What you need to know about the changes to parking at the Melbourne and Bendigo campuses

Do you drive to the Melbourne or Bendigo campuses?

In 2020, there’s been some changes to parking fees at the Melbourne Campus, and a new ticketless parking system has been implemented at the Bendigo Campus.

Here’s what you need to know.

Melbourne Campus – fee changes

To help La Trobe continue to provide improved facilities, infrastructure and services for your safety, the cost of parking at Melbourne has increased from 1 January, 2020.

Price increases are never popular, but it’s important to note that even with this price rise, parking at La Trobe is still in line with what’s charged at other Universities.

In fact, white student parks have only risen by the rate of CPI (1.3 per cent).

Here’s a quick rundown of the new fees:

  • White student permit, yearly: $276.75
  • White student permit, half-yearly: $138.40
  • Red (staff and student), yearly: $819.65
  • Green carpooling permit, for carpool members only: $276.75
  • If you use CellOPark or the Pay-by-Plate metres, hourly fees are $2.20 and daily fees are $6

Parking fees go back into the University to improve our facilities, pathways, safety, lighting, transport and infrastructure on campus. Over recent years this has enabled us to deliver initiatives such as Public Lighting upgrades, additional security cameras, pathway upgrades and the Uni-Safe and Glider services.

For more information on the 2020 Melbourne Campus parking fees, please visit website.

Bendigo Campus – new ticketless parking system

La Trobe is making parking at the Bendigo Campus smarter in 2020.

This year, there’ll be no need for windscreen stickers. Instead, all we need to see is your car’s licence plate.

The new ticketless parking system at Bendigo means you can purchase parking permits online, quickly and easily.

Parking fees at Bendigo will increase by 1.3 per cent in 2020.

2019 Bendigo parking permits will remain valid until 29 February, 2020.

Here’s a summary of the new parking options, with more information available on the website.  


  • Virtual parking permits ideal for frequent parkers
  • Purchase and manage your permit online and pay via credit card
  • Available as 12- or 6-month permits

CellOPark Pay-As-You-Go

  • An easy alternative to parking meters for casual parkers.
  • Pay by app, phone or web and only pay for the time that you use.
  • Register for an account via the CellOPark app or cellopark.com.au

Pay-By-Plate Parking Meters

  • Ticketless parking meters for casual parkers
  • Meters are available in Car Parks 1, 2 and 9
  • Just enter your vehicle’s registration number – no need to return to your car to affix a ticket.

A reminder that car parking is free on the Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses.

While parking is available to those who need it, La Trobe also encourages sustainable transport such as walking, cycling, public transport and carpooling so check our Transport Central for the different options available.