Car Parking Policy 2018/19

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

Campus Parking Enforcement Now in Operation

Please adhere to the University Car Parking Policy ‌to avoid receiving a Parking Charge Notice (PCN). Please note that staff parking permits and all scratchcards and pay and display tickets from Car Parks A-J are valid on the South West Campus Parking Zone on Alexandra Park if the main campus is full. Staff parking permits and scratchcards are also valid in Visitor Car Park C on John Creed Avenue and on the rear Sports Centre car park by the bowling green (Car Park L). 

Apply Online for Parking Permits

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 zones. Staff and student permit holders must not park in visitor zones. The only exceptions to this are at Visitor Car Park C (John Creed Avenue) and on the Sports Centre rear car park by the bowling green where all staff parking permits are also valid. 

All ticket machines dispense tickets for 2 hours at £2 or £5 for a full day (see below for exceptions). 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. A Car Parking Zones Map is available. Students are not permitted to buy one-day scratchcards.

Further travel information and maps for visitors click here.

Pay & Display Machines

Most machines accept payment by coin and credit/debit card. Pay & Display Machines are located in the following Visitor Car Parks:

A: Bowland Avenue / North West Drive

C: John Creed Avenue 

D: George Fox Avenue

E: opposite ISS Building

F: outside Infolab21

G: Grizedale Avenue (coin only)

H: Perimeter Road between Farrer Avenue and Management School

I: Farrer Avenue

J: South West Campus Visitor (cheaper rate of £3 per day as this is on the edge of campus)

K: Sports Field Car Park (£3 for up to 10 hours)

L: Sports Centre Parking Policy (sports use only)

Bigforth Barn: (coin only)

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.

Student Parking Permit

Students are not normally allowed car parking permits to park on campus. Please check the 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 Student Categories 1-4 Eligibility Application Form.

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 Termly Permit: £67
  • Student (Alexandra Park) Termly Permit: £52
    Students must be eligible for a permit under the Student Car Parking Policy - except during summer vacation.
  • Chancellor's Wharf Termly Permit: £52
  • Contractor Termly Permit: £67
    Valid only on South West Campus Parking Zone on Alexandra Park (excludes Lancaster House Hotel car parks).

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 the same 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! See the Car Sharing pages for more information.

Contractor Parking Policy

Different arrangements apply to contractor parking. Click here to view the Contractor Parking 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 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 £3 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.

Guidance for supermarket deliveries

Supermarket deliveries should only be made to those areas shown on the Supermarket Deliveries Map 2016.