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University of Stirling Parking Getting here by car

We encourage everyone coming to the University to use sustainable transport.

Visitors to the campus should note that at certain times, during semester, demand for car parking spaces may exceed supply. Visitors are therefore strongly encouraged to consider as alternatives:

  • using the excellent public transport links to and from Stirling or Bridge of Allan;
  • cycling from Stirling or Bridge of Allan using one of the 20 Nextbike cycle hubs distributed around the Stirling/Bridge of Allan Area (first hour’s hire, free for students and staff);
  • walking from Stirling or Bridge of Allan to the University, getting some exercise and seeing the University’s beautiful surroundings first hand.

Parking for visitors

Visitor parking charges apply Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm all year excluding Christmas & New Year’s Day. Pay & Display machines are in operation within all campus car parks and accept payments by cash or debit/credit card. It is also now possible to pay by phone using the RingGo mobile app or by dialling the number advertised on machines/selected car park signage. Pay & Display rates are as follows:

  • Up to 1 hour – £1.00
  • 1 – 3 hours – £2.00
  • 3 – 5 hours – £3.00
  • 5+ hours – £5.00

The following points should also be noted:

  • Blue Badge holders are not required to Pay & Display
  • Additional text messaging services apply for RingGo services
  • Where vehicles do not have a ‘Pay & Display’ ticket displayed and/or are otherwise in breach of the University’s Traffic & Parking Regulations (e.g. parking on double yellow lines or in disabled bays, etc.), a Private Parking Notice (PPN) will be issued requiring a payment of £60 to the University’s car parking enforcement partner, First Parking LLP.  This sum will be reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days of the date of the notice.  Failure to pay a PPN to First Parking LLP within 28 days of the date of issue, will result in further action to recover the full amount due, including any further costs that may be incurred.

The University’s Traffic and Parking Regulations, along with a list of Car Parking FAQs can be accessed by clicking the relevant links below or by calling in person, at Main Receptions or the Car Parking Office (see below).

Car parking frequently asked questions  Traffic Parking Regulations (PDF)

Queries regarding any aspect of car parking on campus can be directed to the Car Parking Office, Cottrell Building, Room 4Z2 (Tel: 01786 466065)

Car sharing

Where travelling by car to the University is the only feasible option, all drivers are encouraged to car share, even if this is only possible occasionally. The University is a member of the national Liftshare car-sharing scheme and for staff and students, it also operates its own private, web-based car sharing scheme.

Register now to save up to £1000 per year in travelling costs.


University students and staff also now have the option to create their own individual travel plan. Called ‘My Personal Travel Plan’ (MyPTP), journeys can be tailored to suit individual requirements and take account of all available travel options, including use of the cars/car-sharing. Further details on MyPTP:

New for 2017/18 is the introduction of designated car-share spaces for those staff/student drivers carrying 2 or more people. Located in close proximity to main building entrances, there are 20 such spaces within the following car parks:

  • Cottrell Main (‘Y’ Entrance)
  • Logie
  • RG Bomont
  • Pathfoot  (Front Entrance)
  • Pathfoot (Rear Entrance)

These spaces will remain reserved for car sharers 9am-5pm daily, Monday-Friday or as may be varied from time to time and advertised accordingly.

Visitors to campus are encouraged to do their bit for the environment, ease congestion and save fuel costs by car sharing. Visitors to campus can find potential car sharing partners by logging on to tactran liftshare.

Driving directions

Directions for Driving to the University’s Stirling Campus

Visitors to the University who choose to bring their car should note the following directions:

  • From the East, South or West take the M9 to Junction 11. At the junction, there is a roundabout which marks the end of the M9. From here you should take the exit for Bridge of Allan, follow the road through the town itself, and after about 200 metres you will find the University entrance on the left.
  • From the North take the A9 to the same roundabout and follow the same route through Bridge of Allan as above.

Electric Vehicles

There are 2 electric vehicle charging stations located within Cottrell Main Car Park and at the rear of the Pathfoot Building. These chargers are available for all electric vehicle owners. The 4 designated spaces allowing up to 4 cars to recharge simultaneously are reserved for electric vehicles only.

Electricity is provided free-of-charge. However, users are still required to display a valid parking permit or Pay & Display ticket. A maximum charging time of 4 hours applies following which time users are requested to move their vehicles to an alternative designated parking space.

Further general information on electric vehicle charging is available from

Park and ride

There are two park and ride sites in Stirling, situated at Castleview and Springkerse, with buses every 12 minutes to and from Stirling city centre.  From Stirling city centre, you can access First Bus routes UL, 54, 54A, 58, 62, 63 and X39, all of which come on to the Stirling campus.

Parking for staff and students

Staff and students wishing to park on campus should note that they must:

  • Apply for and display a valid car parking permit and in the case of ‘Pay as you go’ permits purchase and display a valid ‘Pay & Display’ parking ticket.
  • Park in a designated parking space.

Possession of a valid permit does not guarantee a parking space.

What parking permit options are available?

  • Standard/Full year permit (Staff and Students)
  • Pay-as-you-go permit (Staff and Students)
  • Half-Year Permit (Students only)
  • Resident Student Permit

Apply for a parking permit using the University portal (you must be a current student or member of staff to be able to view this page)

Parking for first year students resident on campus
If you are a first year student and resident on campus you are not permitted to bring a car onto campus.

Frequently asked questions and regulations

Traffic Parking Regulations (PDF) Car Parking FAQ