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The University has limited parking for visitors at:

  • Waterside – car park two (must be booked in advance)
  • St George’s Avenue – car park three (must be booked in advance)
  • The Sixfields Park and Ride – The Claret and Saints car parks (no preregistration required and ample spaces available)

Visitor parking at Waterside and St George’s Avenue must be booked in advance (at least 24 hours’ notice) using the self-service booking tool. A valid University Host name will be required and this person will be asked to verify you.

Vehicle registrations are required for Waterside and St George’s Avenue as the car parks operate on Automatic Number Plate Recognition.

Payment is also required on arrival for all visitors except those with a valid Blue Badge.

Booking Visitor Parking

Visitor parking can be booked by your University Host (please note booking is not required for the Park and Ride):

In some instances, the University Host may request visitors book their own parking, in which case you will be supplied with a link to do so.

A valid Vehicle Registration Number Plate must be supplied to gain automatic access through the ANPR car park barriers.

Your request will be approved or denied depending on the spaces available and you (the visitor) will receive an email with the relevant information for either scenario. ​

It is possible to allow visitors access for more than one-day – overnight stays can be booked in the number of days field. ​

Sunley Hotel

Guests at the Sunley Hotel are entitled to free parking, for the duration of their stay only, but parking is not guaranteed and is first come first served as usual. Please book your parking through the Hotel with your room booking.

Parking Payment

Parking charges are applicable to all visitors, except Blue Badge holders and motorbikes, and the tariff is the same as that for staff. Parking payment must be made on arrival by cashless payment machine (contactless or chip and pin) or RingGo.

Payment and parking is linked via the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system so there is no need to display a ticket in your vehicle. To top up parking, users will either need to revisit the payment machine or use the RingGo app. If the payment machine is not working, please utilise another machine in an alternative car park or use the RingGo phone/app/website facility.

Parking tariff

Monday to Friday:

  • Free for first 30-minutes in any day (to allow equipment drop-off/pick-up)
  • £1.00 for up to three hours (between 7am and 5pm)
  • £2.00 for three to six hours (between 7am and 5pm)
  • £3.00 for whole day (between midnight and midnight)
  • £0.50 for evening only (5pm to midnight)
  • £0.50 for overnight only (midnight to 7am)

Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holiday and Closed Day tariff: Free all day.

Visitors will be given a receipt option upon payment should they be able to claim park​ing costs back from their employer/company.

The University of Northampton does not provide free parking or reimburse parking costs to visitors to the campus.

RingGo payment option​

All users can pay for parking at any University site via RingGo ​– RingGo is a pay by phone option with phone number, app and website (meaning it can also be used from desktop). The University has one code that covers all sites – 24700.

RingGo charge an obligatory ‘convenience fee’ of 20p per transaction, so please consider this when you choose your payment preference.

In addition, RingGo automatically registers you for text messaging alerts at an additional 20p – this can be cancelled in your settings, visit the help pages and select ‘opt in/out of text messages’. RingGo does allow for easy remote top up parking – if you are overstaying you can top up your parking fee remotely, otherwise you would need to re-visit the payment machine.

Alternative Parking

If all on site visitor parking is booked, visitors can utilise the Sixfields Park and Ride for free parking. The University Uno 18 Bus will bring you directly to Waterside.

The pass applies for the 18 service to Waterside and the 20 to St George’s Avenue. Visitors coming to St George’s Avenue will need to take the Uno 18 and then change to the 20 service at either the rail station (walk to Sol Central/Horsemarket) or Waterside.

Additionally, for visitors to Waterside there are a number of Borough Council town centre car parks, Midsummer Meadow is located just next door to Waterside and costs £4 for up to 5 hours (please check the tariff boards on site in case of price changes).

Visitors to St George’s Avenue could park in the NBC Mayorhold car park in the town centre and use the Uno 19 service from the bus station opposite.

Disabled Parking

If you are a Blue Badge holder, please specify this on the form and access will be given to cover all four car parks at Waterside and St George’s Avenue– you can then liaise with your University Host as to which car park may be the most appropriate.

How to Find Us

For information on how to find us including a downloadable map please visit the Find Us page.

Please note Waterside is a no-through site. There are separate entrances for car park one and two and car park three and four. Visitor parking is located in car park two which is accessed from Bedford Road only.

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