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Car parking

The University of Southampton provides car parking facilities for staff, students, visitors and contractors on academic sites and at Halls of Residence. However, demand for car parking permits considerably outstrips supply, particularly at Highfield. No one may park on site without displaying a valid permit unless they are visitors who can be booked into the Visitors’ Car Park at Highfield. Student parking at academic sites is normally limited to those with medical needs.

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 Info

Each year, the University reviews car parking policy, regulations, parking fees and PCN. All car park and route marking, together with advisory and warning parking signage, is reviewed at least annually. Additional disabled bays are always provided as a matter of urgency. Signage, at the entrances to all access points to academic campuses and permanent car parks, indicates where drivers are entering a private car park for which permits or parking tickets are required.


Parking charge notices

Vehicles parked in breach of the regulations will attract Parking Charge Notices (PCN). 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. Early payment of a PCN will attract a £25 discount. 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


E.V Charging points

Electric vehicle charging now being piloted across our campuses

As part of our commitment to improving sustainability across our campuses, we are pleased to announce that electric vehicle charging points are now available on Highfield, Boldrewood, Avenue and Winchester campuses.

The charging points have been supplied by Joju Solar through Hampshire County Council’s electric vehicle scheme, so they are similar to others that you may have seen installed across the county.

The charging point sites are available to view on the attached document.

The points include the option for ad-hoc charging (with a QR code) for those who have never used a NewMotion charge point before, or you can apply for a charge card via the NewMotion website. Charging sessions cost a flat rate of 20p per KwH.


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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