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Student parking

University of Northampton Parking

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

Waterside Commuter permits were heavily oversubscribed this term so unfortunately, all permits have been allocated. The applications for Term Two (1 Jan – 5 April 2021) will be live in December. Always check this webpage for details as we do not individually email students regarding application opening dates.

Waterside Halls permits have also been allocated and the waiting list is full, however, if you reside at Waterside Halls and have an official placement (Hospital, School or Police), please email us at: studentparking@northampton.ac.uk

Permits are currently available for Scholars Green Halls and the Development Hub, so we are re-opening applications for these only. If you previously applied and it was denied, you MUST apply again. Please see the criteria below:

  • Scholars Green Halls – you must reside at Scholars Green Halls
  • Development Hub (Cliftonville, NN1 5FS) – you must reside outside of the 10-mile exclusion zone (3-miles for those whose course is based here (Art, Music, Footwear)) and not in the vicinity of the Park and Ride at Sixfields (NN5 5JR) – those living to the East of Campus will be prioritised.

The applications for these will go live on Thursday 16 September at 10am and close on Thursday 30 September at 10am.

Apply now for a permit

 

All permits must be re-applied for each term.

St Johns Halls

Due to the proximity to UON, town centre and the limited space of the actual site, we do not have parking permits available at St Johns Halls. However, St Johns Halls residents are eligible to apply for the council permit scheme; for further details, see the Northampton gov website.

Assist and Blue Badge permits

Blue Badge and ASSIST permit applications for the new academic year 2021- 2022 will open on Monday 19 July on the Permit Management System. These permits will remain open all year for applications. For further information, visit our Blue Badge and ASSIST parking pages.

  • 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 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. We appreciate this may disappoint some students and do welcome your feedback. If you have any questions, feedback or concerns please email us at studentparking@northampton.ac.uk.

  • 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.

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

    • Parking is available over the Welcome Weekend for students moving into Halls. Please use Car Park 3 or Car Park 4.
    • If you are moving into Halls after the Welcome Weekend, please use Car Park 3 or Car Park 4 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.
    • Family visitors can park in Car Park 1 on evenings and weekends. There is no need to pre-book these spaces and 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 5pm – 12am: 50p
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 7am – 12am: £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 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 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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