underpass road from Library


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

Motorcycles on campus

There are dedicated motorcycle parking bays across campus with the main location in the Underpass. Motorcycle parking is free at these dedicated areas. Motorcycles are also permitted to park in off-road locations providing they do not obstruct pathways or building exits. 

Helpful Information


  • Blue Badge and Accessible Parking

    Dedicated accessible parking spaces are provided throughout the campus for Blue Badge holders and holders of 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. There is no parking charge for Blue Badge holders or for the Accessible Parking Permit.

    Please refer to the Accessible Parking Permits Eligibility Guidelines on the Policy and Enforcement page for further details and how to apply.

  • Loading and Drop-off

    Various loading / delivery / drop-off bays are located throughout campus. These locations can be viewed on the Parking Zones Map 2019/20. Most of the loading bays have time restrictions as indicated on the signage. 

    Short-term 30 minute parking bays are provided in Bowland Avenue outside the Welcome Centre. Dedicated drop-off and short-term parking is provided outside the Pre-School at no charge. 

    When loading or unloading please do not leave your vehicle unattended for more than 10 minutes at a time. 

  • Parking Charge Notice (PCN)

    The University enforces its car parking policies and regulations by means of civil Parking Charge Notices (PCNs). Issuing PCNs to contravening motorists helps ensure that parking practices at the University are as fair as possible and helps to maximise the number of parking spaces available for people to park in. 

    Anyone receiving a PCN should follow the instructions on the PCN ticket. 

    Further information is available on the Policy and Enforcement page. 

  • Parking at the Health Innovation Campus

    The Health Innovation Campus has staff permit parking and visitor pay and display parking which is accessed from the A6, north of the main campus entrance.  Overflow and student parking is on South West Campus which is a 15 – 20 minute walk.  Staff and students based at HIC may collect a HICrider pass from HIC reception which entitles them to free bus travel between HIC and the overflow parking.  All university staff parking permits are valid throughout campus including HIC.

  • Motorcycle Parking

    Motorcycles can park for free on campus provided they are not parked in car parking spaces. A parking permit is not required for motorcycles. 

    Dedicated, secure and sheltered motorcycle parking is available in the Underpass. Dedicated motorcycle parking is also available on Bowland Avenue, on North Drive, South Drive and at Forrest Hills. Locations of all motorcycle parking can be viewed on the Campus Map

    Motorcycles can also be parked informally in other areas provided they do not cause an obstruction and are not parked at a bicycle parking area. 

  • Sports Centre Parking

    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 the parking meters in Car Park L. The maximum permitted stay is 2 hours with no returns 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 free parking for up to 2 hours for sports users (with a ticket from the meter) or £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. 

  • Chancellor's Wharf Parking

    Chancellor's Wharf Parking Permits are exclusively available to student residents at Chancellor's Wharf and University staff and contractors working there. From mid-October each year, Chancellor's Wharf Parking Permits are also made available to student residents in nearby LU Homes accredited student accommodation. Permits are not valid on campus, only at Chancellor's Wharf. 

    A Chancellor's Wharf Visitor Permit is available from the Accommodation Manager's Office at Chancellor's Wharf. A £10 returnable deposit is charged with parking charged at £3 per 24 hours. 

  • 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 provided at Forrest Hills. 

  • Parking Zones

    Find out where you can park by viewing the Parking Zones Map 2019/20