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Travel and Transport

These pages outline the travel and transport information for the University from 18 November 2019.

Student Parking

Park and Ride

In line with best practice and current legislation, the University offers limited parking for students and charges for parking.

As Waterside campus is in a prime town centre location, which means that not only is everything accessible by foot, bike or bus, but the area is heavily trafficked with workers and the air quality has​ reached above the legal limit. In light of this, we cannot facilitate parking for everybody on site, and have put in place alternative options for students and their guests.​​

Since September 2019, we have sourced some parking that eligible students can apply for during term-time.

Our parking offer includes:

  • Waterside Halls Parking – overnight parking in car park 3 for students who live on campus and need to travel for a placement as part of their course (for example Nursing students).
  • Waterside Commuting Student Parking – daytime parking in car park 4 for students commuting into the University between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
  • Waterside Commuting Student Parking – evening and weekend parking in car park 1 for students commuting into the University on weekday evenings (5pm – midnight) and weekends (Saturday and Sunday 7am – midnight)..
  • Scholars Green Student Village – these halls have the most parking available and are an ideal residence for students who need to bring a car. There is ample overnight parking here however, priority is given to those who need to travel for a placement as part of their course (for example Nursing students).

Further to this, there have been some amendments to existing permit types for academic year 2019/20. All parking permits are summarised below:



Process and Criteria


ASSIST £35 per term
(for new applicants only)
ASSIST application form with medical evidence Unlimited
Blue Badge Holders Free of Charge ASSIST application form with valid Blue Badge Unlimited
Waterside Residential
£100 per term

Permit application form.

Residence at Waterside Student Village, must  be completing an official University placement.

40 permits

£35 per term


£10 for motorbikes

Permit application form.

Residence at least 3 miles from campus and 2 miles from the Sixfields Park and Ride.

120 permits
Scholars Green Student Village (on Boughton Green Road)

£100 per term

£20 for motorbikes

Permit application form.

Residence at Scholars Green Student Village, priority to those completing an official University placement.

70 permits
Waterside (Commuting – evenings and weekends) 50p per evening / £1 per day at the weekend No pre-registration required, just turn up. 134 spaces

Due to a limited number of spaces, we are unable to guarantee every student access to parking, so to make this as fair as possible each permit application will be assessed following strict criteria and permits will only be valid for one term. Students will need to reapply termly and there is no guarantee that a permit will be carried over.

How to Apply

Applications for Term Three (April – July 31 2020) will open on Monday 16 March at 10am and close on Sunday 22 March at 23:59. The application form will be available on this page from Monday 16 March. This includes permits for:

Please read the details below before making your application. Please note that permits are allocated subject to the newly updated eligibility criteria which is listed below. Applications will be scored based on the criteria ensuring we award permits to those most in need. However, after this they will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 22 March 2020.

Student Permit Criteria

The criteria is prioritised as follows:

  1. Are you living in the relevant Halls for the permit you are applying? (Compulsory for residential permit)
  2. Does your course involve placements? (Compulsory for residential permit at Waterside)
  3. Are you a registered carer? (Please note this does not include childcare, a registered carer looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid). (Evidence required).
  4. Distance: how far is your home/term time address from Waterside in miles?
  5. Public Transport: how accessible is Public Transport from your home/term time address?
  6. Exclusion Zone: Is your home/term time address outside the 3-mile exclusion zone from Waterside? (NN1, NN2, NN3 postcodes are within the exclusion zone and therefore not eligible to apply).
  7. Exclusion Zone: Is your home/term time address outside the 2-mile exclusion zone from the Sixfields Park and Ride? (Includes NN4 and NN5. (However, postcodes such as NN11, NN12, NN13 may score less due to having access to the Park and Ride on the West side of town)).

What happens after you have applied

All applications received will be processed and scored. All applicants will receive an email response outlining whether they have been successful or not by Friday 3rd April latest. Successful applicants will be invited to pay for a permit and given a short window to do so. Once paid a ‘Virtual Permit’ or a physical permit will be issued as required.

  • Waterside – ‘Virtual Permit’ – the vehicle is put on an Automatic Number Plate Recognition system
  • Scholars Green Student Village – a physical permit – the permit must be displayed in the vehicle windscreen at all times when on site, so it is visible to Security Patrollers. In addition, a barrier fob will be required for access to the car park which can also be purchased online. Once ready for collection, contact will be made with the student on how to do this.

Blue Badge and ASSIST Student Parking

Parking for Blue Badge and ASSIST can be applied for at any point during the Academic Year, please download the application form below:

For more information on Blue Badge and ASSIST park please visit our Student Car Parking for Blue Badge and ASSIST web page.

Please ensure you have fully understood the application terms and conditions, have read the guidance on completing your application and have submitted to the correct email by the closing date (27 November).

Parking application guidance

Return completed application (in the downloaded format) to:

Bus Routes

For information on bus routes and railway services please visit our bus and train services web page.

Cycling and walking

Our main campus is located in the centre of town, meaning that there are plenty of cycling and walking routes to get to us. See our cycling tips and recommended routes.

Motorcycle parking

There are dedicated motorcycle parking areas at Waterside and St George’s Avenue with large galvanised steel bars to anchor bikes to for improved security. All motorcycles must be parked in the dedicated parking and must not park in cycle shelters, dedicated line marked car bays or other non-designated areas.

Parking for motorcycles is free due to the smaller parking space they require and the less demand they put on the local streets and traffic congestion.

Motorcycle will not be recognised by the ANPR system due to not having a front registration plate. Instead they will have to contact security at the barrier intercom to be allowed entry, giving their name and registration for validity.

Evening Parking, Waterside

In a response to feedback regarding short term access to parking during the evening and weekends, students can now park in Car Park 1 at the following times without a permit, please note that no overnight stays are permitted:

  • Monday to Friday, from 17:00 to 00:00 – 50p
  • Saturday and Sunday, from 07:00 to 00:00 – £1 per day
  • If your vehicle has not left the site by midnight an automatic Parking Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued

If you have any questions about parking or travelling to and from the University, please contact or see the further information on these pages.

If Car Park 1 is full, there are a number of Borough Council town centre car parks.

Directions to Waterside

Waterside Campus has one main entrance via University Drive, off the Bedford Road (A428).  Access to the visitor car park (car park 2) can only be accessed this way – vehicles cannot drive through the campus. Please see the campus travel map.

For Sat Nav systems, please use:

  • Waterside Campus – NN1 5PH
  • Bedford Road – NN1 5NS
  • St George’s Avenue – NN2 6JB
  • Barrack Road (A508) – NN1 5NS
  • Kingsley Road (A5095) – NN2 7BL
  • Sixfields Park and Ride – NN5 5JT
  • Download the St George’s Avenue map.

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    • Travel Plan 2018 (please note aspects of this plan have been revised as of August 2019, see above)


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