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Car Parking at Colchester Campus 

Summer Term ends Friday, 27 June 2014 

Staff and student reduced rate pay and display parking charges at Colchester Campus do not have to be paid between Monday 30 June 2014 and Wednesday 1 October 2014. 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 update for the Colchester Campus

As part of our measures to support personal safety, we are allowing all staff and students to register for parking permits for free if their vehicle is not already registered. This will allow them to park at our Colchester Campus for free until Tuesday 30 September 2014 as there are no charges for registered vehicles outside of term time.The registration fee is normally £14, but this is being waived.

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.

In order to improve car parking for students, 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.

Car parking – new payment system in multi-decked car park

An automatic number plate recognition scheme is being introduced in the new multi-decked car park at our Colchester Campus – with the main change being that as a member of staff (or a visitor) you will need to pay on return to your vehicle. The new payment system is easy to use – directions are as follows, which are also located by the pay machines:

  • When you drive into the new car park, a camera will read your car’s number plate (and only this area of your car)
  • The system will know what permit you have, so you will be charged the appropriate amount
  • Park as usual, lock and leave your car
  • When you return to your car, you will need to pay using one of the two new machines, these are located in the stairwells
  • Type in your registration number – the system will recognise your number plate and charge the appropriate fee
  • Pay the amount required amount in coins, notes or using a debit card
  • If you are a season ticket holder you can just drive in, park and drive out when you leave – there is no need to go to the payment machine

For further information please read the car parking updates webpage

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, Capon Road car park is reserved for the contractors working on the site for the building to house EBS and The Meadows only. Also, now that the new multi-decked car park is open. This means there are no longer any free parking areas so please ensure you display a valid permit and/or ticket when using all University car parks from now on.

For further information please go to the Campus Update webpage.

Car Parking Registration System   

Latest Information

New Online Car Parking Registration opens Monday 16 September 2013

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:

Car Parking Application Form (.pdf)

Car Parking Application Form (.doc)

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


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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