Parking for students at Colchester Campus

Government advice for travelling 

The University of Essex encourages all students to use sustainable methods of transports whenever possible. Before applying for a parking permit please check other options such as walking, cycling or public transport. These are often cheaper, quicker and easier than using a car.

As parking spaces are limited, students living on campus are not permitted to bring a vehicle to campus and cannot register their vehicle unless they can evidence a medical or caring need, applications under this heading must be made via Student Support.

Using alternative transport

Check out the facilities and discounted tickets available to you.

The areas of Greenstead and The Hythe are only a 15 minutes’ walk from campus.

Hythe Train station is also 15 minutes away by foot and Wivenhoe is accessible via a dedicated riverside walk and cycle route ‘The Wivenhoe Trail’ approximately 10-15 minutes by bike and 15-20 by foot.

Car sharing is environmentally friendly and saves you money on fuel and parking charges. It also reduces wear and tear on your vehicle and makes it easier for all car users to park at our University. See who else travels from your area and link up with them.

Parking permits and payments

You first need to register your vehicle for a parking permit. Once that's done you may also need to pay a daily parking charge. All permits expire on 30 September each year.

Where you can park

  • Car Park A is a designated student-only car park. On occasion, the car park may also be required for coach and minibus parking. This will be advertised in advance where possible.
  • There are 170 parking spaces designated for students in the first two rows nearest the sports facilities of Valley car park.
  • Students can also park in the Capon Road car park and North Towers car park.
  • Disabled student parking

Students may not park in the Wivenhoe House and Constable Building car park, the Innovation Centre, the multi-storey car park, or in parking spaces under podia (without prior authorisation from the Student Support Disability Team).

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