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Car parking

The University of Southampton has a limited amount of car parking spaces available for staff, students, visitors and contractors on academic sites and at halls of residences. 

Due to the demand for parking space outstripping supply, and in line with the University Travel Plan, the issue of a parking permit is restricted to staff members that live 3 miles or more from their work location and to students that have medical grounds for needing to drive.

Parking restrictions are in force across all University sites with enforcement between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and a parking permit is required to be on display in line with University Parking Regulations. 

Visitors can be either booked into the Visitors’ Car Park at Highfield Campus or should use the Pay & Display Car Park. 

Permits are not required for motor cycles or scooters but they must not be parked in designated car parking spaces.

Full details of the terms and conditions for parking on University premises are listed on the University Calendar.

General Information

Annually, the University reviews its car parking policy, parking regulations, parking fees and parking enforcement.  Car park entry signage and enforcement warning signage along with route marking, is reviewed on a regular basis. Additional disabled bays are provided as needed as a matter of urgency.

Signs are on entrance to all access points to University academic campuses and car parks, to advise drivers that they are entering a private car park, that a University parking permit is required to be on display and that enforcement is in operation.


Parking Charge Notices (PCN)

University Parking Regulations state that a valid University parking permit must be displayed when parking between the hours of 8am and 5pm on academic sites, and at all times at Halls of Residences.

Our sites are manually patrolled to ensure that University parking regulations are complied with. A vehicle found parked in non compliance of University parking regulations will be issued with a Parking Charge Notices (PCN) for £50.  This amount will be reduced to £25 if paid within 10 working days.

Appeals will be considered only where there are extenuating circumstances or facts are materially incorrect. Appeals must be in writing or by email to with a copy of the PCN included. A reply will be sent to the appellant. It is regretted that no discussions will be entered into over the telephone.  Payment of PCNs should be made via the Online Store.


Overseas driving licences

If you are an overseas student or staff member please make sure your licence is valid for driving in the UK. You can check for validity at


Low Emission Car Scheme

The University of Southampton have partnered with a leading low emission car salary sacrifice provider, NHS Fleet Solutions, to provide employees with a tax-efficient way to lease a brand new fully electric or ultra-low emission car. Please click here for more details.


E.V Charging points

Electric vehicle charging  across our campuses

Work has begun to install new electric vehicle charging points across our campuses. The existing charging points will be replaced, and 12 additional points will be installed.

The new provider, Pod Point, has an easy to use App available to iPhone and Android users. Staff can simply download the App and log in using their University email address and follow the instructions in the user guide to charge their vehicle. If you have external visitors who require access to a charger, please let the parking team know via and they will be happy to register their address to enable them to use the system.
We will be installing charging points across Highfield, Avenue, Winchester and Boldrewood campuses over the coming months and they will be ready to use at the start of December.

The charging point locations are shown on the attached document, and are available for anyone to use. When using an E.V charge bay within a permit holder car park, a parking permit is not required during the charging process. Once charging has finished we ask that the vehicle is removed promptly to give others the opportunity to charge.

Until they have been replaced by the new Pod Point charger, you will be able to use the existing Shell Recharge points which include the option for ad-hoc charging (with a QR code) for those who have never used a Shell Recharge point before, you can apply for a Shell Recharge card via the Shell Recharge website

University parking information

Visitor parking

Disable parking

Pay & display parking

Staff parking permits and lift-sharing

Departmental parking permits

Wide Lane parking

Student parking permits

Halls of residence parking permits

Contractor parking

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