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Student parking

University of Northampton Parking

How to Apply

Applications for the new academic year (2020 – 2021) will open on Wednesday 1 July 2020 and close on Sunday 9 August at 23:59. The link to the application form will be available on this page from Wednesday 1 July. This includes permits for:

  • Commuting Students – Waterside
  • Commuting Students – The Development Hub
  • Residential Students – Scholars Green Student Village
  • Residential Students – Waterside Student Village

Blue Badge and ASSIST applications are open all year round, please go through the ASSIST Team. 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 9 August 2020.

Waterside Campus Parking Off-site Parking (Development Hub and Scholars Green)

Student Permit Criteria

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.

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, Scholars Green or the Development Hub 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 postcodes are within the exclusion zone and therefore not eligible to apply, this applies for some NN3 postcodes also).
  7. Exclusion Zone: Is your home/term time address outside the 2-mile exclusion zone from the Sixfields Park and Ride? (Includes some NN4 and NN5 postcodes. (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 21 August 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 & 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 by the closing date.

Parking application guidance

For more information please contact:

Motorcycle parking

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


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