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Student car parking (Blue Badge and ASSIST)

Blue Badge Holders

Students who hold a local authority-issued Blue Badge are able to park at the University for free; they are eligible to park in any bay across the University sites, except for Electric Vehicle Charging bays and motorbike/moped areas, but a Blue Badge must be displayed in the windscreen at all times.

As the majority of University car parks operate Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) barriers, Blue Badge holders are required to register their vehicle in order to gain access to the car parks. Students must register with the University’s Additional Student Support and Inclusion Services Team (ASSIST) and apply for parking through them, including providing a copy of their Blue Badge as evidence.

ASSIST Parking Permit Holders

From September 2019 the University will, for the first time, offer all students the opportunity to buy a parking permit that will allow them to bring their vehicles onto campus.* Please visit our Travel and Parking pages for more information.

If you are an existing ASSIST permit holder that obtained a permit in 2018/19, you should have received an email explaining how any changes will affect you. If you have not received this email please contact

As a new ASSIST permit holder, the options for payment from September 2019, include:

Pay As You Go Tariff (PAYG)

Allows flexibility to match your study and travel requirements. The tariff boards in all car parks detail the costs for ‘pay for stay’ parking, summarised below:

  • Up to 30 mins – FOC
  • Up to 3 hours – £1
  • 3 – 6 hours – £2
  • All day – £3

What is the best payment option for me?

We have listed below some points to help inform your decision on the best payment mechanism for you.

Payment Type


Things to Consider

Termly (£35)
  • One payment for the term
  • No need to remember to pay during that term
  • Non-refundable
  • Must remember to purchase subsequent term in advance or change to PAYG option
Pay as You Go
  • Allows flexibility and can opt into termly payment options at any time
  • Need to remember to pay for each visit via cashless payment machines or the Ring Go app
  • Could be costly if attending University frequently i.e. more than once a week

Application Process

Students registered with ASSIST or the Mental Health Advisor Service can apply for parking if you have a certified disability or health condition that impacts on your ability to walk or use public transport.

You will need to complete an application process and provide supporting medical evidence from a qualified professional (such as a GP, OT, Psychiatrist, or hospital consultant) on headed paper, signed and dated within three months of the application (if the evidence is older, or it is not clear how the condition is still impacting on you at the time of application, you may be required to obtain updated medical evidence).

You can apply for an ASSIST Parking Permit if your condition affects your ability to:

  • use public transport,
  • walk or stand for extended periods,
  • attend University without travel assistance, for example –
  1. psychological distress as a result of travelling via public transport or to an unfamiliar location, or being without access to independent transport;
  2. requiring access to a vehicle in order to attend medical appointments and/or leave campus urgently/unexpectedly due to the effects of their disability/health condition;
  3. requiring access to their vehicle in order to rest in between classes owing to extreme fatigue associated with their condition;
  4. requiring access to a vehicle in order to store heavy, bulky or multiple items associated with their studies and/or disability, owing to inability to carry large, heavy or multiple items due to a medical condition/disability.

To start your application, please download the application form (Word 64 KB) (please note the applications for Permits will not be open until August 2019). ASSIST will assess the application for eligibility for a permit; depending on the evidence provided an appointment with the applicant may be required.

If your application is successful, ASSIST will pass your vehicle details to the University parking team to be added to the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system to gain entry to park onsite in University car parks (note there is no physical permit that needs to be displayed). ASSIST Parking Permit holders can park in all University car parks but may not use accessible/blue-badge bays, visitor bays, electric vehicle charging bays, designated motorbike areas and any other clearly line marked areas e.g. Sunley Hotel resident parking.

Full details of the terms and conditions for the ASSIST Permit can be found on the Application Form.

*Terms and conditions apply


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