Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Community Information

Parking and Cycling

Loughborough University has made a strategic commitment to environmental sustainability across all aspects of its operations. 

A Green Travel Plan has been developed as part of this commitment.  Aimed at staff, students and visitors, the plan is the way the University intends to make its own contribution to reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions whilst promoting exercise and alternative modes of transport.. 

A Transport Sustainability Group has been established and this group is responsible for guiding all aspects of transport and travel at the University.  For more information see the University's Sustainability web pages.

Student car use

Student car use is discouraged and so first year undergraduate students living in halls of residence are not permitted to bring a car onto campus, except for those with disabilities or, in exceptional circumstances, those with other needs.

Significant restrictions are already applied to students in respect of bringing vehicles to the University.  

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The University currently has no plans for an overall ban on students bringing cars to Loughborough. The University does not believe this is either appropriate or practical. The reasons for this are:

  • many students have a legitimate need to own a car.
  • the proportion of students who commute to undertake their studies at the University.
  • effective enforcement of a ban would not be possible 

The University operates a compulsory registration scheme for student cars.  Student vehicle registration data is used by the University for the investigation of student discipline offences, and specifically

  • To ensure that students do not park contrary to University regulations in the residential areas signed 'No University Parking', which surround the campus.
  • To assist the University and Charnwood Borough Council in the enforcement of section 106 'no car agreements' which apply to some student residences, both on and off campus.
  • To assist in the prevention and detection of crime, and the apprehension and prosecution of offenders.
  • The University has made it a specific student disciplinary offence to park in areas close to campus which are subject to Traffic Regulation Orders.  Regular patrols of these areas are undertaken by University security and checks made against the student car registration database.  Where there are matches are the student disciplinary process commences.  
    See: www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/calendar/ordinances/current/23/index.htm

Campus parking provision

The University has over 3000 parking spaces on campus which is in excess of the number of spaces recommended for an institution of Loughborough’s size by national planning guidance (PPG13)

Consideration of car parking issues is incorporated into the University’s estate planning and provision is made where appropriate, but in light of national government priorities for sustainable development and the Universities own strategic commitments to this, major expansion of car parking provision on campus is not anticipated and some reductions are anticipated over time.

For more information on national government advice visit: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/2116950.pdf

Off campus parking restrictions/working with others

1.  The University believes that formal restrictions, enforceable through the local authority are the best option for the management of parking issues in key areas off campus.

2. The University and Loughborough College meet regularly with residents groups, councillors, council officers and other partners through the Loughborough Off Campus Community Liaison Group.  Parking and other issues are regularly discussed in this forum and the University is committed to working to address issues raised.

For further information please contact:

Alison Barlow 
Stakeholder Relations Manager 
Loughborough University
Telephone: 01509 228696
Email: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk


Many students have bicycles and the University gets numerous enquiries and complaints each year regarding the conduct of students on cycles.

The University promotes cycling proficiency and the Highway Code to all students as part of the induction process.

Campaigns on campus take place to target students riding without lights during the winter months. The University targets the problem by encouraging students to purchase lights, and have their bikes inspected to ensure compliance, as an alterative to being fined.

It is anticipated that this measure will lead to a reduction in cycle rider casualties, improve road safety for cyclists and other road users, and reduce opportunities for complaint. Whilst the University has no jurisdiction off campus for cycling, it is hoped that these initiatives will have a ‘knock-on’ effect off campus.