Car Parking and Car Sharing (Newport)

Students should consider alternative travel arrangements to driving wherever possible. We strongly encourage all students to use public transport or other sustainable modes of transport where possible.

Overview of car parking information

  1. On-Campus Parking
  2. Parking for students with disabilities
  3. Off-campus Parking
  4. Residential Parking Permits
  5. Car Sharing

On-Campus Parking

There is only disabled parking available for students on our Newport City campus. Alternative travel is available with good bus links and the Newport Train Station located just a 10 minute walk away, and Newport bus station around a 5 minute walk away.

Parking for students with disabilities

Disabled parking permits are issued free of charge to students who are in receipt of a blue badge (a copy of which must be provided) to enable them to park within the campus.

If you have a temporary disability then you may also apply for disabled on-campus parking. Supporting medical evidence must be provided with your application. Students may also be required to discuss their own individual circumstances with a Disability Advisor with each case being assessed on an individual basis.

If you are not in receipt of a blue badge, then supporting medical evidence will need to be provided with your Disabled Parking Permit Application and a fee will be charged for the permit which can be paid online. To apply for disabled parking please complete the Disabled parking permit application form and return it to Kelly Owen, Disability Service (Student Services).

Off-campus Parking

Parking is available throughout Newport City centre, although prices vary and can be quite expensive. The nearest car parks to our Newport campus are the Newport County Council Car Park, and the Kingsway Carpark. Prices, facilities and opening times can be found on Parkopedia ( and apps such as the ‘smart parking’ app are great ways of finding the locations and costs local carparks.

The university has negotiated 20% discount for students at the Kingsway Centre. To qualify for this discount, please scan your ticket at the campus reception desk on the ground floor.

Alternative Parking around City Campus.

Please be aware there are restrictions in some of these car parks. Some car parks are for customers only.

Parking spaces near University of South Wales City Campus

Residential Parking Permits

If you live in Newport and park your car on the street outside your house, you may need a resident’s parking permit to do so. This policy has been introduced to improve environmental sustainability, share parking spaces more fairly, ease congestion and improve safety.

Parking in a residents permit area without a valid permit can lead to a £70 fine.

You can find information about Newport Resident Parking Permits on the Newport City Council website.

Student Vehicle Registration Scheme

The University operates a service for students (living both on and off campus at any of our campuses) to register your car registration details in order to help the University contact you quickly regarding any issues that may arise with your car. More information can be found on Student Vehicle Registration Scheme.

For more information, please visit the Student Safety and Crime Prevention site.

Car Sharing

The University strongly recommends that you consider alternative travel arrangements to driving wherever possible. There are good public transport links in and around Newport. For more information about travel discounts, visit the Estates and Facilitates Travel page.

If you wish to car share, students are encouraged to arrange their own car shares as traffic and parking congestion are a regular issue at the University, especially around the start of term.

How do I arrange a car share to travel to and from University?

Advertise Yourself

Ask fellow students or post a request on the USW UniLife Marketplace (just click on 'add notice’ from the front page and follow instructions).

Search the internet for car sharing websites. Liftshare and Compare and Share are helpful websites to find and offer car sharing opportunities.


Work out what you’d normally spend on petrol (and tolls if applicable) getting to study, and divide that by the number of people in the car. Remember to include your own share of the costs.

Useful Information on Car Sharing

  • Car sharing does not invalidate your insurance, as long as you don’t charge your passengers more than the running costs of the journey. Please do check with your insurance company however for clarification.
  • You don’t have to take anyone who asks: if you’d only feel happy sharing with someone of the same sex, or someone you know, for example, just specify it in your advert.
  • You don’t need to have a car to car share. If you just need a lift, advertise the fact to drivers on Marketplace and offer to pay them for the petrol.
  • The University would benefit from student car sharing, the car-parks would have more space, the roads would be quieter, and as a result you may even get home quicker.