Car Parking Policy

We aim to improve the quality and value for money of alternatives to single-occupancy car travel in line with the University's new Travel Plan objectives. You can view the parking options and prices in the menu below.

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Car Parking Policy Documents 2014-15

These policies are valid from 1st October 2014.

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Parking on Campus - Permit Display Reminder

Any vehicle not clearly displaying a valid permit/scratch card or pay and display ticket is liable to be issued with a Civil Parking Notice (CPN) regardless of whether you have bought a permit through the system or not. Penalty fee: £75, reduced to £45 if payment is received within 14 days. This is enforced by Lancaster University Security staff supported by an external facilitator, Liberty Services. Photographic evidence is taken and sent directly to Liberty Services for processing. University Security staff are not involved in the administration of taking payment of the CPNs.

If you do genuinely forget your parking permit you must call security on 94541 at the time of parking with your registration number to enable them to note it.

Visitor Parking Zones

These zones are available to University visitors with a valid one-day green visitor scratch-card or pay & display sticker or staff holding a valid Car Sharing Permit. They are also available for the University's fleet of vehicles and hired cars for University business. Visitors must not park in staff or student zones. Staff and student permit holders must not park in visitor zones.

All ticket machines dispense tickets for 2 hours at £2 or £5 for a full day (see below for exceptions). Chip and pin card payment facilities are available at most machines. All day visitor scratch cards are available from the Cashiers Desk in University House between 9.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday, and are priced at £5 each.Click here to view a map of the zones. Students are not permitted to buy one-day scratchcards.

Further travel information and maps for visitors click here.

Pay & Display Machines

Pay & Display Machines are located in the following Visitor Car Parks:

A: Bowland Avenue / North West Drive

C: John Creed Avenue (car park and machine currently out of use)

D: George Fox Avenue

E: opposite ISS Building

F: outside Infolab21

G: Grizedale Avenue

H: Gillow Avenue

I: Farrer Avenue

J: Alexandra Park Visitor (cheaper rate of £3 per day as this is on the edge of campus)

K: Sports Field Car Park (up to 2 hours free with ticket, £1 for up to 10 hours)

L: Sports Centre (sports use only, see separate policy)

Bigforth Barn: cash only payments

Note: There is no payment machine at Visitor Car Park B, located off North East Drive. The nearest machine is located in Visitor Car Park C, John Creed Avenue.

Student Parking Permit

Students are not normally allowed car parking permits to park on campus. Please check the revised Student Parking Policy for exceptions.

Applying for a Student Parking Permit

For applications under categories 1 to 4 of the Student Parking Policy please use the Eligibility Request Form for Categories 1 to 4.

Contact the Car Parking Office on or telephone 01524 592179

Termly Parking Permit

Staff and eligible students can purchase Termly Permits direct from the Car Parking Office in the Security Lodge at any time of the year. These are not purchased through Flexible Benefits.

They are as follows:

  • Staff Zone Termly Permit: £63
  • Student Zone (Alexandra Park) Termly Permit: £47
    Students must be eligible for a permit under the Student Car Parking Policy - see above except during summer vacation.
  • Chancellor's Wharf Termly Permit: £47
  • Contractor Termly Permit: £63
    Valid only on Visitor Car Parks B, E and K)

The Autumn Term permit includes the Christmas Vacation period. The Spring Term permit includes the Easter Vacation period. There is a separate permit for the Summer Vacation, priced as above.

Staff Car Share Permit

The price of the Staff Car Share Permit is significantly cheaper than the standard staff permit to encourage car sharing! Click here to visit the car sharing webpage.

Contractor Parking Policy

Different arrangements apply to contractor parking. Click here to view the policy.

Parking for Astroturf and Tennis Courts

Users of the Astroturf pitches or the tennis courts at the University, which are accessed off Green Lane, should park on the Sports Field Car Park opposite or the University campus (accessed up the main University vehicle entrance on the A6) and walk down to the facility. Parking is free after 18:00 and at weekends but is pay and display at other times at just £1 for up to 10 hours parking. Please do not park on Green Lane as this road has double yellow lines along its lengths and is being regularly enforced.

Urban Core Area (permit eligibility restricted for Students)

The urban core area refers to the central urban area of Lancaster and Morecambe including campus, which is within a 10 minute walk of a bus stop with a regular and direct service to the University. Students living in this area during term time are not normally allowed a campus car parking permit.

Advice on Foreign Licences/Vehicles

Report a fault (road surfaces, lighting, drainage...)

Reporting a change of vehicle

If you are a permit holder and change your vehicle you will need to inform the Car Parking Office in the Security Lodge of your new vehicle details so that the permit database can be updated. You can contact the Car Parking Office by emailing or telephoning 01524 592179.

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