Parking on campus

UNSW is a Restricted Parking Area and is regulated under the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Road Rules 2014.

Signs are displayed at all entrances to the campus.

You may be fined if you park contrary to the conditions displayed on the signage and all vehicles must only park within a marked bay. 

No parking fees are payable between 7.30 pm and 7.30 am on weekdays, and all day on weekends and public holidays. 


Parking Permits

Find which one applies to you, and how to purchase one. Parking permits can be purchased from Security & Traffic Management via the vPermit website.

UNSW Staff are able to choose between annual permits (via the UNSW vPermit website) or pay-as-you-go Parking Sessions (via the CellOPark App). 

Having either an annual 'vPermit' or an active parking session on CellOPark allows staff to park in any bay marked 'UNSW Permit Holder'.

Annual Permits

  • Annual Permits must be applied for online through the vPermit system.
  • Annual Permits may be paid for upfront (via Credit or Debit Card) or by Salary Sacrifice, depending on the option chosen by the Applicant.
  • Multiple vehicle registration numbers can be entered into the vPermit system, but it is the driver’s responsibility to select the ‘active’ vehicle, which is parked on campus on the day, in the vPermit system.
  • Where an annual permit is purchased upfront using either a credit or debit card, and the permit is no longer required, the permit holder may cancel the permit in the vPermit system, and the refund request will be reviewed by the Security & Parking Team for processing. The refund amount is calculated from the date on which the permit is cancelled and will be shown on the cancelled permit information in the vPermit system, less a $25 administration fee.

Pay as you go (PAYG) Parking Sessions

  • PAYG Parking is available for UNSW staff who only park on Campus some of the time. 
  • To use PAYG Parking, staff must download and register an account through the CellOPark App
  • Staff are required to start a session via the CellOPark App each time they park on Campus. Failure to start a session may result in a parking infringement being issued.
  • Staff must provide a valid zID to be eligible for PAYG parking permits. If a valid zID is not provided, the driver will be issued with a casual parking permit and the relevant casual parking rates will apply.
  • It is the Drivers responsibility to ensure the registration they have listed in the CellOPark App is correct.
  • PAYG Parking Sessions will be charged to the credit/debit/prepaid card associated with the Drivers CellOPark account at the end of each billing cycle. The CellOPark billing cycle concludes on the 24th of each month.
  • Payment against your card will be processed by CellOPark on the 25th or 26th of each month for the parking on campus in the previous month.
  • The management of vehicles is through the Driver’s CellOPark account and not the vPermit system.
  • Approved refunds will be processed by CellOPark on the 25th or 26th of each month for fee incurred in the previous month. Requests for parking refunds must be approved by UNSW. 

All-day parking is available to visitors and students on the top level of the Barker Street multi-storey Carpark, entry via Gate 14, and the Botany Street multi-storey Carpark, entry via Gate 11. Payment can be made through Pay-by-Plate meters (located next to the lift on the top level of the carparks) or by downloading the CellOPark App. Payment is required on arrival.

There are short-term 2P or 4P timed parking bays in the carparks nearby Gates 2, 8 (off High Street); Gate 11 Apron (off Botany Street) and at the Western Campus. Payment is required on arrival and can be made by downloading the CellOPark App. Or Pay-By-Plate meter.

PhD candidates and residential students (who reside in UNSW-operated accommodations) are eligible to purchase a parking permit to park in the dedicated UNSW Permit Holders parking bays in the various carparks on Campus. Applications for these permits must be submitted on the vPermit website.

If you are a residential student, you must attach a current copy of the UNSW Student Accommodation Licence Agreement (Tenancy Agreement).

Once approval is granted, you may make payment online or in-person by visiting the Campus Security Office located at Gate 2.

Anyone may apply for an After-Hours permit in vPermit. After payment is made, applicants may park in any ‘UNSW Permit Holder’ bay on campus only after 3:30 pm. 


Once you have completed your Contractor Safety Induction and obtained your UNSW ID card, you can purchase your parking permit. You will need to register on the vPermit website and apply for your permit there. You can apply for a daily, weekly, or annual parking permit online. Payment can be made online by credit card or in person by visiting the Campus Security Office located at Gate 2.

The virtual permit is valid as soon as payment is completed and you may park only in 'UNSW Permit Holder' bays.

Loading zones are available for the period of time marked on the sign. You are expected to offload the materials you need, and then park in the permit holder or casual ticket parking areas. If you need to use the Loading Zone for a longer time period, advise your Estate Management Project Manager ahead of time, who will contact the Security & Traffic Management Office for approval. For after-hours approvals contact UNSW Security on 9385 6000.

Permissions for Loading Zone parking extensions are only granted if emergency works are being undertaken, or if you need to work from your vehicle. Any vehicle type (not only commercial vehicles) can park in a Loading Zone bay if needed.

Under the RMS Mobility Parking Scheme, mobility parking permit holders can park in any unreserved bay on campus.

Your Mobility parking permit must only be displayed when the permit holder is in the vehicle. Make sure you always display your parking permit to avoid being fined. Fines apply for parking in Mobility parking spaces which infringe the conditions of use. 


Parking Fines


Parking at UNSW is actively patrolled by UNSW Security Parking Officers to ensure compliance with the parking regulations. All UNSW campuses (Kensington, Paddington, Western, and Randwick) operate as restricted parking areas, as defined in the Road Transport Regulation. Parking is regulated by the RMS' Restricted Parking Scheme, linked to the Self Enforcing Infringement Notice Scheme (SEINS), and operated by the NSW Government Revenue NSW. 

Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras are installed at vehicle entry and exit points at both Paddington and Kensington campuses and within the car parks for the primary purpose of collecting data on carpark usage trends, to support post-incident investigations, and to monitor and determine if correct parking fees have been paid.

UNSW Security parking officers will issue parking infringement notices as required if vehicles are parked in breach of the UNSW Parking Rules. You must make sure your car is wholly parked within the marked bay lines. If you park contrary to any parking condition, signs, or do not comply with directions given by UNSW Security Parking Officers, you may receive an infringement. UNSW Security parking officers are equipped with sound and video recording devices for safety purposes.

Parking infringements issued on campus have the same force in law as infringements issued by Police or Rangers. UNSW is unable to revoke infringements issued legally. 


Full FAQs are available for download:

UNSW can accommodate visiting organisations with their bus or coach parking on campus. Buses/Coaches must not park outside of these bus bays on campus. Penalties may apply.

Buses/Coaches can park in the following locations, noting size restrictions: 

  • Gate 11: 2 x mini-bus bays (22-seater maximum) located on the open space of Botany St carpark; and
  • Gate 14: 2 x coach bus bays (52-seater maximum) located on the exit side of Gate 14.

To book any of the mentioned bus bays, please complete the Scheduled Event booking form

If you are issued with a parking infringement, you have 21 days to request a reviewpay the penalty in full, or to contest the notice in Court. You can pay your fine online at Revenue NSW.  

Parking infringements issued on campus have the same force in law as infringements issued by Police or Rangers. UNSW is unable to revoke infringements issued legally. 

For more information contact Revenue NSW on 1300 138 118. 

We have two dedicated parking spaces for parents with prams. One is on the ground floor of the  Botany St Carpark with entry via Gate 11, and one in the Barker Street Carpark with entry via Gate 14. A baby capsule or child's car seat will need to be visible through the windows of your car to avoid a parking fine. 

Yes! Book here or download the free Share with Oscar mobile app. Discounted parking rates apply if you reserve online. 

UNSW are proud to support Share with Oscar, a UNSW founded technology start up, who are solving the parking pain in our urban cities.

Find out more about their story here.

Yes! There are six electric vehicle charging stations located on the rooftop level of the Botany Street car park.

Users will be required to download the Chargefox App and set up an account to pay for charging.

The usual parking fees for students, staff and visitors also apply via a vPermit or the CellOPark App.

Visit the UNSW solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations page for more details.