Car parking payments and tariff information at Ulster University.

Hourly or Daily Ticket Tariffs Ulster Students and Staff

Excluding Associate Students

Car park tariffs
TimeCost Non Student/Staff (Magee Campus)
First 30 mins FREE FREE
Up to 2 hrs £0.80 £2.00
Up to 3 hrs £1.20 £3.00
Up to 4 hrs £1.50 £4.00
Up to 5 hrs  £1.80 £5.00
Up to 6 hrs £2.00 £6.00
Up to 9 hrs £2.50 £9.00
Up to 24 hrs £3.00 £10.00

On Entry

Registered Ulster students and Staff paying by the hour should NOT take a ticket at the entrance barrier but use your University ID card to gain access to the car park, your ID card now becomes your ticket.

Scan your card on entry to the car park over the area on the entry column (do not insert your card into the machine), this will allow access to the car park.

On Exit

On preparing to leave the campus go to the pay station and scan your ID card at the pay station.

This will activate the Ulster student and staff hourly tariff charge – pay the fee.  On leaving the campus scan your ID card at the exit barrier.

Drivers have 30 minutes grace from paying at the Pay-on-Foot station to exiting the campus.

Pay-on-Foot stations

Pay-on-Foot stations are located near the main entrances to/exits from main buildings.

The positions of Pay-on-Foot stations are shown on campus car parking maps.

Pay-on-Foot stations will also take notes, coins, credit cards, issue change and provide receipts.

Pay-on-Foot stations also accept Euro notes. Change is given in sterling regardless of tendered currency.

Alternatively drivers can present their credit or debit card both at the entrance and exit barriers.

There is no need to go to a Pay-on-Foot station. The system will calculate the public tariff due and deduct this amount from the credit card account.

Staff and students wishing to obtain the University staff and student tariff must use their Identity Card, rather than Credit Card.

Methods of payments

A number of flexible methods of payment are available.

Staff annual permit

  • £75 for those up to and including spinal point 23.
  • £150 for those on spinal point 24 and above.

Purchase car parking permits for staff from the online store.

Student permit

  • £75 for 12 months
  • £60 for 9 months
  • £40 for 6 months

Purchase car parking permits for students from the online store.

Disabled students and staff annual permit

  • £1

Purchase a blue badge permit from the online store.

Commercial Tenants/ Non-University Employees Annual Permit

  • £150

Purchase permits for associate staff from the online store.

Top up cards

This facility provides occasional users of the car parks i.e. infrequent but repeat visitors, part-time students, etc., an option not to have to go to pay stations. Top up cards work on a similar basis to those for 'Pay as You Talk' mobile phones.

Top up cards are purchased from the Online Store with an initial credit value of £10, £30 or £50.

The initial card purchase will cost an additional £1.

Cards can be collected 48 hours after purchase from the Car Parking Office on campus.

Cards can be topped up to any value (up to their original value) at Pay-on-Foot stations using cash or credit cards.

The original top up value can only be increased by visiting the Car Park and Traffic Management Office. Credit or debit cards will only top up to the full value of the card and will not top up in increments. Refunds are not available for top up card purchases.

Top-Up Tariffs are as hourly/daily rates less 5%. Top up cards are like cash and should be treated that way. As no details/record of users are maintained, refunds for will not be possible.

Top up cards cannot be purchased and funded by a University cost centre.

The charges for daily/hourly tickets and top up cards will apply within the timeframes as shown at No. 2. The system will calculate how much of your time in the car park is chargeable and how much is free.


If you forget your student/staff ID card there is no alternative other than to take a hourly/daily ticket and pay the calculated tariff for that visit/day.

There is no way to obtain entry/exit other than using a permit/proximity card or hourly/daily tickets and credit cards.

All drivers must be in possession of a relevant, valid driving licence for the vehicle they are driving.

All vehicles and drivers must be covered by relevant and adequate insurance cover at all times.

The system incorporates anti-abuse measures which prevent cards being used more than once in any direction without having been used in the opposite direction in between i.e. your card cannot be used for entry unless it has been used to exit beforehand. Also cards will only operate when a car is present at the barrier.

All car park users are expected to fully co-operate with the Car Park and Traffic Management Office /University Security Staff to achieve the aims and objectives of this car parking policy.

Failure to comply with the agreed car parking arrangements, and where there are no mitigating circumstances, will be treated as a misconduct issue and the appropriate action taken by informing the relevant Provost/Faculty Dean/Department Director.

Tariff Increases

Tariff increases are governed by the Ulster University, who reserve the right to vary tariffs giving one months’ notice.

Any changes will be publicised before coming into effect.