Cars, parking and transport

Find out more about travelling between your accommodation and campus, and applying for a parking permit at your residence.

Bristol Unibus U1 - bus pass

Students living in University accommodation are eligible for a free Bristol Unibus U1 pass (term time only), which is included in the cost of their accommodation. This service frequently links the North Residential Village with the Clifton campus and Bristol city centre (this bus service does not link to the Langford campus). Please note that students living in postgraduate only University-accommodation are not eligible for the free Bristol Unibus pass. 

You can upgrade to the city-wide Bristol Zone First Bus ticket for just £50. With this option you get unlimited travel on all First Bus services in the Bristol zone (excluding special event & airport flyer services) - whether it's term time or not.

How to download your free bus pass

The Accommodation Office will send you an email with your unique voucher code. You will then need to enter the unique voucher code on the First Bus app. If you don’t have a smartphone but still need a free bus pass, please contact your residential village Student Support Centre.

You have the option to upgrade to a Bristol Zone bus ticket for £50. To do this, select University of Bristol - Uni Year – Bristol Zone (£329) in the First Bus app and use your voucher code at checkout to buy it for just £50.

Further information can be found on the Bristol Unibus website.

Apply for a car parking permit

You should not bring a car to Bristol unless it is essential, for example because of a disability. Before bringing a vehicle to one of our residences, you must have successfully applied for a parking permit.

Who can apply?

Priority will be given to students who:

  • are a Blue Badge holder (mobility impairment); 
  • have a disability or ill health that means they need the use of a car; 
  • have caring responsibilities that cannot be performed without a car; 
  • have an academic placement for their course that can only be reached by car. 

Permits will only be issued for cars that are adequately insured and taxed, and have an up-to-date MOT.

How to apply

To apply for a parking permit, you must:

  • register for a student account with PermitSmarti;
  • complete the Annual Student Permit online form. If you are asked to supply proof of residency, a copy of your accommodation agreement or invoice will be sufficient.

You will then be notified if your application has been successful.

Applications will be accepted from 7 September ready for the start of term, although the form will remain open for students who want to bring a car later in the year.

Your parking permit


Blue Badge holders will receive their permit free of charge. 

All other students will be charged: 

  • £99 for North Residential Village permits; 
  • £179 for the West Residential Village permits. 

When can I start using my parking space?

Annual permits are valid from 21 September 2021 to 10 July 2022. 

You will not be able to park your car at your residence until after the main arrival dates of 18-20 September 2021 because all the spaces will be used for students who are moving in.

We also offer fixed-term permits:

  • Spring/Summer permit: valid from 9 January 2022 to 10 July 2022
  • Summer permit: valid from 23 April 2022 to 10 July 2022

Where will my parking space be?

No permits are available for East Village residences. Applications from residents in our city centre properties will be considered but if you are offered a permit, it is likely to be within the North Residential Village where more spaces are available.

Summer vacation parking

If you are staying in University accommodation over the summer, you have the option of extending your parking permit with our summer top-up, which is valid from 10 July 2022 to 20 September 2022.

Contact us

If you have a question about residence parking permits, email

Visitor parking

Anyone wishing to park at a University residence, even for a short while, needs to pay for visitor parking.

Parking terms and conditions

All parking in our residences is subject to the residential parking student terms and conditions (PDF, 453kB) and our Residences car parking policy (PDF, 532kB).

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