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2021-22 Parking Information

If you have been taking classes or working remotely and will be in-person on campus during the 2021-22 academic year, here is some helpful parking information.

Quick permit breakdowns:

  • Break even point for purchasing an annual permit: Approximately 63 days on campus.

  • 1 day a week on campus: Purchasing hourly or daily parking in ParkMobile or a daily permit online or at Parking Services is your best bet.

  • 5 days/a month or fewer on campus/less than 3 hours a day/a few days a month: Paying for daily parking or by the hour is your best bet. The daily permit is $6 and can be purchased online, in the Parking Services office or through ParkMobile. Hourly permits can be purchased through ParkMobile. 

  • 6+ days/a month: The break even point for purchasing an annual permit is 63 days on campus. The monthly permit ($33,) quarterly permit ($95), or the annual permit ($375) could all be good options. 

Parking on the Blacksburg campus is enforced Monday - Friday, from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. All who park on campus will need to display a parking permit, use the ParkMobile app, or park at a meter.

Parking Services implemented the enforcement change to more effectively manage parking for the growing population of permit holders who engage in university activities after traditional business hours. This could include attending classes (a large number of which end at 10 p.m.), leading instruction, conducting research, attending university-sponsored events and meetings, and more. 

The unprecedented construction taking place on the Blacksburg campus and expected enrollment growth also make it imperative to safeguard our finite parking resources and to ensure these resources are equitable so that those who have paid for on-campus parking are able to access it throughout the day and as more activity occurs after 5 p.m.

Prior to FY21, the burden of generating this revenue fell solely on students and employee permit holders choosing to park a vehicle between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. – while visitors and non-permit holders were able to park free of charge during the day and in the evenings. By charging everyone that utilizes our services (parks on campus), Parking Services can strive to keep parking costs down for all and our services as equitable as possible.

Virginia law requires that auxiliary services like Parking Services be fully-self funded and sustainable (no tuition, mandatory student fees, or state funds may go to its operations). Building additional parking structures on campus, conducting necessary repairs, installing lights, and ensuring restrictions are enforced are all important elements of parking operations.

Parking Services is 100 percent self-supported and does not receive any funds from the university. All of the revenue generated from the sale of permits and the collection of parking fines goes toward the cost of maintaining parking on campus, including the cost of the two current parking garages.

Every day on campus, we have over 1,000 parking spaces that sit empty in the Chicken Hill Lot (commuters, graduates, and resident students can park in Chicken Hill), Stadium Lot (commuters, graduates, and resident students can park), and the Duck Pond Lot (the Cage - commuters, graduates, and resident students can park in the Duck Pond Lot). Both of these lots allow anyone with a valid Virginia Tech permit to park. We have worked closely with Blacksburg Transit to improve shuttle options and timing to our lots to provide greater connectivity with the main part of campus.

Any additional parking spaces built on campus would have to be paid for with increases to permit rates and would require parking permits to increase in price above the standard cost increases. Until we have a true shortage of spaces, we do not feel incurring additional debt to build parking spaces is fiscally sound.  

Yes, Virginia Tech will be offering a prorated permit refund schedule. The refund schedule is included in the 2021-22 Parking Manual.

Parking Services has worked with the payroll team to make updates to your parking permit payroll deduction. 

Effective September 2021, 2021-22 permits will be deducted in 15 equal payments between Sept. 16 and April 16. Permit deductions will no longer occur in the summer months. For 2021-22 permits, the deductions will be $25 per pay period. 

For graduate assistants,  deductions will be equal payments based on the number of available pay periods. 

Please direct questions to parking@vt.edu.

Parking Questions - General

Yes. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, parking on the Virginia Tech campus requires the display of a valid permit, payment of a daily charge, or hourly charge via meters on campus.

Ready to purchase a parking permit? Click here to purchase online. 

Visitors to campus and those without a parking permit may:

Either the display of a valid parking permit or the payment of the daily/hourly charge (ParkMobile app, meters) is required to park on campus between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. This applies to all university community members.

Parking on the Virginia Tech campus requires the display of a valid permit or the payment of the daily/hourly charge, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits for 2021-22 are on sale online. ParkMobile is another flexible parking option for the campus community.

Yes. Parking on the Virginia Tech campus requires the display of a valid permit or the payment of the daily/hourly charge, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits for 2021-22 are on sale online. ParkMobile is another flexible parking option available to the campus community.

Transportation Services is offering a prorated refund schedule. Please visit the 2021-22 Parking Manual to learn more.

We recognize that the workplace and classrooms look different this year. While balancing the requirement for Parking Services to be fully-self funded and a financially healthy enterprise, we strive to offer a range of parking options that are equitable, flexible, and convenient that meet our university community’s needs.

Prior to this academic year, the burden of generating this revenue fell solely on students and employees on campus wishing to park a vehicle – while visitors were able to park free of charge. By charging everyone that utilizes our services (parks on campus,) we can strive to keep parking costs down for all.

Parking options include the sale of numerous types of parking permits and the ParkMobile app which offers a range of flexible parking increments.

Meter locations on campus include:

  • Bookstore Lot (Kent Street)
  • Squires Lot
  • Coliseum Lot
  • Wright House
  • Perry Street Lot
  • Drillfield

Click here for the Campus Parking Map which includes meter locations and a quick guide to parking. On-campus parking meters can also be paid for through the ParkMobile app. More information can be found on the meters.

Parking Services has implemented the enforcement change from 5 to 10 p.m. to more effectively manage parking for the growing population of permit holders who engage in a range of university activities after traditional business hours. This could include attending classes (a large number of which end at 10 p.m.), leading instruction, conducting research, attending university-sponsored events and meetings, and much more.

The unprecedented construction taking place on the Blacksburg campus and continued expected enrollment growth also make it imperative to safeguard the finite parking resources we have and to ensure these resources are equitable so that those who have paid for on-campus parking are able to access it throughout the day and as more and more activity occurs after 5 p.m.

Virginia law requires that auxiliary services like Parking Services be fully-self funded and sustainable (no tuition or mandatory student fees may go to its operations). Building additional parking structures on campus, conducting necessary repairs, installing lights, and ensuring restrictions are enforced are all important elements of parking operations.

Prior to this academic year, the burden of generating this revenue fell solely on students and employee permit holders choosing to park a vehicle between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. – while visitors and non-permit holders were able to park free of charge during the day and in the evenings. By charging everyone that utilizes our services (parks on campus,) Parking Services can strive to keep parking costs down for all.

Undergraduate students can park along Drillfield after 5 p.m. with an Evening Only Permit. Graduate students may park along the Drillfield after 5 p.m. Commuter permit holders may park on the Drillfield after 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or can park in any unrestricted F/S space across campus after 5 p.m.

Faculty/staff permit holders may park along the Drillfield at any time unless otherwise marked by signage. 

15-minute Grab & Go parking spaces are situated near dining halls on the Blacksburg campus. The spaces are located in the following areas:

  • Turner Place | Randolph Hall Service Drive/Barger Street | 4 spaces | ParkMobile Zone 85113
  • Owens Hall | Kent Street across from the Hokieshop University Bookstore | 5 spaces | ParkMobile Zone 85114
  • West End Market | 60-990 Washington Street - Student Services Building | 2 spaces| ParkMobile Zone 85115

University community members with a valid Virginia Tech parking permit may park in these spaces with their permit. Community members without a parking permit may use these spaces by purchasing 15-minute parking via the ParkMobile app.

Faculty/Staff Parking Questions

The university is offering a range of parking options that meet the unique needs of employees and students. This includes the sale of annual, semester, and daily parking permits, hourly and daily parking via the ParkMobile app, an affordable remote lot option, metered parking, and more. Recognizing permit needs may change, the university continues to offer a prorated permit refund schedule.

Click here to learn about permit options. All types of permits may be purchased online, including Daily permits, or in-person at Parking Services. On-demand parking with the ParkMobile app and parking meters on campus are also an option.

Multiple daily permits may be purchased at once in-person.

Yes, we are pleased to offer employees with 30 years of service (or more) a free annual parking permit.

Student Parking Questions

Transportation Services understands and is offering a range of student parking options including annual, semester, and daily permits, hourly and daily parking via the ParkMobile app, an affordable remote lot permit, metered parking, and more.

Click here to learn about permit options and here to learn about the permit refund policy.

On-demand parking may be purchased with the ParkMobile app. All types of permits may be purchased online, including Daily permits, or in-person. 

Hourly meter locations include Bookstore Lot, Coliseum Lot, Perry Street Lot, Wright House, and the Drillfield.

The award-winning Blacksburg Transit system is also a great option for students living in Blacksburg and Christiansurg. Click here to learn more about alternative transportation at Virginia Tech.

All permit holders may park on the Drillfield after 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or may park in any unrestricted F/S space across campus after 5 p.m.

Visitor Parking Questions

All those without a parking permit will need to pay to park on the Blacksburg campus effective Aug. 3, 2020, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. through 10 p.m. Visitors can use the ParkMobile app or daily permits can be purchased online and in-person at Parking Services at 505 Beamer Way (multiple daily permits may be purchased at once in-person). There are also hourly parking meters located across campus. View the Virginia Tech Parking Map for meter and parking lot locations. Admissions visitors should contact the Visitor Center for more information.

Yes, we will continue to offer these permits. Long Term Visitor permits will be charged an equivalent rate to the Faculty/Staff permit. Please email parking@vt.edu for more details.

All university community members, including visitors, will require the display of a parking permit or payment of the daily/hourly charge (meters) on campus from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless otherwise denoted by signage.

Visitor permits cost the same as a daily parking permit, $6. Daily permits may be purchased online or in-person at Parking Services at 505 Beamer Way.  Meter locations include the Bookstore Lot, Coliseum Lot, Perry Street Lot, Drillfield, and Wright House. Parking may also be purchased (hourly and daily) via the ParkMobile app.

Customers are able to purchase multiple passes at once if visiting Parking Services in-person. If utilizing parking meters, rates vary based on parking duration.

Departments and Events Parking Questions

Please visit the Departmental Visitors and Events Parking: Details and Rates page for more information and next steps.

Please visit the Departmental Visitors and Events Parking: Details and Rates page for more information and next steps.

For 2021 football games, RV parking at Virginia Tech will be in the Duck Pond overflow, Golf Course, and student remote lots. The cost is $150 per game and will be payable through ParkMobile. The payment code will be posted at each lot and will only be valid on the gameday weekend. Tow-behind vehicles can park for $20 per vehicle. Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis with lots opening at noon on game day Fridays. No RVs will be allowed to park prior to noon on Friday. Vehicles must leave by Sunday afternoon. There are no hookups or other amenities onsite.

ParkMobile Questions

Anyone coming to Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus can use the ParkMobile app to park in any campus parking space or lot that has standard F/S, C/G, or R parking, or any meter labeled with ParkMobile signage. 

ParkMobile can be used in any parking meter, campus parking space, or lot that has standard F/S, C/G, or R parking. This does not apply to 24-hour restricted lots designated for specific groups – Service Vehicle, Carpool, etc. While using ParkMobile, faculty and staff should park in F/S spaces; undergraduate and graduate students should park in C/G and R spaces. Visitors may park in F/S, C/G, or R spaces.

Users can download the ParkMobile app in the Apple app store or Google Play.

1. Download the app

2. Add vehicle information to profile.

  • Add your license plate number.

  • Using multiple cars? Up to five license plates can be added to your profile.

3. Add payment information to profile.

  • Most major credit cards, PayPal, and Apple Pay are accepted.

4. Park in any space or meter marked with a ParkMobile sign or sticker.

 

Yes, ParkMobile users can visit the ParkMobile website, enter the zone number, and continue to pay for parking without downloading the app. Users without access to wifi or a smartphone can pay for parking by calling the toll-free number listed on the ParkMobile signs or meters in your area.  

Alternative Transportation

Yes. BT is committed to ensuring the safety of the community and employees and is operational. Please visit ridebt.org for the latest schedule information.

The latest updates around Smart Way can be found at https://smartwaybus.com/.

Smart Way Express service has resumed. Please visit https://valleymetro.com/ for more details and schedule information.

Yes. Get the latest Virginia Breeze updates at https://virginiabreeze.org/.

The Alternative Transportation Department has implemented a summer bike storage option for students. To purchase the Summer Bike Storage permit ($20), log onto Virginia Tech’s parking permit portal at https://virginiatech.t2hosted.com/Account/Portal. Then email gettingaround@vt.edu or call 540-231-2701 to schedule a time to drop off your bike at the Hokie Bike Hub.

Yes, Spin e-scooters are operational.

Fleet Services is open for business and reservations are available. Office operations are limited and available by appointment only. Please visit https://parking.vt.edu/fleet-services.html for more information. Questions may be directed to fs@vt.edu.

Campus Connect is not running at this time. Please email NCRShuttle@vt.edu with any questions.

Yes, e-bikes are available for use.

Parking in the Perry Street Region

Plans to adjust parking based on the anticipated construction disruptions in the Perry Street region have been underway since FY19. All F/S spaces in the area that have been lost to construction (primarily in the surface lots) have been moved into the Perry Street Garage. 

Additionally, in FY19 and FY20, Parking Services issued approximately 2,500 student parking permits for the Perry Street area. In FY21 – in anticipation of construction at the Multi-Modal Transit Facility and Data and Decision Sciences Building – about 1,800 student permits were issued. For FY22, Parking Services anticipates around the same number of student permits to be sold in the area.

The quantity of student parking permits issued for the region will correlate strictly to the number of spaces available, so that those who have purchased permits for the region will be able to find spaces.

F/S parking is available in:

  • Pamplin Hall Lot

  • Price Hall Lot

  • Hahn Hall Lot

  • Along the Drillfield

  • Davidson Hall Lot

  • Solitude Lot

Approximately the same quantity of Perry Street permits will be sold for 2021-22 as the prior year (1,800). The quantity of student parking permits issued for the region will correlate strictly to the number of spaces available, so that those who have purchased permits for Perry Street will be able to find spaces.

In FY19 and FY20, Parking Services issued approximately 2,500 student parking permits for the Perry Street area. In FY21 – in anticipation of construction at the Multi-Modal Transit Facility and Data and Decision Sciences Building – about 1,800 student permits were issued.

Click here for the wide range of permit options available to students. These flexible parking options are available across campus:

  • ParkMobile: Pay for parking in flexible time increments in the Perry Street region, as well as across the Blacksburg campus, using the ParkMobile app. Daily parking rates in the Perry Street region within ParkMobile will be the same as the Perry Street daily permit rate ($8). Learn more

  • Daily permits: Daily permits may be purchased online or in-person at Parking Services at 505 Beamer Way.

  • Metered parking (parking also available at meters via ParkMobile): 

    • Bookstore Lot (Kent Street)

    • Squires Lot

    • Coliseum Lot

    • Wright House

    • Drillfield

Yes. BT will continue to stop along West Campus Drive by the New Classroom Building. Once the round-about is complete on Stanger Street, all of the routes that service Stanger Street will be running as normal. Please visit the BT site for service maps and the latest schedule information.  

Yes. The 15-minute Grab & Go parking spaces are situated near dining halls on the Blacksburg campus. The spaces are located in the following areas:

  • Turner Place | Randolph Hall Service Drive/Barger Street | 4 spaces | ParkMobile Zone 85113

  • Owens Hall | Kent Street across from the Hokieshop University Bookstore | 5 spaces | ParkMobile Zone 85114

  • West End Market | 60-990 Washington Street - Student Services Building | 2 spaces| ParkMobile Zone 85115

University community members with a valid Virginia Tech parking permit may park in these spaces with their permit. Community members without a parking permit may use these spaces by purchasing 15-minute parking via the ParkMobile app.

The university will continue to offer a range of parking options that meet the unique needs of employees and students:

  • Annual, semester, monthly, quarterly permits: Purchase online.

  • ParkMobile: Pay for parking in flexible time increments using the free ParkMobile app. Learn more.

  • Daily permits: Daily permits may be purchased online or in-person at Parking Services at 505 Beamer Way.

  • Metered parking (parking also available at meters via ParkMobile): 

    • Bookstore Lot (Kent Street)

    • Squires Lot

    • Coliseum Lot

    • Wright House

    • Perry Street Lot

    • Drillfield

Yes. Parking Services will be offering a prorated refund schedule. Please refer to the 2021-22 Parking Manual for the refund schedule.

Visit the Campus Closures Map often for the latest information.

Have a question not answered above? Email Parking Services at parking@vt.edu or call 540-231-3200.

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