Student car parking 2020/21

2021/22 Permits- we are currently reviewing car parking for the next academic year. Permits should be available from mid-August, please check back here for an update closer to the time.

We encourage all students to consider more sustainable ways to travel than by car but appreciate that sometimes this might not be possible. All sites in Derby are within a short walk or cycle from each other and we encourage active travel where possible- earn rewards by walking or cycling through our scheme.

All unibuses are free for students if you show a valid student card. 

The main student car park is located at Markeaton Park and connects to the campus by free and regular (our Park & Ride). There is very limited parking at Kedleston Road for students. Please read the section below for information on the criteria for Kedleston Road parking permits.

If you're a Blue Badge holder you can apply for a free Student Parking Permit for our Kedleston Road site.

Please check out the information we've provided, including the Frequently Answered Questions. Already applied for a permit? Unless you hear from us, your permit will be ready for collection five working days after you submitted your application.

Costs £200 and valid during teaching weeks, Monday to Friday

This car park permit is great for students who are on-site most days. It’s extremely cost-effective and works out at just £1.67 per day.

Please note that teaching weeks are the standard undergraduate calendar teaching weeks in green (see the following links to teaching weeks). Markeaton Park permits can be used from 21 September 2020.

  • This will be a permit which must be displayed in your windscreen and allows up to five days parking during full undergraduate teaching weeks
  • Total cost of the permit is £200 (you won’t need to use Markeaton Park's pay and display machines if you have a permit during teaching weeks)
  • During non-teaching weeks, you can park at Kedleston Road for free, as long as you display your permit

You’ll need to provide a valid insurance certificate/lease/motability document showing you as a named driver when you come to collect your permit.

Markeaton Park is a Derby City Council-patrolled car park therefore you must display your permit at all times while parking there. The University has frequent, high-profile, security patrols throughout the day with particular focus during the winter months.

The University has no involvement in the issuing of parking fines at Markeaton Park so you’ll need to contact Derby City Council if you receive a fine for not displaying your permit or not using the Markeaton Park Pay & Display machines.

Your permit will be ready to collect five working days after you submit your application, the earliest date you can collect your permit is 1 September 2020.

Please familiarise yourself with our Markeaton Park permit Terms & Conditions before purchasing.

We have a limited number of spaces available for students to park on at Kedleston Road. These will only be available to students who can demonstrate an exceptional need to park on-site. To be eligible you must fall into one of the following categories:

  1. If you are a blue badge holder or you need a permit on medical grounds or are disabled but do not have a Blue Badge (You will need to provide evidence such as a Doctor’s Letter)
  2. You’re more than 25 weeks pregnant (We will need to see your MatB1)
  3. You’re a part-time student and are studying around work or external commitments. (We will check your status upon application. Part-Time recovery students are not eligible)
  4. You’re full time and live more than 15 miles away during term time and either have children under the age of 11 and or have caring responsibilities (you will need to provide for evidence of your circumstances)

This permit allows you to park in the Student car park at Kedleston Road but you must still pay and display. Fines are issued if you do not pay and display as well as having a valid permit displayed.  We do not have student parking available at Markeaton Street, Britannia Mill, or One Friargate Square.

Motorbikes can park for free in the Motorcycle Shed and do not need a permit to park on-site at Kedleston Road. You can find more information on our Motorbike parking page.

We have frozen the pay and display prices from 2018/19.

Pay and Display Prices

Monday to Friday, 08.30 – 16.30

  • Up to 1 hour: £1.00
  • Up to 4 hours: £2.70
  • Over 4 hours: £5.20

Weekend parking (free to permit holders otherwise the following charges apply)

  • Up to 2 hours: £2.00
  • 2 – 4 hours: £3.30
  • Over 4 hours: £4.40 

From Monday 28th September 2020 you will not be allowed to park on-site at Kedleston Road unless you’re already displaying your permit. You will need to make alternative parking arrangements if you’re collecting after that date. You’re allowed on-site without a permit after 4.30pm free of charge.

There’s information about local parking on our alternative parking pages.

Please familiarise yourself with the Kedleston Road Student Parking Permit Terms & Conditions before applying.

You're automatically entitled to a Student Parking Permit to park on-site at Kedleston Road free of charge but you must apply for a permit. See the Apply for a Permit section. 


Apply for a Kedleston Road permit

Apply for a Markeaton permit

Permits can be collected from the main reception at Kedleston Road five working days after you apply for the permit. The earliest day you can collect your permit is 1 September 2020.

Privacy notice

The information that you supply through our online shop form will be held and processed in line with the Data Protection Act 2018, GDPR and subsequent legislation. Information will be used by the University of Derby (as Data Controller) to manage our student parking permit production and use of our car parking facilities. We may contact you to confirm the details you provide.

We will retain this data for up to one academic year, after such time it will be securely destroyed.

Our lawful basis for processing this data is for legitimate business interest.

The Data Protection Officer (DPO) for the University can be contacted via Further information on how we handle your information and details of our DPO can be found on our Privacy notice.

Alternative Car Park Options

If you wish to drive to the University but do not want a Student Parking Permit here are some local parking alternatives to consider: 

Markeaton Park public pay and display car park (A38/A52 junction) charges are:

  • Up to one hour £1.50
  • Up to 2 hours £2.20
  • Up to 4 hours £3.60
  • Over 4 hours £4.70
  • Blue Badge Holders can park for free
  • You can still use the free shuttle bus if you park here (Unibus 4)

Broadway and Mackworth Road

These are pay and display with charges that apply Monday-Friday, 8am - 6pm as per below:

  • Up to 1 hour £1.30
  • Up to 4 hours £2.30
  • Over 4 hours £4.00
  • Blue Badge holders and solo motorcyclists can park for free.

Brook Street Car Park (for One Friar Gate Square)

  • Up to 1 hour £2.00
  • 1-2 hours £3.00
  • All day £4.50
  • Vans £10.00

Parking on Maxwell Avenue, adjacent to the University is resident permit ONLY and double yellow lines. Parking in this area without the required residents permit is likely to incur a fixed penalty notice. We ask that all students be mindful of our 'be a good neighbour' campaign.

Please be aware that most streets close to the University of Derby are subject to parking or access controls. Please familiarise yourself with the area before you park your car and remember it is an offence to drive in areas labelled 'Access Only'.

Here's information on where street parking is permitted in Derby with prices and season ticket availability.

JustPark - The UK's leading parking website with over 150,000 parking spaces available to reserve online. They find their users the best value parking, including parking spaces on people's driveways, in hotels and at private car parks.

Parkopedia - Information about all parking facilities in the Derby area.

If you decide to bring your car and park off site, please ensure that you park legally and considerately and are aware of any parking restrictions.

  • Don't park on junctions
  • Don't block driveways or dropped kerbs
  • Don't park in areas where there's limited space available for residents

We need our students' help and consideration with off site parking as it impacts on local residents' perception of students and the University.

Motorcyclists are welcome at our Derby campus.  We appreciate the fact that motorcycles take up less parking space than cars, cause less congestion and give better journey times for riders.  Motorcycles can park for free in the Motorcycle covered bays at the top of Car Park 1 at Kedleston Road.  Motorcyclists do not need a permit for this, and do not need to pay and display. 

Frequently Answered Questions

I haven't received any confirmation, when can I collect my permit?

After submitting your application, we will only contact you if we need any further supporting information.  Your permit will be ready for collection from the Kedleston Road main reception after 5 working days.
I have a Kedleston Road parking permit, can I park at other sites?

There's no student parking at either Britannia Mill or Markeaton Street sites with the exception of Blue Badge Holders. Permit holders should park at Kedleston Road site. Britannia Mill and Markeaton Street are a 10/15 minute walk away.

I have a permit for Kedleston Road car park, do I always need to pay & display?

Yes, between 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.  You don't need to pay after 4:30pm or at weekends.  Please display your parking permit, as well as your pay & display ticket.  Without these, you risk being issued with a parking fine. The charges are driven by the need to keep public transport costs lower than car parking. Surplus income is declared and reinvested into public transport and other travel plan measures, which will help make alternatives to the car more widely available to people travelling to University sites.

What happens if I don't pay and display at Kedleston Road?

You will receive a Parking Charge Notice (PCN). The PCN has an £80.00 fine, reduced to £40.00 if paid within 14 days. Details of methods of payments will be included with the PCN.

I am a Blue Badge holder, do I need a parking permit?

Yes, you will need a permit which will allow you to park at Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill and Markeaton Street sites. You do not need to pay & display. Parking permits are required to access the barrier system at Kedleston Road upon your arrival. Disabled parking bays are located near the entrances to the buildings to provide easy access.

I have a Kedleston Road permit on medical grounds but do not have a Blue Badge, can I park in a disabled space?

No you must use a normal space in the main student car park and pay and display. Only blue badge holders can park in a disabled space. 

I've had an accident which has left me temporarily disabled and I need my car to get around, what can I do?

Contact the Student Wellbeing Service. An Advisor may be able to write a letter to support your application for a parking permit.

Please contact if you have any further questions.

When can I collect my permit?

After submitting your application, we will only contact you if we need any further supporting information. Your permit will be ready for collection from the Kedleston Road main reception after five working days.

Who sets the price for the Markeaton Park and Ride Permits?

The cost is set by Derby City Council with a part subsidy contributing to the Unibus service.

Do I have to buy a permit for Markeaton Park?

No. It is a public car park but if you park here without a permit you must pay and display. 

When are the Markeaton Park permits valid from?

The permits are valid during the full undergraduate teaching weeks for 2020/21 academic year, this begins on 21 September 2020. If you park before then, your permit will not be valid and you would need to pay and display. 

Where is the Markeaton Park (Park & Ride) Car Park?

It's a 10-15 minute walk from each of the Derby sites, accessed from Markeaton Roundabout (A38/A52 junction). Our No 4. shuttle bus runs between the uni sites every 20 minutes. Enter DE22 4AA into your SAT NAV.

I have lectures late at night; I don't want to go back to Markeaton Park (Park & Ride) car park in the dark. What can I do?

Security measures for each car park have been put in place; High spec CCTV is installed at the Markeaton Park (Park & Ride) Car Park, high standard lighting, as well as Park Rangers and City Council parking staff regularly patrolling the area. Our own security team regularly patrol between the sites also and wear high visibility jackets for easy identification. There will be an extended shuttle bus service details of which will be available on our website before the start of term.

If you would like to discuss your concerns further, please email or the Union of Students on 01332 590500.

Can I claim a refund if I no longer need my Markeaton Park and Ride permit?

Unfortunately, no refunds are available for Markeaton Park (Park and Ride) permits and they are non-transferable.

Please contact if you have any further questions.

When can I collect my permit?

After submitting your application, we will only contact you if we need any further supporting information. Your permit will be ready for collection from the Kedleston Road main reception after five working days.

Am I guaranteed a space?

No - spaces are subject to availability at both Kedleston Road and Markeaton Park. Demand for car parking at Kedleston Road is high, we usually see the car park full from 09:00-09:30am on weekdays.

What do I do if I change my car?

Email with all your new car details. You will need to bring in your old permit, and insurance documentation for the new car when you collect your new permit. Permit collection will be from our Kedleston Road Main Reception area (at the front of the Atrium entrance).

What if I have two or more cars?

You can have two cars on the Kedleston Road and Markeaton Park and Ride Permit. We will only issue one permit with both car details on and you will need to transfer the permit between cars.

Why can't full-time students park on-site?

Car park spaces are limited and will be prioritised for disabled students/part-time students and those who meet our permit criteria. Everyone's circumstances will be different and we try to accommodate as best we can, being as fair as we can.

Why do you need to see Insurance documents?

We need to ensure that the student applying for the permit is associated with the car. We treat your data with the strictest confidence under Data Protection guidelines and your information will not be shared with another.

Please contact if you have any further questions.

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