Student parking

University of Northampton Parking

If you have questions about permit types, parking on campus, or what to do if you miss a deadline, please read our Student Parking FAQs (see below).

Drop-in Clinics

We now hold regular Travel Drop In Clinics downstairs in the Learning Hub each month for any student to come and chat about travel! The next dates for our Drop In Clinics are the following:

  • Tuesday 27 September, 10am – 3pm
  • Tuesday 25 October, 10am – 3pm

For more information about the type of car parks we have at the university, please visit our other pages about Waterside campus parking and other off-site, university parking.

How to apply

Applications for permits will open in August ready for the new academic year. Please read about the new semester permits below.

Assist and Blue Badge permits

Blue Badge and ASSIST permit applications will remain open all year for applications through the PMS system.  For further information, please visit our Blue Badge and ASSIST parking pages.

  • Can I park on site?

    We are a parking permit only campus, including Development Hub. You must have a student parking permit, Blue Badge or an ASSIST permit to park on campus during the day. However, any student can park at Waterside (Car Park one only) or Development Hub from 5pm for just 50p or at the weekend for £1 per day, and cashless payment can be made via the parking machines or the RingGo app.

    What permit do I need?

    We have 3 types of permits:

    • Waterside Halls – for students living on Waterside campus
    • Scholars Green Halls – for students living on Scholars Green Halls (also known as Boughton Green Road)
    • General Car Commuter – for students commuting from home to lectures at Waterside and Development Hub (you must select the site you need)

    We also have ASSIST permits which must be applied for via the ASSIST team; valid Blue Badge holders will need to register their vehicles.

    Why do you have permits and a criteria?

    UON are committed to reducing their carbon footprint in line with the County’s targets. Travel Plans are created to help promote sustainable travel as well as offering a wide range of alternatives to single occupancy vehicles.

    Our criteria ensures those students who commute very far, are registered carers or have placements with unsociable hours are given preference when awarding permits.

    Will I get a permit every term & is it ‘first come, first served’?

    Unfortunately not. First, we look at criteria such as distance from Waterside/Development Hub, placements and those on the Registered Carers list. Once these permits have been allocated, remaining applications are entered into an automatically generated draw to ensure unbiased and fairness until all permits have been allocated. They are often heavily subscribed and this is why sometimes even if you meet all our criteria, you still may not be awarded a permit. We understand this is upsetting to some students.

    The barriers are up, is it free parking?

    The barriers being up are not an indication of anyone being able to park on site, nor does it mean parking is free. The barriers could be up for a few reasons, so if you do not have a permit, do not risk parking on site.  Free parking is indicated by the payment machines in all the carparks being covered in bags. Please note if only one machine is bagged, then it’s just out of order! Our car parks are monitored by our enforcement agents.

    I’ve missed the deadline because I didn’t know permits were live

    We advertise on our Student Travel webpage, social media, student newsletter and the autoreply from the Student Parking inbox around one month before applications go live, when they are live and when they close.

    If you are a perspective student and awaiting clearing, permit applications are usually open all summer so we would advise you apply and if your permit is not needed by the time you know, just drop us an email and we will cancel it.

    I’m coming on to campus late at night and I’m worried for my safety

    We understand those who study in the evenings may have concern for their safety when walking back to the car park in the dark so our wonderful Security Team offer a chaperone service for any student. Simply book at the Visitors Centre in person (next to McColl’s shop) or call the DSS mobile number – 07740 716528 – and Security will dispatch an officer to meet you at the requested place and walk you back to your car on Campus.

    You can also download the SafeZone App and find out more about UON’s safety measures and contact details on our keeping you safe on campus page.

  • The Academic Year of 2022/23 will see the student parking permits run in line with UON’s semesters rather than the three terms. This means the permits will be valid for longer and will be applied for only twice per academic year.

    We are also allowing any student to park on campus at certain times throughout the year for those who wish to study during the holidays. However, we do reserve the right to reverse this decision if we find unauthorised parking happening outside of the dates specified.

    Other changes we have made include Halls visitors being allowed to park overnight, motorcycle permits being open throughout the year and keeping the Development Hub Park & Walk as an option to students who were not successful in receiving a Waterside commuter permit.  We also have a new payment plan for our Young and Registered Carers whose permits will be valid for an entire academic year.

    Please note that the prices for the Halls, ASSIST and Motorcycle permits have not changed – they have been condensed to two payments per academic year rather than three. Refunds can be given if the permit is terminated early due to leaving UON, just email studentparking@northampton.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you.

    The Permits and Dates for 2022/23
    Commuters (Waterside Car Park four & Development Hub) Semester Permits
    • Permit 1 starts 23 September 2022 and expires 5  February 2023 (Applications will open on 1 August 2022 and close 12 September 2022).
    • Permit 2 start 6 February and expires 31 July 2023 (Applications will open on 19 December 2022 and close 16 January 2023).

    Applied for on this webpage & paid for via parking machines or RingGo.

    Halls (Scholars Green & Waterside Village Car Park three) Semester Permits
    • Permit 1 starts 23 September 2022 and expires 5 February 2023 (Applications will open on 1 August  2022 and close 12 September 2022).
    • Permit 2 starts 6 February and expires 31 July 2023 (Applications will open on 19 December 2022 and close 16 January 2023).

    £150 per semester.

    Applied for on this webpage & paid for via online shop link (individually emailed once permit is approved).

    Motorcyclists Academic Year Permit (bike anchors only)
    • Permits start 1 September 2022 and expire 31 August 2023 (Applications will be open to students throughout the year).

    £22.50 per semester

    Applied for by emailing studentparking@northampton.ac.uk & paid for via online shop link

    ASSIST & Blue Badge Academic Year Permits (any Car Park across campuses)

    (Please note that ASSIST permits are awarded subject to evidence submitted to the ASSIST team)

    • Permits start 1 September 2022 and expire 31 August 2023 (Applications will be open to students throughout the year).

    ASSIST – £52.50 per semester*

    Blue Badge – Free

    Applied for via PMS & paid for via online shop link

    *if you are on campus less than 4 weeks per semester, please email studentparking@northampton.ac.uk to arrange alternative payment methods.

    Young & Registered Carers Commuter (Waterside Car Park four & Development Hub) Permits

    (Please note that these permits are awarded subject to evidence submitted to the Parking team)

    • Permits start 1 September 2022 and expire 31 August 2023 (Applications will be open to students throughout the year).

    £52.50 per semester*

    Applied for by emailing studentparking@northampton.ac.uk & paid for via online shop link

    *if you are on campus less than 4 weeks per semester, please email studentparking@northampton.ac.uk to arrange alternative payment methods.

    Vacation Parking (Car Park one or Car Park four only)
    • Any student without a permit can park during Summer Vacation (31 Jul 2022 – 1 Sept 2022)
    • Any student without a permit can park during Winter Vacation (19 Dec 2022 – 2 Jan 2023)
    • Any student without a permit can park during Spring Vacation (3 April 2023 – 14 April 2023)

    To be paid for via parking machines or RingGo

  • We have listened to student feedback and made changes to our criteria whilst in keeping with the county-wide commitment to lower carbon emissions. For more information on our green initiatives and updates regarding travel choices including parking, please follow our Instagram page @uon_sustainable

    The application process for Commuter and Halls permits will now be made through a short online web form and we encourage every student to read the criteria below before applying for a permit. ASSIST and Blue Badge holders will continue to use the PMS system. Appeals will no longer be accepted via email and instead will be held in a friendly face to face chat with our Travel Plan Coordinator.

    Young/ Registered Carers Permits:

    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. This does not include general childcare.

    To ensure we support our young and registered carers, we now offer a payment plan for parking, and permit applications are open all year round and last for a full academic year. To find out more, please email studentparking@northampton.ac.uk as you do not need to apply like general commuters.

    Halls permit – eligibility criteria:
    1. Are you living in the Halls relevant to the permit for which you are applying? (Compulsory).
    2. Does your course involve placements? (Priority).
    3. Are you a Young Carer or Registered Carer? (Priority).
    4. Distance: your home/permanent address must be at least 3 miles from your halls? (Compulsory).
    Commuters Permit – eligibility criteria:
    1. Are you a Young Carer or Registered Carer? (Priority).
    2. Is your home/term time address outside the 10-mile exclusion zone from Waterside or Development Hub? The following postcodes are within the exclusion zone and therefore not eligible to apply: NN1, NN2, NN3, NN4, NN5, NN6 and NN7.
    3. 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.
    4. 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 3 miles of the below Rail Stations which have direct links to Northampton Station are not eligible to apply: London Euston, Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley, MK Central, Wolverton, Northampton, Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley, Tile Hill, 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.

    If you have any questions, feedback or concerns please email us at studentparking@northampton.ac.uk or pop along to one of our monthly Travel Drop In Clinics held in the Learning Hub.

  • All applications received will be processed and assessed. 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.

    For information on our Parking Terms and Conditions, please view the guidance.

  • There is limited parking available for residents in our Waterside Halls of Residence and Scholars Green Student Village sites. However, parking spaces are limited, and therefore receiving a permit is dependent upon meeting our Student permit criteria (see accordion above) and is not guaranteed.

    Approved parking permits are allocated per semester if you have a car (£150 per semester) and annually for motorcycles (£22.50 per semester), and only for the site where you are living.

    Waterside Halls

    Students with an approved Waterside Halls resident parking permit may park in Car Park 3 (NN4 8RP) only.

    St. Johns Halls

    St. Johns Halls are located in the town centre, just a short walk from Waterside campus. Due to the proximity to the town centre and the limited space on site, unfortunately we do not offer parking permits for St Johns Halls.

    However, residents can apply for the council permit scheme for parking in selected long-stay car parks; for further details, see the Northampton gov website.

    Scholars Green Student Village

    Students with an approved permit for Scholars Green Student Village can park in the site car park only (NN2 7AL).

    (Please note, receiving a Scholars Green Halls parking permit does not entitle parking on other University sites including Waterside campus and Development Hub).

    • Parking is available over the Welcome Weekend for students moving into Halls. Please use Car Park three or Car Park four.
    • If you are moving into Halls after the Welcome Weekend, please use Car Park three or Car Park four and pay via the machines or the RingGo app. Tariffs can be found on our car park information boards near the machines.
    • If you are moving out of Halls at the end of term or end of the year, please email studentparking@northampton.ac.uk to register for a day permit. Payment will need to be made via the machines or the RingGo app. Tariffs can be found on our car park information boards near the machines.

    Visitors of students can park in Car Park one on evenings and weekends if visiting short term.  If your guest is to stay overnight, please email parking@northampton.ac.uk and a designated space will be booked out for them in Car Park two.  They are permitted to stay no more than two consecutive nights and must pay via the machines or RingGo (code 24700).  If you would like your guest to stay overnight, please email their name, email address and car registration along with the dates you wish for them to stay.

  • Motorcycle Parking

    Motorcyclists can also apply for parking, this includes those commuting by motorbike and also those living in Waterside or Scholars Green Halls. Motorcycle permits are valid for one academic year and a £22.50 admin fee per semester is required. For more information, please email studentparking@northampton.ac.uk as you do not need to apply like general commuters.

    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.

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

    Electric Vehicle Parking

    We have Pod Point EV charging points on campus and in our efforts to encourage sustainable travel, a student with an electric vehicle may receive a parking permit.  Please email studentparking@northampton.ac.uk to register for your EV permit and gain charging access.  Please note these chargers are used by everyone and so are first come, first served.

  • All students, no permit required, can park at Waterside (Car Park one only, NN1 5PH) and Development Hub (NN1 5FS) in the evenings and weekends. No pre-registration is required, just turn up and park. Parking fees apply; cashless payment machine or RingGo (24700) as below:

    • Monday to Friday, from 5pm – midnight: 50p (Students may park from 4pm but the fee will be higher).
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 7am – midnight: £1 per day.
    • Overnight guests may park on campus by registering their vehicle with parking@northampton.ac.uk – Please see the ‘Move In Day and Visitors’ section above.
    • Free for motorbikes.

    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 studentparking@northampton.ac.uk or travelinfo@northampton.ac.uk or see the further information on these pages.

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

    We have ample free parking at our Sixfields Park and Ride Monday to Friday. The #18 Uno bus, ‘Foxglove’, picks up every 20 minutes from the Park & Ride and the journey back to Waterside is approx. 10 minutes. It costs only £1 return with your Student or Staff ID badge! Uno timetable can be found on their website and they have an app which shows where your Uno bus is in real time.

    Parking in Northampton town centre

    Within 20 minutes’ walk from Waterside campus, there are approx. 1,200 parking spaces available in both Northampton Borough Council-run and private car parks.

    Nearby council-run car parks include:

    • Midsummer Meadow (NN1 5NG)
    • St John’s Multi-storey (NN1 1HA)
    • Albion Place (NN1 1UD)
    • Commercial Street and Commercial Street South (NN1 1PJ)
    • The Ridings (NN1 2AB)

    Privately-owned car parks include:

    • Hazelwood Road – Nationwide Car Parks Ltd (NN1 1LN)
    • St Peters Way – NCP (NN1 1TP)

    Parking fees for council-run car parks is charged at £1 per hour, to £5 for 5 hours (some car parks limit parking for up to 3 hours only)*; ticket prices at private car parks will vary.

    Further information, including parking fees, is available from West Northamptonshire Council and Parkopedia.
    *correct at April 2022

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