Central Area

The location of car parks in the University Central Area and the permit types valid for use in them.

The University’s Central Area encompasses the George Square Area, Old College, Holyrood, The Pleasance and Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

Only certain types of University permits are valid for use in Central Area car parks. Use of other University permits which are not valid, or failure to display a permit will result in the issuing of a £30 Parking Charge Notice.

Visitors and contractors

Visitors and contractors may park in any Central Area car park using a Scratchcard Permit valid for the Central Area. Contractors may also park in any Central Area car park using a Contractor Central Area Annual Permit.

Central Area car parks

The locations of the Central Area car parks are provided on the map below. The map can be viewed on a larger scale by clicking the 'Permit Parking Central Area' link beneath it.

Full details of permit types valid and opening hours can be viewed by either clicking the 'P' map icons, or on the left hand side of the larger scale map.


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George Square area
Car parkPermit types validOpening Hours
George Square LaneCentral A&B, Little FranceOpen Area
Medical Buildings, Teviot PlaceCentral A&B, Little France8.00 am-6.00 pm (weekdays only)
Students Centre, PotterrowCentral A&B, Little FranceControlled Access
Hume Tower / Appleton Tower Central A&B, Little FranceOpen Area (access restricted due to building works)
Business School UndergroundCentral A&B, Little France8.00 am-8.00 pm (6pm on Fridays and closed at weekends/restricted access during Festival)
Buccleuch Place LaneCentral A&B, Little FranceOpen Area (weekdays only)
Meadow Lane EastCentral A&B, Little FranceOpen Area (weekdays only)
Buccleuch Place West Central A&B, Little FranceOpen Area
Main Library, George SquareCentral A&B, Little FranceOpen Area (currently unavailable)
Meadow Lane WestCentral A&B, Little FranceOpen Area (weekdays only)
Old College area
Car parkPermit types validOpening Hours
High School Yards, Drummond StreetCentral A&B, Little FranceOpen Area
Maltings, Chambers StreetCentral A&B, Little France8.00 am-8.00 pm (weekdays only)
Lister Postgraduate Institute, Hill PlaceCentral A&B, Little FranceOpen Area
Robertson's Close Upper, off CowgateCentral A&B, Little FranceControlled Access (fob supplied on request)
Robertson's Close Lower, off CowgateCentral A&B, Little FranceControlled Access (fob supplied on request)
The Pleasance
Car parkPermit types validOpening Hours
Front of Centre for Sport & ExerciseCentral A&B, Little FranceOpen Area
The Pleasance Car Park (courtyard)Central A&B, Little FranceOpen Area (out of use during Festival)
Adjacent to Centre for Sport & ExerciseCentral A&B, C, Little FranceOpen Area (out of use during Festival)
Holyrood
Car parkPermit types validOpening Hours
Thomson’s Land / Paterson's LandCentral A&B, Little France8.00 am-8.00 pm (weekdays only)
St John's LandCentral A&B, Little France8.00 am-8.00 pm (weekdays only)
Charteris LandCentral A&B, C, Little France **Car Park Closing on 1st April 2013**
St Leonard's LandCentral A&B, C, Little France8.00 am-8.00 pm (weekdays only)
Edinburgh College of Art
Car parkPermit types validOpening Hours
Main BuildingCentral A&B, Little FranceOpen access
Evolution HouseCentral A&B, Little FranceControlled Access (fob supplied on request)
Hunter BuildingCentral A&B, Little FranceOpen Access
Keir StreetCentral A&B, C, Little FranceOpen access

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