Parking permit registration

Registering your vehicle entitles you to cheaper pay and display parking charges. If you want to park on campus but are not registered, you will need to pay and display at the full visitor rate.

Who can park on campus?

Students not living on Colchester Campus and disabled students are able to register for vehicle parking on campus. As parking spaces are limited, students living on campus may not register their vehicle unless they can evidence a medical or caring need. Find out more about student parking at Colchester Campus.

Registration process

New students

If you're starting at Essex, you can register your car around seven days before your course starts.

Current students

You can register your vehicle at any time during the year, but all permits expire in the first week of October. You must re-register in October each year. Termly permits expire at the end of each corresponding term therefore, a new permit will be required for the following term.

Register your vehicle

The registration process is administered by the Estates Management Helpdesk and can take up to two working days for your permit to activate.

Documentary evidence

We do not need you to provide your vehicle documents at registration. You just need to tick the declaration to let us know that your documents and driving licence are in order and confirm that you have a roadworthy vehicle. Estate Management may request sight of your car documents at any time during registration. Failure to provide requested documentation may result in your registration being withdrawn.

If you move onto campus you must cancel your parking registration. Daily automated checks are made to identify any resident student who applies for registration or who already has registration and has not surrendered it when they moved onto campus.

Fee and payment

There are various parking options available.

General parking

A single payment of £28.90 then you pay 16p per hour via the ParkSmart app when parked on campus (minimum stay 4 hours - 64p).

Parking fees do not apply out of term time for General Permit holders.

It is important you sign into the app by selecting Login and 'Single Sign On'. You will be redirected to a University web page and prompted to use your email address.
Note: If you have a University email account, you don’t need to create an account. 

Termly season ticket

£49 for unlimited parking, payable at the start of each term. 


Resident and non-resident students can register to park a motorcycle on campus. Registration is free and motorcycles will then be exempt from the pay and display charges.

Motorcyclists must park in the designated motorcycle parking spaces which can be found in the following locations:

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Contact us
Estate Management Helpdesk Room 6.003, Square 4
Twitter @Essex_Estates
Telephone: 01206 872959
Out-of-hours support Security and Campus Safety Team
Telephone: 01206 872125