Permits for Students
General Information for Students
The Department of Parking & Transportation issues several different types of permits, including stickers, hangtags, dashboard permits, and gate cards/transponders. Instructions on how to display the permit will be included with the permit itself.
For a nominal fee, a permit holder may obtain more than one permit for their respective lot (exception - gate card/transponder). The second car permit may only be used by the original permit holder or their family. The vehicle displaying this "2nd car permit" may not be parked on Grounds at the same time as the vehicle displaying the primary permit.
Parking permits can be revoked at the discretion of the University if the permit holder has been proven to abuse his/her privilege. Fraudulent misuse and abuse of patient parking or the display of a lost, stolen, or counterfeited permit is punishable by administrative fine and total revocation of parking privilege. Parking permits are the property of the University and may be physically removed from the bearer's vehicle by U.Va representatives if the permit is not voluntarily returned upon revocation.
Students can save hundreds of dollars per year by not bringing their vehicle to Grounds. With permit prices ranging from $144 to $549 per year, plus maintenance and fuel, it makes sense to consider the transportation alternatives that are available at U.Va and in the surrounding community.
Online Ride Matching
U.Va is pleased to offer free instant online ride matching through Zimride. Students may sign up for free, create their profile, and post their trip that will be instantly compared to existing trips in the system. Learn more about Zimride here.
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All students may ride any University Transit Service (UTS) route fare-free. UTS operates several fixed routes designed to get students to virtually all areas of Grounds quickly, safely, and courteously. Please visit the UTS section of this site for more information.
Students may also ride any Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) route for free by showing their valid U.Va ID. CAT provides transportation throughout Charlottesville and into some areas of Albemarle County. Popular destinations include the Downtown Mall, the Fashion Square Mall, Walmart, and movie theaters in Seminole Square and Albemarle Square.
Biking, Walking, and Other Transportation Alternatives
U.Va students have access to several transportation resources in the U.Va area. Visit our Transportation Demand Management (TDM) section for more information. Students who bring their bikes to U.Va should register it with the U.Va Police Department.
All U.Va students, other than first-year students, are eligible to purchase a parking permit. Permits for students are only sold for the full permit year.
Students who do not wish to purchase a permit for the entire permit year have the option to purchase temporary parking permits for the lots at University Hall (U-Hall) for up to thirteen weeks.
Any person anticipating a temporary parking problem regardless of duration should contact Parking & Transportation at (434) 924-7231 in advance to seek possible options. Unless arrangements are made in advance, illegally parked vehicles are subject to citation and/or towing at the owner's expense.
Individuals may register their own, their spouse's, or their parent's vehicle. Parking permits will not be issued for trail bikes, mini-bikes, snowmobiles, cargo trailers, boats, campers, etc.
Students wishing to register a motorcycle should visit our Motorcycle Parking Information section.
Disabled, Rented, or Borrowed Vehicles
Should a vehicle become disabled in an unauthorized area, the vehicle must be moved as soon as possible. If it is necessary to leave the vehicle unattended while making arrangements, the Department of Parking & Transportation must be notified at (434) 924-7231 (after hours please contact the University Police Department).
If a permit holder is using an alternate (rented/borrowed) vehicle, contact Parking & Transportation at (434) 924-7231 to obtain a free temporary permit for the duration of the alternate vehicle's use. This is helpful during those times your primary vehicle is in the shop for repair for extended periods of time.
Permit Parking Enforcement
Parking restrictions are in effect year round, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Signs at the lot entrances denote specific permit restrictions. In many lots, restrictions are in place at all times (view "all times" lots) or modified after 3:30 PM or 5:00 PM. Special events (plays, concerts, athletic events, etc.) parking may also modify the availability of parking in certain lots. Check the signs at every entrance/space for exact restrictions.
Please visit our Citations section for more information about citations, appeals, and fine amounts.
Lost or damaged permits may be replaced by paying a nominal fee (view current rates). When a vehicle is sold or traded, the permit must be removed because citation liability continues to apply to the original permit holder.
Returning a Permit
Parking and Transportation will issue refunds for parking permits returned prior to the expiration date of the permit. Refunds are prorated and are not issued for amounts less than $5.00.
Purchasing a Permit
Student permits are sold each August at the Parking and Transportation Office located at 1101 Millmont Street and online.
Students Living Off-Grounds may purchase a Blue, A9, or Emmet/Ivy Garage permit at anytime during the year at the Parking and Transportation Office.
The following forms of payment are accepted for purchasing a permit at the Parking and Transportation Office: cash, check, Cavalier Advantage, and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover).
Please note that Student Permits are not automatically renewed from year-to-year.
A $25 refundable deposit is required for all transponder permits.