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.


Car users visiting the Leek Road and Clarice Cliff locations on the University’s Stoke-on-Trent campus should be provided with the Pay-to-Park (PTP) options:

The first tme 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, Clarice Cliff, and Blackheath Lane), will incur a Parking Charge Notice.

For visitors who are making a significant contribution to the University, such as sponsors, employers and Guest Lecturers parking can be arranged in advance by writing to or by contacting Campus Security on 01782 294837 (Stoke-on-Trent) | 01785 353388 (Stafford). Please bear in mind that we cannot guarantee spaces for these visitors, and request that fairness is considered to other parking users before issuing requests for free-of-charge parking.

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

The frequency of these events for numbers ranging between 20-100, cannot merit the full ANPR suspension. A voucher system is in development for course leaders to apply in bulk via; this will be introduced later in 2020.

Meanwhile, such visitors can either PTP, or if vehicle registrations are collated by the event manager and provided a week in advance to they may be added to the Approved Vehicles List. 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 Security or the Campus Hub 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.

There are designated locations for registered contractors including: contractor compound (adjacent to Spode Hall), to the rear of the Campus Hub (rear of Dwight), hatched spaces opposite Beacon Car park entrance.

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:

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 email 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 and updated immediately if the vehicle changes or a loan vehicle is issued as part of servicing.

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