Car share parking


Please note that if you have more than one vehicle registered on your University parking permit, you MUST ensure that the correct vehicle is active on your permit BEFORE parking on campus.

To switch the active vehicle on your permit, log on to your online parking account, select ‘history’ on the home page and click on the green vehicle icon against your permit.

Failure to ensure the vehicle you wish to park on campus is both registered and active on your permit may result in enforcement action. For further information please see our parking terms and conditions

The University encourages parking permit-holders to car share wherever possible. Car sharing reduces staff travel costs and maximises the number of parking permits that the University can issue. To this end, the University issues car share parking permits to staff permit-holders who are also members of a formal car share team.

Car share parking permits have the following benefits:

How to apply for a permit

To apply for a car share permit, you must first apply for a staff parking permit. A car share permit will only be issued if this staff permit application is successful. Once you have applied for a staff parking permit, you can use the same online parking permit system to apply for a car share parking permit. Before applying, you will need to register your car share team on the University's car share system (run by Liftshare), and in doing so decide who will be lead driver and who will be team members. 

In your car share permit application, you will need to provide:

Further information can be found in our Car share parking guidance (PDF, 2,037kB)

Prior to submitting an application, staff should note that all permit-holders must abide by the University’s Parking Terms and Conditions

How applications are assessed

Car share parking permit applications are assessed with reference to the eligibility requirements, and to any current staff permits or other applications. The University cannot guarantee that formal car share permits will be issued to all applicants.

Applications are subject to verification by Security Services who may reject an application if they identify that the proposed car share team is not practicable.

Using your car share parking permit

All staff car share parking permits are virtual. Each successful applicant will be issued with a car share lead or car share member permit as appropriate, in electronic form. 

Only one vehicle can use any car share permit at a time, but you can change the active vehicle on the permit using the online system at any time. If you have more than one vehicle registered to your permit you must ensure that the one you wish to park at the University is activated on your permit beforehand. You can switch the active vehicle on your permit, and/or update the details of your registered vehicles at any time via the online permit system, by selecting ‘history’ on the home page and clicking on green vehicle icon against the relevant permit. Any vehicle registered on a car share permit must display a valid coupon with the correct date and month scratched off when parked in a University General car park.

Car share permits are not valid in designated Departmental or Disabled parking spaces. If required, any member of a formal car share team can travel independently and park their own vehicle in a general University car park but they must display a valid coupon to do so.

Car share permit-holders can order their parking coupons using the online system, allowing ten working days for delivery via internal post. The lead driver can purchase up to 245 days’ worth of coupons in a permit year. Car share team members can order up to 30 days’ worth of free parking coupons per year but cannot buy further coupons. Permit-holders who are unable to use the online system can purchase coupons at Senate House reception during normal office hours.

Car share parking permits are valid for use in any General parking space on the University Precinct and its satellite sites, which can be viewed in the Clifton Campus Car Parks (PDF, 97kB)‌. General parking spaces for use by staff (including car-sharers), contractors and some departmental vehicles are marked with white lines.

Privacy policy

Please note that all parking permit applications are subject to the University's Privacy Policy for the permit application process.