Southampton Physics Colloquia

How to find us


Colloquia are held in the Physics Seminar Room on level 5 of the Physics building (building 46, room 5081). The room is equipped with a data projector, loudspeakers and overhead projector - let us know if you need any other facilities. Tim's office is towards the northwest of the building (left out of the lift and left again at the photocopier room), and Ceris French should be able to track him down from Physics Reception, just to the left of the lift.

Tim Freegarde 46/5019 023 8059 2347
Ceris French (Physics Reception)46/5001 023 8059 2093

travel by train

The university is roughly equidistant from Southampton's two mainline railway stations: the Airport/Parkway station is generally the more convenient if you're arriving from the north or east, while trains from Bristol and Brighton only stop at Central. Trains leave London's Waterloo Station every half hour, and the journey takes a little over an hour. For timetables, try National Rail, or Deutsche Bahn for international connections.

There are taxi ranks at both stations, and the excellent UniLink bus (near the taxis at Central, on the airport side at Parkway) plies between them via the university's Highfield campus, where most passengers alight. Allow about 15 minutes for the taxi ride, or 20 minutes for the bus (every 10-15 minutes).

travel by air

Southampton airport(SOU/EGHI): British Airways, FlyBE, Air France, Eastern Airways and Aurigny all operate scheduled flights to Southampton. There is no taxi rank at the airport, but you can 'pre-book' a cab within the terminal, or catch the splendid UniLink bus from immediately outside. Allow about 15 minutes for the taxi ride, or 20 minutes for the bus (every 10-15 minutes).

Southampton is expensive for non-commercial flights; Popham, Old Sarum, Lee-on-Solent and Blackbushe are 30-60 minutes' travel away.

Bournemouth, London and Birmingham airports: Allow at least 1-2 hours to travel to/from Bournemouth and London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City): only London City is particularly well connected to the national rail network, and it may be better for us to book a direct cab (Heathrow/Gatwick/Bournemouth) with our regular company. Birmingham is a little further away, but far better connected so worth investigating. Typical daytime journey times are given below for public transport - note that for London airports in particular it can take another hour from landing to exit.

Airport IATAICAOJourneyFrequencyAllow at least
Southampton SOU EGHI0:20150:35
Bournemouth BOH EGHH1:40602:40
London Heathrow T1-3LHR EGLL2:15603:15
London Heathrow T4 LHR EGLL3:05303:35
London Heathrow T5 LHR EGLL2:00603:00
London Gatwick LGW EGKK2:30152:45
London Stansted STN EGSS3:35153:50
London Luton LTN EGGW3:20303:50
London City LCY EGLC1:45202:05
Birmingham BHX EGBB2:55603:55

travel by road

From the north and east, follow the M3 and take either branch as it becomes the M27, taking in each case the next exit for the A27/A33 into Southampton. Cross the Chilworth roundabout onto the A33 (Bassett Avenue), and bear left at the next roundabout after about a mile. After a further half mile, turn left at the traffic lights on to the A35 (Burgess Road), and right half a mile later onto University Avenue. The first right turn (Salisbury Road) leads to the Visitors' Car Park (lower part of the Nuffield car park, to the left of Salisbury Road) - or, after a left turn at the end, eventually to the Physics building itself.

Campus parking can be elusive, so please ask us to book you a place in the Visitors' Car Park some days in advance.

Most taxi drivers know the Physics building, but if in doubt ask to be taken to the Chamberlain Road corner of the Highfield Campus.

maps and coordinates

Highfield Campus, University of Southampton