Students are strongly recommended not to bring a car to Cambridge. Any student wishing to keep her car on the College site must fulfil the University regulations and obtain a College parking permit.
All mature Undergraduates, and Graduates under the age of 24, must obtain a University licence from the University Motor Proctor before they can either keep a car or motorcycle in Cambridge or get a College parking permit. In order to get a University licence, students must first see their Tutor and obtain a certificate confirming that they have College permission to keep a motorised vehicle in Cambridge and confirmation that the vehicle will only be parked on the College's private road or in other, approved, off-street parking spaces.
It is a serious breach of University regulations for a member in statu pupillari, unless holding MA status to keep, hire or use a motorcycle or car within the precincts of the University without permission from the Motor Proctor. At the time of writing, fines of up to £175 can be imposed.
On production of the certificate from the College, University Licences will be issued to the following:
- A Graduate of a university
- An Undergraduate who has kept, or been allowed, nine terms of residence
- An Undergraduate who has not kept nine terms but has exceptional individual circumstances (e.g. medical problems or special needs related to academic work)
- An Undergraduate who has not kept nine terms but who will use the vehicle for the purposes of a University Department, or a University or College club or society
The Motor Proctor's office is at: 1, St Mary's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PQ. The opening hours are: 2.00pm - 4.00pm on Mondays and Thursdays in term. If you are unable to get to the Motor Proctor during their opening times, they will accept postal applications - just send the certificate from College together with a copy of your documents (Driving Licence, Certificate of Motor Insurance and the Vehicle Registration) directly to the Motor Proctor.
College parking permits
Lucy Cavendish College has very limited parking available for College members and staff in possession of a parking permit, and for guests attending special events. Cars are not necessary for normal life in Cambridge because of the proximity of most parts of the University, furthermore, one-way systems and heavy congestion mean that it is frequently quicker to cycle or walk. Parking permits will not be issued for students living within three miles of the College and will only be issued in exceptional circumstances. Application for Parking Permits will only really be considered for the following:
- Students with young children (under 11)
- Students with exceptional permission to live outside normal residency requirements
- Clinical vets
- Clinical medics and CGCM students
- PhD students working outside Cambridge on a daily basis (e.g. Babraham Institute)
- Students with certified disabilities affecting their mobility
- Students needing a car for the purpose of a University Club or Society
Application forms for parking permits can be downloaded here and should be forwarded to the Senior Tutor by 1 September prior to the start of the academic year. Permits are valid for one academic year only and must be applied for in advance. Please note that parking permits are allocated at the discretion of the Senior Tutor and the number of parking permits allocated is limited by the number of parking spaces available.
If you are expecting a visitor who is travelling by car, please report the vehicle registration number to the Porter's Lodge.