Visitor parking

Following the introduction of Pay-to-Park (PTP), the practice of physically allocating spaces (using traffic cones) will no longer be an option. This is to protect capacity available for students and staff who have paid for a permit that does not guarantee a space.

The PTP rates have been set at very reasonable rates and should be used for most circumstances.

As the University’s Stoke-on-Trent campus is very close to a mainline train station with direct services to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and many other destinations, visitors should be encouraged to use public transport wherever possible.

Visitors who have to drive to the University should be encouraged to use public car parks to reduce on-campus congestion.

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.



Car users visiting the any campus are able to use the following the Pay-to-Park (PTP) options:

The first time you call you will need a valid credit or debit card and your vehicle registration number. Each transaction is subject to a minimum service charge of 20p. For a VAT receipt and full details including terms and conditions, please visit

If you are unable to find a space on our Stoke-on-Trent campus, you can use local pay and display car parks, such as Fenton Manor Sports Centre.

Anyone parked incorrectly, without a permit, or who fails to use the PTP option (Leek Road, College Road, and Blackheath Lane), will incur a Parking Charge Notice.

Pay-to-Park charges

Stoke-on-Trent campus
 Monday - Friday (peak) 7am - 5pmMonday - Friday (off-peak) After 5pm | Before 7am 
DurationTariff  Free
Up to 30 minutes Free
Up to two hours £1.00
Up to four hours £3.00
Up to eight hours £6.00
Eight hours and above £12.00
Weekends (off-peak) Saturday - Sunday
Up to 30 minutes  Free
Thirty minutes and above £1.00
* All tariffs include the first 30 minutes free

Blackheath Lane
 Monday - Friday (peak) 7am - 5pmMonday - Friday (off-peak) After 5pm | Before 7am 
DurationTariff  Free
Up to 30 minutes Free
Up to two hours £1.00
Up to four hours £3.00
Over four hours £6.00
Weekends (off-peak) Saturday - Sunday
Up to 30 minutes  Free
Thirty minutes and above £1.00
* All tariffs include the first 30 minutes free

Open and offer holder days and September accommodation arrival weekend

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) will only be suspended on these officially recognised dates. It is the responsibility of Recruitment and Admissions to provide these dates to the Director of Estates annually and to confirm suspension with Head of Facilities Management a week in advance of each date.

Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre users

Members of the public who are gym members will qualify for up to a maximum of 2.5hrs parking per visit. Registrations are to be captured by the Sport Centre reception staff and will be required to form part of the new membership system application process going forwards.

University away teams, plus home and away officials, coaches and physios etc. for student matches (i.e. BUCS / Varsity) are to register any associated vehicles with the Sport Centre Reception either in advance or on the day to exclude parking charges for the duration of the fixture.

All other sports hall and pitch hire users are to Pay-to-Park to avoid receiving a Parking Charge Notice (PCN). NB off-peak parking Monday-Friday (17:00 – 07:00) is free and £1 all day Saturday and Sunday.

Apprentice, short courses, smaller open and enrolment days, and student interviews

 Please use Solve regarding Apprenticeships, short courses and other events.

Meanwhile, such visitors can either PTP, or if vehicle registrations are collated by the event manager and provided a week in advance to Solve they may be added to the Approved Vehicles List, if approved. This can only be applied to a limited number of vehicles. It is the responsibility of the organiser to collate the information with adequate notice to ensure the Estates Parking Team can add it to the system in time to avoid the issuing of a PCN.

Contractors, deliveries, and drop-offs

Deliveries, taxis and drop-offs: a 30 minute drop off exclusion is in place, drivers exceeding this time will receive a penalty notice.

Contractors may be eligible to park on campus providing they are authorised to do so by the Estates Department and this forms a necessary part of their undertaking on the University’s premises. Individual contractors will be required to report to the Estates Office (Cadman Building) to acquire contractor access, prior to commencing work on campus. See overview in the contractor parking section.

Where there are large scale construction projects on campus, provisions will be made for segregated parking facilities for contractor staff through prior agreement with the Capital Development Team. Emergency vehicles and University-owned vehicles are exempt from the requirement to hold a valid car parking permit.


Contractor parking

Automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and security controls are in operation across the University-managed car parks to monitor vehicles against the permit system / Pay-to-Park (PTP) confirmation.

The first 30 minutes on campus are free to allow drop-off of goods, equipment and/or personnel. Thereafter, non-permit-holders can PTP:

  • by phone: 0330 400 7275;
  • by App download on smartphone: paybyphone;
  • by the website:;
  • or at pay on foot machines at various locations on campus.
  • Drivers have until midnight on the day of the visit to pay

Deliveries anticipated to exceed 30 minutes can book in by:

  • contacting Security on 01782 294 837;
  • notifying the Leek Road Lodge at Stoke-on-Trent (when staffed);
  • booking in advance or on the day via Solve, or calling Campus Security on 01782 294 837.

Periodic and ad hoc contractors:

  • should use the PTP options.

Regular contractors are defined as:

  • typically working on campus four to eight hours a day on a frequent basis and are mainly commissioned by Estates;
  • undertaking building projects or working on campus on a very regular basis. These can be added to the Approved Vehicles List.
  • Stakeholders should use Solve or call Campus Security on 01782 294 837 with details to book onto the system.

University-owned / leased vehicles must be added to the University Approved Vehicles List through Solve and updated immediately if the vehicle changes or a loan vehicle is issued as part of servicing.

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