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Effective Aug. 3, 2020, 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 fee, or hourly fees via meters on campus.

Ready to purchase a parking permit for 2020-21? 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 a daily/hourly fee (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.

Yes. Effective Aug. 3, 2020, parking on the Virginia Tech campus requires the display of a valid permit or the payment of a daily/hourly fee, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits for 2020-21 are on sale online. ParkMobile is another flexible parking option for the campus community.

Yes. Effective Aug. 3, 2020, parking on the Virginia Tech campus requires the display of a valid permit or the payment of a daily/hourly fee, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits for 2020-21 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 2020-21 Parking and Traffic Operational Manual (page 5) 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. As of December 2020, on-campus parking meters can also be paid for through the ParkMobile app.

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 able to park along Drillfield after 5 p.m. with an Evening Only Permit. Graduate students may park long 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. 

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, an affordable remote lot option, metered parking, and some planned changes and new technologies that will enhance the university’s flexible parking offerings, including hourly and daily parking. 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, an affordable remote lot permit, metered parking, and new technologies to be implemented later this summer that enable convenient hourly and daily parking.

Click here to learn about permit options and here (page 5) 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 a daily/hourly fee (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 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

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.

 

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.

E-scooters (campus-sanctioned) are not operating at this time.

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, Roam NRV bike share bikes are still available for use and will be santized regularly. 

Have a question not answered above? Contact Parking Services at parking@vt.edu.