Parking & Disabled Access

Main campus


No parking will be available on campus on weekdays. 

Parking in the vicinity of the University will be difficult, especially on weekdays.

Please consider using public transport to get to the University: Useful Transport Information.

Blue Badge parking

If you wish to apply for Blue Badge parking in the university during a graduation ceremony you must first register for either a Student Blue Badge Parking Permit or a Visitor Blue Badge Parking Permit.  

Once you have applied for the permit, you will have access to book a parking space for the date and time required. The Blue Badge must be displayed on the vehicle whilst on campus and permits the vehicle to be parked in any marked bay. Spaces may be limited so we recommend that you book a space as early as possible.

Disability support for graduands and guests

We want all students graduating to be able to enjoy this special day and we would encourage anyone with a disability to contact us in advance so that we can agree with you how we may best support you.

Our graduation ceremonies take place in the Bute Hall of the University which is located on the first floor of the main Gilbert Scott Building. 

Access to the Bute Hall (and the pre-ceremony graduand assembly points) is via the main staircase. Lift access for graduands is located behind the south front (lift access for guests is available outside the Gift Shop or from the Concert Hall Foyer).

Disabled access for graduands

Please contact the Graduation Team by completing the Graduation Ceremony Access Request Form by Friday 13 October 2023 if you are:

  • a wheel chair user or have other mobility issues, or
  • have a visual or hearing impairment, or
  • will  have difficulty sitting for the duration of the graduation ceremony (up to an hour and a half), or
  • if you have any other concern about the arrangements for your graduation.

Current Students 

Guests without a GUID 

If you wish to discuss your requirements in privacy, you can contact the Graduation Team in confidence at

Guest Access

Our graduation ceremonies take place in the Bute Hall of the University which is located on level 4 of the Gilbert Scott Building (main building). Level 4 is accessible by staircase but elderly or disabled guests may find it easier to use the lift located outside the University Gift Shop (A11 on the Campus Map).

If your guests have any mobility or breathing difficulties, please notify us by completing the Graduation Ceremony Access Request Form no later than Friday 13 October 2023.

Graduands, you must request appropriate tickets for guests with  mobility difficulties when you register on the day of your ceremony.


The upper area of Bute Hall is not suitable for children. If your guests include children, please mention this to the Graduation Team when you collect your tickets so that your guests can be seated together in the appropriate area.

Dumfries campus (summer graduation ceremonies only)

Disability support

Find out about Disability Support Dumfries Campus.


Parking in the vicinity of the Rutherford-McCowan Building will be difficult.

We recommend the car park in front of Easterbrook Hall.