Living Here
Getting Around

Roommates and computers and dining plans! Oh my!


We know you can’t wait to begin your new life at Virginia Tech. But where to start? There are a number of things you can cross off your to-do list even before you get to campus. Start with the You’re In… Now What checklist. It’s an easy way to keep track of what you’ve done, what you need to do, and what you need to consider before moving to campus.

We won’t sugarcoat it.

Driving around and parking on Virginia Tech’s campus is not a walk in the park. What is a walk in the park is walking or biking around campus, and using the bus system and other forms of alternative transportation. Follow Alternative Transportation on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on traveling on campus.

If you bring a car with you to campus, you’ll need to register it with Parking Services and purchase a university parking permit. Buy one online after July 1 or get it at their office when you get to campus. Make sure you check out the different options for passes. The Parking Quick Guide has all you need to know about having your car at Virginia Tech.

Blacksburg Transtit

Blacksburg Transit buses are awesome for getting around town—it basically goes wherever you’d want to go. All bus schedules are online and on the BT4U mobile app to make sure you’re not late to the bus stop. Check out the schedule and maps—with your Hokie Passport, you can go anywhere and everywhere for free!

Biking is a popular way to get around at Virginia Tech, and bike racks and Fix-It Stations are provided throughout campus and at residence halls. For bike parking locations and designated bike routes and trails, check out the campus bike map. You’ll have to register your bike like you’d register your car, but bike registrations are free! Need help working on your bike? Check out the Hokie Bike Hub.

Person on bike

If you track your steps, you’ll be pleasantly surprised—especially if you make lots of trips across the Drillfield throughout the day. This is a big, hilly campus, but that’s one of the reasons Virginia Tech was named Fittest College in America in 2015! Help put your mom’s mind at ease when you walk at night by using the LiveSafe app, which allows you to have a friend track your walk live or be notified if you don't arrive at your destination by an estimated time.

No need to be nervous about coming to campus without a car! You can take the Smart Way commuter bus to Roanoke, participate in ride sharing or borrow a car from Zipcar to do local errands. You can even use services like Home Ride of Virginia or College Transit, or look into the Megabus to travel around Virginia or to New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, or New York!

Blacksburg Transit
People walking

When you’ve got friends or family visiting you at school, make sure they know to get a visitor parking permit!

Check out the Heads Up Hokies campaign, aimed at reminding Hokies to pay attention when traveling around campus.

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