Student car parking 2019/20

We encourage all students to consider alternative ways to travel other than by car but appreciate that sometimes this might not be possible. 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 shuttle bus (Number 4) (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. If you can't find the information you need you can contact us by email at

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 £1.29 per day.

Please note that teaching weeks are the standard undergraduate calendar teaching weeks in green (see following links to teaching weeks). Markeaton Park permits can be used from 2 September 2019.

  • This will be a permit which must be displayed in your windscreen and allows up to 5 days parking during 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.

If you need to get in touch, please email us at

We will email you to let you know that your permit is ready for collection from our Kedleston Road Main Reception area (at the front of the Atrium entrance).

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. 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 (We will ask 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 OneFriargate 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.

If you are a blue badge holder, take a look at our Blue Badge Parking information.

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

Pay and Display Prices

Monday to Friday, 08.30 – 16.30

  • 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 16th September 2019 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.

If you need to get in touch, please email us at

We will email you to let you know that your permit is ready for collection from our Kedleston Road Main Reception area (at the front of the Atrium entrance).

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

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.

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.

Derby Parking - Guaranteed spaces wherever you need to park.

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.

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. 

  • Email
  • We will ask to see your Blue Badge and valid insurance / Motability documents.
  • Only Blue Badge holders can park in marked disabled parking bays.

If you need to get in touch email us at

We will email you to let you know that your permit is ready for collection from our Kedleston Road Main Reception area (at the front of the Atrium entrance). 

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. 

All Markeaton Park and Kedleston Road permits must be applied for using our online shop facility.

Kedleston Road permits for the academic year are typically available to apply for from August.

For Markeaton Park permits, we have two release dates (typically in August and September) so that students who are new to the University have the same opportunity as returning students to apply and buy permits.

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.

Frequently Answered Questions

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 and either catch a shuttle bus or walk between sites.

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 Enforcement Notice (PEN). The PEN has an £80.00 fine reduced to £40.00 if paid within 14 days. Details of methods of payments will be included with the PEN.

There are empty spaces at Kedleston Road, why didn’t I get a parking permit?

Spaces are allocated in accordance with how many total spaces are available and in line with the eligibility criteria we have set. If you have applied but were unsuccessful, email for advice on how to appeal.

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

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. 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 applicationfor a parking permit.

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

The cost is set by Derby City Council and is part subsidised by the University.

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 standard university teaching weeks for 2018/19 academic year, this begins on 24th September 2018.  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 in to 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 the 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.

Am I guaranteed a space?

No - spaces are subject to availability at both Kedleston Road and Markeaton Park. With the normal flow of traffic on the site and the controlled issue of permits, it is unlikely that all spaces will be occupied at any one time.

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 2 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 prioritsed 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.

If you have submitted your parking application for a Kedleston Road permit and it has been rejected, you can appeal this decision by supplying new evidence to us at

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.

Can I car share?

Parking permits are issued as one per student and we can't list vehicles that you aren't insured for on your permit. We do encourage you to car share and share the cost of car parking - as much as possible though. So if you have a permit and can give someone (or several people!) a lift and split costs, this will reduce your expenses.

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