For staff, students and visitors who drive to the University, UNSW provides a limited number of on-campus car parking spaces. To apply for a parking permit or for any queries please email Security and Traffic Management.

For more information on where you can park, download Campus Locations and Parking Map (PDF) and read the UNSW Parking Rules.

View our interactive digital maps to navigate, find buildings and points-of-interest on the UNSW Campus.

Restricted Parking

UNSW is a Restricted Parking Area and regulated under the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Australian Road Rules 2014. Signs are displayed at all entrances to the campus. All vehicles must only park in a marked bay.

Parking on slopes and or outside of a marked bay is not permitted at any time.

Infringements are issued on campus if parked contrary to the conditions or signs displayed. These restrictions apply to all vehicles entering the campus.

A valid parking permit must be displayed on each vehicle in accordance with the UNSW Parking Rules between the hours of 7:30 am and 7:30 pm Monday to Friday.

Parking is free between 7:30 pm and 7:30 am Monday to Friday, at weekends and Public Holidays. Vehicles must park in a marked bay during these hours.

Further details can be found at RMS.

Available Parking

Staff are eligible to purchase a parking permit to park in the dedicated UNSW Permit Holder parking bays in the various carparks on campus.

Annual Permits

  • Annual Permits must be applied for online through the vPermit system.
  • Annual permits are valid for the calendar in which they are purchased.
  • 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 in the vPermit system.
  • Where a permit is purchased using either a credit or debit card, and the permit is no longer required, the permit holder should 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.
  • If a refund is not requested when an annual permit is cancelled, the credit balance will remain on the permit and can be used if the permit is reactivated later.

Pay as you go (PAYG) Parking Permits

  • PAYG Permits are available for all UNSW Permit Holder Bays across all University Campuses.
  • PAYG permits must be applied and paid for through a CellOPark account.
  • Staff and students 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 be charged. The driver will not be eligible for a refund in the event they later provide a valid zID.
  • PAYG permits are valid from the time a session is started through the CellOPark app. Failure to start a session will result in no permit being issued and may result in a parking infringement.
  • It is the driver’s responsibility to select the ‘active’ vehicle parked on campus in the CellOPark app. Failure to have the correct vehicle active will result in the correct vehicle not being issued with a permit and may result in a parking infringement.
  • PAYG permits will be charged to the credit/debit/prepaid card associated with your 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. Refunds will not be provided for the incorrect use of location codes.

All day casual visitor and student parking is generally available on the top levels of the multi-story carparks located via Gate 14 Barker Street and Gate 11 Botany Street Kensington.

2P and 4P short-term casual visitor and student parking is also available via Gate 2, Gate 5 and Gate 8 High St, Gate 14 Barker St and Western Campus (next to NIDA) via Day Ave Kensington.

All drivers are to register and pay for casual parking with CellOPark App

After Hours permits are available to students, staff and visitors to the campus. After Hours permits are valid only between 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Parking is free between 7:30 pm and 7:30 am Monday to Friday, at weekends and Public Holidays. Vehicles must park in a marked bay during these hours.

Parking permit fees for upfront payments are not refundable. 

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. To pay for the permit, you will need to present yourself at the Gate 2 Security and Traffic Office, present your UNSW ID card and make a non-refundable upfront payment. After this, your permit will become active and you will be able to park in any ‘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 before 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.

There are two designated Parents with Prams parking bays on campus. One is located on the ground floor of the Gate 11 Botany Street multi-storey car park and one in the Gate 14 Barker Street multi-storey car park. To park in these bays, child restraint seating must be visible to Security Parking Officers.

Accessible parking is available for persons holding and clearly displaying a valid RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit. Mobility permit holders may park in any unreserved bay on campus, as per the RMS.

UNSW Reserved Mobility parking bay may be made available to staff or students with a RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit for a fee. Reserved Mobility parking bays are marked “RESERVED PERMIT NUMBER XX” and are not available to other permit holders.

The Mobility permit must only be displayed when the vehicle is being used to transport the permit holder. It must not be used to visit or run errands for the permit holder, when that person is not being transported. Heavy fines apply for stopping in spaces reserved for people with mobility permits or using a permit in a way that infringes its conditions of use. Fines also apply if you have a permit, but do not display it on the vehicle when stopping or parking in a reserved space.

View our interactive map showing accessible access and parking options on Kensington Campus.

Book a parking space on campus or near campus through Share with Oscar. Discounted parking rates apply if reserved online. Book here or download the free Share with Oscar mobile app.

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.


Parking Infringements

UNSW 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. Parking infringement notices are issued on all UNSW campuses by Security Parking Officers.

Vehicles must park within marked bays only and drivers who park contrary to any parking condition, signs, or who fail to comply with directions given by UNSW Security Parking Officers, may be issued an infringement having the same force in law as infringements issued by Police or Rangers.

Please note: Security Parking Officers working in a capacity of monitoring parking at UNSW are equipped with sound and video recording devices for safety purposes.

UNSW is unable to revoke correctly issued infringement notices..

If you are issued with a parking infringement, you have 21 days to pay the penalty in full, or to contest the notice in Court.

You can visit Revenue NSW to:

  • Request a review: Seek leniency based on certain circumstances or if you believe an error has been made.

  • Have the penalty decided in Court: To have the matter determined by a court, you must complete and submit a court election form.

  • Or contact Revenue NSW on 1300 138 118.

For internet payments and more information visit the Revenue NSW website.