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Daily parking charges

Government advice for travelling

Daily charges apply to all motor vehicles during term time, with the exception of:

  • those with termly season tickets
  • motorcycles

Parking charges apply from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, except Bank Holidays and Christmas Day. Unregistered vehicles must pay the full visitor rate (hyper link to visitor rate please), those granted a permit are entitled to the discounted rate.

How to pay

When you register your vehicle, you will be authorised to obtain discounted parking and will have to make a payment each day to pay for your parking.

Please note: all aspects of administration in relation your permit to park are undertaken via the University webpages.

Type Cost per hour Full-day charge
Registered vehicles 8p 56p

Parking charges have been discounted from 12p to 8p for Academic Year 20/21 due to Coronavirus uncertainties and the resulting flexible work patterns.

We have introduced a new cashless payment system for those who choose to pay each time they visit, which means you can pay for your parking online and will no longer have to pay in person at the machines. This new system will improve safety and offers a simplified way to pay for your parking. The new system has a minimum stay charge of £0.32p.

You will either need to download an app to your phone or log on via a web browser to make your payment. It is important you sign into the app by selecting the 'Single Sign On' option. You will be redirected to a University web page and prompted to use your @essex.ac.uk email address.

When you arrive:

  1. Open Parksmart app or internet page
  2. Enter your registration number
  3. Enter the amount of time you need to park for
  4. Pay as prompted

The parking location number for Colchester Campus is 1597. 

The car parks work on automatic number plate recognition. You don't need to display a ticket, but you can view payment history and obtain a receipt for your payment via Parksmart.

Information stations are located at the pedestrian entrance to each car park and also Essex Business School foyer and the Information Centre on Square 3. Those parking in Car Park A and Car Park B will find information in the stairwells of the multi-storey car park.

Parking out of term time

There are no daily charges out of term time for registered vehicles. Unregistered vehicles must pay the full visitor tariff.

All permits expire on the 30 September each year.

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