August 17, 2009 — Students are returning to the Grounds of the University of Virginia this Saturday. On "Move-In Day," approximately 5,000 of them will move into University housing for the start of the fall term.
In all, about 21,000 students are expected by the time classes begin on Aug. 25.
While U.Va.'s student housing facilities do not officially open until 8 a.m. on Saturday, University Police estimate that "Move-in Day" will bring more than 15,000 people and 6,000 cars to Grounds, many arriving as early as 7:30 a.m.
University police will be on duty along Emmet Street and McCormick, Stadium and Alderman roads to assist with traffic. These areas will experience the heaviest traffic. Side streets off these thoroughfares also will be crowded, as well as shopping areas along Emmet and U.S. 29 North.
Arriving families will have about a half-hour to park in front of residence halls and unload their vehicles. Parking & Transportation employees will direct traffic around the dorms, and student volunteers will help families unload their vehicles. Once their vehicles are unloaded, families can park in the open lots in nearby Scott Stadium.
U.Va. Recycling will also be on hand to collect discarded cardboard.
The Division of Information Technology and Communication will assist students in making computer connections to the University's wireless and wired networks.
At 1 p.m. on Saturday, U.Va. President John T. Casteen III will give a welcome address in the Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.
On Sunday at 6 p.m., Casteen will speak at the Opening Convocation for first-year students on the Lawn (rain site: John Paul Jones Arena). At that ceremony, students will hear an overview of the Honor System and will be invited to sign the honor pledge.
University Transit System buses will not run on Saturday or Sunday during the day. Buses will run Sunday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. through 12:30 a.m. on an abbreviated holiday schedule, and regular bus service will resume beginning Monday at 6 a.m.
The U.Va. Bookstore will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will continue its extended business hours Monday through Thursday following move-in from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
As part of the University's sustainability efforts, the bookstore now offers a number of green products, including clothing, school and dorm supplies, as well as a textbook rental program that provides a cost-savings to students of 53 percent to 70 percent off retail textbook prices.
Housing also offers students a number of "green" tips on its Web site for packing and bringing eco-friendly products to Grounds.
Students who bring cars to Grounds will need to purchase parking permits. Permits are available online now for the first time. Permits can also be purchased at the P&T office on Millmont Road Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more on key academic dates, visit the online calendar.