NSSC 2024

Venue, travel and accommodation

The conference this year will be held across three buildings at the University of Bristol: the Priory Road Complex (Social Sciences Complex) and Arts Complex (School of Humanities), and Senate House. 

Conference registration will take place at Priory Road, the address of which is Priory Road Complex, Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TU.

Conference spaces and floor plans

The conference will take place at the University of Bristol. Click on the arrows to check out the venue floor plans and find your way around.

Priory Road: access to the Priory Road Lecture Theatre, Steam 1. There are exhibitors in the café foyer alongside a quiet room.

Humanities (Arts Complex): access to the Humanities Lecture Theatre, Steam 2 and a second exhibition space. The main registration desk shall be located here along with a prayer and storage rooms.

Senate House: lunch shall be served here on both days alongside the drinks reception on Saturday.

Scroll down to check the exhibitors at each stand, or visit the Sponsors & Exhibitors page

How to get there

Travel bursaries are available for UKSEDS members and branch groups travelling more than 50 miles to our National Student Space Conference.

Travelling to Bristol

Bristol has two mainline train stations, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway.

Tickets can be bought at train stations or online at Trainline, National Rail or Great Western Railway.

—  There is no extra charge for luggage

— Space for luggage on trains is limited

— There are no trolleys at the train stations, and when travelling you may need to move your luggage between platforms

National Express

National Express coach services are available from all major towns and airports in England. National Express offer a 20% discount for students.

Travel tips

Check your luggage allowance and pay for any additional luggage when you book your ticket.

If you are flying into the UK, book your coach ticket for approximately 3 hours after you are due to land.

Bristol City Council introduced a Clean Air Zone in some areas of Bristol in 2022. You must pay to drive within the zone if your vehicle does not meet the zone’s emission standards, unless you have an exemption. 

Park and ride

Park and ride car parks allow you to park outside the city and then take a bus into the city centre.

There are four park and ride services that operate in and around Bristol:

— North west of Bristol – Portway Park & Ride

— South west of Bristol – Long Ashton Park & Ride

— South east of Bristol – Brislington Park & Ride

— North east of Bristol – Lyde Green Park & Ride


There are several car parks about ten minutes walk from the main campus, shown on Visit Bristol’s parking and car parks map.

If you are a visitor and you need disabled parking, contact the department you are visiting to book a space.


Use the postcode BS8 1TH in your Satnav/GPS to take you to Senate House, which is in the centre of the main campus. Parking is very limited in this area.

— Directions to the University from the M32

— Directions to the University from A4 Bath Road

— Directions to the University from A4 Portway

Bristol Airport

— Bristol Airport is approximately 13 kilometers from Bristol City Centre

— The Airport Flyer Express bus runs approximately every ten minutes at peak times between the airport and Bristol Bus and Coach Station near the University campus.

— Arrow Cars offer taxis from Bristol Airport. The taxi stand is directly outside the arrivals terminal. You can book the taxi in advance. The fare should be around £32 to £45 to central Bristol.

— Private taxis (V Cars, Uber) will need to pick you up from the Drop and Go area situated at the rear of the terminal.

Further travel information is available from Bristol Airport.

London Heathrow Airport

— National Express offers a direct coach from London Heathrow to Bristol. Stops include Bristol Coach Station and Bristol University Queens Road. 

— The Heathrow Express train runs from Heathrow to London Paddington. From Paddington, Great Western Railway trains run to Bristol Temple Meads station.

— See also taxi transfers.

Birmingham Airport

— You will need to take a short train journey from the airport to Birmingham New Street Station.

— You can either take a direct train from Birmingham New Street to Bristol Temple Meads Train Station, or a coach from Birmingham Coach Station (a 15-minute walk from Birmingham New Street station).

Gatwick Airport

— Travel by train from Gatwick train station to Bristol Temple Meads train station (you will need to change trains). Tickets are cheaper when booked in advance through websites such as the Trainline and National Rail.

— There is also a National Express coach service from London Gatwick airport to Bristol Coach Station (you will need to change coaches).

— See also taxi transfers.

Airport taxis

You can book a private taxi from the airport. Some taxi companies offer an airport transport service or other long-distance transfers. You can book directly with these companies. Companies will charge different prices, so compare prices and read reviews before booking.

City taxis

You can get a taxi without pre-booking from the taxi ranks. Official city taxis are blue and sometimes called Hackney Cabs.

Taxi apps

Order local taxis using a mobile app:

— Bolt

— Ola

— Uber

— Zoom Cars

Student discounts

The following services offer a discount for University of Bristol students:

— Go Executive Travel

— Pro Line Taxi

If you have a car with free spaces, or are yet to sort out transport, visit the Car Sharing forum on the Community Hub and post when and where you will be travelling from

Travelling to the University

Walking to the University generally involves an uphill walk to reach the University campus. Plan your route using a walking route planner such as Google Maps or Route You.

Better by Bike (Bristol City Council) have online cycle maps and information on where you can pick up a paper cycle map.

The University transport plan has more information on cycling events and schemes.

First Group operate the majority of local buses in Bristol. Use their bus timetable search and network maps to plan your journey.

Services to the University include:

— The 72a bus service from Bristol Temple Meads train station. These run a combined frequency of every 15 minutes at peak times and stop at Tyndall Avenue on the University campus. The journey takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

— The 8 bus service from Bristol Temple Meads train station. This runs at least every 10 minutes at peak times and stops by The Berkeley pub on Queen’s Road, opposite the Wills Memorial Building, before heading towards the Richmond Building (Students’ Union) and Clifton village. The journey takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

— The 1,2,3,4 and the One bus services. These all stop in the Park Street, Triangle, Whiteladies Road area, two minutes walk from the University.

— The Bristol Unibus service. This connects the Stoke Bishop halls of residences with the University campus and city centre.

— Metro/M Buses is a public transport system for the greater Bristol area.

Bristol Ferry Boats run a regular service from Temple Meads around the harbour. The closest stop to the University is the City Centre Landing, from where you can walk up Park Street to the University campus.

Taxi apps

Some taxi companies in Bristol (such as Veezu and Uber) have mobile apps that you can use to get a quote for the cost of the journey and use to book your journey. 

Taxis from the bus or train station 

There are taxis waiting just outside Bristol Bus and Coach Station and Bristol Temple Meads train station.

You will most likely need to pay cash, although some taxis take card payments. The cost will depend on how far you need to travel, but within the main city it should cost between £5 and £15.

Bristol has good train connections for getting around the city. Clifton Down station is the nearest station to the main University campus.

Student discounts

You can get reduced rail fares with a 16-25 Railcard (also available to full-time mature students).

We do not recommend students bring a car to Bristol unless it is essential. Bristol is a very congested city and there are many parking restrictions.

There are residential permit areas, meters and time limits in and around the main campus.

Bristol City Council introduced a Clean Air Zone in Bristol in 2022. You must pay to drive within the zone if your vehicle does not meet the zone’s emission standards, unless you have an exemption. 

You could join a car club. They have pay-as-you-go cars located across Bristol.

If you drive to Bristol, we recommend using a Park and Ride service instead of driving into the city.

Find your way around the city

NSSC 2024: Exhibiting organisations & sponsors

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