Visitor Information

We are excited to welcome you to the University of Virginia! Please use this page as a resource to plan your visit to Charlottesville, Virginia. We look forward to meeting you.

Special Announcements

We will add information regarding special announcements here. If you need anything or have any questions, please call (434)982-3200 or email [email protected].

University COVID Policies

You can find information on the most up-to-date University COVID policies here. This site includes current information on masking and vaccination requirements at UVA. Please visit this site within 24 hours of arrival on Grounds for your tour.

Driving Directions

We are located in Charlottesville, Virginia, approximately two hours southwest of Washington D.C. and a little over an hour northwest of Richmond, Virginia. At nearly 2,000 acres, the University of Virginia encompasses 11 schools, a state-of-the-art teaching hospital, athletics and arts precincts and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Please refer to our maps page for day-of guidance and options to visit by air or by rail.

Driving Directions

From East or West via 1-64:

Following signs to the UVA Information Center, get off at exit 118B for the Route 29/250 Bypass. Go approximately 2 miles and take the off ramp for Route 250 East Business (Ivy Road). Turn right off the exit ramp and follow Ivy Road. At the fourth traffic light, turn right on Route 29 Business/Emmet Street. Continue 1/2 block just past the blinking light. Turn left into the University of Virginia Central Grounds Parking Garage at 400 Emmet Street South (hourly fees), which is directly in front of Newcomb Hall.

From the North via U.S. 29 South:

Take US 29 South until you drive under the US 250 Bypass. Proceed to Charlottesville, where Route 29 becomes Emmet Street. Pass University Hall basketball arena on the right. Proceed straight through the traffic light at the intersection of Route 250 Business (University Avenue/Ivy Road). Continue 1/2 block just past the blinking light. Turn left into the University of Virginia Central Grounds Parking Garage at 400 Emmet Street South (hourly fees), which is directly in front of Newcomb Hall.

From the South via U.S. Route 29 North:

Take US Route 29 North to the US 250 East Business exit. Turn right when coming off the exit ramp onto 250 East (Ivy Road). Turn right off the exit ramp and follow Ivy Road. At the fourth traffic light, turn right on Route 29 Business/Emmet Street. Continue 1/2 block. Turn left into the University of Virginia Central Grounds Parking Garage (hourly fees), which is directly in front of Newcomb Hall.

Getting to Peabody Hall:

From the University of Virginia's Central Grounds Parking Garage at 400 Emmet Street South (hourly fees), take the elevator up to the bookstore level. Walk into the Ground floor of Newcomb for elevator access or use the staircase to the right of the building. The Office of Admission is located in Peabody Hall, which is the building in front of Newcomb. Follow the signs to check-in for your tour at the front of Peabody Hall, facing the lawn.

Parking

The Central Grounds Garage is conveniently located under the University Bookstore at 400 Emmet Street, and is near where you will check in for tours. Hourly parking may be paid via the ParkMobile app (zone #5515).

If Central Grounds Garage is full, The Emmet Ivy Garage, located at 123 Emmet Street provides easy access to Grounds. Hourly parking may be paid  via the ParkMobile app.

For assistance with the ParkMobile app, please refer to the step-by-step instructions here, by visiting www.parkmobile.io, or by calling the toll free number 877-727-5758. We recommend you download the app and add a payment method prior to your visit.

Please refer to Parking and Transportation’s Operating Status page for information regarding construction and/or road closures/ detours, special events, and more.

Weather and Emergency Notifications

Please refer to the University of Virginia’s Emergency Management page for current weather conditions, operating status, and emergency notifications regarding University closure due to inclement weather or other emergencies.

Exploring UVA and the Greater Charlottesville Area

There are many ways to experience the University of Virginia. Prospective students can register for a student-led tour, take a self-guided tour on their own, or check out tours for specific schools and programs. Alumni can take advantage of career services and participate in a range of events, including reunions. History enthusiasts can take historical and specialty tours offered through the University Guide Service (and at Monticello). Parents, prospective faculty and families can do all the above, plus enjoy walking tours and attend a variety of events happening across Grounds and within the greater Charlottesville community. 

There's good reason why the U.S. Bureau of Economic Research ranked Charlottesville the happiest city in American, and why Travelers Today ranked it the top college town. Charlottesville has it all: history, culture, nature, and educational opportunity. Learn more about things to do around town and lodging options through the Charlottesville Visitor’s Bureau.