Commuting To Campus
UCC is located in the western part of Cork city, 1 km from the city centre. The main parts of UCC’s campus are along Western Road and College Road.
Car parking facilities at UCC are limited, so when visiting UCC, please consider using public transport.
To the right are a number of maps that visitors to UCC may find useful. Below is some info and tips on taking low carbon transport to and from UCC.
UCC Campus Bikes
UCC Buildings and Estates operate a communal bike hire scheme for UCC staff members, called UCC CampusBike. It provides all UCC members of staff with access to a bicycle for hourly use during the working day. A number of bicycles are available at various locations around the greater UCC Campus.
At present, 14 bicycles are available at the Main Campus (4), Brookfield (2), Western Gateway (1), the ERI (2), the North Mall (Enterprise Centre, 2), Lee Maltings / Tyndall (2) and College View (Workshops, 1). More bikes will become available shortly.
The scheme is open to all UCC staff members, however they first need to register and agree to the Conditions of Use(see below). The completed Registration form, along with a photocopy of the staff ID, shall be sent to UCC Buildings and Estates. Both registration and the use of the service are free of charge.
UCC CampusBike started as a demonstration project in March 2011, supported by the Department of Transport’s SmarterTravel fund.
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UCC Park and Ride
In 1999, UCC became the first University in Ireland to operate its own Park+Ride scheme.
At present, there are three car parks available for UCC P+R:
Pouladuff Road (near the N40 South Ring Road, Togher exit)
- Dennehy’s Cross (PCB sports grounds, single shuttle services only)
- Black Ash (near N40, at Kinsale Rd roundabout, Term time only)
Updated schedules can be found on the Buildings and Estates website https://www.ucc.ie/en/build/commuting/parkandride/
Shuttle buses operate frequent services from the Main Campus (Boole entrance) on College Road and Brookfield (outside gate). In the morning and evening peaks, the service also includes UCC’s Lee Maltings Complex on Dyke Parade / Prospect Row (using the bus stop on Dyke Parade/Mardyke St., opposite the Granary Theatre).
Both Pouladuff and Dennehy’s Cross car parks are open all year, while Dennehy’s Cross operates during the summer months as a Park & Walk facility only (approx 5 mins walk to Brookfield, 10-15 minutes to Main Campus). Black Ash is linked to UCC only during Term times.
P+R facilities are open to all UCC staff and students (ID spot checks by security staff may occur). Parking and the use of the shuttle buses are free of charge.
Car Pooling And Car Sharing
In order to improve access to UCC and to redcuce the demand for car spaces at the staff car parks, UCC operates a Car Pooling scheme. Through a higher rate of car occupancy there will be fewer cars on the roads and thus less congestion.
The UCC Car Pooling scheme is operated by the Commuter Plan Office in co-operation with General Services (both part of the Department of Buildings and Estates).
To avail of this service, please fill out the Registration form and return to the main Buildings & Estates office – Car Pooling – Registration form.
For more information, please see Car Pooling – Regulations in brief
Car Sharing (also known as “Car Club” in the UK) is a scheme that provides subscribers access to a fleet of vehicles whenever they need one. Relatively new to Ireland, such schemes have been operating successfully in many European countries and North America for more than 15 years and are becoming increasingly popular. Car Sharing in Ireland started in 2008 in Cork, provided by the operator “GoCar“, and is also running successfully in Dublin since 2010.
Since the start, UCC has a corporate account with GoCar. One car is based on College View / College Road, opposite the Library. UCC staff members can register with this account to use the cars (4 more locations existing in Cork) for work purposes. As the service is open to the general public, anybody can sign up as a private user.
Please note: Car Sharing is not to be confused with Car Pooling (e.g. UCC Car Pooling scheme), where two or more persons are sharing their car trip on a regular basis. (Unfortunately, both terms are used in Ireland in a rather inconsistant way.)
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