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Falmouth University College

Pay As You Leave

Penryn Campus

Penryn Campus has car parking facilities on site for non-permit holders if public transport doesn’t suit your travel requirements. Parking works on a pay as you leave basis and is managed via the automated number plate recognition (ANPR) system.

We have a number of car parks around campus which are best viewed on our campus map. Campus users' parking needs have been considered and accommodated as much as possible. We naturally have to weigh up the environmental impact of car travel and our day to day operations. Please take a look at our FAQs below to find out more. If you need additional information please email the car parking team at and they will be happy to help with any queries.


Pay As You Leave FAQs
Unfortunately no. Sleeping in your vehicle on campus overnight is prohibited.
You can park in any of the main car parks beyond the barriers. You are allowed to park for up to 2 hours within these car parks without charge. If you stay for more than 2 hours you will need to pay the standard hourly charges. This service is managed directly by The Fitness Centre, they can be contacted by emailing
Upon signing in at the Penryn Campus reception, contractors on site can obtain car parking permissions if their vehicle is needed whilst work is being under taken. Please bring your vehicle registration details with you.
When the hire vehicle arrives on campus the barriers will lift automatically on entry as it does for all permit and non-permit holders. The car hire company representative will then need to sign in the keys at Penryn reception. Penryn reception will enter the hire vehicle registration details on the ANPR system for the duration of the hire period, allowing the hire company to exit without payment when the vehicle is collected.
Minibuses are permitted to park in the car parks - please note this excludes coaches. Please contact Campus Patrol if you plan to bring a minibus to campus. We require 48 hours notice if possible.

 ‘Reserved Visitors’ parking spaces (Car Park A) can be booked by giving the name and vehicle registration details of the visitor plus the date and time of booking required, by emailing at least 24 hours in advance of the visit. Spaces are subject to availability and are limited to 10 spaces per booking per day between the hours of 08:30 and 17:30.A department must cover the cost of their visitors’ stay, visitor permits can be purchased. Permits are sold in sets of 6 and 12 at the cost of £25.20 or £50.40 and cannot be purchased individually. A purchase order must be raised and emailed to where the permits will be added to a database ready to be used as required (they do not expire). Department’s will be charged retrospectively for this service by invoice.

 If parking in one of the main car parks you will need to visit a pay station prior to exiting the campus, enter your vehicle registration number and pay the appropriate tariff.

 No guarantee for visitor parking can be made for reservations with less than 24 hours’ notice. 

You have a couple of options available to you.

Parking on campus is free up to 1 hour. You can enter the car parks via the main barriers and drop people off at a convenient spot without incurring any charge. Upon exiting the car park the ANPR system will recognise your number plate and the barrier will lift.

If you don’t need to enter the main car parks, you can drop people off by the bus stops. These are accessible by taking the 2nd exit at the mini roundabout on first entering Penryn Campus. This is purely a drive through solution. Once you’ve dropped someone off please follow the road round to your right and exit the campus as normal.

If you need to wait for any reason please enter the car parks via the main barriers and park in the main car parks. We recommend visiting a pay station before you leave just in case you have exceeded the 1 hour free parking. You can then proceed to the exit and the barriers will lift when the system registers your details and sees that you’ve paid/are entitled to free parking.

Penryn Campus car parks are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Leaving a car during the day or night is at your own risk. However, if you’re planning to leave your car for more than 1 night please make Campus Patrol at Penryn Reception aware of this in advance.
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