University of Virginia (UVA) Off-Grounds Housing & Apartments


Rent College Pads works hard to help college students at the University of Virginia find the best UVA off-grounds housing options in Charlottesville. Whether you are looking for Charlottesville apartments or houses for rent, Rent College Pads is your number one resource for UVA apartments.

Finding apartments at University of Virginia has always been a chore. At Rent College Pads we're fixing that. All of our off-campus housing options have been verified and approved by our diligent team of campus managers. We even follow up with you and the landlord to make sure you've found your perfect house. Because there are so many options to consider before making a responsible renting decision, check out our University of Virginia University apartment hunting guide below.

Given the quality of apartments available in Charlottesville, you'll want to act fast to secure the best UVA housing option. 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.

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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.


Studio 1BR 2BR 3BR 4BR
$970.00 $995.00 $630.00 $495.00 $640.00

Check out our list of top rated landlords near the University of Virginia to begin your search.

  • Barry D. Willard Property Management

Barry D. Willard Property Management is not only a mouthful to say but a modestly sized property management company, locally owned and operated by a man named Barry—obviously. Barry owns a handful of apartments and duplexes within walking distance of campus, all of which are well-maintained and reasonably priced.

  • Uncommon Charlottesville

Uncommon Charlottesville is the newest luxury apartment community to hit the UVA campus and offers furnished studio to 4 bedroom layouts. The complex boasts the kind of amenities you’d expect from a luxury high-rise—swimming pools, stainless steel appliances and even an indoor golf simulator—but it’s not just the fancy perks that have residents pumped for move-in day.

  • HasBrouck Management

Hasbrouck Management is one of the largest property management companies in Central Virginia and operates some rental properties across Charlottesville. Past and current residents make frequent mention of Vaida, a Hasbrouck rental manager, saying she is an absolute joy to work with.

  • Woodard Properties

Woodard Properties owns and manages a number of apartments and houses near the campus area, housing nearly 750 students at UVA. The company and its employees strive to enrich not only the lives of their residents but the UVA/Charlottesville community as a whole.

  • Braden Property Management

Braden Property Management is a small business that rents a handful of properties to mostly undergrads and graduate students at UVA. According to reviewers, the owner, Mr. Braden, is easy to reach and incredibly flexible, often working around the schedules of his tenants.

  • Management Services Corporation

Reviewers of MSC often mention the attentive office staff and a maintenance team that never ceases to be extremely helpful. MSC also hosts a variety of events for residents as a bit of an added benefit. 


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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:

  • Bodo's
  • 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.

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.

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