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Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in a single room in Dillard Residence Hall my first year and had Runk (the best) Dining Hall only a walk down the hallway. There's heating and air conditioning, a full bathroom for the six people in the suite, cable in the common room, and enough space to hold all your stuff.

However, Gooch and Dillard are a solid mile and a half from buildings in Central Grounds, probably a mile from the science buildings. Very much isolated from friends and the rest of the school, which can be a good thing when you need to study or sleep. If you get stuck there, make friends in Old Dorms or New Dorms so you don't have to go all the way down the lonely road late at night. A bike is a must, especially if you live in Gooch or Dillard.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms is very convenient because they are located close to most of the class buildings. Some of the dorms are even directly across the street from many major class buildings. However, the dorms are not the cleanest, and although there are new dorms that have been built since my first year, the older dorms I lived in were fairly run-down and not always the cleanest.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are several different options for first year housing, but every first year must live on grounds. The housing is chosen randomly. The two best options are old and new dorms. Old dorms are great for their proximity while new dorms are great because they are super new. All housing options cost the same amount.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: New dorms at UVA were very nice, clean, and new. However, the only thing that I did not like were that they did not promote a community like atmosphere and the location was not great. However, it is near bus stops and Ohill dining hall. Old dorms at UVA are, as there name hints, old, not as big, and they do not have the same amenities as New dorms (air conditioning, laundry rooms, elevators). However, I feel like old dorms had more of a community and had a fantastic location.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I would prefer living in a single dorm in order to stay up later for studying


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Most students agree that the dorms on McCormick Road are the place to be your first year. Despite the small double rooms, they are far more social, and the location is much more convenient for classes and other activities. In the hall-style dorms, students always have something to do and someone to hang out with. In terms of quality, the dorm facilities at UVA are pretty standard. Because there are definitely those dorms that many don’t want to live in, and because the housing office is not very courteous (especially to those students who must move back on campus after being off campus), it’s best to get out of campus housing after a year or two. For incoming students, whether they be transfers or first-years, and those who aren’t ready for their own apartments yet, UVA’s dorms are more than adequate.

Many students, no matter where they live, are happy with campus housing. A lot of it depends on who you live with, rather than where you live—some people luck out with an awesome roommate, while others aren’t so fortunate. Generally, though, people who luck out by being in a dorm that's close to all of their classes tend to be the happiest. Some students make their lifelong friends in their first year dorm, others don't. If by chance you get stuck in an undesirable dorm, there’s really nothing to fear. Simply make the best of it: go in with a good attitude, be friendly and open, and chances are you’ll end up loving where you are. UVA is so big that odds are you’ll find someone you enjoy hanging out with. UVA's housing department understands that not every pairing will be a match made in heaven, so changing dorms isn't too difficult.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Campus Housing Capacity
Average Housing Costs
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Undergrads Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
Best Dorms
  • Lambeth Dorms for upperclassmen
  • McCormick Road Residence
Worst Dorms
What You Get
  • Air-conditioning (Hereford, Faulkner, and Brown only)
  • Computer labs
  • Ethernet access
  • Faculty advisors (Brown and Hereford only)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Mailroom
  • Residential advisors
  • Snack bars
  • Study lounges
  • TV lounges
  • Vending machines
Also Available
  • Apartments for married or single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • New dorms are currently being constructed along Alderman Road.
  • Residential colleges
  • Special housing for international students
  • Theme housing (French-, German-, Russian-, and Spanish-speaking houses and a multilingual language house)
Did You Know?
In an attempt to more fully integrate the student body, UVA's administration stopped allowing students to choose specifically where they want to live. You now get to choose if you would prefer to live in a hall-style or suite-style building, but incoming freshmen are no longer allowed to choose the specific location of their dorm. It has thus far been a successful initiative to debunk the age old stereotypes about "old dorms" versus "new dorms."

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Alderman Rd. Residence Area (13 dorms: Balz, Cauthen, Tuttle, Dunnington, Fitzhugh, Dunglison, Courtenay, Lile, Maupin, Webb, Watson, Dobie, and Woody Houses)
Floors: 3 floors each
Number of Occupants: Over 1600 total residents
Bathrooms: Three commodes and 2 showers (for each 10-person suite)
Coed: Yes
Residents: All freshmen
Room Types: 5 doubles per suite (4 suites per floor)
Special Features: Outside, the suites on each floor are connected by one long balcony. There are also large meeting/study lounges, a computer lab, library, mailroom, Tuttle coffee house (in Tuttle), an ATM machine, and more. Each bedroom in Cauthen and Woody is furnished, including two beds and two wardrobes.
Bice House (9 apartments)
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 245
Bathrooms: Private (full-baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: All upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles and triples
Special Features: Each apartment has its own kitchenette with new cabinetry, sink, stove, and a refrigerator. A computer room is also provided for convenience, and there is a laundry room on the ground level.
Brown College at Monroe Hill (12 Dorms: Davis, Smith, Mallet, Long, Venable, Gildersleeve, McGuffey, Harrison, Tucker, Holmes, Rogers, and Peters Houses)
Floors: 3-4 floors each, all connected by underground tunnels
Number of Occupants: About 300 students each
Bathrooms: 2 commodes and 1 shower shared by 4 people in adjacent suites
Coed: Yes
Residents: All freshmen
Room Types: Two single rooms in a suite
Special Features: Study lounge, kitchen, computer lab, TV lounges, library, laundry facilities, air-conditioning, fireplaces. (Brown College requires a separate application in addition to the housing agreement form).
Gooch/Dillard Residence Area
Floors: 4 floors each
Number of Occupants: 655 students
Bathrooms: Private (2 baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: All upperclasmen
Room Types: Six-person suites
Special Features: Beds, desks with study lamps, chairs, and Venetian blinds are provided. There are two kitchens located in buildings 382 and 388, and there are laundry facilities in buildings 382 and 387. The Runk Dining Hall is just a few steps away.
Hereford (5 houses: Johnson, Malone, Norris, Weedon, and Whyburn Houses)
Floors: Each house has 3 floors plus a basement
Number of Occupants: 500 students (100 of which are first years)
Bathrooms: 1 bathroom in each hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Single and double rooms (All first-years live in doubles).
Special Features: The most diverse of all the dorms; air-conditioning, study lounges, computer lab, TV lounges, mailroom, dining hall, several laundry facilities.
La Maison Fran├žaise (The French House)
Floors: 3 floors
Number of Occupants: 35-40 students
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Mostly doubles and singles
Special Features: There are two washers and two dryers in the basement for residents' use. Every resident is assigned a box for receiving US mail, (messenger mail needs to be retrieved in the French department).
Lambeth Residence Halls
Floors: 4 floors each
Number of Occupants: 840
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: All upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Laundry machines, vending machines, study lounges, and computer rooms are provided, and each suite has its own kitchen.
McCormick Road Residence (10 dorms: Page, Emmet, Kent, Dabney, Bonnycastle, Hancock, Metcalf, Lefevre, Humphreys, and Echols Houses)
Floors: 3-4 floors in each dorm
Number of Occupants: about 1300 students (125 in each dorm)
Bathrooms: Several community bathrooms on each floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: All freshmen
Room Types: All double rooms (with the exception of 30 small single rooms)
Special Features: Mailroom, "The Castle" snack bar (in Bonnycastle), vending machines, study lounges; McCormick is the most popular freshman housing option.
Floors: 3 floors each
Number of Occupants: 125 in each dorm
Bathrooms: Ccommunity bathrooms on each floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Doubles and singles
Special Features: A number of kitchens and beautifully furnished lounges provide great space for residents to come together for formal programs or informal socializing.
Sprigg Lane (Lewis/Huxton)
Floors: 3 floors each
Number of Occupants: 100 in each dorm
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Mostly singles
Special Features: There is a study lounge with vending machines, and laundry facilities are provided. The rooms are furnished with beds, desks with chairs and bookshelves, and blinds or shades.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Copeley Apartments
Floors: 4 floors each
Number of Units: 150 students (total occupancy)
Bathrooms: Private (one full bath and one half bath per room)
Coed: Yes
Residents: All upperclasmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Each apartment has a full kitchen (does not include utensils, pots, pans, etc.), and a carpeted living room area.
Faulkner Apartments (Hench, Mitchell, and Younger)
Floors: 4 floors each
Number of Units: 154 students (total occupancy)
Bathrooms: Private (full baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: All upperclasmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: There's a picnic area, laundry facilities, vending machines, and a computer room. All apartments are air conditioned and include free basic cable service in the living room.

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