Both London airports have regular connections by train or National Express coach to Southampton. From Heathrow airport, the train service actually involves a bus-transfer to Woking before you pick up the train and takes a little longer (about 2 hours in total) than using the coach service from the airport to Southampton. The train service runs about every 30 minutes, the coach every 1 to 2 hours. In June 1999, a five-day return train fare, avoiding peak times, is quoted as (GBP) £31.80. If you have to travel at peak times you have to buy two single tickets at (GBP) £22.60 each. The return coach fare is quoted at (GBP) £14.50. Of course, you should verify these fares.
If you arrive from London, it is best to get off the train at Southampton Airport station and take a taxi or bus from there. From Southampton Central leave the station on the North side for buses/taxis to the University.
From the M27, use junction 5 (Southampton Airport/Eastleigh). If coming from the East, take the 1st exit from the roundabout. If coming from the West, the 3rd exit. Follow the A335 dual carriageway through 2 sets of traffic lights. At the 3rd set, the road divides. Follow the right hand lane (onto Burgess Road). The main Highfield Campus of the University is about 1km along on the left hand side, where there is a large sign for the University. To get to the Avenue Campus (normally the home of Arts and Archaeology at the University; see map at right), go straight ahead here through two sets of lights and on about another kilometre to a further intersection. Turn left (South) here onto the Avenue, then straight ahead at the subsequent lights (about 200m). In about another 500m or so, take a small turning to the left into Highfield Road. The Avenue Campus is on this road.
The University, in conjunction with First Southampton, operates the uni-link bus service connecting the various campuses with halls of residence, train/bus stations and the airport. Information on bus travel from further afield, including airport services, is available from National Express.