Car parking spaces at the University are severely limited, so parking is restricted to those with a permit. Parking at halls is also limited and is controlled by a separate permit system.
Designated motorcycle parking spaces can be found at the following car parks: Sports Centre, CP5, CP6, CP12 , AMS and RSSL. These parking areas are in addition to parking spaces available for both cars and motorcycles that can be found in University campus and halls car parks.
If you are not eligible for a permit, there are a number of alternatives that you can use to get around. If you choose to park off-site, please ensure you park legally and considerately, taking into account any parking restrictions.
Parking on campus
You will need a permit to park on campus and these are only usually awarded to students with mobility issues or with other extenuating circumstances that meet the qualifying criteria (PDF 150KB). If you are eligible you can apply for a parking permit using the online form.
Parking at halls
The Student Residency agreement prohibits students living in halls to park on campus or within a one mile radius of campus. This applies to both cars and motorcycles. Students with mobility issues or other extenuating circumstances that meet the qualifying criteria_Halls of Residence will need to apply online for a halls parking permit .
All of the University's halls are located within a short walk of the Whiteknights and London Road campuses and there are a number of alternative ways to get around.
Reading is a very well connected university and it's easy to get around without using a car. Here are some of the options available to you:
- Cycling there are over 1,100 cycle racks on campus as well as secure bicycle storage at halls.
Visit the Reading Borough Council page on cycle lanes and routes
- Buses the University's campuses are very well served by buses, with the 20, 20a and 21 passing through the Whiteknights campus between Reading Station and Lower Earley.
Visit the Reading Buses website
- Car sharing the University has a car sharing scheme, run as part of the liftshare network, which matches up members doing similar journeys at similar times to help users save money and to reduce emissions and road congestion.
- University Car Club if you're over 19 you can hire a low emissions Fiat 500 from Whiteknights campus for 5 an hour or 30 a day including tax, insurance, congestion charge and fuel. For more information and to sign up for free see the University Car Club page on the Clean & Green website.