Parking on Campus
The University actively promotes its Travel Plan that aims to reduce single car occupancy and encourage sustainable travel to and from the campus, supporting improved air quality and low-carbon emissions.
Canterbury & Medway campuses have excellent transport links and where reasonably possible all persons should travel by sustainable transport. For further information about if you are entitled to an Associate parking permit and how to apply please see below.
Parking at the University is limited and operated by
a permit system. Any person who brings a vehicle on to
University private land agrees to
abide by the Regulations
for the Management of Traffic at the University of
Kent for Staff, Students and Other Persons. Any vehicle
parked on campus Monday to Friday between 8am – 5pm must
virtual parking permit or display a
permit in the windscreen of
that it has been issued for and the driver is the person
who the permit has been issued too. All vehicles must be parked in a
marked bay, in accordance with the permit issued.
Parking enforcement is in operation 24hrs. Before applying for a permit to park on University land please ensure that you are familiar with the Regulations for the Management of Traffic breach's that a Parking Charge Notice or sanction for non-compliance may be issued for.
Kent Associate (previously known as Regular Visitor)
An associate parking permit maybe issued to a person who is connected with university business and who requires regular parking within University of Kent car parks (4 times a month or 12 times a year). To apply for an associate permit the person cannot be registered as a Kent student, a member of staff at the University or for Kent Union. If you have a virtual permit, you must ensure that you have the correct vehicle activated on your permit on the day that you park or you have purchased a daily voucher for the day you want to park if a valid 'Daily Permit' has been issued to you. Please view our FAQ’s for information about virtual permits and further information about how to manage your virtual permit account.
Important Information! - Some parking permit prices are increasing from 01 August 2019. Click here for further information.
Am I eligible to apply for an Associate permit?
|Permit Type||Description||Support required for application|
|Tenant||A person who has a tenancy agreement with the University of Kent on the Canterbury or Medway Campus or works within a company associated with such a tenancy agreement.||The permit application will need to be supported by the person who the tenancy contract has been issued too or their delegate in accordance with the tenancy agreement. Permits may be limited.|
|University of Kent partner||
||The permit application will need to be supported by the member of staff who leads in the partnership or their delegate and may be limited to each partnership. Honorary’s application at this current time do not require supporting statement.|
||No supporting statement is required. Retired staff may be asked for their last employee number at the time of their retirement.|
|Contractors||For the purpose of parking, contractors are classed as manual contractors who require parking close to their vehicle for heavy tools and equipment to complete works on campus on a regular basis. This permit is not avalable to any contractor who is part of a building development project.||The permit application will need to be supported by the University member of staff who manages the contract|
|other||Please email TransportTeam@kent.ac.uk with your reasons for wishing to apply for an associate permit and they will inform you if you are entitled to this permit|
I am eligible for an Associate permit, how do I apply?
Emeritus Professors and Honorary’s
- Click ‘Ems & Hons permit log in’ at the top of this page.
- Select the permit category that you are applying for.
- Complete and submit the application
- The Transport Team will review your application and send you an ‘Offer’ email once it has been reviewed and accepted. Full payment will need to be made when you receive the ‘Offer’ email from the Transport Team.You will need to log into your permit account and accept the offer and make an online payment for the permit.
- Once full payment has been received the virtual permit will be activated and enable you to park on campus. You will be sent an email stating the permit has been ‘issued’ allowing you to park your vehicle within the car parks permitted on the permit.
Note: If you would like to purchase daily vouchers you will need to have applied for a ‘daily permit’ within the online application form. Once you have received an email from the Transport Team stating that your daily permit has been ‘issued’ you will be able to purchase daily vouchers (for 50p/day though-out the duration of your daily permit), by logging into your permit account and selecting the ‘blue P’ symbol.
You will need to download and complete the paper application form by clicking on the tab at the top of this page named ‘Contractor Apply now’ and follow the instructions on the form.Please visit the Security & Transport Centre reception at Canterbury to collect and pay for your permit. Please allow 5 working days after your application has been received by the Transport Team before collection of the permit; to allow time for the team to process your application and produce the permit.
All other associates to the university
You will need to download and complete the paper application form by clicking on the tab at the top of this page named ‘Associate Apply now’ and follow the instructions on the form.
Please visit either the Security & Transport Centre reception at Canterbury or the reception at the Medway Building to collect and pay for your permit.
Please allow 5 working days
after your application has been received to
allow time for the Transport Team to process
your application and produce the permit.
Please allow 5 working days after your application has been received to allow time for the Transport Team to process your application and produce the permit.
Where does my permit allow me to park? Includes lists of permit category.
|Associate Pink & Blue Zone||Pink & Blue Zone car parks in accordance with the campus(es) that were approved when it was issued. Unless the contract or agreement states otherwise|
|Associate Blue Zone only||Please note that these permits are no longer available to purchase. If your current permit, is for Blue Zone car parks only, then it will continue to remain valid for Blue Zone Only car parks at the campus which is valid for until the permit expires.|
|Government Blue Badge||Within all accessible bays and marked bays in all pink and blue zone car parks for the campus(es) that were approved when it was issued.|
|Motorcycle||Within Motorcycle bays only for the campus(es) that was approved when it was issued.|
How do I renew my Associate permit when it has expired?
Emeritus Professors and Honorary (virtual permits)
If you have received an email about renewing your permit, Log in to your permit account and click on one of the following:
‘My Permit’ if you are not changing the ‘parking zone’.
a. update any vehicle details if required by clicking on green square with the car image.
b. Then click on ‘back’ at the bottom of the page
c. Select the small green square with arrow images to renew your permit. You MUST check that correct vehicle is marked as active after your permit has been renewed.
‘New Permit’ If you need to change the ‘Parking Zone’. Then complete the application form.
Other Associate (paper permits)
Before your permit expires you must complete a new application form. Refer above for how to apply.
What is a Park Wood Park & Ride bus pass?
The bus pass is valid for Canterbury parking permit holders and allows travel between Park Wood and central campus for free. There are also signs in Park Wood that give the walking times back to central campus. You can collect your Park Wood Park & Ride bus pass from the Security and Transport Centre.
Associate permits to park a car or powered 2 wheel vehicle on campus
All permits become valid once you have
been issued the permit and it is the permit
holder’s responsibility to ensure that the
correct vehicle is parked within the correct
location and a permit is displayed in the
windscreen of their vehicle if you have been
issued with a paper permit. (We are
currently developing the database to be able
to issue all associates with a virtual
permit and hope for this to be live later
All permits become valid once you have been issued the permit and it is the permit holder’s responsibility to ensure that the correct vehicle is parked within the correct location and a permit is displayed in the windscreen of their vehicle if you have been issued with a paper permit. (We are currently developing the database to be able to issue all associates with a virtual permit and hope for this to be live later this year)
|Associate permit type||Parking zone||1st Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2020 New charge **||Current charge|
|12 month (can be purchased from 01 August to 01 January each year)||Pink and blue zones at the campus they are associated with or in accordance with contracts or agreements||£100||Permit not available|
|3 month (can be purchased from 01 August to 01 May each year)||Pink and blue zones at the campus they are associated with or in accordance with contracts or agreements||£25/3 months||Permit not available|
|Monthly||Pink and blue zones at the campus they are associated with or in accordance with contracts or agreements||£10/month||£4/month|
|Government Blue Badge||All car parks including accessible bays||Free||Free|
|Motorcycle||All motorcycle bays||Free||Free|
* Emeritus Professors and Honorary may apply for a free daily permit by clicking ‘log in permit account’. Once the free permit has been issued by the Transport Team you will need to purchase daily parking vouchers by logging into your permit account and selecting the ‘blue P’ symbol.
** Permit prices will increase on 1 August each year this is expected to be in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI), and permit holders will be given three months’ notice of any increase.
Please note if you have a vehicle that will not fit within the relevant marked bay then you are not able to bring the vehicle onto campus unless written permission has been given by Transport Team or Campus Security.