Getting to Lincoln

Learn about the best ways of travelling to Lincoln, whether you decide to cycle, use public transport or drive.

Our campus is in Lincoln township, about 30 minutes drive from Christchurch.

Catching a shuttle from the airport 

NZ Look Shuttles operate between Christchurch and Selwyn, where Lincoln is located. They offer professional and friendly services to meet the needs of students and their whānau, and can help you find your way around campus and Lincoln township. Costs and online bookings are available on the NZ Look Shuttles website

Public transport 

You’ll find the main bus stop outside the Forbes building by the Gate 1 campus entrance. See for full service and timetable information. Catch the 80 to Lincoln Township and Christchurch Bus Interchange or 820 to Rolleston and Springston. Purchase a metro card from the Lincoln township library or Christchurch Bus Exchange. 

Your own vehicle 

If you decide to drive to campus, you can use the Orchard Car Park via Gate 3 from Springs Road or the Springs Road Car Park just opposite Gate 3. We encourage ride-sharing and have teamed up with Hitch to bring staff and students a platform that makes carpooling easy, and we offer dedicated, convenient parking spaces in the Orchard car park for those who choose to carpool. 

If you are bringing an electric vehicle, we have car charging stations in the Orchard Carpark, near the Science South building, near the Old Printery building and behind the Dairy (please see EV signs on the campus map). There is a time limit (180 minutes) and these parking sites usually have high usage. EV charging is also available at Lincoln New World just a couple of minutes' drive away.  

Students and staff are required to display a parking permit sticker on their windscreen. Please collect your sticker from the Main Reception during your first week. You’ll just need your ID card and vehicle registration number. 

If you're living on campus, you'll have allocated parking and will need a permit (the Accommodation team will advise you about this when you arrive). 

Cycling is also another great transportation option. We have Locky Dock electric charging stations for e-bikes (and scooters) outside the George Forbes building, and cycle stands are conveniently located around campus. E-scooters can be used to travel from campus to the Lincoln township and shops are only a short walk away. 

Need help finding something? 

Lincoln University’s digital campus map will help you to find your way around. There are also directory boards located around campus. If you can’t find something, ask at the Main Reception in the Forbes building, at the Library Helpdesk in the Ivey building, or in the LUSA headquarters in Forbes. 

Finding temporary accommodation 

If you’re visiting Lincoln University, there are plenty of accommodation options close by. The Lincoln township is the closest option but the Riccarton suburb of Christchurch is only 25 minutes' drive away and has plenty of possibilities.