I wish parking on campus was free, but that’s not the case. In order to park on campus, you need to pay for it. A Student Parking Permit is the hassle-free option to park in designated areas but there are other options.
A permit costs $264.50 for a year and $132.25 for a semester (including GST). You can buy your permit from the Security Office at 114 Ilam Road. There are various payment options including EFTPOS, cash and a cheque written to the University of Canterbury; no direct payments are accepted.
Yes, a parking permit is costly, but it saves you the trouble of getting to university earlier than required to find a spot and definitely don’t park if you don’t have a permit. Your car will be clamped and you’ll be charged a standard penalty fee.
Also, if you drive to university only on occasion, then you can buy coupons for the day and park in the Student Permit designated areas. If you’re only parking for a few hours there’s also the option of using Pay and Display machines ($2.50/hour, maximum 4 hours) but this can add up if you choose this too often!