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Charlottesville, VA
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14,928
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$38,228 ($12,216)
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Reviews 1616 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Trolley Is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread – The trolley is an amazing asset to the University. It runs downtown on a fairly frequent loop and down to the corner where the buses don't run. The only problem is that if you take a trip downtown, the loop back around to school takes a while just because of all of the stops.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Surprisingly, UVA has something like 20 NCAA titles from Soccer to Tennis, Baseball to Rowing. Besides the Football and Basketball teams, UVa's sports program is phenomenal.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are really great places to live, but they're expensive. Especially those that are close to the University. If you get the ones that are far from campus,you get a better deal, but they're inconvenient.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are many computer labs throughout campus, the best one being Scholar's Lab (located in the Alderman Library) according to most students. You will find Macs and PCs alike.
I always thought it was cheaper and faster to use the school printers instead of your own.
The network rarely fails, unless there's an electrical storm of some sort, and even then, the network is always up and running on the library computers. The wireless network is extremely reliable, and whatever problem you have, the ITC department (ie technology and computing) is always available to help.
It isn't absolutely necessary to have your own personal computer, but I would recommend it as library computers aren't always available when you need them, especially in peak periods like midterms/finals.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Cville Is a Great Place to Live! The local atmosphere in Cville is very enjoyable. The locals, or "Townies" are usually very nice, very polite, and really make you feel at home and at ease.
The Corner is the best place to hang out on weekends: you've got your selection of restaurants, boutiques, and coffee shops. The Downtown area is also a lot of fun on Friday afternoon and on weekends: the Fridays after 5 concert series is the best way to discover new music, and there are often street fairs where you'll find chawls and scarves, jewelry, and other goodies.

The restaurant selection in Cville is pretty awesome: you've got a bit of every cuisine, at every price range, and it's great, whether it's for a nice date, a quick lunch, dinner with the visiting parents and younger siblings. You'll really find everything, as long as you're willing to try out new things.

Shopping is not the best: you'll find your typical small-town mall, but there are great boutiques all over town.

The Downtown Pavillion always welcome different speakers and the Virginia Film Festival and Virginia Book Festival are really fun and bring in celebrities and authors alike.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Top Notch! UVA's campus, more commonly known as "Grounds", is absolutely gorgeous! From the cherry blossoms and magnolia trees, the Lawn, and the extensive Gardens and green areas, the surroundings are truly breath-taking.
The facilities are really amazing: the newer ones (South Lawn, Comm School, AFC, OHill Dining Hall, and a few first-year residence halls) are state-of-the-art, while the older ones are constantly being renovated.
There are different gyms to fit your needs and likes, though most students choose to work-out at the AFC. The various stadiums are impressive, especially the John Paul Jones basketball arena and multi-purpose concert hall.
Some of the class buildings seem a little bit like mazes and labyrinths at times (especially New Cabell Hall and the basement of Gilmer Hall), but you get used to it after a couple of weeks and find your way around Grounds as if you had been there your whole life.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Rain Boots Vs. Converse – It was the first time I've ever seen rain boots be a fad in the university life. It's basically what everybody wears whenever rain was chaotic down in Charlottesville. Every single girl wore rain boots, while guys generally wore sneakers and would care less if their pants got wet.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Walking at 3 AM – I've always felt safe walking at 3AM around campus from the library. The honor code basically stabilizes honesty and strongly lessens the crime rate found between the students. Everybody can leave their laptops and there will be much reassurance that nobody will steal it. There haven't been any crime on grounds. In fact, the only crime reports that have been mentioned were usually off grounds. If it came to an extent wherein a student does not feel safe walking home alone, security is always around, happy to walk students back to their dorms.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Applt for what the title says. its the most helpful if you need money

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system and trolley never fail and are awesome

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Corner (Bars, Restaurants, and Fast Food) – This area is extremely diverse and amazing to eat at. Located in the Heart of the campus, it is an awesome night life and excellent food. High restaurant per capita than NYC.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports Are Important – Overall, the sports teams at UVA are great. We are not good at the biggest college sports like football and basketball. We excel at less popular sports, like soccer, tennis, and field hockey.

There is a large variety of IM sports. The workout facilities are great and very convenient.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Historical traditions become self-fulfilling prophecies for student culture

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Normal I Suppose – Drinking is the most widespread. Weed is widespread but a lot quieter.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Mixed Bag – There are plenty of options with plenty of variety, but the prices vary drastically as well. You get what you pay for

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's ok – The best thing about UVA is all the concerts that come around. This year so far we've had Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews, The Avett Brothers, and B.O.B. It's been a great semester so far, for sure. Mostly people go to frats or house parties on the weekends and it's usually pretty fun but it can definitely get old; I can't wait to turn 21 so i can get into the bars and I wish there the city was a little bigger, but it's pretty cute. I would definitely recommend coming for a visit!

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: For most of the time, it's cold weather that develops in Charlottesville, but it stills remains nice nonetheless. Most people spend their time outdoors when it's sunny and with a cool breeze.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity at the University of Virginia seems to have improved throughout the years. I haven't witnessed any discrimination while I have been currently enrolled here, but there have been situations in the past where discrimination erupted within the community. However, on a student and faculty level, there has been minor discrimination issues from what I have seen.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Although you can find parking at UVa, sometimes, even with a permit, you won't find a spot in the lot which you have to park in. It's overall pretty crowded.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Fitzhugh Dorms Underclass – First year dorms are pretty bad no matter what, you trade location for quality most of the time. Upperclassman housing at Lambeth is better for the 2nd year.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining Hall at Ohill – At first the dining hall is pretty decent, since you're a new first year and all. But after a bit you can get pretty tired of the repetitiveness of the foods offered.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small Town – You have to know that Charlottesville is a small college town, there is stuff to do downtown, but it will only keep you busy for so long.

4 College Senior

Parking: Personal Preference – Parking on campus or not is up to you. There is cheap parking at a parking garage you can take a bus or bike to and from, or there is more expensive parking in lots close to your dorm. (only problem is during home games if you live on Alderman Rd and park near the stadium. Buses take you to and from grounds. Really not a problem

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: UVA orchestrates around the Student Honor Code that has caught hold around UVA within Charlottesville. Most strict rule we have is no cheating. Very laid back. I mean...who else has a tradition of streaking the lawn at nights!? (not that I have or will take part)

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Gooch/ Dillard – Upper-class Housing is very spacious. Suite style. 6 single bedrooms large common-room and bathroom. Individual rooms actually have a good amount of space and storage. Close to bus stops, the AFC and Scott Stadium. Right next to Runk and down the road from O'Hill. Not an anti-social dorm complex as everyone says. Area Council does alot to bring people out and together.

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Haley Bryant
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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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