How to find us

Our offices are next to Swindon train station, and within easy reach of the M4.

Our location

Economic and Social Research Council
Polaris House
North Star Avenue
Swindon
SN2 1UJ

View a map of our location on Google Maps. 

Travelling to our offices

By train

Polaris House is just a few minutes' walk from Swindon station. When you arrive at the station:

  1. Use your ticket to go through the ticket barrier adjacent to WH Smith (between platforms 1 and 3).
  2. Climb the steps and cross the footbridge. Polaris House is the brick building to your left as you descend the steps.

First Great Western trains operate to and from Swindon.

By car

Visitor parking at Polaris House is very limited and is only available on a first-come, first-served basis. Alternative parking is available in a pay and display car park beside Polaris House.

When driving here:

  1. Follow signs for 'Town Centre', and then 'North Star'.
  2. When you reach the roundabout adjacent to the Oasis leisure complex and Swindon College, take the second exit (the one before Oasis).
  3. At the next roundabout (with the station and car park in front of you) turn left into the Polaris House entrance road.
  4. Follow signs for 'visitors', and park in the visitor spaces in front of reception.

You can get more detailed directions on Google maps.

By bicycle

There are many cycle routes around Swindon. The Swindon Travel Choices and Sustrans websites give more details of local routes.

On foot

You can get to Polaris House by walking through Swindon train station and crossing the footbridge beside WH Smith (between platforms 1 and 3). You will need to go through ticket barriers to get to us. We can provide you with a letter to show station staff so that they will let you through the barriers.

By bus or coach

Bus and coach services to Swindon stop either at the bus station or on Fleming Way. You can walk to Polaris House in about five minutes, passing through the train station.

By air

The nearest airports to Swindon are London Heathrow and Bristol.

From Heathrow you can catch the Railair coach to Reading train station (takes about 40 minutes), and then the train to Swindon (takes about 30 minutes).

From Bristol Airport you can catch the Bristol International Flyer coach to Bristol Temple Meads train station (takes about 30 minutes), and then the train to Swindon (takes about 45 minutes).