|Easily find your way around campus with the new interactive map|
With the new map, you can really quickly find any department, building or any of around 150 locations across campus. As well as departments and buildings, you can also see University services and facilities, colleges, cafés, bars, restaurants, shops, cash machines and car parks. So no more excuses for being lost around campus.
Within each category you also have the option to see all locations, useful for things like cafes and cash machines where you just want an idea of what's nearby.
|"Show all" lets you see all the locations for any given category. Here's all the places to eat and drink on Heslington West|
Anyone who has used Google Maps before will be familiar with the interface, which allows you to easily pan and zoom around the campus, and works great across all sorts of mobile devices.
Because we're using the Google Maps interface, you can switch to a satellite view of the campus and see what it looks like from above.
|Looking down on the University lake with satellite view|
In some parts of campus, you can also drag the orange "pegman" onto the map to enter Street View and see what the buildings look like.
|Street View of Heslington Hall, home to Web Office HQ|
We've made improvements to the rest of our maps and directions pages too, giving them a general tidy-up and have added a journey planner to campus, powered by Google Maps.
|Get driving directions to campus from pretty much anywhere|
Still to come
This is the first version of the interactive map, and there's plenty more to come in the near future. At the top of our list we've got:
- Searching for locations by typing in their name, rather than browsing a list
- Walking and cycling directions between any two locations on campus
- Clickable pins to provide extra information about a location - such as an image of the building, links to websites, opening times
- Bus stops with live information about when the next bus is due
We're keen to hear what you all think would be most useful, so please let us know in the comments or via our feedback form.
We're really grateful to YUSU for sharing some of the work that they did for the map in the YUSU iPhone app. This gave us a great head start and meant that we could do this a lot quicker than we would have done otherwise.