Charlottesville, VA
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Reviews 1628 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It really depends on who you're interacting with. Some Residential Advisers will write you up with a warning for simply smoking a cigarette too close to the stairs of dormitory building. Others don't really care if you drink or not. I would say over all you should just be responsible about your choices and respect others' rights and space! If you do that, you probably won't have any problems.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife at the bars here is really for those who are 21 years of age or older. However, for younger undergraduates, there are usually house parties on Thursday and Friday. Most parties are pretty much word of mouth, it's all about who you know. If you know a few fraternity brothers you should be ok, but if you do not there are also quite a few apartment parties thrown by friends here and there. I would say 40% of the nightlife takes place at fraternity houses, 40% takes place at apartment/house parties and the final 20% is reserved for bars (for those who are 21 or older or have a fake).

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Charlottesville is the perfect mix of college town and urban. It has more restaurants per capita than NYC, and there are always concerts and events happening both on grounds and off.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a ton of off-grounds housing at UVA. You will always be able to find something in your price range, but there is a big rush to get housing, so you may have to be quick when looking for a house or apartment.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: UVA has the perfect combination of historic and modern buildings. The buildings are all beautiful, and there is always work going on to renovate the interiors of older buildings.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in Charlottesville can be a bit unpredictable, but it is certainly beautiful. There are 4 distinct seasons, but none of them are too extreme. Fall and Spring and usually gorgeous.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses take you pretty much everywhere you need to go and they're free for students. Theoretically, you could walk everywhere, but some things like the grocery store would be a little bit of a hike, so having a car is helpful, but definitely not necessary.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug scene isn't really that prevalent in my circle but I'm sure that varies depending on who you hang out with

4 College Junior

Nightlife: It depends what type of partying you're into really. If you're into the frat scene it's rather good, especially if you have a decent sized group or know someone in the house. If you're more into house parties and other ethnic groups' parties it's not the best for it but it has been improving over the years with more greek organizations coming back on grounds. Club wise it's pretty much only for 21+ so best bet would be to stick to things on grounds

5 College Freshman

Majors: The nursing school here is amazing. It is one of the best ones in the country and is basically just a big family. All of the professors are so kind and helpful and there are so many support systems. I love that it is a four year program and I know I am learning what I need to know for my field.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They give out a lot of aid here and it is very easy to get it! Hoever, there are few scholarships and it takes a bit to find out how much yowu got.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Charlottesville is awesome! There's tons of cute shops and restaurants as well as a skating rink and movie theaters. There are concerts there all the time. Nearer to Grounds is the Corner which has multitude of restaurants and bars. There are many shopping centers close by and we have an awesome concert hall.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is usually very mild, which is nice when you're walking across grounds to/from class and when having fun in the evenings. When it rains- it is horrible walking though!

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: We were ranked the number one party school in America by PlayBoy. Enough said. Tons of parties on the weekends and if you aren't into parties we have tons to do on the corner or if you don't mind walking, you can go to the mall or movies.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are tons of girls here. From rich preppy ones to country girls from Texas. Most of the guys are really cool and all have good backgrounds.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have the most restaurants per population of any city in America. Regardless to say there are so many great local restaurants that it would take you a few years to see about half of them. All have different food and every restaurant has something everyone will like. There is food for vegetarians and vegans at every restaurant as well.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I've lived in Virginia all my life, and it's pretty close to what I'm used to. Mild. Not usually disgustingly hot or unbearably cold. However, Charlottesville's a bit more in the mountains, so it tends to be colder. They cancelled class recently for the first time in decades for Hurricane Sandy. On occasion we get freak snowstorms, but there isn't usually snow on the ground in the winter.
I have to give it an A because grounds is absolutely beautiful in the fall.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I know a friend group that smokes pot, but that's all I've seen here. It's not incredibly common, and in my experience, if it happens at a party, it'll happen in somebody's room or somewhere off-limits so you're not likely to stumble in on it if you don't wander off the beaten path. They're really strict about having it in dorms, so I guess it's more for the upperclassmen who live off-grounds.

Alcohol, though, is really easy to come by if you want it. Very visible, and all you need to do is walk across the lawn on a weekend night or game day to see lawnies having parties. They don't have it at parties for some of the Christian groups, I think. Nobody will think less of you if you don't drink (hopefully), but there's definitely a pressure for it at parties just because everyone is doing it. It sorta depends on the party. It's not allowed in first-year dorms, but some people choose to have it anyway if they know upperclassmen who will buy it for them (which is fairly common in my experience). You're good as long as the RA doesn't see it, and some (but not all) RAs go out of their way to not see it.

I'd heard this before I started at UVa, and it's definitely true: the police are here to keep you safe. They'll bust a party for noise violation, but they don't really do anything about underage drinking unless you mouth off to them. I've heard that they're tougher on drugs, but that's not really my scene, so I can't speak to it.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are bars for over-21s in Charlottesville, especially downtown. I don't personally know of any clubs, though. But hey, UVa was ranked top party school by Playboy for a reason: just wander down 14th street or over by fraternity row at night on the weekend. If you really want a party, it's not really hard to find one, and getting alcohol underage isn't a challenge at all. However, the best way to party is to join a club or other student organization and go to their functions (which may have alcohol, depending on the club). It's more fun if you know the people there. Personally, I recommend the First-Year Players. If you're not an actor, it's worth helping with tech to go to the parties, and they don't let in people who aren't in the club, so it's a safer environment.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: All around, the varsity sports here at U.Va. are pretty solid. Of course, we could use a little help in football... And there are so many club and intramural teams, I doubt I could even list half of them right now. Seriously, if you can think of it, odds are we have it and there's a legitimate following. Quidditch, anyone?

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent teachers who know their material. It depends on your major, but most programs here offer a top of the line education, especially for a public school. For an undergrad, the workload is heavy but not unbearable. There is plenty of time to party and have fun, but the focus here is clearly on getting good grades and setting yourself up for the future.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: UVa has a decent town attached to it. The corner is always fun to hang out at/go to bars/get something to eat. The historic downtown part of Charlottesville is nice as well. However, if you are looking for a city atmosphere UVa is not for you.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a large amount of diversity on campus, both racially, religiously, and politically. However, groups tend to stay by themselves, and there could be more of a move to help students accept those other than themselves.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Percentage wise The University may be diverse but when it comes to parties, greek life and friend groups it is rather homogenous.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great selection and variety of restaurants off campus but nearby. Many are small locally owned places...most of which I had never heard of before going to school. They have everything from Pizza and Noodle places, to Dumplings and Sandwich places. Everywhere that I have eaten off campus has been good if not excellent. Some of the best places include Mellow Mushroom, Little John's, Dumplings, Take-It-Away, Bodo's Bagels, etc..


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Haley Bryant
London, UK
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Most students talk about the wonderful experiences and positive feelings they associate with UVA. The University has some of the most devoted alumni in the country. Of course, there are those who wished they had gone somewhere else and those who were turned off by things such as the lack of diversity, the prominence of Greek life, student naïvety, or the pretentiousness that is, in fact, present on campus. Those who really like UVA appreciate its traditions, the friendly and outgoing atmosphere, the beautiful setting, and the outstanding academic environment. Students definitely have their share of rough, sad, or aggravating moments at UVA, but when all is said and done, many claim that they couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

There are so many different experiences here—putting together an unorganized, student-run play with remarkable self-motivated students, studying abroad, drinking wine and chatting with a favorite professor in his/her home, tutoring at a local school, or sunning out on the lawn with friends—that, in the end, are some of the many reasons why students are happy at UVA. If you come to UVA, be prepared to take the good with the bad. In my view, the positive aspects of the University outweigh the negatives, and the environment is as vibrant and intelligent as it was when Thomas Jefferson founded it well over a century ago.

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