Find out all you need to know about traveling to our Carlisle campuses, whether you're driving, cycling or using public transport

Pay and display parking

Pay and display parking is available for students, staff and visitors without a parking permit. Please see the table below for prices.

Pay-and-display parking charges
Length of timePrice
0-2 hours £1.00
2-4 hours £1.60
4-8 hours £2.40
8-10 hours £3.20

Parking permits

Visitors (including open days, course interviews and conferences)

Open day attendees, course interview candidates, conference delegates and other visitors should be provided with parking information and permits by their hosts.

This will involve either a dedicated visitors parking area, supply of a visitors' parking permit, or use of pay-and-display. Visitors' parking permits might be provided in advance or arrangements made for their collection on arrival.

Unless a dedicated visitors' parking area has been provided, visitors' parking permits are valid in any non-allocated parking space.

Where an area is designated for visitors parking, staff and students with a parking permit or pay and display ticket must not park there.

For the avoidance of doubt, the following definitions are used in deciding eligibility:

  • ‘Bona fide’ visitors are people who have been invited to the university and are not being paid. This includes people who are paying to attend an event but who are not students. This would include open days, conference delegates and registration events.

  • Contractors and consultants are regarded as permanent employees for parking purposes. This means that they would need to use pay and display parking or purchase a twelve week or annual parking permit.


Student parking permit charges
Permit typePrices
Brampton Road £0.00
Carlisle United Football Club (off-campus, near Fusehill Street) £15.00 / month (min. 3 months)

Brampton Road, Stanwix House and Carlisle Business Interaction Centre (CBIC)

Residential and non-residential students are entitled to park at the Brampton Road campus free of charge with a permit.

Apply for a parking permit

Fusehill Street

There is no student parking on campus (including the car share spaces) between the hours of 8.00 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays other than by purchasing a pay and display ticket. This includes students resident in Carrock Hall.

Carlisle United Football Club

Parking for staff and students is also available at Carlisle United Football Club on Warwick Road, a 12-minute walk from Fusehill Street campus.

Permits for this car park need to be purchased and displayed. This is not operated by the University nor the University’s parking Operator and local rules should be observed. Contact details are provided below.

Apply for a Carlisle United parking permit


LocationPermit typePrices
All campuses Salary Band 1 – Up to £10,500 £50.50
All campuses Salary Band 2 – £10,500 - £15,000 £107.40
All campuses Salary Band 3 - £15,000 - £25,000 £132.40
All campuses Salary Band 4 - £25,000 - £35,000 £154.20
All campuses Salary Band 5 - £35,000 - £42,000 £197.90
All campuses Salary Band 6 – Over £42,000 £232.10
All campuses Car Share £41.00
All campuses 12-week permits £43.70
All campuses Zero VED permit 50% discount on any of the above permit prices
Carlisle United Football Club   £15.00 / month (min. 3 months)

Apply for a staff parking permit

Salary sacrifice and staff car parking

Staff car parking permits are available through a salary sacrifice scheme, which works in a similar way to other University salary sacrifice schemes currently in operation, i.e. childcare vouchers and cycle scheme. The salary sacrifice arrangement will work on an ‘opt-out’ basis. Full details on the scheme are available on the FAQs, or contact Payroll by email at

Carlisle United Football Club

Parking for staff and students is also available at Carlisle United Football Club on Warwick Road, a 12-minute walk from Fusehill Street campus.

Permits for this car park need to be purchased and displayed. This is not operated by the University nor the University’s parking Operator and local rules should be observed. Contact details are provided below.

Apply for a Carlisle United parking permit

Brampton Road

Vehicle access to the Brampton Road campus is only available from Brampton Road. Drivers entering and exiting the pay and display car parking area should exercise particular caution as visibility is compromised by the wall. 

The car park at Stanwix House is accessed via a gate off Church Street near to Stanwix Primary School.

Priority spaces

Disabled parking spaces are available opposite main Reception.

Car share priority spaces are available in the Pay and Display car park.

Unloading and contractors parking permits are available from Brampton Road Reception.

Fusehill Street

A one-way traffic flow exists around the campus with the entrance off Fusehill Street at Blencathra and the exit onto Fusehill Street at Bowscale.  The entrance and exit are controlled by automatic barriers.  Staff can request an activator for the entrance barrier from Reception.

Priority spaces

Designated parking bays for disabled persons are located:

Car share priority spaces are available within the car park in front of Skiddaw.

Unloading and contractors parking permits are available from Fusehill Street Reception.

Some of the spaces outside Blencathra are reserved for visitors only. These spaces are not available for any other type of permit holder or Pay and Display ticket holders.

Download the Traffic Regulations and Car Parking Policy


The issue of permits, management of University car parks and issue of Parking Charge Notices is currently managed by Excel Parking Services Ltd.  Excel have a dedicated email address for University of Cumbria enquiries: Alternatively, you can use their general enquiry phone number: 0114 261 7111.

Any correspondence relating to the issue of a PCN must be directed to Excel Parking Services Ltd. This is not dealt with by the University. If you are dissatisfied with the issuing of a PCN you can appeal to Excel Parking Services Ltd. If you are not satisfied with the response from Excel Parking Services Ltd, you can appeal to the national Independent Appeals Service. Details of this will be provided with the PCN.

If you believe that there is a problem with a University Car Park (eg, the Pay and Display machine isn’t working), please report this to the site reception.

If you have any other queries about this policy please contact FM Administration in the first instance. They can be contacted at: 01524 590831 / email:

If you're a keen (or even casual) cyclist, check out our 'Out and About' guide to Carlisle, which includes all sorts of information on getting around the city, plus a handy map. You can download the guide or pick up a paper copy from reception or the Students' Union.

Download the guide

Bicycle Parking

Staff and students can use the locked, covered bike store on campus - please see the Fusehill Street and Brampton Road campus maps for details.

Anyone using the bicycle parking must ensure that they lock their bicycle securely to the racks. The University does not accept liability for any property that is lost, stolen or damaged on campus.

Bike rental for staff and students

We’ve got bikes available for rent to our staff and students. 

They go for only £50 (inc VAT) for any period as long as you hand them back by the end of June.

All the bikes come with a lock (minimum ‘Sold Secure Bronze’) and a set of front and back lights. We don’t supply helmets but recommend that you do use one.

Please make sure that you insure and look after the bike while you’ve got it: we expect to get it back in a good condition (when you receive your bike it will be either new or will have been serviced). 

To request a bike, talk to the your Accommodation Officer - we have a range of frame sizes so hopefully we’ll have a bike to fit you.

Our bikes are all Trek FX7.0, fitted with mudguards.

Rent a bike

Join the University of Cumbria Strava club

Do you bike, run or walk to work or study at the University of Cumbria?

Then join the University of Cumbria Strava Club!

Strava is a social media site that allows cyclists and other outdoorsy people to use GPS data to share routes and compare their performance. 

If you’ve got a GPS device or a smartphone you can log your activities and upload them to the site. You’ll then be able to find out what other students and staff have been up to – helping you to pick up new route ideas and meet new people with similar interests. The site will also help you meet other people who ride the same commutes as you on a regular basis.

Visit the Club page

Security advice

Please note: We strongly advise that Strava members use the site’s ‘Privacy Zone’ function to keep their home address hidden. 

For more information visit the Strava security information page

Bus travel

Our Carlisle campuses are well-served by public transport, with buses stopping frequently at the stops near the campus entrance. 

Find bus times

Train travel

The Carlisle Train Station is a 10-minute walk away from our Fusehill Street campus and a 25-minute walk from our Brampton Road campus. It's position on the West Coast mainline means that it's easy to get here from Newcastly, Manchester or Glasgow.

Rent a moped

If your usual home address is in Cumbria and you face difficulties getting to our University, it might be possible to loan you a moped at a heavily discounted rate. The moped could be used to get to one of our campuses or to get you to a bus stop or train station.

The moped loan scheme called Wheels 2 Work (W2W) is operated by Inspira and all arrangements would be made with their W2W Co-ordinator.

To be eligible for a loan:

If a loan is agreed:

Your journey would be assessed by Inspira.

For more details please phone Deborah Naylor on 01900 604674 or email

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