Visitors to campus (non-business reason)
Visitors coming to campus for a non-business reason, such as meeting a friend or attending a show at the Gulbenkian, should park in the Pay and Display car parks located on the Canterbury campus. (Central, Beverley Farm, Sports Centre, Pavilion & Oaks car parks). Please note that all visitors must abide by the University's Traffic Regulations.
Occasional business visitors and event parking
All visitors should be encouraged to use public transport where possible as parking spaces on campus are limited. Visitors attending the campus for business, which will assist the University directly to operate effectively as an academic institution, may be entitled to a free permit to park. All other visitors to campus should park in the Pay and Display car parks (see above).
What is an e-permit?
An e-permit is a free email permit that can be arranged in advance when you know a business visitor is coming. The e-permit needs to be printed and displayed by your visitor and includes a map of the car parks, which means your visitor can park their vehicle as soon as they arrive. To find out if your visitor is eligible for a free e-permit, the school or departmental administrator should request an e-permit at least 48 hours in advance. If you require 5 or more e-permits, please select the "Large event or conference parking request".
Coach and minibus parking
We have very limited coach parking available on campus. Please select the "request large vehicle parking" button and email the Transport Team to find out if we have space available. If coach parking is not available you may need to arrange coach parking off campus
What are departmental scratch cards?
Departmental scratch cards are daily permits that departments can issue to unexpected business visitors. These are valid for Pay and Display car parks only. Please note your visitor must sign in using the signing in booklet provided by the Transport Team in case we need to contact your visitor.
When can a parking bay be reserved?
Parking bays on campus can be reserved for visitors with restricted mobility, or for VIPs on occasion. A VIP is a visitor who makes a significant contribution to the University in terms of financial support, but the reason given will be looked at as well as other parking requirements on the day.
How do I arrange parking for a large event or conference?
Please encourage all visitors to come by public transport. If you are organising an event that will require a large number of vehicles on campus, please let us know well in advance so that we can add this to our calendar and manage parking effectively. Depending on the type of event and other events happening on the same day, we may be able to offer e-permits or reserved bays for your event attendees.
Regular business visitors
Regular business visitors who come to campus 4+ times per month or 24+ times per year can purchase a permit to park valid for the pink and blue zones as per the Traffic Regulations. Pink zone permits cost £30/ academic year (pro rata) or £4/month or 50p/day, blue zone £20/ academic year (pro rata) or £4/month or 50p/day.