Parking Information

Each of our campuses has very strict rules in place regarding parking.

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In order to park at either of the campuses you will require a permit.

Detailed information about where to park can be found below.


Parking at Garthdee is limited to permit holders only - staff, student and visitor.

Visitor parking is available at each building and there are drop off zones at each building, allowing drivers to drop off passengers or heavy equipment. These have a maximum waiting time of 15 minutes. The visitor spaces are painted red and the drop off spaces are painted blue.

Garthdee Parking Enforcement Dates 2018-19

Parking restrictions on campus operate from September to May each academic year.

The car park restrictions on the Garthdee campus for 2018-19 will apply between:

  • Monday 10 September - Friday 21 December 2018
  • Monday 7 January – Friday 17 May 2019

Parking restrictions operate from 0800 – 1600, Monday to Friday.

The RGU Parking Policy applies all year, but permits are only required between the specified dates.

Parking restrictions to disabled spaces apply all year round.

Visitor Parking

All visitors to Robert Gordon University should be aware that there are different car parking arrangements at each campus.


There are designated visitor spaces at all buildings on the Garthdee campus, which are outlined in red.

These spaces are non-bookable and operate on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Visitors can either register their vehicle in advance or collect a permit/register for a visitor permit on the day of arrival. If registering a vehicle in advance, this must be done through the person or event organiser that they are visiting.  This must be done no later than one working day prior to arrival.

If a permit hasn't been organised in advance, visitors must report to the building's reception where they can be added to the visitor database by the Receptionist.  If for any reason the database is inaccessible the visitor can be issued with a one-day visitor permit which must be clearly displayed on their vehicle's dashboard. 

If all the designated visitor spaces are occupied, a visitor can park in any other vacant space on the campus (except blue drop off spaces or disabled spaces) but must have registered their vehicle details either in advance or at the building Reception desk.  

Visitor permits can only be issued to external visitors to the University, and not to staff or students.

Mobility Impairments

The Board of Governors have declared a commitment to ensure that those who have mobility impairments have every possible assistance in accessing University premises for the purpose of academic study and employment. Parking bays for the mobility impaired are located as near as possible to the most appropriate entrance to the University buildings.

Permanent Mobility Impairments

Staff or Students who are holders of a blue badge are permitted to park in any recognised disabled parking bay throughout the University. They do not require an RGU Parking Permit and may park free of charge.

Temporary Mobility Impairments

Any member of staff or student who has a temporary mobility impairment, but is not eligible for a blue badge, can apply for a permit under the "exceptional circumstances" clause.

Accessible parking on campus

Accessible parking for blue badge holders is dispersed throughout the campus. The University recognises the importance of well-designed, clearly signposted accessible parking and have a map to help plan your journey. Accessible parking bays are located in close proximity to the entrances and exits of our buildings. 

Garthdee Car Parking Map 2016 (PDF 460KB)

Student Permits

Any student who wishes to park at the Garthdee campus must have a parking permit.

Students can either apply for a Student Permit or a Car Share Permit. 

There are a limited number of permits available for the Garthdee campus. Any student can apply for a permit, but if the permit application is over subscribed, priority will be given to those who live furthest from the University and have less public transport options.

Applications for returning students for 2018/19 have now closed.

More Information for new students parking

Staff Permits

Staff permits are available for both Garthdee and the city centre.

Staff Permit information (RGyoU)

Temporary Permits

The issue of Temporary Permits was suspended on Tuesday10 October 2017, pending a review of the Parking Policy. Until further notice, no new applications will be accepted for Temporary Permits. For alternative parking information, see the ‘On Street Parking’ section

Examples of those eligible under this category include Distance Learning students or post graduate students who do not normally study at Garthdee but are required to attend classes on a short fixed term basis, or staff employed at Garthdee on a short fixed term basis.

The fee for a Temporary Permit is £2.50 per day, payable in advance.  Temporary Permits may be sponsored by a host department where that is appropriate.

Eligibility for a Temporary Permit must be validated in writing by the relevant Head of School/Department (or equivalent). 

Permits can be paid for and collected from:

  • Reception, Sir Ian Wood Building (Riverside East), Garthdee
  • Reception, Garthdee House Annexe, Garthdee

Temporary Permit holders are permitted to park in any ordinary parking space but not in a red visitor space, drop off space or disabled space.

Allocation of a Temporary Permit does not guarantee a parking space.

RGU Temporary Permit Form (PDF 79KB)

Car Share

Robert Gordon University operates a car sharing scheme as part of its Green Travel Plan to encourage the reduction of vehicles travelling to its sites.

The aims of the Car Share scheme are:

  • to reduce the impact of single car occupancy on the local environment
  • to offer staff and students an alternative to lone driving wherever possible
  • to utilise the limited car parking resources as efficiently as possible

Priority is given to those who choose to car share.  To encourage car sharing, the cost of permit is reduced and dedicated car share bays will be available near each building on the Garthdee Campus.

Car sharing is when two or more registered drivers, who reside at different addresses, share the journey to and from the University by car. A car share team can include both staff and students.

Applications for car share permits are open each April-July for staff and returning students, and new students will have the opportunity to apply once the have received their enrolment information and RGU login details.

For those who do not already have a Car Share partner, Robert Gordon University has an online search facility to help you find someone to share with. Even if you are not a car driver, you can still use the online search facility to find someone to share the journey with.

For more information on this facility please visit:

RGU Car Share Scheme

Exceptional Circumstances

The University reserves the right to allocate a parking permit to an individual, either staff or student, in exceptional circumstances due to the individual’s own ill health or disability.

Permits issued under exceptional circumstances will be charged at the same rate as standard parking permits. 

Applications under exceptional circumstances will be assessed by HR (staff) or Disability and Dyslexia (student).  If approved, permits will then be issued by Transport. 

Applicants should complete the form and submit to their HR advisor (staff) or to (student).

Transport: Exceptional Circumstances Application Form (PDF 217KB)

Parking Charge Notices

RGU has a Parking Policy in place which manages parking on campus.

All vehicles parked on campus must be displaying a valid RGU Parking Permit and must be parked within a designated parking bay.

RGU Parking Policy (PDF 187KB)

Any vehicle parked in contravention of the Parking Policy is liable to a £70 Parking Charge Notice (PCN).  

On Street Parking

There is a controlled parking zone in operation around the Garthdee residential area from 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

Garthdee Controlled Parking Zone

Outwith these hours parking is not restricted other than by the regulations set out in the Highway Code.

Residential permits and business permits are available for people who reside or have a business within the Garthdee CPZ.

Anyone without an Aberdeen City Council permit must display a valid voucher in their vehicle and must park in one of the designated areas (see below).

Voucher Charges

£1.50 for up to 2 Hours
£4.50 for up to 6 hours (All Day)

Voucher Outlets

Vouchers can be purchased from the following locations:-

  • RGU reception desks at Sir Ian Wood Building
  • Central Services Building
  • Garthdee House Annexe
  • All RGU Aramark Catering Outlets at Garthdee
  • Gray's School of Art Shop
  • Student Help Point, Garthdee Campus
  • L&J Newsagent/Post Office, Garthdee Drive

Parking Areas

Please note: There are only certain areas around the Garthdee CPZ in which voucher holders can park, these are areas marked 'Resident/Voucher Parking'. Voucher holders cannot park in areas marked 'Resident permit holders only'.


The CPZ will be monitored and enforced by Aberdeen City Council and Vehicles not displaying a valid permit/voucher during operational period will be issued with an excess charge notice which is currently £60.

Garthdee CPZ Map (PDF 694KB)

All drivers on campus

Whether using your own vehicle, bike, motorbike, hire vehicle or one of the university fleet vehicles, are subject to the University Parking Regulations and guidance on Driving on Campus.

Driving on Campus: General Guidance and Site Rules (PDF 192KB)


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