The Roehampton Shuttle Bus is back. As the new academic year begins at the University of Roehampton, the 849 has returned to service. However, the route has changed slightly this year, so keep reading to find out everything you need to know.
All The Info
The bus now runs Monday to Friday between Wimbledon and Barnes Wetland Centre. Due to popular demand a second shuttle route has been added between Barnes Wetland Centre and Roehampton Asda.
The bus is completely free to use for Roehampton students and staff. You will be required to show your Roehampton ID when boarding from October 1, so make sure you have yours ready on a lanyard for easy access.
So, what’s along the route?
Barnes Wetland Centre
The WWT London Wetland Centre (to call it by its official name) is an exciting new partner of the University of Roehampton. The nature reserve is set over 29.9 hectares, and includes otters, Eurasian sparrowhawk, common kingfisher and great crested grebe. Roehampton students can get discounted entry, and details of our partnership are available here.
Barnes Station is the nearest overground rail station to the University of Roehampton. You can take a train from here to London Waterloo in 20 minutes. Trains from this station also connect to Putney, Wandsworth Town, Clapham Junction, Vauxhall, and out towards Richmond and Twickenham in the opposite direction.
Barnes Station is in Zone 3, and a trip to Waterloo using contactless costs £3.10 off-peak (after 9.30am Monday-Friday). Once at Waterloo you can walk to London’s West End, across the Golden Jubilee Bridges.
Main Campus (Southlands College, Digby Stuart College, Froebel College)
This one speaks for itself. There is so much to explore on campus. Make sure to visit The Nest.
Danebury Avenue/Whitelands College
Whitelands College is home to the School of Psychology and the School of Life and Health Sciences. The campus is set around Parkstead House, and looks out across Richmond Park.
Why not grab one of our meals under £3 in the canteen and enjoy the uninterrupted view.
Alight at the Danebury Avenue bus stop and walk up past The Post Office to find the main entrance for Whitelands College.
The newly added route of the 849 takes it to Asda at Roehampton Vale. Previously the 265 and 85 bus were the only routes available to get to Asda.
Roehampton Asda is one of the biggest in London, and is also home to an in-store B&Q and McDonalds.
This service runs between approximately 9.30am and 3pm, from Monday to Friday. Make sure you check the destination on the front of the bus when it arrives, or track the right bus on the UoR bus app before boarding.
Also known as the best place to go trail running and a division of ‘The Commons’, Wimbledon Common is the easiest place to get ‘temporarily lost’ but you’ll soon get back on track. The free 24-hour public space allows park-goers to follow paths which can take you to the common’s windmill, Putney Heath and Richmond Park.
Find out more about local parks you can visit from Roehampton here.
Wimbledon Village comes alive for 2 weeks every year during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. However, year-round its home to a number of picturesque juice bars, coffee shops and pubs.
If you’re not in the market for a oat milk latte, you may want to alight here to take in the views and add 1km worth of steps towards your daily 10k on the last leg of the journey down into the centre of Wimbledon.
At end of the line, or perhaps the start depending on your direction of travel, Wimbledon offers fantastic transport links to wider London. You can hop on the Tramlink service towards Croydon (or IKEA), head on to the District Line to access the tube network, or catch the an overground service into Waterloo, Sutton or even to St Albans via St Pancras.
Wimbledon is also a great place to eat, drink and shop.