Nancy Astor building

The Nancy Astor building is located opposite Drake's Reservoir half way up North Hill, entrance to the building can be found on Endsleigh Place. The Sports Centre and Reservoir Cafe have separate entrances. For more information on how to find us, see Plymouth maps and travel.

University of Plymouth,
Drake Circus,

The University is committed to discouraging the use of private cars, however, it continues to permit very limited car parking on campus for staff and visitors who hold a blue badge.

Only students with mobility impairment will normally be permitted to park on the Plymouth campus.

The University operates a Parking Charge Notice (PCN) enforcement system to assist in maintaining an orderly and safe parking facility on its campus. The enforcement system is managed and operated in partnership with First parking LLP and the security department at the University.

Alternative parking can be found in Drake Circus shopping mall and the Regent Street car park nearby. Charges apply.

If we are experiencing technical difficulties with any of our University of Plymouth lifts, you will be able to check their status and find more information about them on our lift status page.

If you wish to report an issue with a lift that is not listed, please get in touch with us on +44 1752 588588 or email us at

The UPSU Sports Centre

Located on the ground floor of Nancy Astor with access from Endsleigh Place, the UPSU Sports Centre provides a range of activities to assist in achieving your fitness goals. Featuring a 50 station gym, squash courts, multi-purpose sports hall, and the Sports Injuries Clinic which offer treatments and massages. The Sport & Active Team offer a host of facilities which can be utilised by students, staff and the public.
<p>Nancy Astor 1</p>
<p>Nancy Astor 2</p>
<p>Nancy Astor 3</p>
<p>Nancy Astor 4</p>

Sustainable campus

Rainwater harvesting

The Nancy Astor building uses rainwater harvesting methods, where rainwater is collected from the roof and stored in large tanks. This is used for the flushing of toilets and prevents drinking water from the mains being used.

There are many advantages to harvesting rainwater, mainly in providing an independent and local water supply, which is not impacted by regional water restrictions and which reduces the demand on local water infrastructure.

Nancy Astor

Nancy Astor (1879–1964) was the first woman to serve as a member of the House of Commons. She was MP of Plymouth Sutton between 1919 and 1945. The Astors were hugely generous with their wealth. They gave buildings, land and money to the city of Plymouth. They financed the first hall of residence, Astor Hall, in the Stoke area of Plymouth in 1929 to accommodate science and technology, undergraduates. 3 Elliot Terrace, where the King and Queen stayed in a visit during WWII, was among the gifts and is now the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Plymouth. 

Plaque on the Nancy Astor Building