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

If you registered for a tour of Grounds, know that the tour check-in location is subject to change. Please refer to your reminder and contactless check-in emails for the most up to date location.

Attention Visitors for Saturday, September 3rd: Please be advised of a change in the time of your scheduled UVA Welcome and Tour. The Welcome and Tour will now begin at 9am instead of 10:30am. The first UVA home football game is scheduled for 12:30pm on Saturday, September 3rd, please refer to your updated email confirmation for more details.

If you need anything or have any questions, please call (434)982-3200 or email undergradadmission@virginia.edu.

University COVID Policies

To help protect the health and safety of the UVA community, all visitors are expected to follow all health and safety guidelines established by the Governor of Virginia, the University of Virginia, and the Office of Admission. As a campus community, we are fortunate that we have exceptionally high vaccination rates. We seek to avoid disruptions to our classes, activities, and student life as much as possible while maintaining our commitment to mitigate risks for the UVA community and all visitors.

UVA recently announced that it will end its indoor mask requirement in most indoor settings, including office buildings and the John Paul Jones Arena, on March 21. However, classrooms, UVA Health facilities, and University transit will still require face coverings. As a result, visitors will be required to wear masks if visiting classrooms or being transported to and from Grounds. We encourage visitors to be fully vaccinated, and when possible, we encourage visitors to practice physical distancing between individuals. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that visitors will not be exposed to or infected with COVID-19 during their visit. All visitors voluntarily and knowingly assume those risks as a condition of participation. To reduce your risk of catching or spreading illness, we ask that you stay home if you feel sick, even if your symptoms are mild. Please contact us to reschedule your visit if you are feeling sick at undergradadmission@virginia.edu or 434-982-3200.

You can find information on the most up-to-date University COVID policies here: coronavirus.virginia.edu.

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 South, 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, Culbreth Garage, located at 130 Culbreth Road provides easy access to Grounds. Hourly parking may be paid via the ParkMobile app (zone #5513).

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.

Maps detailing the locations of reserved ADA spaces and accessible pathways can be found here. ADA parking spaces are first come, first serve. If an ADA space is not available, vehicles with a DMV issued placard or license plate my park in a metered space for up to 4 hours.

Note that both Central Grounds and Culbreth Garages have a clearance of 6'8". If you require higher clearance for your vehicle, please refer to this page.

For additional information, please refer to Parking and Transportation’s Visitor Parking page .

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.