Getting to Think Lab at Northumbria University

Our address is: Think Lab, Ellison Building, Northumbria University, NE1 8ST (Google Maps link). We are on the 3rd floor of Ellison E Block – building 8 on the map below. The best entrance is The Link, shown in the photographs below.

By public transport

We are a short walk from Haymarket and Monument Metro stations and city centre bus stations, and about a 15-minute walk from Newcastle Central Station. Access is from Northumberland Street and along Northumberland Road.

By car

Where possible, the University encourages travel by public transport, bicycle, or on foot.

The university has a very limited number of visitor car parking spaces, across the Central Motorway in City Campus East. We can sometimes organise a visitor car parking permit, however we can’t usually guarantee there will be an available space. The university systems require 48 hours notice, so please contact us to discuss your needs ahead of your visit:

The closest paid parking is at the NCP car park on John Dobson street, or the small car park in Ellison Place. Both of these are marked on the map below.

In a school group...

The University can accommodate mini bus parking for school groups. To arrange a permit please email

We are not able to provide parking for coaches. The nearest drop-off and pick-up point for school groups is at City Campus East, marked with a red bus on the map below. From the drop-off point, walk across the pedestrian bridge and turn right to pass behind Ellison Building, then left into Northumberland Road.

Directions to Think Lab

We’re in Ellison Building, E Block, third floor.

Like many university faculties, Ellison is a sprawling mess of multiple buildings roughly glued together. We strongly advise entering the complex via the doors and route shown below, on Northumberland Road.

On Foot

If you’re coming from the city centre, walk down Northumberland Road into the pedestrianised part of the campus. You’ll spot the entrance shown to the right, on your right.

From City Campus East (car park):

Cross the footbridge over the motorway into City Campus East. Bear right through the courtyard, then turn right when you reach Northumberland Road. You’ll see the entrance ahead of you.

This is the Ellison Building D/E Block entrance on Northumberland Road, opposite Sport Central. Enter through these automatic doors, then look for Think Lab signage on the stairs to your right.

The signage starts here, at the foot of the stairs. Click to enlarge the image.

Follow the signage as you arrive at the first floor; you’ll turn right and will reach this sign, which directs you through the passage to E block. Further signage then points you up the stairs to the third floor.

You made it! Think Lab is through these doors.

Visitors with Access Requirements

Think Lab is on the 3rd floor. For an accessible route, start from the second photo above, facing the stairs. Turn left and you’ll see double doors into a corridor. A chair lift can help you with the steps here.

Proceed down the corridor through another set of doors to another chair lift, at the foot of which is an elevator. Take the elevator to the third floor, then go through the double doors into Think Lab.

At weekends or out of hours this route can be frustrating due to card-controlled doors: please contact ahead of your visit if possible, or phone 0191 227 4458 for assistance.

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