Parking information for visitors

If you wish to park when parking charges apply, the best way to pay is using the RingGo app or by pay-by-phone. This page provides further information about these schemes, but if you have questions about any aspect of car parking on campus, please contact the Car Parking Office, Cottrell Room 4Z2, +44 (0) 1786 466065.

Parking information for staff and students, including information about parking permits, can be found on the staff and student internal site

RingGo and pay-by-phone

During what hours do RingGo and pay-by-phone parking charges apply?

Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm all year round, excluding Christmas and New Year's Day.

What are the University's standard tariff parking charges?

Parking tariff charges for 2022 are as follows:

Up to 1 hour


1-3 hours


3-5 hours


5+ hours


Short-stay visitors parking 

£4.00 (maximum stay 4 hours)

Should you require further information, please contact the Car Parking Office either by phone on 01786 466065, extension 6065 or by email:

How can I pay for parking?

You can pay-by-phone by calling (RingGo) (020 3046 0060), or using the RingGo App or alternatively, please contact the Car Parking Office on 01786 466065 where we can take your payment over the phone.

How do I use the RingGo pay-by-phone service?

Having located a parking bay, visitors should contact RingGo either by dialling the dedicated number (020 3046 0060) or by downloading the RingGo mobile app.

Is there a charge for this service?

Drivers wishing to use this service will be charged for calls at their prevailing network rate. Additional charges apply for optional text message services that include:

  • Reminder that your allocated parking time is about to expire (costs 10p/transaction)
  • Top-up service to extend your parking time (costs 10p/transaction)

What if I get held up and my RingGo payment period expires?

Car park users can extend their parking time by either calling RingGo (020 3046 0060) or by processing this via the RingGo App where additional payment will be required.

Will visitors such as training personnel, external examiners and visiting academics be required to pay for parking?

Yes. It will be up to individual departments to refund any car parking charges to the relevant visitors where applicable.

I am a visitor to campus, but I have a council issued blue badge, do I need to register my vehicle?

Yes, you need to register your vehicle so we can update the car parking system. This can be done by calling the car parking office on 01786 466065.

Will I have to pay for parking when I attend events at the University?

Yes, if your event that takes place during normal office and charging hours of 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. If your event/visit takes place out with these times, no parking charges apply, for example at weekends.

Will patients at Airthrey Park Medical Centre still be able to park at the medical centre car park free-of-charge?

Yes, for the doctor’s surgery only, patients will be able to provide their vehicle registration number at the reception and this will allow you to attend your appointment.

Parking enforcement

What will happen if I don’t display a valid permit or a Pay and Display ticket or otherwise breach the University’s Traffic and Parking Regulations?

Vehicles that do not have a valid permit or have otherwise breached the University’s Traffic & Parking Regulations, will be issued with a private parking notice (PPN), requiring a payment of £60 to be made to the University.  This will be reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days of the date of the notice. Failure to pay a PPN within 28 days may result in formal debt collection procedures and/or disciplinary action. Except in those cases where there is a valid outstanding appeal, permit applications for the subsequent car parking year will not be allowed until all outstanding parking debts have been paid.

What are typical examples of a parking breach?

These include:

  • Not paying and displaying or having a valid parking permit.
  • Not paying the appropriate fee for the full duration of your stay during the charging times.
  • Parking on double-yellow lines or hatched areas.
  • Parking in a disabled bay without displaying a valid disabled badge.
  • Parking on grass verges or grassed areas.
  • Obstructive parking.
  • Parking outside of marked bays.
  • Parking in a service vehicles bay.
  • Parking in an unauthorised or restricted area.
  • Parking in an electric vehicle bay without being a genuine electric powered vehicle or for more than 4 hours.
  • Parking in the car charged spaces that are reserved for vehicles that have been charged.

Who carries out car parking enforcement on behalf of the University?

University security staff patrol all car parks and roadways on a regular basis.  Where a vehicle is judged to be in breach of the Regulations, a PPN will be issued, and photographic evidence of the breach recorded.  This information is then passed to First Parking LLP who will:

  • issue reminder letters to those who have been issued with a PPN and have not responded within the prescribed timescales
  • manage the recovery of all campus-based PPN debt
  • deal with all initial PPN appeals

Can I appeal a PPN that has been issued to my vehicle?

If for whatever reason you think an error has been made with the issuance of a PPN and there is a case for a valid appeal, this should be made directly to First Parking LLP within the 28 days of issue.

What if my appeal to First Parking LLP has been rejected and I disagree with the outcome?

In those circumstances where your parking appeal has been received by First Parking LLP and subsequently rejected in accordance with the University’s traffic and parking regulations, you may submit a final right of appeal to the Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA). Further information on POPLA will be given by First Parking LLP.  

There remains a further right of appeal to the University (, whose decision will be final.

General parking questions

Is it possible to reserve a parking space?

Generally, it is not possible to reserve a car parking space except for certain specific University events or for individuals detailed within the University’s Guest Car Parking and Reservations Policy.

Why doesn’t the University build more car parking spaces?

The University campus is one of the most beautiful in Europe and its development is very carefully considered to ensure that it remains this way. It is also a designated Historic Garden and Designed Landscape, which aims to ensure that its landscape setting is protected. Further, all planning authorities are reluctant to allow the creation of additional parking and expect organisations to limit demand by offering alternative means of travel.

While a new car park was recently constructed on the south side of the campus, this had to meet strict planning requirements which took account of the loss of existing car parking space, as a result of the construction of the new INTO Building and the redevelopment of the Sports Centre.

Alternative travel options

What option do I have other than taking my car?

Alternatives to travelling to/from campus by single occupancy car journey can be found by visiting the Getting Here section of the University website.

Young people under 22 who live in Scotland are entitled to free nationwide bus travel. Find out more at