Getting around campus
The University may boast world-class facilities and award-winning buildings, but they’re not much use if you don’t know how to get to them.
While we are proud of our campuses, we also appreciate they are large and can be tricky to navigate.
So we have a range of ways to help you find – and get to – wherever you’re going.
Knowing the location of your next lecture isn’t much help if you don’t actually know where you are. Then there’s the issue of getting to the right building but not knowing how to find the room you’re supposed to be in.
Pick Up/Drop Off Zones
Across Callaghan campus, there are 9 dedicated Pick Up/Drop Off zones which are clearly marked and easy to find.
These zones have been shared with local taxi companies and Uber so they are familiar with the locations of these meeting points too.Pick Up/Drop off zones are for short stay events only and the driver should not leave the car.
Our Express bays at Callaghan are 20-minute parking bays made to make your trip to campus more convenient and stress-free. You might be grabbing a coffee, returning a library book or dropping your child into one of the childcare centres across campus.
Whatever your activity, you can soon be able to park in one of our new Express Zones and have free parking for 20 minutes!
- Shortland Union car park
- Other areas to be rolled out in 2022.
MazeMap provides detailed maps of the University’s campuses, including the location of lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, computer labs and toilets. It also shows you the nearest bus stops, university services, sporting venues, shops, food outlets, coffee, vending machines, water bubblers and free microwaves!
Using its inbuilt GPS technology, you can easily locate yourself on campus, then use MazeMap to show you both where your next class is and how best to get there.
MazeMap is available as a free app for both iOS and Android, or you can simply access the maps using your browser of choice.
Across our campuses, there is wayfinding signage both in solid and digital format.
There is also building directional signage within NUspace, with room locations beside the lifts on each floor. Located on the ground floor, adjacent to the escalators, is a digital information kiosk to assist you.
In addition, the MazeMap Wayfinding app is available on the NUspace app for easy navigation to any room or point of interest. The MazeMap Wayfinding app will cover other buildings including University House, The Conservatorium and Northumberland House.
Shuttle bus services
Ourimbah, Callaghan and Newcastle City have free shuttle services for students and staff to get you between – or around – our campuses.
The best way to track the shuttles and find out more about other shuttle services available is by downloading the myUON app. You can track all of the shuttles in real time and plan your connections across campus - click for more information about the app as a student or as a staff member.
The Station and Security shuttles do not operate on weekends, public holidays, University concession days or during semester breaks – with the exception of the Security Night shuttle at Callaghan, which operates restricted services during the June/July semester break.
The NUspace Shuttle runs on an hourly timetable during semester breaks and does not run during the end of year shutdown.
To support your travel between Callaghan and Newcastle City, the University is offering staff and students a free express service that makes six stops within Callaghan campus and four Newcastle City stops in a continuous loop.
Please ensure you tap on with your student or staff ID card (seperate it from your other cards) when boarding the bus. No need to tap off.
- Peak hours: Departing every 30 minutes, the service will commence at 7:15am, with the last service arriving at Callaghan at 10:50pm
- Off peak: Departing every hour, the service will commence at 7:15am, with the last service arriving at Callaghan at 10:05pm.
You can track the shuttle through the myUON app.
myUON app will show the current location of the shuttle while it is operating, as well as connections with other shuttles like the station and security shuttles. Here are a couple of ways to find information about accessing myUON app as a student or as a staff member.
The shuttle does not operate during the uni shutdown period or on public holidays and switches to an off-peak schedule at low demand times of the year. Click here to find out more about the peak and off-peak operating schedule.
The University offers a number of shuttle options to help you get around campus safely.
Around the Ring Road of Callaghan campus, there are bus stops where you can wait for any shuttle service to get you around campus - just hop on and off as you need. The easiest way to track where they are is to download the myUON app so you can see them in real time. The app will also show you timetables and let you know if a shuttle service is currently operating.
Some stops around campus are estimated only but all have GPS tracking so you can see when they will be arriving at your stop.
Station shuttle route - Yellow
The yellow route on the Parking and Transport map, shows the shuttle running between the Warabrook train station and the Shortland building. Car park 16 is the free car parking area toward the back of campus, near the Warabrook train station.
This service operates Monday to Friday during semester between 8.00am to 10.00am and 4.00am to 6.00pm. The service operates on a continuous loop stopping at Warabrook train station (car park 16) and Shortland Union building (car park 5 - 2 hr parking area).
- Download the Station security shuttle route map (PDF, 880KB)
Track the Station shuttle in real time on the myUON app.
Campus Loop route (Security shuttle) - Purple
Following the purple route on the Transport map, the Security shuttle bus operates on a continuous loop around Callaghan campus between 8.00am to 4.00pm during semester. The campus loop shuttle stops at 14 stops around the Ring Road and also covers car park 14 and the train station.
The campus loop shuttle does not operate on weekends, public holidays, University concession days or during the semester breaks. A restricted service operates during the June/July semester break.
Track the Campus Loop (Security shuttle) in real time on the myUON app.
Security night shuttle
From 6.00pm until 1.00am you can call the security shuttle to arrange to pick you up. The security night shuttle takes passengers to locations on-campus and also nearby suburbs including Jesmond, Shortland, Birmingham Gardens and Waratah West.
- Download the off-campus boundary map (PDF, 1.2MB)
For the after hours shuttle service you can arrange a pick-up by calling 4921 5888 and then pressing '2'.
Download the myUON app to keep an eye on where the security night shuttle is.
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 campus on request. The service also includes drop off and pick up to Ourimbah Railway Station by request during operating hours.
To arrange a pick up with the security shuttle please call 4921 5888 and then press '3' or call 0414 411 799.
The shuttle does not operate on weekends, public holidays, University concession days or during semester breaks.
While our shuttle services have some form of disability support, further mobility assistance may be available if your disability makes it difficult to move around campus.
The accessibility bus is available on-campus at Callaghan, as well as if you need to travel between the Callaghan and the City precinct.
To use this service, register with AccessAbility and then be sure to book at least one week in advance.
Once you have your timetable, contact AccessAbility to arrange regular on-campus mobility assistance.
The Campus Shuttle connects you to the heart of Callaghan campus from the larger, outer car parks. This includes car park 14 (free parking).
This shuttle runs from 8.00am - 10.00am Monday to Friday during semester. The services does not operate on weekends, public holidays, University concession days or during the semester breaks.
Download the myUON app to track the shuttle in real time.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.