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:

Where can I park?

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

  • Disabled parking bays
  • Pay and Display areas
  • Reserved Visitor Spaces 
  • Car Share spaces before 9.30am
  • Family friendly spaces before 9.15am
  • Science Park and Innovation Centres car park (inc plot 7 temporary carpark)

Permit Cost

The cost of a student permit for the year 2017/18 is £100.00.  If you are only here for a single semester or you spend a large proportion of site on placements, the cost will be £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 mobility 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 Elite Athlete Programme
  4. Commuter students i.e. those living in the family home during term-time
  5. 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
  6. Student society or club members who look after club equipment that has to be stored off campus
  7. Students who serve in the British Armed Forces reserves
  8. Post-Graduate students whose journey from their term-time address is more than a 1 hour journey from the campus
  9. 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.
  • Placements will be verified by the University School.
  • Distances will be verified using Google Maps.
  • Caring responsibilities will require a child's birth certificate or if you are a carer, this will be verified with Student Services.
  • Members of the TA will require confirmation from their Commanding Officer.

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.  

Permit Collection

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 2017/18 academic year so that we can verify your ID and student status. 

Terms and Conditions

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 University’s Regulation 24 – Vehicles and should only park in vacant, marked parking bays.

Parking Permit appeals

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 the Support Services Manager.
This sifting 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 Support Services Manager may uphold or reject the appeal outright at this stage. 

Where the case put forward by you cannot be decided at the sifting 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.

Please see FAQ's for further details.

To apply for a parking permit, please click the apply button below. Your Keele Username and Password will be required to log on to complete the process.