Visitors can park in any of the Visitor Car Parks A to M or in any space on South West Campus. You can use the Parking Zones Map to identify the most convenient visitor car park for your destination.
Find out everything you need to know about visitor parking at Lancaster University.
Over 1200 parking spaces for visitors
22 parking payment meters with flexible contactless and chip & pin payment options
14 visitor car parks located throughout campus close to key visitor destinations
All pay-and-display parking on campus is cashless. The parking machines accept card payments only (contactless and chip & pin).
Cashless Parking Tariffs
If you're visiting campus on a weekday then pay & display charges apply. A ticket can be purchased from any of the pay & display parking meters located across campus. Charges are:
- £2 for 2 hours, or
- £5 for a full day (£3 on South West Campus and Car Park K Sports Field).
Parking is free after 6pm and at weekends. Blue Badge holders are welcome to park without charge.
Blue Badge Parking
Accessible parking bays are clearly marked across the campus. Locations of accessible parking can be viewed on the Campus Map.
For one-off visits, Blue Badges will suffice. Blue Badge holders are welcome to park without charge, either in an accessible parking bay or in any other available parking space.
Staff or student Blue Badge holders should contact the Car Parking Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an Accessible Parking Permit for regular use.
Sports Centre and sports facilities
Parking is provided at the front and rear car parks of the Sports Centre (Visitor Car Park L). Two hours of free parking is permitted with a free ticket from one of the parking meters in Car Park L. The maximum permitted stay is 2 hours with no return within 1 hour. These arrangements apply across all opening hours of the Sports Centre, including evenings and weekends. Parking is strictly in connection with sports use only.
Alternatively, parking is also available at the Sports Field Car Park (Visitor Car Park K). The tariff here is a flat rate of £3 for a full day. Car Park K is conveniently located next to the tennis courts and close to many of the external sports pitches.
Please note that a height restriction barrier is in place at the entrance to the Sports Centre Car Park. This is to help secure the car park and regulate the size of vehicles using the parking spaces. The barrier is set at a height of 2.3m meaning that vehicles above this height (approximately the height of a Transit van and above) will be requried to seek approval from Security prior to coming onto site. A car park barrier (not height restrictive) is also in place at the entrance to the Sports Centre car park to secure this area during non-operational times.
The Sports Centre Parking Policy is available on the Policy and Enforcement page.
More information is available on the Electric Vehicles page.
Minibuses must be parked in one of the following locations. This will avoid minibuses obstructing either the roadway, footway or landscaping in standard length parking bays.
- Visitor Car Park B on North Campus
- Visitor Car Park E on South Campus
Locations of the visitor car parks can be found on the Campus Map.
Pay & display facilities must be used between 08:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday.
Flexible and supportive arrangements for contractor parking are in place.
The Contractor Parking Policy and permit prices for contractors can be viewed on the Policy and Enforcement page.
Forrest Hills Parking
A ticket & display system is in operation at Forrest Hills. A free ticket for up to 10 hours must be obtained from the parking meter in the Forrest Hills Car Park during the hours of 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday. Please note that parking must be in connection with Forrest Hills business and no overnight parking is permitted.
Bicycle and motorcycle parking facilities are also available at Forrest Hills.
Coach Visits to Campus
Coach Drop-off, Pickup and Coach Parking Policy 2022-23
This document provides helpful information to coach drivers and organisers of coach visits to the University campus.