Travel by Car - Students

At Swansea University we are committed to embedding sustainable practices throughout every aspect of University life. With this in mind, we encourage students to use public transport where possible. Find out more about travelling by bus here.

However, we do appreciate that some students are unable to use public transport due to personal circumstances.

For those who do need to drive to and from our campuses, please find details below on how and where to park.

Car Parking for Students

We have extremely limited car parking available on University campuses. There are car parking permits available to certain categories of students. Some of these will allow parking on campus while others provide parking at nearby facilities. Please see details below.

Please note that during the application process for all car parking permits, all vehicles will be checked with the DVLA database and those without a valid MOT certificate or Vehicle Tax will not be issued with a permit.

Please also be mindful of the car parking permit conditions of issue:  CONDITIONS OF ISSUE 17/18

Student Car Parking Permits – Eligible Categories

Students requiring reasonable adjustments for medical or welfare issues in order to facilitate their studies

This also includes carers for students who are unable to drive.

Students holding this type of car parking permit will be able to park on campus.

Permit Cost - £44 per academic year*

*This parking permit is provided free of charge to blue badge permit holders.

How to Apply

To apply, download the application form:

Singleton Park Campus Application Form 2017/18

Bay Campus Application Form 2017/18  

(or collect from Estates & Facilities Management Reception: 4th Floor of Union House, Singleton park, 1st Floor Tower Information Centre, Bay Campus). Submit your completed application form by email to:

Medical Issues

The Disability Officer (Adele Jones: A.M.Jones@swansea.ac.uk). You may need to provide supporting evidence. The Disability Officer will advise you.

Welfare Issues

Student Life Officer (Danielle Richards: D.L.Richards@swansea.ac.uk). When you submit your form, please arrange a weekday appointment with the Student Life Officer to discuss your application. You may need to provide supporting evidence and will be advised on this.

How do I receive my permit?

Once authorised the Estates & Facilities Management Admin Team will contact you to inform you when and where to collect your permit. You will be required to make payment in full by credit, debit card or cash on collection. Please note that payment by credit card will incur an additional charge of 1.5%.

Students with dependent children in the University Crèche.

Students holding this type of car parking permit will be able to park on campus.

Permit Cost - £44 per academic year.

How to Apply

To apply, download the application form:

Singleton Park Campus Application Form 2017/18

Bay Campus Application Form 2017/18  

(or collect from the Crèche Manager, The Crèche, Grove Building Extension, Singleton Park Campus). Submit your completed application form by email to the Crèche Manager (Tracey Knuska: nursery@swansea-union.co.uk).

How do I receive my permit?

Once authorised the Estates & Facilities Management Admin Team will contact you to inform you when and where to collect your permit. You will be required to make payment in full by credit, debit card or cash on collection. Please note that payment by credit card will incur an additional charge of 1.5%.

Students who are on sport scholarships

Students holding this type of car parking permit will be able to park on campus.

Permit Cost – included in scholarship or bursary

How to Apply

To apply, email the Sporting Recruitment and Events Officer(Roger Davies: roger.davies@swansea.ac.uk) for an application form. Submit your completed application form by email to: roger.davies@swansea.ac.uk.

How Do I Receive My Permit

Once authorised the Sporting Recruitment and Events Officer will contact you to inform you when and where to collect your permit.

Students living outside of the Swansea University Bus Zone Area

** The Application Window for Recreation Ground Car Parking Permits is Now Closed

** Permits are still available for Fabian Way Park & Ride - see details below

Students living outside of the Swansea University Bus Zone Area (indicated on the map below) in zones 1 through to 4 are able to apply for an annual parking permit to park either in the Recreation Ground Car Park, or the Fabian Way Park and Ride* facilities. 

*The cost of the Bay Campus permit includes the bus transfers to and from the Bay Campus. View the Bus Timetable .

You will be informed of the decision of your application and issued clear guidance about collection of permits within 5 working days of the closing date.

Notes for Applicants

  • The number of permits available are strictly limited.
  • Permits will be issued according to priority; with those living farthest away from the bus zone area being given first priority.
  • Only students living in zones 1 – 4 and outside of the Swansea University Buz Zone Area are eligible to apply.
  • The permit allows a maximum of 4 people per car to travel to and from the Fabian Way Park and Ride.

Permit cost: £200 per academic year.

How To Apply

To apply, download the application form:‌

Singleton Park Campus Application Form 2017/18

Bay Campus Application Form 2017/18

(or collect from Estates & Facilities Management Reception: 4th Floor of Union House, Singleton park, 1st Floor Tower Information Centre, Bay Campus). Submit your completed application form by email to Estates-carparking@swansea.ac.uk.  

How do I receive my permit?

Once authorised the Estates & Facilities Management Admin Team will contact you to inform you when and where to collect your permit. You will be required to make payment in full by credit, debit card or cash on collection. Please note that payment by credit card will incur an additional charge of 1.5%.

Parking Zones

Student out of hours parking

Out of normal working hours, all students can park free of charge on either campus Monday to Friday from 4pm to 8am the following morning and at any time on the weekend.

At the Bay Campus the University manages parking via an Automatic Number Plate Recognition system (ANPR). To ensure the system recognises your vehicle and does not issue you with an automatic penalty charge notice you will need to apply for a student out of hours permit if you park out of hours at the Bay Campus.

Permit cost £5

How to Apply

Apply in person at the Estates & Facilities Management Reception, First Floor, Tower Information Centre, Bay Campus.

How do I receive my permit?

Once authorised the Estates & Facilities Management Admin Team will contact you to inform you when and where to collect your permit. You will be required to make payment in full by credit, debit card or cash on collection. Please note that payment by credit card will incur an additional charge of 1.5%.

Pay & Display Parking

Singleton Park Campus

There is no on campus pay & display parking available to students on Singleton Park Campus. The closest pay & display car parks are at the Recreation Ground to the East of the Campus and at the Pub on the Pond just to the West. Both are a short walk from the campus.

Bay Campus

There is very limited pay & display parking available at the Bay Campus in the main car park located to the west of the campus. There are currently 460 parking bays available in the car park with the first seven lanes (closest to the main campus) being held for car parking permit holders. The remaining six lanes to the rear of the car park (towards the west) are available to both permit holders and those wishing to pay and display.

There is limited pay & display parking available in the SSSI car park located to the east of the campus.

Additional Parking Information

Fabian Way Park & Ride

The Fabian Way Park & Ride is operated by the City & County of Swansea.

  • The car park is open between 6.45am and 7.30pm Monday to Saturday.
  • There are 550 car parking spaces including 23 disabled bays and cycle racks.
  • CCTV is in operation at the car park and there is an enclosed wiating area with seating; an information point; and refreshment machines.
  • There are toilet facilities and baby changing facilities available at the site.
  • Further information about the City and County of Swansea run facility can be found here

Where exactly is the Fabian Way Park & Ride? It's opposite Mcdonalds - see map below:

Recreation Ground

Where exactly is the Recreation Ground? It's a 7 - 8 minute walk from the Singleton Park Campus. See map below:-

Students with Disabilities

Students who have mobility difficulties will be entitled to park on both campuses, as long as they have a valid blue badge or special permit on display.

For blue badge holders, simply ensure that the badge is displayed, and you will be admitted to the campus and can park in any parking space (there are spaces at both campuses reserved for people with disabilities).

Background Information

Many students ask why there is limited parking provision for students on the campuses? There are two main reasons:

1) Swansea University aims to be a green university. We have made massive improvements in recent years thanks to the hard work of the Sustainability Team. We have been awarded 'First Class Degree' status by the Guardian Green League, become the first university in Wales to achieve both ISO14001 accreditation and 'Ecocampus' platinum; and we have been nominated for the Green Gown Award. With this in mind, it would be wrong for the University to take actions that promote unsustainable travel - such as building a large car park.

2) There are tight planning restrictions on vehicle movements at the Bay Campus. The local planning authorities were concerned about the potential for large numbers of vehicle movements to and from the Bay Campus and built in a very tight restriction on the number of vehicle movements that are allowed on and off the campus. They did not allow planning permission for a large car park, and there is currently no prospect of getting planning permission for significant new car parking at either campus.

If you would like to know more about Swansea University's travel policy, please contact our Travel Plan Coordinator j.cornelius@swansea.ac.uk.