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Car parking: Plans and development

As our University continues its growth and development over the coming years, we will adapt our campus parking infrastructure to meet the changing needs of our community. We will also keep users informed of changes and alternatives.


We are permitted by our local authorities in Coventry and Warwickshire to have a fixed number of car parking spaces on campus. The majority are for staff permit-holders, and for visitors such as conference attendees, and people who come to the Warwick Arts Centre or the Sports Centre. We cannot provide routine parking for students, who we encourage to use public transport or other methods to reach campus.

Long-term plan

Our vision for the development of car parking on campus is to:

  • Move the majority of parking close to major roads, making it easier for drivers to access and exit campus
  • Improve pedestrian, cycle and shuttlebus access between car parks and key buildings across campus
  • Operate parking management systems for quick access, and provide real-time information on availability of spaces

This has the following benefits for our campus and the local area:

  • Traffic is reduced on campus and the local roads, creating a better environment
  • Older car parks, which are inefficient in their use of space, are cleared to make way for new developments or enhanced public space for University members and local residents to enjoy

The first step towards the periphery parking vision is complete - Lynchgate Car Park is accessed directly from Lynchgate Road (near Cannon Park), removing vehicles from Kirby Corner Road and central campus, and is within a few minutes' walk of campus. Work on the second strategic multi-storey - Kirby Corner Car Park, is about to begin.

Kirby Corner Car Park

This is our next major peripheral car park, with construction taking place from March 2018. Opening in 2019, and located on the highway periphery, with access from Kirby Corner Road, Gibbet Hill Road and University Road, Kirby Corner Car Park will offer circa 1,300 spaces. The multi-storey car park will be much-improved on the existing car park (CP16), for example with wider bays, no pillars, a lift, and excellent lighting and security.

During construction, alternative parking facilities will be available to users, and we will provide updates throughout so you know what options are available to you. You can find the latest information on what it means for you on our car parking pages.

Managing disruption

We recognise that car park work will mean some disruption to where people park when they come to work, or to use facilities like the Warwick Arts Centre, and we're working hard to mitigate any negative effects on our community. We will share as much as we can on plans, timing and options for you, and we are grateful for people's patience whilst the work is underway.


Our map shows where we are planning peripheral parking locations around campus.

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Map of potential future car park locations