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Student parking

University of Northampton Parking

Waterside campus parking Off-campus UON parking

How to apply

Student parking permit update

Term Three permit applications are now closed. However, due to available space at the Development Hub (NN1 5FS), we are opening these permits up to all students who live outside of the 10 mile exclusion zone and not in the vicinity of the Sixfields Park and Ride. If you commute to Waterside and do not have a permit, you can now apply for a permit at the Development Hub on our booking website. The Development Hub is a 10 – 15 minute walk to Waterside.

(Non-eligible postcodes are: NN1, NN2, NN3, NN4, NN5, NN6, NN7, NN11, NN12 and NN13).

If you have a question, please email us on

Date for your diary

Permits for Term One (September 2021 – December 2021) will be open throughout July and August so please keep an eye on this webpage.

Blue Badge and ASSIST applications are open all year round, there is no deadline and no cap on numbers. Find more information on the Blue Badge and ASSIST parking pages.

Applications will be processed via the Permit Management System (PMS) as per term one, students can register for the PMS.

Before you apply, please read the criteria below and ensure you are eligible.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria will automatically be denied, so please ensure you read it carefully to avoid disappointment. Thank you for your cooperation.

For alternative parking please see the Park and Ride pages.

Student Permit Criteria

We are continually reviewing our student parking offer in response to student feedback and the changes in timetabling as a result of COVID. Therefore, we are able to increase the number of permits we issue next term. However, please be mindful that in the future the numbers may decrease again in line with how often students are on site.

Additionally, due to the increasingly large numbers of students applying each term and the difficulty this brings in terms of processing permits quickly and having to disappoint growing numbers of students, we have taken the decision to tighten our eligibility criteria. Please see the criteria below.

Halls Permit – eligibility criteria:
  1. Are you living in the relevant Halls for the permit you are applying? (Compulsory).
  2. Does your course involve placements? (Priority).
  3. Are you a Young Carer or 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 is required). (Priority).
  4. Distance: your home/permanent address must be at least 3 miles from your halls? (Compulsory).
Commuters Permit – eligibility criteria:
  1. Is your course based at the location you are applying for? (Compulsory).
  2. Are you a Young Carer or 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 is required). (Priority).
  3. 18+ Oyster Photocard –London students with an 18+ Oyster Photocard, which provides you with discounted rail fare, are not eligible to apply
  4. Exclusion Zone: Is your home/term time address outside the 10-mile exclusion zone from Waterside? The following postcodes are within the exclusion zone and therefore not eligible to apply: NN1, NN2, NN3, NN4, NN5, NN6 and NN7. (For the students based at the Development Hub a 3-mile exclusion zone applies).
  5. Exclusion Zone: Is the Sixfields Park and Ride (NN5 5JR) accessible from your home/term time address? Those living on the West of the county with viable access to the park and ride are not eligible to apply, this includes: NN11, NN12 and NN13. (For the Development Hub students those living on the West of the county can apply but will not be prioritised).
  6. Public Transport: how accessible is Public Transport from your home/term time address? Those living in Northampton are considered to have good public transport links and are therefore not eligible. In addition, those living within the vicinity of a Rail Station which has direct links to Northampton Station are not eligible to apply. Please see the list of stations below, students living within 3 miles of the below Rail Stations are not eligible to apply.

Rail Station: London Euston, Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley, MK Central, Wolverton, Northampton, Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley, Tile Hile, Berkswell, Hampton-In-Arden, Birmingham International, Marston International, Birmingham New Street.

We hope that this criterion will prioritise students who are carers, who have a long commute, who have no viable access to the Park and Ride and live rurally with little or no public transport options.  We appreciate this may disappoint some students and do welcome your feedback. If you have any questions, feedback or concerns please email us at

What happens after you have applied

All applications received will be processed and assess. 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 & the Development Hub – ‘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.

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. The permit applications will remain open until all permits have been taken.

Apply for parking

For information on the new Permit Management System and our parking Terms and Conditions please view the guidance.

Motorcycle parking

Motorcyclists can also apply for parking, this includes those commuting by motorbike and also those living in Waterside or Scholars Green Halls. Motorbikes must pay a £30 admin fee per term, and must also reapply termly as per vehicles.

There are dedicated motorcycle parking areas at Waterside 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.

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 (NN1 5PH) 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
  • Free for motorbikes
  • If your vehicle has not left the site by midnight an automatic Parking Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued

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

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

Directions to Waterside

Waterside Campus has two entrances and is a no-through site, it is important to use the right entrance for the car park or building you are trying to access:

  • Car park one and two, Senate, drop off zone – University Drive, off Bedford Road (A428), NN1 5PH.
  • Car park three and four, Waterside Student Village, drop off zone – New South Bridge Road, off London Road (A508), NN4 8RP.

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