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Getting to University - We welcome bicycles too!

By eknowles 14 Aug 2015

          redbull  80s retro swag bike

If you're going to be living at Carnatic or Greenbank this year and are considering cycling to University, here's some handy info...

We encourage students to leave their cars at home and use more sustainable and low cost options for travel into the University from Carnatic or Greenbank Student Villages. Parking is VERY limited at both the Halls and on the University Campus, so with both a dedicated bus route (the 699 University service) and secure cycle storage at your Halls and on Campus we hope you will take the green and easy route to getting around!


It can take 20-25 minute to cycle from Carnatic (furthest away from campus) to the University Campus and there are cycle lanes, bus lanes and scenic routes through Liverpool's lovely parks. There will be a bike ride from Carnatic on Sunday 27th September to show you the best route to take - look out for more info after you arrive.

Perks! If you choose to cycle rather than take the bus there are often some nice perks you can take advantage of as well. Liverpool Guild of Students and the University usuaully run free bike maintenance sessions (including at Carnatic) and the Guild has previously organised a free annual Biker’s Breakfast for those hungry bikers  Plus, cyclists can use the Guild’s showers on campus for free to refresh after their journey.

If you’re not bringing a bicycle with you then there are also hire options:

  • LivCycle is a bike rental service for students to rent a bike for a semester or the full academic year. Quality hybrid bikes are available to hire for an academic year, from September to June for undergraduate students, and full year rental is available for postgraduate students. You can order a bike for hire from the website and pay online using PayPal.  For more information, visit
  • Citybike is the largest public bicycle scheme outside of London, with stations very near to both Carnatic and Greenbank Student Villages, as well as stations based across the University campus. With tariff packages available from £3 per day, £9 for a week or £60 for a year, there is something to suit everyone. For more information, visit
  • Carnatic Cycle Club - If you're going to be living at Carnatic the Carnatic Cycle Club has bikes you can borrow to try out cycling to Uni. They also lend out helmets, bike locks and hi-vis vests, and run a bike maintenance session each semester (with access to a fully equipped bike workshop) where you can learn how to service and maintain your bike. Look out for more info after you arrive. 

Cycle Parking

There are a number of secure cycle storage facilities at Halls and around campus that will enable you to store your bike safely, as well as many standard bike stands.  At the Halls, you can apply for access to one of the cycle sheds after you arrive (speak to the staff at Carnatic/Greenbank Reception). On Campus, Secure Cycle Storage can be accessed by a proximity card, which can be ordered free of charge by completing the Student Proximity Card Application Form and returning to the Vehicle Parking Administrator (Bedford House, Oxford Street, Liverpool, L69 7ZP). Your campus map will show you the secure cycle storage nearest to you.

Besides getting to and from University, Liverpool, with the highest number of green spaces outside of London, is perfect for anyone who wishes to explore more generally by bike.  You can find free cycle maps on the Travelwise website or at various Welcome Week events.

Remember to protect Your Bike – follow these easy steps to protect your property!

  • Use the University’s secure bicycle storage pods - each of these compounds are fitted with lighting, a panic alarm and are gated with a proximity card access.
  • Always lock your bike (even if you are only leaving it for a couple of minutes) – locks can be purchased from the Guild shops on Campus and at Carnatic.
  • Make sure your bike cannot be lifted over the object it is locked to.
  • Avoid leaving your bike in isolated places - leave it where it can be seen.
  • Mark your property with UV pens and register it at
  • If you do have problems we want to know about it. In an emergency, call 999. You can also report all suspicious incidents to University Security on 0151 794 3252 or the Police on 0151 709 6010.