The University of Virginia Off-Campus Housing Guide When to search
Given the quality of apartments available in Charlottesville, you'll want to act fast to secure the best place. You might be missing out if you're attending the University of Virginia's housing fairs early in the spring semester. Students begin pre-leasing as early as September, a year before they plan to move in.
Your best window to find the perfect UVA off-grounds housing will be between September and November. If you're late to the search, you may not end up with the place you've always dreamed of, but many properties will still be available. UVA apartments close to the school will be all leased up, however. Most of the graduate students search in the spring and secure smaller, one bedroom places in quieter parts of the city. Students will also search earlier to find a great landlord, so we found the 6 Top-Rated Charlottesville Landlords to narrow your search.
Rent In Charlottesville
There is a very large selection of luxury apartments in Charlottesville, and you'll have to pay more than the normal premium to have your own space. You will find no shortage of amenities at any of the newer places. We'll let you decide how much a cold drink by the pool during a Virginia summer is worth to you.
You can always save some money with roommates. Two or four bedrooms have their perks, but we have found on average in Charlottesville having two roommates will most help your monthly party fund. The averages that we found include newer and older apartments. If you're not looking for a flashy unit, cheaper living is available.
Life in Charlottesville, VA Where to Have Fun
Things to Do
There are two popular areas for students with time to kill. The Corner is an area near campus where you can find plenty of places to hang out. A mile farther from The Corner is the Downtown Mall known for shopping and pizza dates. You can also find "Fridays after Five" with live music and an all night block party at the Downtown Mall. UVA also made our list of the Top Schools for Fraternities and Sororities for the greek events.
When you're tired of Spotify you can find live music with very well-known headliners. Not far from campus, you can find headliners at the John Paul Jones Arena and Jefferson Theatre. Live jazz music can always be found on Sunday's and most notably at Miller's.
We're sure you'll find many places to have fun but if you don't run into the Bellair Market and Paramount Theatre, you need to stop by. Lastly, don't forget that Washington D.C. is not far away. If you still don’t think you’re living the Wahoo life, check out our 9 Reasons You Know You Went To UVA.
Virginia is known for its beautiful mix of green valleys and mountains. A homemade glass of wine may be one of the best ways to experience the scenery of vineyards at one of the many local wineries. Stop by a few of the many great wineries available in Virginia, listed below.
- Grace Estate Winery
- Glass House Winery
- Pippin Hill Farm
Wineries may be a one-time experience for you but we know the places that you should be spending your weekends at. We advised you to swing by The Corner and Downtown Mall because there are great food/drinks options, specifically at:
- Christian's Pizza
- Riverside Burgers
- Boylan Heights
Boylan Heights has drinks for all times of the day including a breakfast shot rumored to taste like pancakes and maple syrup.
Sometimes getting outdoors requires a long trip with planning and preparation. Other times, you can pull off some outdoors time with little effort ... like when you head off campus and experience the Ivy Creek Natural Area for a jog or walk. To relax from school, the Washington Park is also close by for a great afternoon pow-wow with a few close friends.
We don't want planning or equipment to be the barrier for you to experience the outdoors. There are some student groups that you can tag along with that have all of the equipment you would ever need for free. UVA also provides many more things including retreats, clinics, and various activities to sharpen your skills while on campus. For any of the free spirits that have not spent a day or more at the Shenandoah National Park, you’re missing what Virginia has to offer.