of issue.

  • Half-Yearly permits costs $79.20 can be purchased for either Semester 1 (valid 1 January to 30 June) or Semester 2 (valid July 1 to 31 December)

How to Get a Permit

  1. Login to our Online Shop
  2. Follow the steps to purchase your permit
  3. Print your order
  4. Take your order to one of the Student Hubs, along with your student identification card.

Permits should be clearly displayed on the inside lower left hand side of your windscreen and is transferable between vehicles. Traffic and parking rules apply.


Staff Parking Permits allow you to park in spaces marked as General or Staff at our Callaghan Campus.

For more information, please click here.


Visitors may only park in General Parking Areas. Machine vended day permit - coin and credit card operated ticket machines are located throughout the campus. The machines do not give change. The cost per day is $4.50.

Scratch and display day permit - these permits are available for advance purchase from the Infrastructure and Facilities Services team for $4.50 each. Permits can only be purchased in packs of 10 minimum by individuals and packs of 100 by Faculties, Divisions and Units using EFTPOS only. Permits must be displayed on the vehicle dashboard with the correct month, day and date scratched..


Any person who has been granted a NSW or inter-state Mobility Parking Scheme permit, including an Australian Disability Permit, is able to park in Disabled, Staff and General bays free of charge. Your valid parking scheme permits must be clearly displayed on the passenger side of your front windscreen.. Please note that RTA Mobility Parking Scheme conditions apply.

Free Parking

Free Parking is available in carpark 16.

Ride sharing is a great way to share fuel costs, reduce wear and tear on your car and limit carbon emissions.

RideShare using the LIFTANGO App

An exclusive to UON rideshare app is now available for both iPhone and Android.

Liftango app is designed to make sharing a lift easier, the app connects passengers with drivers in a secure and private UON network. Incentives are offered to drivers and all Ride Share participants will enjoy the benefits of premium parking positions around the Callaghan campus.

Click here to join the RideShare revolution and earn your rewards.

Our Saftey and Seucirty team run a free  shuttle bus that operates at Callaghan between 8am and 12 midnight Monday to Friday during semester. Download the DoubleMap App to find out whereit os on campus in real time.

If you live in the city you can catch the UON free express shuttle bus from the bus stop on King Street, across from University House to Callaghan campus. This express shuttle service runs every 30mins on weekdays only (during semester teaching periods) and starts at 7:15am, concluding with the last bus leaving Callaghan at 10:15pm. To board the bus you will need to use your staff or student ID.