Car parking across all College campuses is limited, particularly during office hours. Find out if you can park at our South Kensington campus by selecting the category that applies to you below. Anyone parking on College grounds is required to read and adhere to the car parking regulations.

Changes to staff parking for 2021-22

In line with the College’s 'transition and learn' phase of returning to campus, we will be introducing a hybrid car parking system for the 2021-22 academic year. You can learn more about this system in the staff section below.

Who can park list

Staff parking

Changes for 2021-22

In line with the College’s 'transition and learn' phase of returning to campus, we will be introducing a hybrid car parking system for the 2021-22 academic year. In summary:

  • 50% (approx. 95) of car parking spaces at South Kensington will be reserved for annual permit holders. As with previous years, priority will be given to disabled staff and students, those with caring responsibilities, or those for which having a car parking space is essential to their roles. 
  • The remaining 50% of car parking spaces will be maintained as daily parking.

This system came into effect on 1 November 2021. Procedures and eligibility for permits are described in the South Kensington Car Parking Policy and Procedure (Word).

Annual permit holders

Staff permits allow you to park between 07.00-18.00 from Monday to Friday.

Find out if you're eligible and apply for an annual permit here.

Daily parking

Daily parking during office hours will continue to operate as it has since June 2020 - each faculty is allocated a number of parking spaces and individuals should request a space directly from their Head of Department’s (or equivalent’s) nominated delegate one week in advance. Each Thursday, a list of approved staff members is provided to the Car Parking team from each Head of Department.

Daily bookings are not for staff who need to regularly park on campus and are designed for ad hoc and emergency use. Staff should only use the daily booking system for exceptional circumstances. Other examples of ad hoc and emergency use include VIP visits and essential contractors attending to issues on campus. (If staff are unable to secure a parking space on campus due to this policy, the College will not allow external parking fees to be expensed).

You can also park free of charge at the South Kensington car park outside office hours. Any car remaining after midnight will incur a parking charge of £30 - to leave a car parked after midnight prior permission must be provided from Anne-Marie ClarkeYou'll need to present your staff ID at the Exhibition Road gatehouse. You must be the driver. If a valid ID is not presented by its owner the standard public parking charges apply.

When are office hours?

Outside office hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 00.00 to 18.00

Parking is not permitted during the Great Exhibition Road Festival and Summer Ball weekends. Bookings must be made through your Departmental Parking Representative

Student parking

Undergraduate students

Due to limited capacity, undergraduate students are not permitted to park at the South Kensington campus at any time, with the exception of students with disabled parking permits.

Postgraduate students

Current postgraduates may park only from 18.00 to 0.00 on weekdays and from 7.00 to 0.00 on weekends. No parking after midnight is permitted; unauthorised parking after midnight will be charged applicable rates. There is a £30.00 charge for unauthorised overnight parking.

Postgraduates with disabilities may be eligible for a disabled parking permit which would enable them to park during office hours.

You will need to present your valid College ID card at the Exhibition Road gatehouse and must be the driver of your vehicle. If a valid College ID card is not presented, standard public parking charges apply. 

Parking is available on a limited basis and is not guaranteed - if we are at maximum capacity we will be unable to allow any further vehicles to enter. 

Public parking

During evenings and weekend the South Kensington car park is open to the public on a chargeable basis.

All those parking at Imperial College are required to read and adhere to the car parking regulations.

When can I park?

Outside office hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 18.00 to 00.00 hours (midnight). 
  • Saturday and Sunday – 07.00 to 00.00 hours (midnight).

Overnight parking is not permitted.

No one will be permitted to enter the car park outside the hours stated above.

Can I book?

No bookings are taken. We operate as a normal public car park outside of office hours, so spaces are subject to availability.

Visitors to the Royal Albert Hall should refer to information below.

What vehicle can I park?

Parking is only available for cars. There are no facilities for minibuses or large vehicles to park. Only staff and postgraduate students can park motorcycles. 

How much does it cost?

Car parking is subject to availability and costs £3 per hour.

I am visiting the Royal Albert Hall

If you are visiting the Royal Albert Hall parking should be reserved through them when you book your event.

Car park booking with the Royal Albert Hall is strictly outside of office hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 18.00 to 00.00 hours (midnight).
  • Saturday and Sunday – 07.00 to 00.00 hours (midnight).

Please see the Royal Albert Hall website for more information.

Visitor parking

Official College visitors can park free of charge providing they have been booked in by the Parking Representative of the Department they are visiting. Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

When can I park?

Pre-booked visitors can park between Monday to Friday from 7.00 to 18.00.

Overnight parking is not permitted without prior authorisation from Anne-Marie Clarke. Parking overnight is charged at £30.00 per night.

Conference and events parking

If you require parking at a College conference or event, you should advise the conference or event organisers of your requirements in advance.

Can I book in advance?

No, delegates cannot book with the Car Parking team directly. All bookings are via the conference or event organisers.

Contractor parking

Approved contractors can park free of charge providing you have been booked in by the Project Manager or the Building Manager employing you.

When can I park?

Pre-booked contractors can park from Monday to Friday between 7.00 and 18.00. If alternative hours are required, they must be approved by the Car Park Office. Overnight parking is not permitted. Parking space is limited and cannot be guaranteed.

Can I book in advance?

No, contractors cannot book with the Car Parking team directly. All bookings must be made by the Project Manager or Building Manager with at least 24 hours notice.

Contingent and casual workers parking

Due to limited capacity, contingent or casual workers are unable to park other than as visitors or as members of the general public, charged at the standard rates.

Delivery and collection

All deliveries and collections should be made from Monday to Sunday between 6.00 and 0.00.

Under 30 minutes

All deliveries and collections are granted short term parking free of charge. The barrier will lift automatically for all departures within 30 minutes.


Short term parking for deliveries is in loading and delivery areas only.

Other vehicles

The Car Parking team will advise where other vehicles, including taxis, can park to drop off or pick up passengers.

More than 30 minutes


Deliveries over 30 minutes must be pre-booked by the Departmental Parking Representatives with at least 24 hours notice.

Other vehicles

After 30 minutes standard public parking charges apply, payable on exit for all other vehicles, including taxis.

Accessible parking information

More information on the location and suitability of parking for those with an access requirement can be found on the AccessAble guide to College facilities.