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. You can find information on sustainable travel options here.

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

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 Vehicles

Part of our Climate Plan commitments related to sustainable travel include encouraging additional investments in sustainable and active travel infrastructure, with plans to increase the number of electric car charging points and incentivize the switch to electric vehicles.

You will find 22 electric vehicle charging points (EVCPs) across campus (made up of 11 dual chargers). 14 of these (made up of 7 dual chargers) are located on the first floor of the University’s multi storey car park, with others located across campus. You can find where they are –  as well as other charging points in Leeds and nationally –  on Zap-Map.

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.

There is also a staff Teams channel for electric vehicle users – contact sustainability@leeds.ac.uk if you would like to be added to the channel.

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

Car pools / car share

Our last Annual Travel Survey showed that most cars that travel to campus only have single occupants.

Car pooling or car sharing is a good way to reduce both the cost and environmental impact of car travel –  you can find more information on car sharing via this link.

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.  They allow owners to rent out their car for others to drive when their vehicle is not being used, and for drivers to hire a car for the periods that they need one rather than owning their own vehicle.  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.