Save costs and the planet with car share scheme Save costs and the planet with car share scheme

What is the scheme?

The University has an innovative car sharing database, developed specifically for everyone at UEA. It's free and easy to use - once you have registered, simply log on and enter your password to access the database that enables you to contact those with a similar journey pattern to you. 

Am I eligible?

The University will not consider applications

  • from the same address
  • addresses within 5 kilometres of the University
  • addresses from which a more sustainable means of travel is available, this may include park & ride

Permit holders will be required to share at least 50% of their journeys; this replaces the previous 3 times a week or more condition.  

What if I'm not eligible?

Staff applicants who are not automatically eligible for the scheme may make an appeal to the Transport Co-ordinator whilst Student Applicants may appeal the Student Parking Permit Appeals Panel.  Whilst each appeal will be considered on its own individual merits applications should demonstrate: 

  • evidence of journeys being made separately over a period of three months
  • Where the appeal is from applicants from the same address, evidence that significant changes have been made to enable sharing to take place for example a change in work hours
  • Other evidence as appropriate

How do I join?

To join the SmartShare scheme, please download and complete the SmartShare permit application form or pick up an application form from the Lodge.  Student and other non-UEA applicants should also download and complete the Direct Debit Form and student applicants will also be required to provide proof of residence. 

Benefits of using the scheme 

  • Priority parking (spaces reserved for formal sharers until 10.30 am)
  • Guaranteed get-you-home service


For charging purposes each SmartShare member will be registered individually to pay his or her charge as appropriate, it is then up to the group to determine how the cost of parking will be apportioned.

As a group you may wish to alternate between campus (swipe) cards in the same way as you alternate between vehicles taking it in turns to pay or you might choose to determine the fees for a period of time perhaps a month and divide this amongst the group. If you drive to the University but do not share then you will be charged at your own individual rate, so the more you share the more you save. SmartShare permit holders who park in the Central or Blackdale Car parks will be required to display a valid scratchcard.

Frequently asked questions 

See the Estates Help Centre for FAQ's.