Sussex Estates and Facilities

Staff parking on campus

Parking permit applications for 2023/24 are open.

If you are a University, BSMS or IDS staff member, please apply via Sussex Direct. All other application forms (students, Carer Scheme, Tutors, and Third Party groups) are available on these webpages.

You will receive an e-mail to your provided e-mail address once your permit or pass is ready to collect. Please bring valid ID (e.g. a staff or student ID card, or driving license) when collecting your permit or pass.

Parking enforcement is active on campus.

Due to a surplus of expired scratchcards following the pandemic, we will be accepting expired staff and visitor scratchcards (2019, 2020, etc.) as valid for the foreseeable future. Please ensure you continue to scratch out the correct month and day, but the year at the bottom of the scratchcard can be ignored.

Parking permits (A-type) are issued to staff who pay upfront or via monthly salary deduction. Displaying a valid permit in the windscreen of your vehicle entitles you park in campus car parks. Permits must be displayed foil-side up, with the expiry date visible.

A pass-to-park (C-type) is issued free of charge to staff. This must be displayed together with a valid daily scratch card, purchased in books of ten from:

  • Hastings building reception (8.30am to 4pm)
  • Eat Central in Bramber House (8am to 5pm; reduced opening hours during the summer)
  • BSMS Doctor's Orders (for BSMS staff only)

Please take care not to misplace your permit, such as when changing vehicles or submitting your car for maintenance, as you must physically display it when parked on campus to avoid receiving a ticket.

You may be issued with a parking card instead of a scratchcard. These are near identical and work the same way, you'll just need to circle the details (day, date, month) instead of scratching the correct boxes. 

Staff on University of Sussex payroll (including BSMS and IDS)

Payment for an annual permit is made via monthly salary deduction at the rate of £30 per month, at a total cost of £360 per year pro-rata. This cost is automatically reduced depending on contracted working hours.

A pass-to-park is issued free of charge to be displayed alongside paid scratch cards, available in books of ten at the rate of £2.00 per day.

Staff can apply by logging onto Sussex Direct. Select the “Personal” tab and navigate to “Transport”. Please check that the information on your vehicle(s) is up to date, and apply or renew as instructed.

Associate staff

Associates (including doctoral tutors and retired tutors) should apply via the appropriate form at the top of this page. As standard, associates can apply for an annual permit at the cost of £36, or a standard pass-to-park. These permits are intended for staff who only attend the University on occasion, and are dependent on monthly contracted working hours.

Disability permits for staff 

University staff with a disability or mobility issue can contact Occupational Health about a disabled parking permit. Staff who hold a government/council issued Blue Badge are exempt from parking charges, and do not need a permit.

More information is available on the disabled parking page.

Non-University staff and third parties

If you work on campus for a third party and are not on the University of Sussex payroll, please liaise with your line manager or head of department, who will submit an application to the Transport Office on your behalf.

This includes:

  • Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF)
  • SussexFood/Chartwells
  • The Students' Union
  • StudyGroup
  • The NHS Health Centre
  • any other third party organisation based on Falmer campus

The Sussex Innovation Centre manages parking internally, and is not managed by the Transport Office.

New starters at Sussex

If you are a newly joining staff member at the University (including any third party groups, as above), you can collect a temporary parking permit from the Transport Office while your parking permit application is processed. This temporary permit is valid for 10 working days.

Please apply for a parking permit or pass-to-park via the usual channels detailed above, and then visit the Transport Office reception (Hastings building, open from 8.30am to 4pm on weekdays) to collect a temporary permit. Please bring valid ID (e.g. a staff ID card or driving license) when collecting your permit or pass.

Registering multiple vehicles

Up to five vehicles may be registered on a single parking permit. University staff (including IDS and BSMS staff) can register vehicles on Sussex Direct. All other permit holders need to contact the Transport Office to add or change vehicles registered to a permit. The physical permit must be moved between vehicles, and displayed when parked on campus. Any vehicle not displaying a valid permit or pass is liable to receive a Parking Charge Notice (PCN).