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Campus Parking - Hours of Operation​

Sighthill and Craiglockhart

Parking between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday is strictly for registered permit holders and pre-booked university guests who are allocated a parking bay for the campus they are visiting.​


Parking between the hours of 7am and 5pm Monday to Friday is strictly for registered permit holders and pre-booked university guests who are allocated a parking bay for the campus.


Over the last few years, we were able to pause parking charges for colleagues and students across our campuses, however, bound by legal obligation set out within planning permission to charge for parking, therefore, charges will be reintroduced from Monday 27 May 2024.

** Current permit holders do not need to reapply **​​

We have partnered with RingGo to allow colleagues to pay an affordable cost to park on campus per day, week or month.  This means that parking will be cheaper than pre-pandemic and charges will be variable, depending on Grade.  Please note that a parking permit is still required.​

Know your RingGo code - Permit holders will receive an email, w/c Monday 13 May 2024. 

How to use RingGo (User Guide) - Click on Parking Payment Quick Guide for Current Permit Holders


UKPC will continue to monitor our campus car parks and surrounding areas.  If a user does not have a valid permit, then UKPC will address this by means of a parking ticket.​   ​All permits are checked via your vehicle registration number.​

From Monday 27 May 2024, the following charges will be in place:-


Staff Permit Cost (Grades Two and Three) 

Type Standard & Temporary (£) Car Share 1 (£) *
Car Share 2 (£) **
Daily 0.85 0.45 0.00 
Weekly 2.50 1.25 0.00 
Monthly 10.00 5.00 0.00 


Staff Permit Cost (Grade Four and Above) 

Type Standard & Temporary (£) Car Share 1 (£) *
Car Share 2 (£) **
Daily 1.00 0.50 0.00 
Weekly 3.00 1.50 0.00 
Monthly 12.00 6.00 0.00 

* Driver plus one passenger from a different household

** Driver plus two passengers from different households

Applying for a Permit

All parking permits are issued by the Car Parking Team.  Please apply by using the Online Car Parking Application Form below.  If you have any further queries, please contact the Car Parking Team on ext: 5000 or email: car.parking@napier.ac.uk

To apply for a permit, please first read our University Parking Policy and University Parking FAQs​ and then follow the guidance notes outlined below.

Permits are allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Should there be a waiting list at Craiglockhart, Merchiston or Sighthill, applicants will be added to a waiting list and issued with a permit, if and when a permit becomes available.​

We will continue to monitor our parking management processes on an ongoing basis and feedback should be emailed to: car.parking@napier.ac.uk

Online Parking Application Form & Guidance Notes

Please click he​re​ for the Online Parking Application Form


1. All fields on the form must be completed. The system will not accept a form if any of the fields are incomplete.


2. An automatic reply will be dispatched to acknowledge that the request has been received and is being processed. The message does not mean that you have been successful in obtaining a permit.


3. Applicants' payroll number can be found on their staff badge, global address list (Open Outlook properties) or on request from Human Resources.


​4. At the "Type of Permit" field the applicant will select from the drop down menu the type of permit they require. The options are as follows:  ​

  • Standard Parking Permit - Staff and students can apply for a standard permit for their home campus.  Staff home campus will be confirmed by Human Resources.  Student home campus will be determined by School.​

  • Temporary Parking Permit - Temporary permits can be issued to staff and students that do not hold a standard parking permit but highlight a parking requirement due to a short-term need.

  • Car Share Permit - Two types of car share permits may be issued; Car Share 1 for two members of staff or Car Share 2 for three or more members of staff.

5. At the "Email" field applicants are asked to indicate the email address to which the automatic reply will be sent. 


6. Car park charges apply in all University car parks within the City of Edinburgh. Car park charges will apply to those members of staff who are successful in obtaining a permit and whose work requires them to be on campus. Car Park charging periods will apply between 7am-5pm at Merchiston Campus and 9am-4pm at Craiglockhart and Sighthill. Car parking charges do not apply to motorcycles as this is in line with ECC policy.

Permit Exemptions

  • Visitors Car Parking - Please refer to the guidance on booking visitor parking spaces at our campuses below.

  • Blue Badge Holders - Users are encouraged to park within any designated blue badge space but are also permitted to park within any parking space on campus, except for loading bays and parking bays allocated to minibuses, motorbikes and University vehicles and must display their own blue badge to park on campus.​

  • Motorbike Owners - Do not require a permit on campus and will not be charged.  You must park in a designated Motorbike area only.

  • Electric Vehicles - A parking permit is not required to use and park within the electric vehicle parking bays at Craiglockhart, Merchiston or Sighthill.  However, any electric vehicle parked within an electric vehicle parking bay must be connected to and must be actively charging from the infrastructure available.  Payment for use of the space and the electricity consumed is controlled through the charging infrastructure.

  • Short-term Business Hired Vehicles - Registration details must be provided before or upon delivery to car.parking@napier.ac.uk.  The contracted user of any short-term business hired vehicle is liable for any parking charge notice issued.  Please refer to Parking Policy for more detail.

​Visitors Car Parking​ (Resource Booker)

We have a number of visitor parking spaces at all our campuses to facilitate University guests.  Please be aware that these spaces must be booked in advance.  If a guest parks in one of our visitor spaces without having booked, they will be issued with a penalty charge.  Bays available at each campus are on a first come, first serve basis.

Visitors Car Parking spaces are for external visitors only, not staff or students.

Visitors car parking requests must be made at least one working day in advance of the date required via Resource Booker by the University staff member who is organising.  If you need to make a booking (one working day or less), please complete the On the Day Visitors Parking formand email to: car.parking@napier.ac.uk​


Parking outwith the University​​​

If you choose to park on-street, you must pay the appropriate fee or you will receive a penalty charge. You will be ​responsible for paying this and the University will not consider any claims for car parking penalty charges by the City of Edinburgh Council's parking attendants.

If you park in our surrounding communities, please try to be considerate by making sure you aren’t using car parks designed for shop customers, blocking entrances or exits, parking on pavements or obstructing residents’ driveways. Help us be a good neighbour to the people we share our community with and take extra care when deciding where to leave your car.

Please be aware that the new Scotland wide parking legislation means that councils now have powers to enforce incorrect parking including; parking on pavements, double parking, parking at crossing points and parking on verges which lie between roads and pavements.  The new rules came into force on 11 December 2023.  Please click here​ for further information.​

Electric Vehicle Charging and Parking

Anyone can use the electric vehicle charging bays to charge their car.  All vehicles parked at charging point must be actively charging.  All electric vehicles parked out with a charging point requires a valid permit and pay for parking via RingGo.



In the event of a member of staff or student not being able to secure a permit, or in the event of permit privileges being revoked, a procedure governing appeals has been put in place. In these instances any appeal should be made in writing within 14 days to the Facilities Services Manager, clearly stating the reason for the appeal. The appeal letter should also contain any other information that is relevant and should be considered. The Facilities Services Manager will endeavour to review the matter within a reasonable period of time and to notify the applicant in writing of their decision.

If the applicant is unhappy with the decision of the Facilities Services Manager, a final appeal can be made, in writing, to the Director of Property & Facilities. This final appeal must be lodged within 7 days of the notice from the Facilities Services Manager. The Director of Property & Facilities will endeavour to hear the appeal as soon as possible and will notify the applicant in writing of their decision. The decision of the Director of Property & Facilities will be final.​​

Travelling Sustainably

​Within our University Strategy we have commited to minimise our wider carbon footprint, and we encourage colleagues and students to think about how they get to and from campus.   Transport information can be found at https://www.napier.ac.uk/about-us/environmental-sustainability​​