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

To reduce the risk of virus transmission, all pay-and-display parking on campus is now cashless. Our machines now take 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 parking permits: all annual parking permits are for the 2020/21 academic year and expire on 30th September 2021. The year and expiry date are not printed on annual parking permits this year. No refunds or cancellation of payments are available on any parking permits. 

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Changes to Parking at Chancellor's Wharf

From 5th October 2020, a system of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras will 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 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.

More information on parking at Chancellor's Wharf.

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. 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. All University staff parking permits are valid in the Staff parking zone on 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, at the Health Innovation Campus 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.

    Sports Centre Parking Policy 2020/21

  • Chancellor's Wharf Parking

    From October 2020 a system of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) enforcement is in operation for parking at Chancellor's Wharf.

    All vehicles parking at Chancellor's Wharf at any time must be registered with the University as permitted to park exclusively at Chancellor's Wharf (main campus permits are not valid there).

    Only Chancellor's Wharf student residents and staff working at Chancellor's Wharf are entitled to a virtual Chancellor's Wharf Parking Permit. These permits are not valid on campus, only at Chancellor's Wharf.

    A Chancellor's Wharf Virtual Visitor Parking Permit is available from the Online Store exclusively for those visiting a student resident at Chancellor's Wharf. Parking is charged at £3 per 24 hours.

    The full parking policy at Chancellor's Wharf 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 provided at Forrest Hills.

  • Parking Zones

    Find out where you can park by viewing the Parking Zones Map.

  • Contractor Parking

    Improvements to contractor parking arrangements are in place from 1st October 2020. Find out more in the Contractor Parking Policy on the Policy and Enforcement page.

    Contractors can purchase parking permits through the Online Store as follows: