Planning Your Visit

There are many places to stay in and around Radford, Virginia, during the winter commencement weekend. Radford University recommends The Highlander Hotel Radford adjacent to campus, along with several other convenient lodging choices ranging from motels to bed and breakfasts.

Radford is just 36 miles southwest of the city of Roanoke, Virginia, and within an easy driving distance of many mid-East Coast metropolitan areas. Richmond is only a three and a half hour drive, while Washington, D.C., and the Tidewater area are only about four and a half hours away. 

  • By Car
    From Interstate 81, take Exit 109 onto Route 177/Tyler Avenue into Radford. At the third traffic light, turn right onto Jefferson Street. At the next traffic light, turn left onto East Main Street. The main university entrance will be on your left, at the intersection with University Drive.
  • Travel By Air or By Bus
    Roanoke Regional Airport and Greyhound Bus Lines provide connections to cities throughout the country. From the airport, take Interstate 581-North to Interstate 81-South and follow the directions for traveling by car. Advance reservations for limousine service to and from the airport may be made by calling Blacksburg Limousine Service at (540) 951-3973.
  • Nearby Airports
    Several other airports are within driving distance of Radford University. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is two and a half hours away in Charlotte, N.C., and Richmond International Airport is three and a half hours away in Richmond, Virginia.

Parking on campus

Parking is free and available throughout campus. View the parking map [PDF].

  • Lot A is reserved for disabled (with DMV issued permit) and special guest parking only. 
  • All other lots throughout campus are available for commencement guest parking. 
  • No shuttle services will be available.