Your essential guide to getting to UNSW in 2017

Posted 13 February 2017

Semester One is here, so it’s a great time to make plans for the best way to get to and from UNSW this year. We have collated our best tips and hints for a smooth journey in 2017.

Leave the car behind and catch a bus

The 891 UNSW Express Bus service (run by Sydney Buses) began operating on the full semester timetable from Monday 20 February 2017.

During the morning peak, buses are scheduled to run every 1-2 minutes from Eddy Avenue at Central Station to UNSW’s Kensington campus. During the evening peak, UNSW has chartered additional buses to run alongside the 891s on High Street, helping to ease the queues for the return trip to Central. These additional buses will run from between 4pm and 7pm during the busiest weeks (ie. the last service will run on Friday 31 March 2017).

Although the queues look extreme, monitoring from last year showed that the average wait was around 10-15 minutes. There are also plenty of other buses that service the Kensington, Paddington and Randwick campuses, so if you are feeling creative, plot an alternative journey using Transport for NSW’s Trip Planner. If you don’t need to start until later, consider waiting and travelling outside the peak where possible, for a quicker and more reliable journey. 

ICYMI – Recent changes to the UNSW Express Service
Walk or get on your bike for a healthy trip

Cycling is an increasingly popular way of travelling to UNSW. There are around 600 designated bicycle parking spaces on the Kensington campus. Check our bicycle rack and shower map to find facilities located near you. 

While there may be some inconvenience to bicycle riders during the construction of the CBD South East Light Rail project, TfNSW is taking a number of steps to ensure cyclist safety. Consult TfNSW’s bike detour maps and other safety tips to help you negotiate your cycle commute during the construction period.

If you are walking in and around campus, here are a few tips for walking safely:

  • Look before you cross. Just because someone else decides to cross, doesn’t mean it’s safe  for you.
  • Unplug your earphones and put away your phone.
  • Avoid crossing between parked cars or near buses and large vehicles.
  • Check for turning vehicles, and make sure you can be seen
  • Take one of these walking routes to get some more steps in your day.

Light Rail construction is here – everything you need to know

Now construction of the CBD and South East Light Rail is well and truly on our doorstep, bus stops, cycle paths and traffic routes are frequently changing. Please allow plenty of additional travel time and keep an eye out for bright pink signs around campus to help you keep up with the bus stops! You can also keep up-to-date with the latest TfNSW information for UNSW as it is provided:

Transport for NSW provides information about the entire project:

Try some Rs: Retime, Remode, Reroute and Reduce

Driving may no longer be your fastest or most reliable transport option to and from UNSW. Walk, cycle or use public transport for part of your journey. If you have to drive, avoid driving during peak periods, especially between 8-9am and 5-6pm. Find out more about the 4Rs >> 


ArtMoves is calling for creative concepts – consider your application while you travel to UNSW! Be part of Sydney’s newest public art project - Bring your ideas to the streets of Kensington & Kingsford

Public art doesn’t hang on the wall. It occupies real space. You can walk around it, immerse yourself in its multiple dimensions and relate to it on a more personal level.

This year, we’re using the power of art and creativity to change the way locals and visitors relate to their favourite spaces around Kensington and Kingsford. If you’re an aspiring artist, sculptor, performer, creative company, student or industry leader, we’d like to hear from you!

ArtMoves is calling for creative ideas to transform up to five sites along Anzac Parade with street art, sculptures, interactive structures, lighting and projections, performances, soundscapes or something completely new. Your art will encourage locals and visitors to explore the area and use these spaces in new ways.

A panel of expert judges will review the submissions and select five art installations to transform the community. Winners will be funded to build and install their projects.  ArtMoves will be taking submissions until 31 March 2017.  For more information visit