Macquarie is accessible by a range of transport modes

Wherever possible we encourage the use of sustainable transport options such as public transport, cycling and walking. If you do need to drive, we recommend carpooling or mixing travel modes.

Under the requirements of the University's Concept Plan, biennial travel surveys are carried out — with the most recent survey in 2020.

While we acknowledge that hygiene concerns around COVID-19 have changed commuting patterns, we are pleased to have exceeded our non-car mode target of 40%, with only 37% of respondents indicating that they drive alone to Macquarie.

Train

We are fortunate to have our own Macquarie University metro station right at our doorstep, on the corner of Herring Road and University Avenue.

Bus

Macquarie is well serviced by buses, connecting our campus to the rest of Sydney. Stops are located within the grounds along University Avenue, with more services stopping along the borders of the campus, especially at the Macquarie Centre bus interchange.

Timetables

Plan trips in real time using the Transport for NSW online trip planner, or download any of these trip-planning apps.

Payment

You can pay for public transport through the Opal card system or by tapping your own credit or debit card (American Express, Mastercard or Visa).

Concession Opal cards are available for full-time domestic students; check your eligibility and apply here.

Part-time domestic students and most international students are not eligible for the Concession Opal card, and can purchase Adult Opal cards from retailers across Sydney, including the Piccolo Lane cafe on campus. Using contactless payments also attracts the adult fare.

Campus shuttle bus

The University offers a complimentary afternoon-evening shuttle bus service around campus during semester. The shuttle:

  • operates every half hour between 4.00pm and 12.30am
  • services student accommodation
  • allows you to hop on or off wherever you choose.

View the route map.

Waterloo Road shuttle bus

There is a different shuttle bus service that takes staff and students to our nearby 44—50 Waterloo Road spaces. Visitors can catch this shuttle to or from campus when visiting Macquarie University facilities located in our Waterloo Road premises. See the timetable below.

Waterloo Road

Campus Library

Waterloo Road

Campus Library

7.05am

7.20am

7.35am

7.50am

8.05am

8.20am

8.35am

8.50am

9.05am

9.20am

9.35am

9.50am

10.05am

10.20am

10.35am

10.50am

11.05am

11.20am

11.35am

11.50am

12.05pm

12.20pm

12.35pm

12.50pm

1.05pm

1.20pm

1.35pm

1.50pm

2.05pm

2.20pm

2.35pm

2.50pm

3.05pm

3.20pm

3.35pm

3.50pm

4.05pm

4.20pm

4.35pm

4.50pm

5.05pm

5.20pm

5.35pm

5.50pm

6.05pm

  

Cycling

If you live close to Macquarie University, cycling (or walking) is an easy and cost-effective way to get here. Plan your route.

Bike parking

Bike parking, showers and changing facilities are available on campus. You can find them on the bike parking map here.

Note that campus bike racks are not for storage. Bikes left unattended for four weeks will be considered abandoned. Abandoned bikes will be removed, and owners have four weeks to reclaim them from Security.

BikeHubs and repair stations

BikeHubs are an end-of-trip facility designed to make it easy for staff and students to cycle to university. Each BikeHub includes secure undercover parking, lockers and showers. Access is via your Campus Card and monitored by Security.

There are two BikeHubs on campus:

  • Eastern BikeHub in Eastern Road (behind 14 Sir Christopher Ondaatje)
  • Central BikeHub at 12 Second Way.

Each of these BikeHubs is accompanied by a bike repair station, with a range of tools to fix your bike.

To support the 'Ride to Work' initiative, Campus Life is currently offering free access to its changerooms for all registered BikeHub users.

Access for both bike parking and lockers is available for a 6-month period only (1 February – 31 July; 1 August – 31 January). Existing users must renew access every six months.

Applying for and renewing access

Check the current status of your preferred hub and locker (if required) as indicated below. If required access is not available, email bikehub@mq.edu.au and ask to be placed on the waiting list.

Eastern Hub

bike parking available

lockers available

Central Hub

bike parking available

lockers available

Locker hire is $25 for each 6-month period or part thereof. Pay the locker hire fee online, as you will need your receipt number to complete the online application form. If you are renewing your access, submit your application before the start of the next 6-month period to ensure we can provide the same locker.

Connect with other cyclists

Connect with Macquarie University Cycling Ambassadors who can share their routes and experiences via:

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Last updated: 18 Oct 2021