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Find out everything you need to know about parking at Lancaster University.

All pay-and-display parking on campus is now cashless. Our parking machines accept card payments only (contactless and chip & pin). Payment by cash is not possible. This applies to sales of all parking permits and payments at the parking machines.

For the latest information on how COVID-19 is affecting travel and parking at the University please see the COVID Local Travel Advice page. 

Important information on 2020/21 parking permits: all annual parking permits for the 2020/21 academic year expire on 30th September 2021. The year and expiry date are not printed on these annual parking permits. No refunds are available on any parking permits.

Accessible Parking Spaces

Dedicated accessible parking spaces are provided throughout the campus for Blue Badge holders and those with a University Accessible Parking Permit. Locations of accessible parking spaces can be viewed on the Campus Map.

Blue Badges will be honoured for single use but an Accessible Permit should be obtained for continued use by eligible students and staff.

Parking is free for valid Blue Badge holders.

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Blue Badge and Accessible Permits

From 1st October 2021, after careful consideration of the pricing structure, a fee will apply for an Accessible Parking Permit. This will be in line with other parking permit charges at the University. If you have a valid Blue Badge these charges will not affect you. The annual price for students is £142. The annual price for staff is dependent upon grade and FTE level. Please see further details on the Staff Parking page.

Students and staff can refer to the Accessible Parking Permits Eligibility Guidelines on the Policy and Enforcement page for eligibility details and how to apply. Important information for students can also be found on the Campus Accessibility and Parking webpage.

Find out below about a new 1-day Staff Accessible Scratch Card.

A new 1-day Accessible Scratch Card has been launched for staff.

These are priced exactly the same as the standard staff scratch cards at £2.50 each (£12.50 per strip of 5 cards), however, these are valid in all accessible parking bays as well as in staff parking zones and on South West Campus.

The Car Parking Team will assess eligibility for these scratch cards. Subject to confirmation of your eligibility, Accessible Scratch Cards will be available for you to purchase shortly on the Online Payment Portal.

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Chancellor's Wharf

A system of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras enforce parking at Chancellor's Wharf.

Important: Anyone eligible to park at Chancellor's Wharf must ensure their vehicle details are registered with the University as authorised to park at Chancellor's Wharf and have paid the required parking fee.

  • Residents at Chancellor's Wharf can purchase a virtual parking permit by contacting the Car Parking Office at car-parking@lancaster.ac.uk.
  • For visitors of residents the Online Store must be used to register vehicle details and purchase parking at £3 per day.

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