Charlottesville, VA
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$38,228 ($12,216)
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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking sucks--you can't park anywhere on campus without paying, even on the weekends.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is expensive at the University of Virginia. What's more, the street parking spots are limited and during the day, parking permits are enforced. After 5pm however, there are some parking spots that you can take advantage of because they become free for all. One such place is the parking garage for the Memorial Gym (colloquially called Mem-Gym).

5 College Freshman

Parking: The cost is reasonable, but I do not use it because freshman are not allowed cars.

College Freshman

Parking: First-years aren't allowed to have cars on grounds.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking isn't great during school hours, but pretty easy to deal with at night or on weekends.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1248th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1283rd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1303rd
    Best Parking Availability

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Haley Bryant
London, UK
Media Studies
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Students find that parking anywhere in Charlottesville is pretty atrocious. There aren’t enough spaces for the number of cars that are on the road already, and the University population only gets bigger each year. Many students are incredibly frustrated with the steep price of a UVA permit that doesn’t even guarantee convenient parking. The rest of Charlottesville is not much better—sometimes finding street parking is easier and safer than trying to park in your own apartment’s lot! The parking enforcers are heartless and way too efficient. If you own a car in Charlottesville, then in all likelihood, you will have some sort of parking violation added to your record during your time at school.

Don’t even think about driving to class unless you want to pay $1.70 an hour in the bookstore parking garage. Use the bus system, or better yet, just walk. Almost everything is within walking distance anyway. Try to avoid parking illegally, even for just a few minutes, because the parking enforcers will be quick to nab you. Also, be aware that special events, such as football games or graduation, can cause traffic and parking problems throughout all of Charlottesville. If you have a car, it’s good to remember these dates and be prepared.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
University Hall, dorm parking lots, and Scott Stadium.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$444 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $25
  • Fire lane: $100
  • Handicapped zone: $100
  • No parking zone: $30
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • 14th Street parking garage
  • JPA (Jefferson Park Avenue)
  • Parking lot on Elliewood Avenue
  • Newcomb Hall parking garage
  • Streets off of Rugby Rd. (Gordon Ave., Grady Ave.)
  • Virtually anywhere at night
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Along 14th Street
  • Anywhere along the Corner
  • At the AFC while campus is under construction
Getting a Parking Permit
UVA parking permits are only given to faculty, staff, students living on grounds, and the handicapped. Even students living on grounds do not have an easy time of obtaining a permit—you are never guaranteed one. Rather, the permits are given out in sort of a lottery system. If you can’t get a permit for your dorm parking lot, then you can most likely get one for U-Hall (the huge parking lot next to the basketball stadium); this isn’t terribly helpful, however, as it’s far away from most things on grounds. First-year students are not allowed to have a car on grounds until second semester. Even then, you are forced to park in U-Hall—which, again, is almost pointless. You’re better off just riding the bus for the first year.
Parking Services
Department of Parking & Transportation
(434) 924-7231

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 29% Streets off of Rugby Rd. (Gordon Ave., Grady Ave.)
  • 21% Newcomb Hall parking garage
  • 21% Virtually anywhere at night
  • 14% Slaughter Gym
  • 7% JPA (Jefferson Park Avenue)
  • 7% 14th Street parking garage
  • 0% Parking lot on Elliewood Avenue

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 87 responses

  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 9% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 38% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 81 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 31% Anywhere along the Corner
  • 25% All parking lots unless on the weekend
  • 25% Near any academic building
  • 19% Along 14th Street
  • 0% At the AFC while campus is under construction
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