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Car parking update

Changes on campus from 1st October

As we approach the Autumn term, we’re giving you notice of a wide range of changes for car users on campus. Changes will take place from October 1st onwards, so please consider your options now if you plan to drive to campus.

New prices and ways to pay for parking

Parking permit charges will be reinstated, and long-planned pricing changes will be implemented, having been paused for some time. We are also introducing new evening and weekend charges.

See how to pay for parking on campus

Changes to car parks

We’re changing who can use some of our car parks and increasing short-stay parking capacity to accommodate increased demand at the start of term.

See how car parks are changing

Social distancing

We’re introducing new measures to support our community’s safe return to campus, such as implementing cashless Pay and Phone payments for parking. We are also creating new pedestrianised areas on campus to aid social distancing.

See our planned changes and social distancing

Future planning

All income will be reinvested into smart parking infrastructure and into creating sustainable transport solutions to improve connections within the region.

Discover more about our plans.


How to pay for parking on campus

Pay by Phone

Pay and Display will be replaced by a Pay by Phone service, our new cashless payment method.

Prices will increase and be active from the 1st October.

  • Up to 2 hours - £2.00
  • Up to 3 hours - £3.00
  • Up to 4 hours - £4.00
  • All day - £7.00

We will also be introducing new weekend and evening parking charges from the 1st October.

  • Evenings - £1.00 from 6pm-6am (if you have bought an all-day ticket this includes the evening and you do not need to buy another ticket).
  • Weekends - £1.00 until 6am the following day (a ticket on Saturday would be valid until 6am on Sunday; a ticket on Sunday would be valid until 6am on Monday).

From 1st October, all ‘Pay and Display’ machines will be suspended and cash payment will not be possible.

This service is being replaced with a new ‘Pay by Phone’ process. If you need to park on campus and don’t have a permit, you’ll need to use a ‘Pay by Phone’ car park and then pay online.

See how to pay for parking online.

This service is mobile-friendly so is easily accessible on campus using your phone.

You will see signs in the car park telling you how to pay. You can see details of car parks online in advance to help you plan your journey.


Pay by Phone is a new initiative which will help to keep our community safe. This is a priority as we cope with the impact of the global pandemic. Touchless payments provide a far safer approach to parking payments than cash.

However, we want everyone to have fair and appropriate access to our car parks. Anyone holding a valid blue badge will not be expected to pay parking charges, and if anyone else has problems paying by phone, they can contact us in advance so that we can provide support to them.


Car Parking Permits

We are reinstating charges for parking permits from the 1st October. You’ll need to consider whether you still want to keep your permit before then. The new prices will be as follows:

  • Grade 1a-2 - £24.22
  • Grades 3-5 - £27.01
  • Grades 6-7 - £34.95
  • Grades 8-9 - £38.48

Permit holders will not be required to pay for parking during evening and weekends as a parking permit is valid within the appropriate car parks 24/7.


If you are not on campus as frequently as you were before, you may wish to consider cancelling your permit and instead using the new ‘Pay by Phone’ option when needed.

If you do decide to cancel your parking permit, please cancel by the end of September to ensure you aren’t charged unnecessarily in October.

Cancel your parking permit now

If you cancel your permit after 1st October, you will be charged for that month.


If you change your mind at a later point, it’s really easy to reactivate your permit and you can do this at any time.

Reactivate your permit now.

Please note that permit charges are taken directly from your salary and the date of processing payroll can vary month by month; therefore, payments for your permit would commence from either the month of activation or the following month, and the charge would be the fixed monthly permit fee.


Thank you to all who joined the Multi-Mode Parking Permit trial; the trial offered salaried members of staff the option to pay only for the days that they parked without paying the full Pay and Display parking price or purchasing a full-time permit. The success of the trial and the insights gained from it will be drivers in the development and implementation of the new automated ‘Pay as You Go’ ANPR system which is now being scoped.


Following the introduction of cashless parking and ‘Pay by Phone’ parking, we will no longer sell the purple FlexiPay parking scratch cards at Senate House, Gibbet Hill Café & University House Café. The purple FlexiPay parking scratch cards will continue to be valid within ‘Pay by Phone’ car parks for this academic year, so that you can still use any excess scratch cards you have; please display your scratch card on your dashboard as before.


Support for clinically extremely vulnerable support

We are offering temporary support with student parking for clinically extremely vulnerable students during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are a student who falls into the ‘high risk’ and ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ group, you may be eligible for temporary support - such as a termly permit, which you will be charged on a monthly basis for.


Changes to car parks

We are making changes to the multi-storey and surface car park adjacent to the old Sports Centre (now called the Junction building) - including spaces for reserved visitors.

The impact of Covid-19 has changed how many of us will travel to and from campus. In the very short term, we anticipate that there will be an increase in students and other car users, who are not eligible for parking permits, to want to access campus by car. To accommodate an anticipated short-term change in car use:

The multi-storey car park by the old Sports Centre/Junction building (car park 8) will be converted into a ‘Pay by Phone’ only car park between 6am – 6pm, Monday – Friday; during these times, parking permits will not be valid in this car park.

This car park has been selected because it is centrally located and can serve a broad range of users.

Alternative nearby car parks are available to permit holders, such as Cryfield Village car park and car park 15.

See a list of where you can park on campus

The surface car park directly outside the Junction building (car park 8A), formerly known as the 3-hour short stay and pre-reserved visitor car park, will be converted into a 4-hour short stay car park between 6am – 6pm, Monday – Friday, for ‘Pay by Phone’ users only; during these times, parking permits will not be valid in this car park.

The standard pre-reserved visitor scheme will no longer be in operation due to the expected significant reduction of short stay visitors.

If you do need to visit campus for short periods of time, our new ‘Pay by Phone’ car parks will be available to you.


The surface car park directly outside the athletics track (car park 12) will be converted into a ‘Pay by Phone’ only car park between 6am – 6pm, Monday – Friday; during these times, parking permits will not be valid in this car park.

This car park has been selected because it can serve a broad range of users.

Alternative nearby car parks are available to permit holders, such as Car Park 13 and Kirby Corner Car Park for staff.


To create more parking capacity, the Coach Park will be converted into a 4-hour short stay ‘Pay by Phone’ only car park between 6am – 6pm, Monday – Friday; permits will not be valid in this car park during these times. On the days where there are pre-booked coaches arriving to campus, the car park will be closed to accommodate these arrivals; should this be the case, clear signage will be in place to let you know.


Pedestrianisation of campus and social distancing

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on how we plan to operate campus to ensure the safety of all our community. To support social distancing measures when travelling across campus, we will be pedestrianising key parts of campus that were formerly accessible by road.

You can view the new campus map here. Please ensure you plan your journey in advance to save time when on campus.


How are we investing parking revenue?

The University will reinvest parking revenues into an entirely new and efficient ‘Pay as you Go’ ANPR permit parking system and into a completely systems-based parking network which you’ll hear more about in the coming months.

We will also invest in initiatives that enable realisation of our masterplan vision, which includes introducing more varied, innovative and sustainable transport and mobility solutions on and around campus.


Our long-term commitment

It remains our vision to establish a smart, carbon neutral campus and to transform cross-regional transport connections. Our goal is to help our staff, students and visitors to sustainably and conveniently get to, from and across our campus.

Whilst this page focuses on communicating changes for car users on campus, in the coming weeks and months we’ll tell you more about the innovative and diverse transport and mobility solutions that we’re introducing to campus. Some of these are world-firsts. We hope you’ll engage with these new initiatives in time, possibly even replacing your existing modes of travel with new ones. It is our long-term aim to provide you with a wider range of effective solutions to meet your needs.

Furthermore, as a global research institution, we have deepened and broadened strategic partnerships across our region to connect our mobility research and campus development strategies with local, regional, national and international sustainable transport and mobility agendas, so we can make a significant impact on how future generations live, work and socialise.