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Car Parking at Colchester Campus 

Please note, we are experiencing high volumes of vehicles on campus at present and would ask all staff and students, where possible, to use alternative transport when travelling to campus.

Thank you for your patience during this busy time of year.

Key dates:

  • Autumn Term: Thursday 2 October 2014 - Friday 12 December 2014
  • Spring Term: Monday 12 January 2015 - Friday 20 March 2015
  • Summer Term: Monday 20 April 2015 - Friday 26 June 2015

Staff and student reduced rate pay and display parking charges at Colchester Campus do not have to be paid out of term time. The charges must be paid again from the beginning of the Autumn Term, Thursday 2 October 2014.

Please note registered vehicles are still required to display a valid permit 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, during vacations. Unregistered vehicles (i.e. visitors) must pay visitors pay and display charges, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Car parking online registration

New Online Car Parking Registration opens Monday 15 September 2014

Staff and students applying for general, barrier, motorcycle and season ticket permits can now apply online. Other permit types can be applied for in person. Paper copies can still be printed from the following links:

Permits will be available for collection from the Estate Management Help Desk (room 6.003) five working days after your application is made.

Car parking update for the Colchester Campus

Staff and students wishing to register their vehicle can download and complete the application form or collect an application at the Estate Management Helpdesk in Room 6.003. Owners of vehicles which are not registered will have to pay to park at the normal rates for visitors.

Multi-Decked Car Park (for staff and visitors)

The multi-decked car park on the south side of our Colchester Campus, providing 397 spaces, is open. Parking is for staff (with registered vehicles) and visitors only.

An automatic number plate recognition scheme is in operation in the multi-decked car park at our Colchester Campus. You will need to pay on return to your vehicle by entering your vehicle registration number into the pay machines which are located in the ground floor stair wells.

Student Parking

In order to improve car parking for students, Car Park A is designated student only parking along with two parking bays along Valley Road – totalling some 170 spaces – will be reserved for student parking only. This area is on the first turning on the left after the Astroturf pitch.

Staff encouraged to park on the south side of campus

In order to make parking easier for all, we are strongly advising any staff who do not need to park on the north side of campus to please park on the south side using the new multi-decked car park, as you will be able to find a space much more easily.

If you normally park on the north side of campus, please note that the Capon Road car park is reserved for the contractors working on the site for the building to house EBS only and there is no road parking permitted on campus.

University Quays and Meadows

There is limited parking available at both University Quays and Meadows, this is managed directly with the building management company, therefore please direct your request to Kim Norrell (

New Legislation

Please note that a new law came into being on 20 June 2011 regarding uninsured motor vehicles – for further information go to

Car Parking Registration System

All staff and students who wish to park at Colchester Campus must be registered to park otherwise the daily Visitors' Pay and Display charges apply. Registered drivers pay a reduced term time hourly rate of 10p (30p for occasional users).

How do I register to park on campus ? (General Parking, Barrier Parking, Occasional Users Permits)

How do I register to park if I have a disability ?

Parking for non-registered (visitors) vehicles


General Car Parking Information

ANPR Policy

When do pay and display charges apply ?

Where can I find the dates of terms ?

Where can I park on campus ?

Under Podia Access

Driving Licence information for non EU drivers (.pdf document)

Uninsured Vehicles

Civil Parking Notice System (.pdf document)

What are the Car Parking Regulations ?

How do I use my Smart Card ? (.pdf document)

How do I arrange liftsharing ?  (external link)



The University introduced a new car parking charging system in October 2004, which was revised in October 2009 following extensive consultation. The income from car parking is used to support the administration of the system and has always been used to provide enhancements for other forms of transport, particularly for cyclists, and to meet some of the transport infrastructure maintenance costs. Income generated from car parking is ring-fenced to support transport infrastructure.

The car parking management system has been developed in conjunction with the Students Union and the Joint Trades Unions on campus.


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