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2 College Senior

Parking: Parking is pretty difficult at UVA and in Charlottesville in general.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Spots fill up quickly and best not to drive around the football games because parking is terrible and there is traffic and reroutes. Try to get off-campus housing with parking available because street-parking is available but can be annoying.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't drive, but my friends usually have difficulty finding spots around grounds.

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).


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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

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 128 responses

  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 27% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 38% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 131 responses

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