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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing varies wildly and just depends on where you want to live.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Beware of the rush to find housing in october of freshmen year! Think about it, that's ridiculous to find roommates after only 1 month of school! The prices are high for off grounds housing, but the price of living in Charlottesville may play into that. There are a ton of choices though!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have much experience with off-campus housing, but some of it is pretty far away, though public transportation is easily accessible.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus options around the University of Virginia widely vary in size, price range and atmosphere so you can find any type of apartment or house you are looking for with ease. If you are searching for a quiet studious place off-campus, there are areas south of the Jefferson Park Avenue area where you will be comfortable. If you are looking to be near the party scene, then Rugby Road and the UVA Corner, north of UVA's main campus is where you want to live.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off grounds.

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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
57%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,717
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 100 responses

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  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
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  • 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 101 responses

  • 25% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 6% 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 101 responses

  • 7% Extremely helpful.
  • 69% Somewhat helpful.
  • 24% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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