Travel by car

Driving to the University

We are committed to reducing the negative impacts of travel including congestion, carbon emissions and air pollution. For that reason, driving to the University other than for essential reasons is not encouraged.

If you do need to drive, please consider car sharing and/or hiring a vehicle and opting for a zero or lower emission choice such as an electric vehicle.

Car parking

Car parking on campus is limited.

Find more information about parking on campus including pricing and options available for staff, public and students.

The University of Leeds is committed to reducing emissions and congestion – and cars are a huge cause of this. Please consider if you really need to drive.

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

You will find 16 electric vehicle charging points Electric Vehicle Charging Points (ECVPs) across campus. You can find where they are –  as well as other charging points in Leeds and nationally –  on Zap-Map.

The EVCP terminals use the ‘Charge your car’ service. You just need an access card to use them.

If you are a member of staff, student or visitor, there is currently no cost for charging your car on the University campus. However, you still have to pay the usual parking costs and comply with campus parking regulations. Find out more about parking your car on campus.

Read our Fair Use for the use of EVCPs on campus.

Car pools

Our last Annual Travel Survey showed that single occupant car use is the predominant way that staff travel to our campus. We have a private staff car-pool community on the KINTO Join app (recently rebranded from the Faxi app), which can help to share the cost of commuting, reduces congestion, emissions and air pollution. You can download KINTO Join on Google Play or the Apple app store.

Before you make arrangements to share journeys, please check latest UK Government advice for travel in private vehicles.

Car hire

Enterprise Car Club cars allow drivers to hire cars by the hour or longer, with the benefit of being able to collect the vehicle from dedicated car parking bays rather than needing to visit a rental office.  They can be used for a quick trips or longer journey, and for personal or business travel. University staff members can get a discount on car hire, and there are Enterprise Car Club vehicles located on the University campus as well as across Leeds. Find out more about Enterprise Car Club discounts.

Car sharing platforms like Karshare are a peer to peer car rental solution.  Karshare is due to launch in Leeds in 2022 and the platform allows owners to rent out their car for others to drive when their vehicle is not being used.  This can contribute towards more sustainable travel solutions when it is not possible to go completely car free. You can find more about car sharing platforms and Karshare in our blog post.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our travel by car work is linked to the following SDGs:

  • Number 3: Good health and well-being
  • Number 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Number 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Number 13: Climate action
  • Number 17: Partnerships for the goals

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.