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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.

Paid parking

Paid parking applies Monday–Friday, 8am–6pm all year (excluding public holidays). To locate paid parking zones, refer to the parking map. Digital displays are located at the campus entrance to identify where empty spaces are located.

Payment options are available to USC students and staff, campus tenants and visitors:

  • Six-month and 12-month parking ePermits are available to purchase online.
  • Daily eTickets are available at Ticketless Parking Meters (pay by coins, Mastercard or Visa) around the campus and online.

Please note: an ePermit or eTicket does not provide an allocated or guaranteed parking space.

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

Paid parking at USC is a ticketless system. Payment is cross-checked against your vehicle’s registration number when on campus, so there is no need to print or display a ticket or permit.

Sunshine Coast Council parking inspectors enforce parking regulations on campus and in the surrounding streets, and issue infringement notices.

It is recommended you read more about ePermits, eTickets, how to pay and conditions of use prior to making your purchase.

Refer also to paid parking FAQs.

Free parking

Free parking is available at car park 15 (P15), off Claymore Road (refer to the parking map). P15 has capacity for 565 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Car parking is currently free in P1 at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) (refer to the map of the SCUH), however this will change in late March. From 21 March 2017, access to the car parking facilities  will be based on a user-pays system.

The multi-deck car parks on the Sunshine Coast Health Campus (P1 and P2) and the ground-level parking adjacent to the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital (P3) are being delivered by Exemplar Health and operated by Point Parking. Information on car parking rates can be found on the Point Parking website.

Students wishing to park within P1 should enter via the public entry lane in order to be charged for the length of stay. Students whom enter via the staff entry lane will be liable to incur a full day change regardless of length of stay.

About 3,500 car parking spaces are available on the campus, including 2 multi-deck car parks, short term parking, drop off zones, and ground-level parking.

The 2 multi-deck car parks have the latest security measures and parking technology for safety and to ensure quick, easy use of the facilities.

There are dedicated parking areas for staff and the public to make parking as efficient as possible. There is a dedicated zone at the entrance of the SCUH, close to the entrance of the SCHI, for drop offs by private vehicles and taxis.

Parking nearby

Casual, or monthly, parking permits are available nearby at Secure Park Oceanside Car Park with entry via Bright Place in Birtinya. Casual car parking rates can be found on the website with pre-bookings also able to be made online. Monthly rates are found below:

Parking Type Access Price* Note
Unreserved

24 hrs/7 days

$120.00 + GST Price is per month, per bay
Reserved 24 hrs/7 days $200.00 + GST

Price is per month, per bay

* Price is subject to change without notice

For enquiries, and booking of permits, at Secure Park Oceanside, please contact Arron Stanbrough from Secure Park on astanbrough@secureparking.com.au

Parking on surrounding streets

A new on-street parking management strategy has been put in place around the Sunshine Coast health precinct and Birtinya by the Sunshine Coast Council, to benefit local businesses and residents.

This is part of the Council's larger, precinct wide strategy to ensure the right people park in the right places, and do so safely.

Please visit the Sunshine Coast Council website for a clear overview of the parking management strategy and restricted areas, including a map, or use the Sunshine Coast Council's EasyPark app to locate available spaces.

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