Find out all you need to know about traveling to our Ambleside campus, whether you're cycling, driving or taking the bus

Pay and display parking

Pay and display parking is available for students, staff and visitors without a parking permit. Please see the table below for prices.

Pay-and-display parking charges
Length of timePrice
0-1 hours £1.40
1-2 hours £2.70
2-4 hours £4.60
4-8 hours £5.80
8-10 hours £7.00

Parking permits

Visitors (including open days, course interviews and conferences)

Open day attendees, course interview candidates, conference delegates and other visitors should be provided with parking information and permits by their hosts.

This will involve either a dedicated visitors parking area, supply of a visitors' parking permit, or use of pay-and-display. Visitors' parking permits might be provided in advance or arrangements made for their collection on arrival.

Unless a dedicated visitors' parking area has been provided, visitors' parking permits are valid in any non-allocated parking space.

Where an area is designated for visitors parking, staff and students with a parking permit or pay and display ticket must not park there.

For the avoidance of doubt, the following definitions are used in deciding eligibility:

  • ‘Bona fide’ visitors are people who have been invited to the university and are not being paid. This includes people who are paying to attend an event but who are not students. This would include open days, conference delegates and registration events.

  • Contractors and consultants are regarded as permanent employees for parking purposes. This means that they would need to use pay and display parking or purchase a twelve week or annual parking permit.

Students

Student parking permit charges
Permit typePrices
12 months £64.00
Car share £33.00
12-week permit £25.50
Zero VED permit 50% discount on any of the above permit prices

Apply for a parking permit

On-campus parking

Parking permits are available for all students. 

Off-campus parking

For off-campus parking, long-term parking permits for South Lakeland District Council car parks are available online. Drivers of “A” rated vehicles (CO2 emissions under 100g/km) are eligible for a discount.

On-street parking

Staff and students are asked not to park on neighbouring residential streets and to respect all Residents Parking areas.

Staff

LocationPermit typePrices
All campuses Salary Band 1 – Up to £10,500 £50.50
All campuses Salary Band 2 – £10,500 - £15,000 £107.40
All campuses Salary Band 3 - £15,000 - £25,000 £132.40
All campuses Salary Band 4 - £25,000 - £35,000 £154.20
All campuses Salary Band 5 - £35,000 - £42,000 £197.90
All campuses Salary Band 6 – Over £42,000 £232.10
All campuses Car Share £41.00
All campuses 12-week permits £43.70
All campuses Zero VED permit 50% discount on any of the above permit prices

Apply for a staff parking permit

Salary sacrifice and staff car parking

Staff car parking permits are available through a salary sacrifice scheme, which works in a similar way to other University salary sacrifice schemes currently in operation, i.e. childcare vouchers and cycle scheme. The salary sacrifice arrangement will work on an ‘opt-out’ basis. Full details on the scheme are available on the FAQs, or contact Payroll by email at payroll@cumbria.ac.uk

Changes to/reissue of permits

For any change to an existing permit, including re-issue in the event of loss or damage, an administration fee of £5 is payable.

On-street parking

Staff and students are asked not to park on neighbouring residential streets and to respect all Residents Parking areas.

Off-campus parking

For off-campus parking, long-term parking permits for South Lakeland District Council car parks are available online.  Drivers of “A” rated vehicles (CO2 emissions under 100g/km) are eligible for a discount.

Parking access

Staff, student and visitor permit holders can use any car parking space within the University campus at Ambleside (including, for avoidance of doubt, the Pay and Display areas) but not spaces that are specifically allocated and signed for any other purpose.

Pay and Display parking is available in the lower car parks on the campus. It is possible to pay for this by coins or by phone. Instructions for both are available at the Pay and Display machines.

Do not attempt to drive large vehicles (anything larger than a standard wheelbase van) up Nook Lane - if you are at all unsure, it is recommended to walk the route first before committing in a vehicle. If you require a large vehicle to attend, for example due to emergency or breakdown, please contact University staff in the Barn who will advise whether access can be provided via the North Entrance. Despite this, it is unlikely that large vehicles would be to access the front of CMB (visitor and disabled parking).

Priority spaces

Disabled parking spaces are available immediately outside the main entrance to the Charlotte Mason Building.

Car share priority spaces are available in two locations on campus: adjacent to Borrowdale and Scale How.

Unloading and contractors parking permits are available from Ambleside Reception at The Barn.

Download the Traffic Regulations and Car Parking Policy

Contacts

The issue of permits, management of University car parks and issue of Parking Charge Notices is currently managed by Excel Parking Services Ltd.  Excel have a dedicated email address for University of Cumbria enquiries: uoc@excelparking.co.uk. Alternatively, you can use their general enquiry phone number: 0114 261 7111.

Any correspondence relating to the issue of a PCN must be directed to Excel Parking Services Ltd. This is not dealt with by the University. If you are dissatisfied with the issuing of a PCN you can appeal to Excel Parking Services Ltd. If you are not satisfied with the response from Excel Parking Services Ltd, you can appeal to the national Independent Appeals Service. Details of this will be provided with the PCN.

If you believe that there is a problem with a University Car Park (eg, the Pay and Display machine isn’t working), please report this to the site reception.

If you have any other queries about this policy please contact FM Administration in the first instance. They can be contacted at: 01524 590831 / email: centraladminfm@cumbria.ac.uk

Bicycle parking

Bicycle parking is available on campus - please see the Ambleside campus map for details.

Anyone using the bicycle parking must ensure that they lock their bicycle securely to the racks. The University does not accept liability for any property that is lost, stolen or damaged on campus.

The town of Ambleside is small enough that you can get most everywhere on foot.

Train travel

Windermere is the nearest train station to our Ambleside campus. There is a bus to Windermere every hour.

Rent a moped

If your usual home address is in Cumbria and you face difficulties getting to our University, it might be possible to loan you a moped at a heavily discounted rate. The moped could be used to get to one of our campuses or to get you to a bus stop or train station.

The moped loan scheme called Wheels 2 Work (W2W) is operated by Inspira and all arrangements would be made with their W2W Co-ordinator.

To be eligible for a loan:

If a loan is agreed:

Your journey would be assessed by Inspira.

For more details please phone Deborah Naylor on 01900 604674 or email Deborah.Naylor@inspira.org.uk.