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USC is a regulated parking area Monday–Friday, 8am–6pm all year (excluding public holidays). All other times are free. Regulated parking applies to all USC students, staff and visitors, without exception.

Refer to the parking map to locate the parking areas on campus. For your security and safety, contact USC Security for after-hours escorts on +61 7 5430 1168.

For any parking enquiries, please contact parking@usc.edu.au  

To reduce traffic on campus, consider car pooling, using public transportcycling or taking the USC Express Shuttle.

Free parking

Free parking is available at car park 15 (P15), off Claymore Road (refer to the parking map). P15 has capacity for 450 cars and is less than a kilometre from the centre of campus—approximately a 15-minute walk.

The Claymore Road car park is linked to campus by lit pathways and is equipped with Emergency Call Points, as are all car parks on campus. You can keep your bike overnight in the secure bike facilities within P15 to make your commute to the main campus even quicker. For swipe access via your USC ID card, visit the cycling page.

As free parking is limited, consider alternative transport options to make your way to USC’s campus.

Student parking

Students have three options for parking on campus:

  • 6-month ePermit or 12-month ePermit – purchase online using your credit card (Mastercard or Visa) through USC's secure ecommerce facility.
  • Pay casually for eTickets at the Ticketless Parking Meters located around campus using coins, Mastercard or Visa and online.
  • Park for free at P15 off Claymore Road – a 15-minute walk to the centre of campus.

Additional vehicles can be registered on your permit by completing the online form. Note: Only one nominated vehicle can be on campus at any one time.

For details on parking fees, infringements and how to purchase an eTicket or ePermit refer to Fees and fines.

Staff parking

Regulated parking applies to all USC staff and university vehicles, without exception.

Staff have four options for parking on campus:

  • 6-month ePermit or 12-month ePermit – purchase online using your credit card (Mastercard or Visa) through USC's secure ecommerce facility.
  • Salary sacrifice a permit through fortnightly pre-tax salary deductions – apply online using the Payroll form (PDF 115KB) on the portal (you must be logged into the portal for this link to work). Note: the salary sacrifice option is not available to casual and sessional staff.
  • Pay casually for eTickets at the Ticketless Parking Meters located around campus using coins, Mastercard or Visa and online.
  • Park for free at P15 off Claymore Road – a 15-minute walk to the centre of campus.

Parking in car parks 2 and 3 is reserved for University staff. Once a staff member purchases a Staff ePermit for 6 months or 12 months, or a Salary Sacrafice ePermit, please allow approximately 2 working days for your access to Car Parks 2 and 3 to be processed. University vehicles must park in Car Park 3 in the designated bays. All vehicles must hold a valid ePermit. (Daily eTickets are not applicable for these car parks.)

ePermits are not included with University-owned or salary packaged vehicles, and must be purchased separately. University funds cannot be used to purchase parking ePermits or pay parking fines.

Additional vehicles can be registered on your permit by completing the online form. Note: Only one nominated vehicle can be on campus at any one time.

For details on parking fees, infringements and how to purchase an eTicket or ePermit refer to Fees and fines.

Visitor parking

Visitors have three options for parking on campus:

  • 6-month ePermit or 12-month ePermit – purchase online using your credit card (Mastercard or Visa) through USC's secure ecommerce facility. This is especially applicable, but not limited to, sessional and casual staff, consultants, contractors, construction workers, sport precinct users, etc.
  • Pay casually for eTickets at the Ticketless Parking Meters located around campus using coins, Mastercard or Visa and online.
  • Park for free at P15 off Claymore Road – a 15-minute walk to the centre of campus.

Departments and faculties may make payment arrangements on behalf of official visitors to campus. Email parking@usc.edu.au for more information.

For details on parking fees, infringements and how to purchase an eTicket or ePermit refer to Fees and fines.

Tenant parking

Campus tenants have three options for parking on campus:

  • 6-month ePermit or 12-month ePermit – purchase online using your credit card (Mastercard or Visa) through USC's secure ecommerce facility. This is especially applicable, but not limited to, Innovation Centre staff and tenants, Education Queensland employees, Co-op Bookshop staff, etc.
  • Pay casually for eTickets at the Ticketless Parking Meters located around campus using coins, Mastercard or Visa and online.
  • Park for free at P15 off Claymore Road – a 15-minute walk to the centre of campus.

For details on parking fees, infringements and how to purchase an eTicket or ePermit refer to Fees and fines.

Motorcycle parking

Motorcycles have three options for parking on campus:

  • 6-month ePermit or 12-month ePermit – purchase online using your credit card (Mastercard or Visa) through USC's secure ecommerce facility.
  • Pay casually for eTickets at the Ticketless Parking Meters located around campus using coins, Mastercard or Visa and online.
  • Park for free at P15 off Claymore Road – a 15-minute walk to the centre of campus.

Motorcycles must park in designated motorcycle parking bays, with a valid ePermit or eTicket. Infringement notices may be issued for motorcycles parked in general vehicle bays.

Note: A motorcycle ePermit may have multiple vehicles added to the permit only if the additional vehicle is a motorcycle.

Bicycle parking

No parking fees are charged for bicycles. Bicycles must park in a secure bicycle station, bicycle hub or bicycle rack. Bicycles are not to be secured to buildings, trees, outdoor furniture, etc. To do so may result in an infringement notice and fine.

Refer to bicycle facilities for more information.

Disability and special needs parking

Disability (accessible parking)

No parking fees are charged for holders of government-issued disability parking permits who are parked in designated disability (accessible) parking bays on campus.

Do not park in these bays without a valid Australian Disability Parking Permit or Queensland Disability Parking Permit. To do so may result in an infringement notice and fine.

An application for consideration of special circumstances may be made in the first instance by writing to parking@usc.edu.au.

Other special parking provisions
  • Loading zones are for commercial vehicles only. Time limits apply. Observe the signs. Private vehicles must not park or stop in these zones.
  • USC-owned or salary-packaged vehicles must park in car parks 2 & 3 in the designated bays. All vehicles must hold a valid ePermit. (Daily eTickets are not applicable for these bays.)
  • USC-owned or salary-packaged vehicles that have been given authorisation to park in other USC Reserved Vehicle Only bays across campus must hold a valid ePermit and display a Permit Hook in their vehicle.
  • Car parks 2 and 3 are reserved for USC staff. Swipe card access applies. All vehicles must hold a valid ePermit. (Daily eTickets are not applicable for these bays.)
  • The University fleet vehicle area at Facilities Management is reserved for USC fleet vehicles only, with a valid ePermit.
  • Only vehicles authorised by U3A may park in the designated bays in car park 2 and display a Permit Hook in their vehicle.
  • Only vehicles authorised by Education Queensland may park in the designated bays in car park 3, with a valid ePermit and display a Permit Hook in their vehicle.
  • Only vehicles authorised by the Art Gallery may park in the designated bays in car park 8, with a valid ePermit and display a Permit Hook in their vehicle.
  • Only vehicles authorised by the Innovation Centre may park in the designated bays in car park 1, with a valid ePermit and display a Permit Hook in their vehicle.
  • Construction site workers may park for free in a designated construction site. If parked outside of a construction site, regulated parking applies.
  • Only vehicles authorised by Student Guild may park in the designated bays in Student Guild car park, with a valid ePermit and display a Permit Hook in their vehicle.

An application for consideration under special circumstances may be made in the first instance by writing to parking@usc.edu.au.

Drop-off and pick-up zones

Drop-off and pick-up bays are available at the Sports Stadium and on the main campus road, adjacent to car parks 13a and 13b. Observe the maximum 15-minute stay in these bays.

Land, Traffic and Parking Rules apply. Parking on campus is at your own risk.

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