A guide to travelling by bus from the University of Roehampton

Travelling by bus is an inexpensive way to explore the city; you can catch the Roehampton shuttle bus for free in our local area, or if you fancy exploring further afield, you can ride the bus in London as many times as you like in a single day for £4.95 if using Pay As You Go with an Oyster Card or contactless bank card.

You can also take advantage of the Hopper Fare option, which lets you take as many busses as you want within an hour period, for a single charge of £1.65.

Here’s our guide to buses to-and-from the University.

Firstly, we strongly recommend downloading the London Travel Free – Bus & Tube app by Routemaster. This will give you live updates on when the next bus is arriving, and will help you to minimise time spent waiting at bus stops.

The Buses

The 265

Putney Bridge Station to Tolworth | Nearest stop to uni: Roehampton Lane | Single decker

If you need to do a big shop, this is the bus for you. Students on Southlands, Digby and Froebel can take this bus from the University Main Entrance stop on Roehampton Lane and travel to Roehampton Vale Asda.
Heading in the opposite direction this bus links with overground rail at Barnes and the District Line at Putney Bridge, passing many artisan cafes on Lower Richmond Road on its route.

Points of interest: Asda, Lower Richmond Road, Putney

Transport links: Barnes Station, Putney Bridge (District Line)

The 85

Putney Bridge Station to Kingston | Nearest stop to uni: Medfield Street | Double-decker

One of only two double-decker buses that pass by the university, the 85 is the main route between Roehampton and Kingston.
Kingston is a popular alternative to Central London, with a large shopping precinct, a wide array of places to eat and a busy nightlife scene.
This bus also passes by Asda on the A3, and takes a slightly more direct route than the 265. However, if travelling from the main campus you will have to walk down to Medfield Street to catch it.

Points of interest: Putney, Asda, Kingston

Transport links: Putney Bridge (District Line), Putney (overground), Norbiton station, Kingston station

The 493

Tooting to Richmond | Nearest stop to uni: Roehampton Lane | Single decker

This bus covers a large area of south west London, but most Roehampton students will likely use this bus as a link between campus and Richmond.
If you travel in the opposite direction the bus links up to Southfields tube station on the District Line, and passes the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club where the annual Tennis Championships are held.
Wimbledon town centre has a busy shopping district and an array of food available. The bus then continues to Tooting St George’s Hospital, where Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E is filmed.

Points of interest: Wimbeldon Tennis, Southfields, Wimbledon, East Sheen, Richmond

Transport links: Tooting Broadway (Northern line), Wimbledon station (overground, District Line, tram to Ikea/Croydon), Southfields (District Line), Richmond station

The 419

Roehampton to Richmond, via Hammersmith Bridge | Nearest stop to uni: Roehampton Lane | Single decker

Travelling between Roehampton, past Barnes station and onto the south side of Hammersmith bridge. This bus then heads along the river westbound to Richmond.

Points of interest: Hammersmith Bridge, London Wetland Centre.

Transport links: Barnes Station (overland trains to Waterloo, Richmond, Clapham Junction and Hounslow), Hammersmith Bridge (leading to tube and bus terminal), Richmond Station (overland trains).

The 170

Roehampton to London Victoria | Nearest stop to uni: Danebury Avenue | Single decker

An often under-appreciated bus of Roehampton. Starting at Danebury Avenue the 170 takes you via Putney Green Man, into the center of Wandsworth.
In Wandsworth you’ll find the Southside shopping centre which includes a Cineworld Multiplex with one of the only 4DX screens in the country.
The 170 then goes on to Clapham Junction (great for getting to Gatwick Airport), Battersea Park and finally London Victoria.

Points of interest: Southside Shopping Centre, Clapham Junction, Battersea Park, London Victoria

Transport links: Clapham Junction, London Victoria

The 430

Roehampton to South Kensington | Nearest stop to uni: Danebury Avenue | Double-decker

This is the perfect bus to take visiting family and friends on. If you get on the top deck and sit at the front you get a great view of the surrounding areas. This bus takes you from Danebury Avenue, to Putney High Street via the Dover House Road estate, then across Putney Bridge and into Fulham. The 430 then continues through Brompton, Earl’s Court and finally arrives in the affluent area of South Kensington.

Once in South Kensington you’re within a stone’s throw of the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the V&A and the Royal Albert Hall. A short walk north will take you to Hyde Park and the same distance east will take you to Knightsbridge and Harrods.

Points of interest: Putney, Fulham Football Club, Earl’s Court, South Kensingston

Transport links: Putney (overground), Putney Bridge station (District Line), West Brompton (District Line and overground), Gloucester Road (Circle and District Line), South Kensington (Circle and District Line)

The Roehampton Shuttle Bus (the 849)

*Service has finished as of April 1 2022. This service will resume in September 2022.

Wimbledon Station to Barnes Station| Nearest stop to uni: Roehampton Lane | Double-decker (free-of-charge)

Roehampton’s own free-of-charge double-decker service runs every 20 minutes between Wimbledon Station, campus and Barnes Station.

The University’s shuttle bus service timetable can be found here.

Points of interest: Wimbledon, The University of Roehampton, Barnes

Transport links: Barnes Station (overground trains to Waterloo, Richmond, Clapham Junction and Hounslow), Wimbledon Station (District Line Tube, Croydon TramLink, overground train services).

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