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The University of Southampton

Car parking

The University of Southampton provides car parking facilities for staff, students, visitors and contractors on academic sites and at halls of residences. 

Parking space is limited on all sites and the issue of permits is restricted to staff members that live 3 miles + from their work location and students that have medical needs. Parking on a University site without displaying a valid permit is not authorised and is contrary to 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 Info

Each year, the University reviews its car parking policy, parking regulations, parking fees and parking charge notices. 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, advises that drivers are entering a private car park and that a parking permit is required to be on display.


Parking charge notices

University Parking Regulations state that a University parking permit must be displayed when parking on a University site 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 breach of the regulations will be issued with a Parking Charge Notices (PCN) for £50.  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 (Shell) charge point before, or you can apply for a charge card via the NewMotion (Shell) 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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