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.

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

The cost for 2020/21 is not yet confirmed.  Applications for 2020/21 will open soon.

The cost of a student permit for the year 2019/20 is £100.00. If you are only here for a single semester or you spend a large proportion off site on placements, the cost is £50.00.

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. 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. Post-Graduate students whose journey from their term-time address is more than a 1 hour journey from the campus
  8. Students on placements 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
  9. Students studying Music at Keele and transporting a large instrument to campus
  10. Commuter students i.e. those living in the family home during term-time

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

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 if your application has been successful. You will be able to collect your permit on the first working day you need to use it. Please bring your Keele Card for the 2019/20 academic year so that we can verify your ID and student status.

Please note that possession of a permit does not guarantee that there will be a parking space on campus.  All drivers should comply with the Keele University Use of Estates Procedure and should only park in vacant, marked parking bays.

Parking Permit appeal queries:

If your application is rejected, You have the right to appeal this decision. Appeals may be made only 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 sent to within 10 calendar days of the date of the email informing you of the decision. Appeals will be considered in the first instance by a Senior Manager within the Estates and Development Directorate, who has not already seen your application.

This stage of the appeals process consists of an initial assessment of the appeal based on the submitted evidence. If it is clear whether a case for appeal has been established or not, the Manager may uphold or reject the appeal outright at this stage. 

Where the case put forward by you cannot be decided at this stage, it 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. You will be informed of the outcome of your appeal within 5 working days.

To apply for a parking permit, please click the apply button below. You will need your Keele username and password to log on to complete the process.