Staff parking



There are a number of different ways to get to the University, but for staff that drive there are a limited number of parking spaces available across the University's campuses. To park on campus you will need to have a valid parking permit.

The Pay&Display car park (1a) can be used free of charge for the first two hours, or at £3.10 for the entire day.

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 car parks.

The University also offers 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. Please register via

Getting a permit

To apply for a parking permit, you'll need to print out and complete the  VEP1_Form and return it to reception in the Palmer Building. Staff with disabled badges registered in their name are entitled to a free permit. Casual staff cannot apply for a parking permit but should ask the staff member responsible for their employment to contact reception at 

Change of vehicle

You can update your vehicle details by completing the  Vehicle update online form.

For more information on staff parking please visit our Staff Parking FAQs page

Cancelling your permit

If you no longer need your parking permit, please return it to Palmer Reception as per conditions of use. We will cancel the permit and inform Payroll to stop the parking charges being deducted from your salary.

Temporary permits

Staff who whold like to park on campus occasionally will be able to purchase day permits charged at £3.10 per day. These will be limited to 25 per staff member per calendar year. These permits can be purchased online via the e-commerce shop. To purchase temporary permits, please visit:

Charges for staff parking 2016

Whiteknights and London Road campuses:

 Grades 1-3  £49.44
 Grades 4-5  £98.88
 Grades 6-8  £123.60
 Grade 9 and Professorial  £197.76
 Staff outside salary bands  As per salary equivalent
 Blue Badge Holders  Free

The cost of a permit for part time staff will be calculated at 50% of the appropriate rate.

Staff day permits - £3.10 per permit

Greenlands campus

Greenlands staff will be charged at 50% of the Reading campuses rates due to the limited accessibility of the campus by alternative means of transport.

 For more information on staff permits please see Staff Parking FAQs

Click the image to download a PDF map of car parks at the University of Reading (PDF 285KB)Where you can park on campus

The University has a number of car parks spread across each of its campuses. Download the Whiteknights_and_London_Rd_Maps   to find out where you can park.

Please note that staff parking permits are not valid in car park 5(Visitors car park), where separate parking arrangements apply.

Disabled parking spaces

There are dedicated disabled parking bays in every University car park.

Parking regulations

Parking at the University is subject to the ParkingRegulations  Anyone infringing the regulations is likely to receive a warning notice and a fine of £75.

Parking Charge Notice - appeals

The procedure for appealing a Parking Charge Notice is outlined on the reverse of the Notice. You should in the first instance contact Total Parking Solutions.

Arranging parking for visitors

To arrange parking for a visitor to the campus, please complete the online visitor parking booking form Please note this should be done at least 24 hours in advance of the required time. For more information on visitor parking please see Visitors Parking FAQs

Visitors can also use the P&D car park (1a), the first two hours are free of charge. All day parking costs only £3.10

Keeping your vehicle secure

Vehicle crime rates on campus are comparable to the rest of the Thames Valley area. You can reduce the risk of your vehicle being broken into by following these simple steps:

  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • Never leave any items on display.
  • Remove all valuable items from your vehicle.
  • Remove the fascia from any radio/stereo equipment.
  • Remove all Sat Nav Equipment, including the holder.
  • Do not leave your vehicle on campus overnight.
  • Always use any security devices fitted to your car.

Visit the Security Services website for more advice on staying safe and secure on campus

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Contact us

For queries relating to car parking, please contact Whiteknights House reception, which is open 8.30am to 17.00 on weekdays.


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that the revenue generated from parking permits is used to fund initiatives from the University's Green Transport Plan?


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