Student parking


If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate-taught student and you would like to bring your car onto campus, you must apply for a parking permit. As parking is limited on the campus, the University operates a needs based application process. This ensures that our students with the greatest need for a car on campus are able to park on site. Parking enforcement will be in place from when you arrive and there is only limited pay and display parking available.

Applications for 2021/22 are now open. Students must make a new application for each year of study.

You must use your Keele email to make your parking permit application.

New students should not apply until they have a Keele email as applications from personal email accounts will be rejected.

You will not miss out on a permit due to this delay but must meet the eligibility criteria.

Apply here


General student parking queries: Please see our FAQs for further details.

A valid parking permit will allow you to park in any campus car park except for:

  • Disabled parking bays
  • Pay and Display Only areas
  • Reserved Visitor Spaces 
  • Car Share spaces before 9.30am
  • Family friendly spaces before 9.15am
  • Science Park and Innovation Centres car park 
  • Residential areas around campus where residential permits must be displayed
  • Event Permit Only car parks

The cost of a student parking permit for each academic year is £100.00. 


In order to be eligible to apply for a permit, you must be in one or more of the following groups:

  1. Students with health issues that restrict their use of public transport
  2. Registered Blue Badge Holders (although the permit is free, you will still need to apply)
  3. Students registered on the Sports Centre’s Talented Athlete Programme
  4. Non resident students with principal caring responsibilities ie: parent of a child in pre-school childcare or in primary school and/or registered carer for a partner or relative
  5. Student society or club members who look after club equipment that has to be stored off campus
  6. Students who serve in the British Armed Forces reserves
  7. Campus resident students  who have to travel from the campus to their placement – where the placement:
    • Occurs outside of a 1 hour journey radius; or
    • Starts or finishes when public transport is not operating; or
    • Starts or finishes at a time when only private transport will assist the student in meeting both placement and academic requirements
  8. Students studying Music at Keele and transporting a large instrument to campus
  9. Commuter students - those who live off campus with journey time over 1 hour on public transport or where the journey cannot be made by public transport.  Priority is given to those living in the family home. 

Please note that there will be no automatic entitlement to a permit for commuter students. 

For all permit categories you will be asked to provide evidence of your eligibility as part of your application.  Without this evidence, we are unable to consider your application.

Order of allocation

We will allocate permits to those who are eligible under categories 1 - 9. Commuter students applications (new and continuing) will only be considered after new students have had the opportunity to apply for their permit under one of the other criteria.

Once the first round of permits have been allocated, we will then allocate the remaining permits to commuter students starting with those living furthest away from the campus, until we reach the maximum number of permits we are able to allocate. The distance to the campus will be based on Google Maps public transport travel time.

We will let you know by email to your Keele account if your application has been approved and request payment (except blue badge which is free).

You will not be eligible to park on campus until  payment is recieved

Upon receipt of payment, you will will recieve a second email explaining that your application is Fully Approved and you are able to park on campus in accordance with guidelines.

Please note that possession of a permit does not guarantee that there will be central parking space on campus. On busier days you may need to park further from the centre of campus. 

All drivers should comply with the Keele University Use of Estates Procedure and should only park in vacant, marked parking bays.

If your application is unsuccessful, you have the right to appeal this decision on one or both of the following grounds: 

      (I) Procedural irregularity in the application of the criteria for allocation of student parking permits as set out on
      (ii) Exceptional hardship factors which are not covered by the criteria for the allocation of student parking permits, providing that these    circumstances can be substantiated and there is a valid reason why these were not made known at the time of the original application.

Appeals should be raised from the Student Parking Portal as directed in the email informing you that your application was unsuccessful.   

Appeals will be considered in the first instance by a Senior Manager, who has not already seen your application.  They may uphold or reject the appeal based on the evidence supplied usually within 10 working days of the time it was submitted. 

Where the manager is unable to reach a decision, your appeal will be referred to the Parking Panel which will make its decision within three weeks of the submission of the appeal. The membership of the Parking Panel will consist of at least 3 members but will not include any officer of the University previously involved with consideration of the original application or the appeal. 

To apply for a parking permit, please click here. Only applcations from Keele email accounts will be considered.