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Parking on Campus

Transport and Parking

Parking on Campus

Our campus has very strict rules in place regarding parking. Whether using your own vehicle, bike, motorbike, hire vehicle or one of the university fleet vehicles, are subject to the University Parking Regulations and guidance on Driving on Campus. In order to park at either of the campuses you will require a permit.

Parking Permit applications have been delayed this year. 

There are no permits required on campus at the present time.

When the change to the parking restrictions is planned, and applications for permits open, staff and students will be advised.

In the meantime, if parking on campus, the RGU Parking Policy still applies.  Please park within the standard white lined parking spaces.   Parking within a disabled bay is strictly for blue badge holders only.  

Drop Off Spaces

Drop off zones at each building allow drivers to drop off passengers or heavy equipment. These have a maximum waiting time of 15 minutes and are outlined in blue paint.

Visitor Parking

The visitor spaces designated at all buildings on the Garthdee campus, which are outlined in red and are non-bookable and operate on a first-come-first-served basis.

Visitors should register their vehicle in advance through the person they are meeting.  If a vehicle hasn't been registered in advance, all visitors must report to the building's reception where they will be issued with a one-day visitor permit.

If all the designated visitor spaces are occupied, a visitor can park in a white standard permit holder space on the campus but their vehicle must be registered as a visitor.

Mobility Impairments

The Board of Governors have declared a commitment to ensure that those who have mobility impairments have every possible assistance in accessing University premises for the purpose of academic study and employment. Parking bays for the mobility impaired are located as near as possible to the most appropriate entrance to the University buildings.

Permanent Mobility Impairments

Staff or Students who are holders of a blue badge are permitted to park in any recognised disabled parking bay throughout the University. They do not require an RGU Parking Permit and may park free of charge.

Temporary Mobility Impairments

Any member of staff or student who has a temporary mobility impairment, but is not eligible for a blue badge, can apply for a permit under the "exceptional circumstances" clause.

Accessible parking on campus

Accessible parking for blue badge holders is dispersed throughout the campus. The University recognises the importance of well-designed, clearly signposted accessible parking and have a map to help plan your journey. Accessible parking bays are located in close proximity to the entrances and exits of our buildings. 

Student Permits

Any student who wishes to park at the Garthdee campus must have a parking permit.

Students can either apply for a Student Permit or a Car Share Permit. 

There are a limited number of permits available for the Garthdee campus. Any student can apply for a permit, but if the permit application is over subscribed, priority will be given to those who live furthest from the University and have less public transport options.

Applications for 2019/20 are now closed.

New students will have the opportunity to apply after July once they have received their enrolment information and RGU login details.

Staff Permits

Staff permits are available for both Garthdee and the city centre. 

Applications for staff permits for 2019/20 are now closed.

Car Share

Robert Gordon University operates a car sharing scheme as part of its Green Travel Plan to encourage the reduction of vehicles travelling to its sites.

The aims of the Car Share scheme are:

  • to reduce the impact of single car occupancy on the local environment
  • to offer staff and students an alternative to lone driving wherever possible
  • to utilise the limited car parking resources as efficiently as possible

Priority is given to those who choose to car share.  To encourage car sharing, the cost of permit is reduced and dedicated car share bays will be available near each building on the Garthdee Campus.

Car sharing is when two or more registered drivers, who reside at different addresses, share the journey to and from the University by car. A car share team can include both staff and students.

Applications for car share permits are open each April-July for staff and returning students, and new students will have the opportunity to apply once the have received their enrolment information and RGU login details.

For those who do not already have a Car Share partner, Robert Gordon University work with a Scotland wide Liftshare scheme who offer an online search facility to help you find someone to share with. Even if you are not a car driver, you can still use the online search facility to find someone to share the journey with.

Exceptional Circumstances

The University reserves the right to allocate a parking permit to an individual, either staff or student, in exceptional circumstances due to the driver's own ill health or disability.

Permits issued under exceptional circumstances will be charged at the same rate as standard parking permits. 

Applications under exceptional circumstances will be assessed by HR (staff) or Disability and Dyslexia (student). If approved, permits will then be issued by Transport. 

Applicants should complete the form and submit to their HR advisor (staff) or to (student).

Parking Charge Notices

RGU has a Parking Policy in place which manages parking on campus.

All vehicles parked on campus must be displaying a valid RGU Parking Permit and must be parked within a designated parking bay.

Any vehicle parked in contravention of the Parking Policy is liable to a £70 Parking Charge Notice (PCN).  

On Street Parking

An Aberdeen City Council controlled parking zone is in operation around the Garthdee residential area from 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

Garthdee Controlled Parking Zone

Outwith these hours parking is not restricted other than by the regulations set out in the Highway Code.

Residential permits and business permits are available for people who reside or have a business within the Garthdee CPZ.

Anyone without an Aberdeen City Council permit must display a valid voucher in their vehicle and must park in one of the designated areas (see below).

Voucher Charges

£1.50 for up to 2 Hours 
£4.50 for up to 6 hours (All Day)

Voucher Outlets

Vouchers can be purchased from various locations:

  • RGU reception desks at Sir Ian Wood Building, Central Services Building or Garthdee House Annexe
  • RGU Aramark Catering Outlets in Ishbel Gordon Building and Aberdeen Business School
  • Gray's School of Art Shop
  • Student Help Point, Garthdee Campus
  • L&J Newsagent/Post Office, Garthdee Drive

Parking Areas

Please note: There are only certain areas around the Garthdee CPZ in which voucher holders can park, these are areas marked 'Resident/Voucher Parking'. Voucher holders cannot park in areas marked 'Resident permit holders only'.


The CPZ will be monitored and enforced by Aberdeen City Council and Vehicles not displaying a valid permit/voucher during operational period will be issued with an excess charge notice which is currently £60.

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