Blacksburg, Virginia, part of the New River Valley, is situated on a plateau in the Appalachian Mountains—North America's oldest mountain range. It has become a vibrant community over the years with activities suited for everyone's taste. There are a number of restaurants and lodging facilities in and around Blacksburg—something truly for everyone. Weekend activities range from crafts, movies, cultural events, golf, or enjoying the mountains and the New River.
The Visitors Guide to Virginia Tech contains driving directions and detailed information about local accommodations, dining, and more. Visitors interested in campus tour should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Visitor Parking Permits
Visitors to the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg may obtain a Visitor Parking Permit. Visitor Parking Permits are available at the Visitor Center located at 925 Prices Fork Road during regular business hours. The center is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the months of November through February), 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. When the Visitor Center is closed, permits can be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Department located at 330 Sterrett Drive.
Visitor permits must be signed and dated by an authorized parking and transportation or police official. Permits must be displayed Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. If parking on the Drillfield, permits must be displayed Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted by a sign.
Where to Park
Visitors may park in any Faculty, Staff, Visitor, or Student (R/C/G) parking space with a valid visitor parking permit and if the space is not restricted by signs. Some restricted areas include handicap spaces, carpool spaces, loading zones, service vehicle zones, timed areas, sidewalks, grass, admission areas, teaching assistant spaces, and the Owens and Dietrick Dining Hall Lots. Parking in the North End Center Garage requires payment of the daily fee.
Visitors may park around the Drillfield with a valid visitor parking permit. Visitors are recommended to use the Faculty/Staff section of Perry Street Lot, Litton Reaves Lot, Coliseum Lot, Derring Lot, Washington Street, Litton–Reaves Extension Lot, and Shultz Lot.
Visitor permits are not needed on weekends ( 5 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday), unless otherwise noted by a sign. Metered parking spaces are also available for short–term visitors on–campus. Visitors with parking permits may not park free at parking meters.
Parking for Recreational Vehicles (RVs)
Visitors who park an RV on–campus also need to obtain a Visitor Parking Permit from the Visitor Center. RV parking costs the same amount as a Visitor Parking Permit, which is free. All RVs parking on–campus must park in the Duck Pond Overflow Lot, except during the football season. More information on RV parking is available.
Virginia Tech Departmental Requests
If a department has a visitor coming to campus, they may email the Office of Parking and Transportation in advance for a visitor parking permit(s) to be picked up by the department. Departments should provide 24 hours in advance for preparation of permits.
Students should direct their visitors to pick up a visitor permit.