Getting a Parking Permit
UVA parking permits are only given to faculty, staff, students living on grounds, and the handicapped. Even students living on grounds do not have an easy time of obtaining a permit—you are never guaranteed one. Rather, the permits are given out in sort of a lottery system. If you can’t get a permit for your dorm parking lot, then you can most likely get one for U-Hall (the huge parking lot next to the basketball stadium); this isn’t terribly helpful, however, as it’s far away from most things on grounds. First-year students are not allowed to have a car on grounds until second semester. Even then, you are forced to park in U-Hall—which, again, is almost pointless. You’re better off just riding the bus for the first year.