Travel and visas


The Ridge is located just a five minute drive from the city centre.

A location map for The Ridge is available here.

By air
Manchester, Leeds/Bradford, Doncaster and Nottingham East Midlands airports are all within one hours travel time of Sheffield. Manchester Airport is served by many domestic and international carriers and has a direct rail link to Sheffield which runs both day and night. Both London airports (Heathrow and Gatwick) are reasonably accessible, and both involve just one change of train. However, you should allow at least 5 hours travel time between either of these airports and Sheffield

By train
Sheffield is at the heart of the railway network. Regular services operate between Sheffield and London St. Pancras (2.5 hours), Birmingham (1.25 hours), Leeds (1 hour), Manchester (1 hour) and Nottingham (1 hour). The Sheffield bus interchange is a short walk away from the train station. The number 40 bus runs from outside the Railway Station.

For information contact National Rail Enquiries.

By coach
National Express operates a comprehensive coach service to most parts of the country from Sheffield Transport Interchange, Pond Street. The fastest service to London takes approximately 3.5 hours. The 120 bus runs from the Transport Interchange.

By car
We recommend that unless you know the city well, you should approach Sheffield from the north, east and south by the M1 (and M18 if necessary). From the west, use the A57 Snake Pass via Glossop. When using Sat Nav to travel to the Ridge at Sheffield University, please ensure that you enter both the street name (Shore Lane) and the postcode (S10 3AY).

From M1, M18.
Approach Sheffield on the M1 and leave the motorway at junction 33, following the City Centre signs along the dual carriageway A630/A57/A61 Parkway. Shortly after entering the 40mph zone, turn right onto the Ring Road at junction 1 - Cutler's Gate. Continue along the Ring Road following signs for "University of Sheffield", "Barnsley A61" and later "Glossop A57", through junctions 10, 9, 8 and 7. At junction 7 - Shalesmoor - turn left and continue uphill along the Ring Road, still following signs for "University of Sheffield" and "Glossop A57". Continue along Netherthorpe Road to the next roundabout - junction 6 - University Square. Take the third exit onto Western Bank. Continue straight on past the Childrens' and Western park Hospitals along Whitham Road. Continue through the next two junctions (with traffic lights), and at the third junction and set of lights continue straight along Fulwood Road - DO NOT bear right along the A57 onto Manchester Road. Proceed along Fulwood Road and turn first right onto Shore Lane. The entrance to The Ranmoor Village is about 100 metres on the left.

From the West (A57)
Follow the signs for the City Centre. After passing the Tapton Hall Church on the left, take the next right turn into Shore Lane. The entrance to The Ranmoor Village is 400 metres down on the right.

You can plan your route online using one of the free route planners - examples are The AA or The RAC

The Ranmoor Village is well served by public transport with frequent bus services to and from the City Centre. For more information and timetables, visit Please note, the 120 Stagecoach bus does not go to Fulwood Road. Please take the 120 First bus.

There are taxi ranks at the Railway Station and beside the City Hall. The journey to The Ranmoor Village takes between 15 to 20 minutes, and you should expect to pay about £8.00.

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to The Ranmoor Village. For those guests that do travel by car, parking is available strictly subject to availability and a car parking permit must be clearly displayed on the dashboard of the car.

To receive a parking permit, please contact Delegates with a parking permit clearly displayed will be able to park in any of the car parks within the Endcliffe or Ranmoor Villages. Car parks are marked as 'P' on the campus map shown here.


Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa to enter Britain. If you are from any other country, find out about visa requirements before you travel by visiting

Key dates

  • Early registration deadline:
    8 August 2013
  • Poster abstract submission deadline:
    8 August 2013
  • Registration deadline:
    2 September 2013
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