Sussex Estates and Facilities

Frequently asked questions

Who can park on campus

Why are students not allowed to park on campus from 2018-19?

The demand for parking spaces on campus will always outstrip the number we can supply. We actively encourage everyone to travel by means other than car and we are committed to help provide sustainable transport alternatives wherever possible. Students with exceptional circumstances will be permitted to park on campus from 2018-19; other students will be able to park at the nearby Bridge car park.

Where to park on campus

Are you going to add more parking spaces to take account of the additional student residences on campus?

The increase in the number of students living on campus once the new East Slope residences are complete will not make any difference to the demand for campus parking - because students who live in campus accommodation are not allowed to park on campus. The only exceptions to this are students who have families living with them on campus, residential advisors, and registered disabled students (who are exempt from parking charges).

Where am I supposed to park if I can't find a space?

We encourage all drivers to allow enough time to find a parking space before classes or work. This may mean being more flexible in using the campus car parks that are available. If you have difficulty finding a free space on campus, you may wish to consider using the car park adjacent to Lewes Court (P9), which usually has spaces. If you park on double yellow lines or on the grass you will receive a ticket.

Please be aware that only staff are permitted to park on campus as standard, with exceptional circumstances made for some students. Most students are only permitted to apply for and park in the Bridge car park.

Parking passes and permits

What is the difference between a pass to park and a parking permit?

A parking permit is for a year, while a pass to park is issued free of charge (to staff only) for 12 months and allows you to pay on a daily basis. Only staff are eligible to apply for a pass to park.

How do I apply for a parking pass/permit?

Once you have a log-in code and password for Sussex Direct, you can apply online. Follow the links for your personal page, then Transport. After you have added your vehicle details, a button will appear allowing you to apply. Note that for 2017-18, all permits are fully subscribed.

I am a part-time member of staff: do I need to tell you my hours when applying for a permit so I get the FTE rate?

The Payroll Office will calculate the relevant rate from payroll records. There is no need to notify us of your hours of work

I am a member of staff on a "zero hours" contract. How will my rate of payment be calculated?

A notional 0.1FTE rate for any staff on "zero hours" contracts takes account of the fact that we cannot make reliable payroll deductions reflecting hours worked and that staff in this position typically work a small number of hours and otherwise have no need to be on campus.

Where do I collect my pass/permit from?

Passes for staff (except associate tutors) will be delivered to the staff member's internal campus address. All associate tutors and students collect their parking permits at the York House Security control room. Pre-paid permits are available for collection about three working days after the request has been received.

When do I renew my pass/permit?

You can renew your pass/permit on Sussex Direct only during the month that it is due to expire. During the month that it is due to expire, log on to Sussex Direct. Choose on the link for the personal page, followed by Transport. A renew button will be visible. Choose the button and follow the instructions. Your pass/permit will be sent to you within three working days

What happens if I do not renew my pass/permit?

If you do not renew your pass/permit, it will expire at the end of the month and you will not be issued with a new one. You will not be able to bring your car to campus until you apply for a new one.

I do not have easy access to a computer: how do I request to change to a permit?

Staff and students can use any of the computers in the ITS clusters on campus. If you experience a problem with getting access to a computer, contact the Transport office either by phone on (87)6538 or by letter to Transport, Sussex Estates and Facilities, Bramber House level 4, Brighton BN1 9QU.

I don't have any permit or pass to park, but wish to use the scratch card system. What should I do?

Staff bringing cars on to campus are required to have either a pass to park, and pay daily, or have an annual permit.

Parking charges

Why do I have to pay for parking?

We need to cover the costs of providing and maintaining car parks. Much of the revenue from parking supports the routine maintenance and repairs of parking equipment, barriers, car parks and roads, as well as parking enforcement, etc.

I work for Sussex Food/Sussex Estates and Facilities – what parking charge do I pay?

You apply for a permit by emailing The charges for parking are the same as for staff directly employed by the University.

When do parking charges apply?

Parking charges apply all year, Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm.

I already pay my tuition fees. Why should I have to pay extra for parking?

Students’ tuition fees do not cover costs for transport to and from campus, such as bus or train travel, petrol and parking costs.

Why are you still not charging for motorbikes? They pollute the environment as well as cars.

Motorbikes do not pollute the environment as much as other motor vehicles and do not take up as much space on the University campus.

Why are low-emission cars not charged less, to encourage their use?

A low-emission car occupies the same parking space as any other car. A fair system of increased charges for high-emission cars would be complicated to administer, but this is under continued review as a future possibility.

What do you do with the income from parking charges?

Much of the revenue from parking supports the transport operation, e.g. staff salaries; routine maintenance and repairs of parking machines, barriers, car parks, roads, footpaths, cycle paths, bicycle shelters and bus shelters; parking enforcement; etc.

Why is income from car parking used to support other forms of transport (e.g. for building and maintaining footpaths, cycle paths, bike racks, bus shelters)?

The use of income from car parking to fund the transport strategy is to encourage sustainable transport to campus and to reduce the demand for car parking. We have a strictly limited number of spaces allowed on the campus by the planning authorities – so we do what we can to help shift demand from car use to other forms of transport. This makes it better for all campus users - so people who still need to drive benefit from others switching to other forms of transport.

However, only a small proportion of income from car parking goes on supporting these other forms of travel. By far the largest part of the cost is the construction, maintenance and management of car parking and road network (these are private roads which we build and maintain; they are not funded by the council).

How much does the University charge the football club for parking by its season-ticket holders?

Payment for the use of our car parks is one of the matters that are discussed at each annual review of the University's agreement with Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club about the use of campus car parks by season-ticket holders.

How do the payments from BHAFC contribute to the cost of maintaining car parks?

Even if payments from the club for their use of car parking are taken into account, there is currently a shortfall against the cost of managing and maintaining the car parking infrastructure for the campus.

(There are of course also additional costs associated with managing and maintaining the relationship with the club and the parking arrangements associated with that.)

For the future, the University will continue to need to make best use of space available on campus for academic purposes – and this will include making judgements about the large amount of space currently taken up by the type of car parks we have at the moment.

Replacement car-parking, most probably multi-level to reduce the footprint of campus space taken up, would need to be built. That long-term vision has been part of the campus masterplan development since it was created in 2004. The income from the club will help support these kind of investments.

Scratch cards

What is a scratch card?

Simply scratch off the date, month and year and write in your car registration number; then display the scratch card in the windscreen of your car. Each scratch card pays for parking for one day.

Where do I get a scratch card from?

Students are not eligible to use scratchcards for parking. Staff can buy scratch cards at the following cafes:

  • Doctor's Orders, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)
  • Eat Central, Bramber House
  • Arts Piazza cafe (Saturdays only).

Drivers can also buy scratch cards by debit and credit card - on weekdays (10am-2pm) - from the Security Office in York House.

Visitors should contact their relevant department or school, who can purchase visitor scatchcards in bulk from the Transport Office.

Parking enforcement 

Will I get a warning first before I get a ticket?

Drivers who park on double yellow lines, in a disabled bay without the appropriate badge or on hatched areas will receive an immediate fine as they are blocking the way for emergency vehicles and potentially causing serious issues for disabled drivers. Parking on pavements or grassed areas will also result in an immediate fine.

How much is the fine?

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is for £60. A discounted rate of £30 is offered if the PCN is paid within 14 days.

How do I pay a fine?

Call the First Parking payment line on 0200 333 1995.

How do I appeal against a parking ticket?

Send any enquiries and/or appeals to First Parking LLP, Office 7, 35-37 Ludgate Hill, London EC4M 7JN or via their website

What happens if I don't pay the fine?

If the PCN is not paid within 28 days of the issue of the notice, First Parking may request details of the registered keeper of the vehicle from the DVLA. First Parking will take action to recover the full amount, including any further costs that may be incurred.

Staff Parking 2018/19

Why has the parking policy changed for students and not for staff?

The changes to student parking for the 2018/19 academic year are the first phase in a wider review of our travel plan for the campus to help encourage us all to use more sustainable methods of transport. We are already performing further data gathering on car parking as well as routes and usage of public transport and coverage of cycle ways in surrounding

We expect to enter a period of consultation later in the new academic year, when we will share initial options and proposals for further changes to our parking policy for everyone, not only students.

There are no changes to staff parking for 2018/19. Does this mean my permit will be automatically renewed?

No. Permits will still need to be renewed, as in previous years. The Transport office will notify you when the renewal window is open, before the start of the next academic year.

Will charges for staff parking remain the same?

Parking charges for staff at Sussex have remained unchanged since 2012. Although increases to parking costs for staff have not been introduced so far, it is likely that the cost for staff parking will be reviewed, and proposals will be shared as part of our consultation later in the year.

I requested a permit in 2017/18, but my request was declined because all permits had already been issued. Will I have priority when permits are allocated for 2018/19?

Due to the limited number of permits available for issue, priority will not be given to unsuccessful applications from 2018/19, and instead permits will continue to be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Can staff still use the pass-to-park with scratch cards, even though this is no longer valid for students?

At present, there are no changes to parking arrangements for staff, so those staff members that are using a pass to park together with staff parking scratch cards can continue to do so. It is likely that the approach to passes and permits for staff will be reviewed, and proposals will be shared as part of our consultation later in the year.

I am a staff member and currently have a Bridge car park permit. Can I continue to use the Bridge car park in 2018/19?

No. Parking at the Bridge car park will no longer be available to staff. However, staff who have previously held a Bridge car parking permit may apply for a campus parking permit for the new academic year.

Visitor Parking 2018/19

Can schools and departments still issue scratch cards for use by visitors?

Schools will still be able to purchase and issue visitor scratch cards where needed in the 2018/19 academic year.

Pay by phone is currently only available in Sussex House, the Sport Centre, and the Sports Complex. Will this be made available in more car parks in the future?

Pay by phone will still only be available in these car parks.

Will there be an alternative payment method for visitors that don’t have a smart phone?

Research shows that over 85% of the adult population in the UK uses a smartphone or internet enabled mobile device. Even if visitors do not have a smartphone, they can use any phone to call PayByPhone and arrange parking on 01273 785599.