Student parking

Students meeting the required criteria may apply for a permit. The issue of a car parking permit authorises the holder to park on campus but does not guarantee nor infer a right to a parking space.

Applications are made through the Car Parking Partnership (CPP) portal. Permit holders can register their primary and a secondary car, but only bring one onto campus at any time. Permit holders must update car details if they change cars or are issued a hire/loan car at any point during the year, to avoid receiving a Parking Charge Notice (PCN).

Permits are in operation for 12 months, with payment on a quarterly basis. Students therefore have the opportunity to cease payment after one, two, three, or four quarters revoking their permit accordingly.

You can log into your existing account to edit vehicle and personal details (address, name, phone number only), but not a change in personal medical conditions.

Appeals against a permit rejection are made directly to CPP for review by the University.

College Road Bus Gate (March 2023):

A new Bus Gate has been installed on College Road, and there will be no access to the College Road site when approaching from Station Road. 

The University's College Road Car Parking will remain accessible as usual however, visitors, colleagues and students will need to access College Road via Beresford Street or Avenue Road. 

Please note that you will no longer be able to turn left when exiting our College Road site as this is where the Bus Gate will be in operation.

Traffic flow on Beresford Street is also being changed to one-way, eastbound only allowing a route down to our College Road site before reaching the Bus Gate.

Our Stafford campus has limited car parking spaces and we encourage the use of public transport and offer a free to use shuttle service from Stafford train station.

However, the University also offers a number of overflow car parking spaces at a secure off-site car park, based within the Beacon Business Park.

It is then a short walk (10 minutes) to the Stafford campus.

Sat Nav: ST18 0WL.

PIN Code to for access the car park is provided when a parking permit is purchased. Please contact on site Safety and Security Officers, if you experience any issues.

For alternative arrangements see the Pay-to-Park (PTP) visitors’ section.

New students

You can apply for a permit at any time once you have a student number. Please note, however, that University parking permits are paid for in quarterly instalments, and cover October to December, January to March, April to June, and July to September. Therefore, to avoid paying for a quarter unnecessarily, we recommend that you only pay the quarterly fee shortly before you need to park on campus.

Permit criteria overview

CategoryEvidence to be provided in the application process

Blue Badge holders

Government Blue Badge permit number or for applications pending an outcome, the reference number.

Other Accessibility needs; defined as a permanent or temporary medical condition that impedes mobility to the extent of requiring parking within a University yellow bay as part of a reasonable adjustment.

Students: assessed by the AccessAbility service as part of wider learning support program; in exceptional cases the assessor may identify a reasonable adjustment that falls outside of the Blue Badge scheme.

Commuters; defined as living >two miles (except Leek Rd and Clarice Cliff residents).

Students living <two miles can successfully appeal by providing validated evidence that they are unable to travel to the campus by a combination of walking and public transport within 60 minutes

Term-time postcode address.

This will be automatically assessed using on-line tools at the point of application via the CPP portal. Applicants can check eligibility at

The distance calculated is 'as the crow flies' and not the driving or walking distance.

Students with placements with essential travel to / from campus, who are not otherwise eligible for a permit.

To highlight on application. Name of course and year Dean / Director of School or Service to verify.

Students on inter-disciplinary courses requiring access to more than one campus as part of their degree

To highlight on application. Verified by the Dean / Director Dean to provide list of courses / year of course.

Residential Students living on-campus in University operated Halls are eligible to apply for a permit at the standard student rate, payable quarterly.

Residential address at one of these Halls only. Parking is not provided at College Court or other private halls of residence in Stoke-on-Trent.

Any students with accessibility needs requiring a permit to park on Black Heath Lane will need to apply for a permit, meet the necessary criteria and pay the quarterly fee in order to park on campus.

Exceptional Circumstances Appeals outlining exceptional circumstances may be considered by exception by the Policy Sponsor (in conjunction with Director of Student and Academic Services).

Exceptional circumstances may be reviewed by members of Executive. These are by exception only.

Permit payments

Payment is by card direct to Car Parking Partnership (CPP). Payment is quarterly, with reminders issued by CPP by email to permit holders. Permits remain valid subject to payment of each quarter.

  • October - December
  • January- March
  • April -June
  • July- Septmeber
Permit fees
Permit type2021/20222022/20232023/24

Student Annual Permit

 £15 per quarter 

  £15 per quarter

£15 per quarter

Student Blue Badge holders

 £15 per quarter




Apply for a parking permit using the CPP Parking Portal.

All users will need to display their Blue Badges in their windscreens when on campus when parking in accessible spaces.




Apply for a parking permit using the CPP Parking Portal.

All users will need to display their Blue Badges in their windscreens when on campus when parking in accessible spaces.

Health Placement Students at hospitals or other employers exc. RSH

  £15 per quarter

  £15 per quarter

 £15 per quarter

Blue Badge and supported accessibility permits

Blue Badge and supported accessibility (yellow bays) are provided in each car park. A Blue Badge does not guarantee a dedicated space in a specific zone.

Applicants with a temporary mobility impairment requirement, may apply for a Supported Accessibility permit to qualify to park within the yellow bays.

All accessible parking spaces are reserved at all times for use by Blue Badge holders and University Temporary Accessible Permit holders.

Blue Badge holders must display their Blue Badge to park in an accessible parking bay.

Unauthorised parking in the yellow bays will result in a Parking Charge Notice and a fine issued.

Recent changes to the Government Blue Badge scheme now include certain non-visible disabilities including autism and some mental health conditions. Drivers within this category should review the Government Scheme and apply accordingly if they believe they qualify. Guidance is available on the website:

On evidence of a pending application for a Blue Badge, an (electronic) temporary permit will be available as part of the University Permit Application Process. If such individuals do not qualify for a Blue Badge they should seek support from AccessAbility Services or through their HR Advisor in the first instance to support any broader reasonable adjustments. Permits are chargeable.

Temporary Accessibility issues

Students experiencing a change in personal accessibility due to a medical condition may qualify for a temporary Accessible permit. This will be in exceptional cases where walking distances are significantly restricted due to the medical condition. Applicants will flag this on their application form (or reapply if their condition changes in year). Permits are chargeable.

Electric Vehicle Charging at the University

The University has 30 double charging points run by Monta Electric across our campuses.  These are accessible to Staffordshire University students and staff only, and are not open to the public. University EV Charging Points operate on a Pay As You Go basis.

How to register for Electric Vehicle Charging
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