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Students' parking

Students living off campus and disabled students are able to register for vehicle parking on campus. As parking spaces are limited, students living on campus may not register their vehicle.

Changes to parking permits and payments from October 2016

We've made several changes this year to make it quicker and easier for you to pay for your parking. The main differences are summarised below, and the rest of this page has been updated to reflect the new processes.

  • Real-time parking registration and number plate recognition

    From October 2016 parking is now paperless. Our system will operate on a real-time basis and enforcement by automatic number plate recognition. Our Traffic Officers will use handheld ANPR to manage enforcement.

  • No smart cards, windscreen permit stickers or pay and display tickets!

    You'll no longer need to display a permit sticker in your windscreen, as everything will be based on number plate recognition.

    Car parks which were previously pay and display will be pay and go. You pay on arrival, but no longer need to display a ticket.

    Smart cards will no longer be used. Payment will be by coins/notes/card. If you have money left on your smart card, please visit the Estates Helpdesk who will read the balance and arrange a refund.

Where you can park

Car Park A is a designated student-only car park. On occasion the car park may also be used for coach and mini bus parking. This will be advertised in advance where possible. There are also 170 parking spaces designated for students in the Valley car park.

Students may not park in the Wivenhoe House and Constable Building car park, the Innovation Centre, the multi-storey car park, or in parking spaces under podia.

Disabled parking

If you are a disabled driver you can apply for a parking space near your residence and under the podia (the service road which runs underneath the University). These spaces are limited and can only be offered to blue badge holders. If you're not a blue badge holder, but have a mobility difficulty please contact the Student Services Hub.If you have successfully applied for a disabled parking space, your paperwork will be dealt with by the Estate Management Helpdesk.

You will have to pay a registration fee for your allocated space, but you won't have to pay the daily pay and display charges. Please remember any vehicle parked in designated spaces without displaying a blue badge and the correct registration sticker may be issued with a parking enforcement notice.

For queries about disabled parking, contact the Information Centre

Annual parking registration

Registering your vehicle entitles you to cheaper pay and display parking charges. If you want to park on campus but are not registered, you will need to pay and display at the full visitor rate.

  • Registration process

    You can register your vehicle at any time during the year, but all 2015-16 permits and smart cards expire on 30 September 2016. You must re-register in October each year.

    The registration process is administered by the Estates Management Helpdesk.

    Documentary evidence

    Since October 2014 you have no longer needed to provide your vehicle documents at registration. You just need to tick the declaration to let us know that your documents and driving licence are in order and confirm that you have a roadworthy vehicle. Estate Management may request sight of your car documents at any time during registration. Failure to provide requested documentation may result in your registration being withdrawn.

    If you move onto campus you must cancel your parking registration. Daily automated checks are made to identify any resident student who applies for registration or who already has registration and has not surrendered it when they moved onto campus.

  • Fee and payment

    There are various parking options available.

    Annual season ticket

    You'll pay:

    • a registration fee of £23, and
    • a fixed amount of £84 for parking for the year

    The annual season ticket option means you don't have to visit a pay station each day.

    General parking

    With this option you pay:

    • a registration fee of £23, and
    • a daily charge each time you park (10p per hour), using the pay stations (see 'Daily charges' below for more information)

    Termly season ticket

    You'll pay:

    • a fixed amount of £36 for parking for one term, which includes your registration fee

    The termly season ticket option means you don't have to visit a pay station each day.

    Choose from:

    1. Autumn Term parking: 6 October 2016 - 15 January 2017
    2. Spring Term parking: 16 January 2017 - 23 April 2017
    3. Summer Term parking: 24 April 2017 - 30 September 2017

    Occasional user

    As an occasional user you can park for a maximum of three days per week. There's no registration charge, but you must still register your vehicle. You pay 30p per hour for your parking. Please see the 'Daily charges' section for information on how to pay.

  • Motorcycles

    Resident and non-resident students can register to park a motorcycle on campus. Registration is free and motorcycles will then be exempt from the pay and display charges.

    Motorcyclists must park in the designated motorcycle parking spaces.

Daily charges

Daily charges apply to all motor vehicles, with the exception of:

  • those with annual or termly season tickets
  • motorcycles
Type Cost per hour Full-day charge Dates
Registered vehicles 10p 70p Term time only
Occassional-use permit holders 30p £2.10 Term time only

How to pay

When you register your vehicle as a General or Occasional User, you will be authorised to obtain discounted parking and will have to visit a pay station each day to pay for your parking. When you arrive:

  1. go to a pay station (locations listed below)
  2. enter your registration number
  3. enter the amount of time you need to park for
  4. pay as prompted

The car parks work on automatic number plate recognition. You don't need to display a ticket, but you can request a receipt for your payment at the pay stations if you prefer.

The pay and go machines accept coins, notes and card payments.

Pay stations are located at the:

  • entrance to Valley Car Park (adjacent to the Ivor Crewe Lecture Theatre)
  • entrance to North Towers Car Park, on the causeway
  • foyer of the Essex Business School
  • Information Centre

You will also be able to pay for parking in Car Park A and Car Park B at the pay stations in the stairwells of the multi-storey car park.

Parking out of term time

There are no daily charges out of term time for registered vehicles. Unregistered vehicles must pay the full visitor tariff.

Changing your vehicle

Cancelling your permit

Parking enforcement

Our University operates a car parking enforcement scheme (.pdf) so should you decide to park on campus then you’re agreeing to our rules and regulations for driving, parking and registering. You’re responsible for paying for parking and parking appropriately.

These rules are made to manage demand, support the University’s travel plan and ensure the safety and availability of spaces, where possible, in the car parks. It also ensures that there is a clear and fair process for parking on campus.

The University is private property. On every entrance (at either end of Boundary Road and on Capon Road) there is a contract to enter sign with details of our parking rules.

  • Parking rules and fines

    You are not eligible to register for discounted parking if you reside on campus.

    Your vehicle needs to be authorised to park on campus. To be authorised you need to either:

    • pay the visitor tariff for your required parking, or
    • have registered your vehicle and pre-paid for your parking or paid for the duration of your parking at a pay station

    Failure to do this will first result in a warning. If it happens for a second time, a Parking Charge Notice (PCN) of £50 (£25 if paid within 14 days) will be issued. You may not get a warning if it is a serious contravention such as a health and safety issue or obstruction.

    In each new academic year (October to September), you will be given one warning if you contravene our Rules and Regulations for the Driving, Parking and Registration of Vehicles on Campus. All subsequent breaches in the same year will result in a PCN being issued.

  • Administering parking tickets

    We contract First Parking to administer the enforcement process. They're an approved member of the British Parking Association and are governed by a strict code of practice. They're able to request Keeper of a Vehicle details to make contact about contraventions.

    They will send out notices and reminders and then, if a parking charge notice isn’t paid, pass any debt onto a debt collector to collect any outstanding unpaid parking charge notice. They may add an administration fee.

    If the debt collector can't recoup the outstanding amount then the debt may be recovered via a small claims court.

  • Issuing parking tickets

    We employ two Traffic Officers who issue Parking Charge Notice (PCN). A notice is then applied to the windscreen for you, the driver, to take action. Data regarding these PCN’s and photographic evidence of a contravention is then uploaded to First Parking for monitoring and further action if necessary.

  • If you've been given a ticket and how to appeal

    Paymyparking service

    If you’ve been issued a PCN, you can use First Parking's website to enter your vehicle registration number and PCN number to view details of the contravention and can choose to either pay the parking charge or appeal.


    You must follow the instructions on the rear of the notice or letter sent to you by First Parking.

Our Southend Campus is located in the town centre and is easily accessible by public transport. Should you need to travel by car, there are public car parks underneath University Square student accommodation and underneath South Essex College. There are also charging points for electric cars in London Road, outside University Square.

There is only limited visitor parking at our Loughton Campus.