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.
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 NUspace have free shuttle services for students and staff to get you to and from – or around – campus.
The smaller Safety and Security shuttles do not operate on weekends, public holidays, University concession days or during semester breaks – with the exception of the shuttle at Callaghan, which operates restricted services during the June/July semester break.
The NUspace Shuttle runs on a modified hourly timetable during semester break and does not run during the end of year shutdown.
With many students splitting classes between Callaghan and NUspace, the University is offering a free express service that makes six stops within Callaghan campus before stopping at King Street outside of University House at NUspace. Please ensure you show the driver your student of staff ID when boarding the bus.
- Peak hours: Departing every 30 minutes, the service will commence at 7:15am, with the last service arriving at Callaghan at 10:50pm.
- Callaghan to City Peak
- City to Callaghan Peak
- Off peak: Departing every hour, the service will commence at 7:15am, with the last service arriving at Callaghan at 10:05pm.
- Callaghan to City off peak
- City to Callaghan off peak
- 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 operating schedule.
The University operates a number of shuttle options to help you get around campus safely. Around the Ring Road, 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.
Station route - Yellow
The yellow route on the Parking and Transport map, shows the shuttle between the Warabrook train station and the Shortland building. 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 (carpark 16) and Shortland Union building (carpark 5).
- Download the Station security shuttle route map (PDF, 880KB)
Track the Security shuttle in real time on the myUON app.
Campus Loop route - Purple
Following the purple route on the Transport map, the shuttle bus operates on a continuous loop around Callaghan campus between 8.00am to 4.00pm (10am to 4pm out of semester). The campus loop shuttle stops at 14 stops around the Ring Road and also covers car park 14 and the train station.
The shuttle does not operate on weekends, public holidays, University concession days or during the semester recesses. A restricted service operates during the June/July semester break.
Track the 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'. You can also use any internal phone by calling extension 27114.
Download the myUON app to keep an eye on where the security 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.