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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding off-campus housing after first-year is somewhat daunting. There are tons of nice apartments, buildings, and club houses around. People begin frantically looking for apartments and signing contracts in October and November with people they don't really know yet. There are still plenty of places to sign onto if you wait until December or even later. Most off-campus housing is around 14th Street and Jefferson Park Avenue. If you want to bring your car, you will need to look for an apartment pretty early because parking is a luxury here.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You have to start looking really early (people sign leases usually in October but November at the latest) but there are a ton of options and prices aren't terrible if you double up to a room. But it does all depend on where you're living.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus options are limited, and to find a nice apartment it is necessary to begin your search in the early fall. Apartments are very expensive, but they are very conveniently located within walking distance to campus, and in general are fairly nice places to live. However, parking is very hard to find, and the apartment buildings usually charge ridiculous amounts for a spot.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off grounds housing I would say is cheaper and a better value. Most students live off grounds.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Picking houses occured too quickly in my opinion. Choosing where to live in my second year was the last thing on my mind in the first month of my first year.

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Most students think living off campus is definitely worth it. Not only do you get a taste of the real world, but in doing so, you generally have an absolute blast. There are drawbacks to having to decide so early (fall/winter of first year) whether or not to sign a lease and with whom you will live the following year. Certainly, there is a lot of pressure, and at first, it is a bit overwhelming setting up and paying the monthly rent and utilities, but the payoff is great. Students generally love the freedom, the fun, and the comfortable feel of living in your own place surrounded by virtually all students in their own houses or apartments—not to mention that the house/apartment parties are a lot of fun. The opportunity to have your own room, make your own meals, and drink your own alcohol whenever and wherever they please is alluring to many students moving off campus.

In terms of the convenience of off-campus living, many students are ambivalent. Location tends to determine price, so it largely depends on what you’re willing to pay. Some find it less costly and easier to continue living on campus; others find off campus is just as convenient, especially if it's located near a bus stop or within walking distance, or if someone in the house has a car. A large percentage of Virginia’s students end up living off campus sometime during their college careers, and Charlottesville is a good town for student-friendly housing, as long as you’re willing to look for good deals and commit early. The closer you live to campus, the more expensive it generally is, but the bigger price tag is worth it because you'll find that these areas tend to be the most social and the closest to all of the best eateries.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early fall (September/October)
Popular Areas
  • 14th Street
  • 15th Street
  • JPA
  • Rugby Road
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $1,100
  • 4 BR: $1,950
  • Studio: $675
Did You Know?
Most students decide to move off Grounds after first year. It has become a sort of tradition. Even in the early fall when students first get to UVA, many start looking around for both people they might want to live with and for where they might want to be. Of course, try not to get stressed out by what a lot of people may be doing. Lease signing starts in October, but there are almost always places still left even as late as the August before classes start. Don't be too hasty with decisions; remember that you are choosing very important things for all of your second year-your home and your roommates.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 136 responses

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  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 137 responses

  • 25% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 138 responses

  • 8% Extremely helpful.
  • 64% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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