Virginia Tech Off-Campus Housing Guide When to search
Look ... if you had one shot ... one opportunity to seize any apartment you ever wanted, would you capture it or just let it slip? Blacksburg is no 8 Mile, so there are some pretty awesome apartments and houses close to the Virginia Tech campus. But make sure you start searching in October, otherwise you'll miss out. Then where will you eat mom's spaghetti?
Rent In Blacksburg, VA
If you listened to your parents many words of wisdom, you might've heard more is less. In renting lingo this means squeeze more friends into an apartment and individual rent decreases.
Rent averages decrease significantly if you have three friends or more. We found that the landlords in Blacksburg really understand you need some extra cash after rent is paid. Bad news, if you don't play well with others your single bedroom apartment in Blacksburg is going to cost a premium.
Here's a breakdown of average rents per person, per bedroom:
Life in Blacksburg, VA Where to Have Fun
Things to Do
Relaxing and decompressing from school doesn't have to cost anything. Resting outside in many of the outdoor areas on campus can be the step away from school you needed, especially if you spice it up with a hammock. For free entertainment during the winter, it's very common to find an eruption of snowball fights, primarily during the first snow fall.
Dominating the spring semester is "The Big Event" rooted in Virginia Tech's motto of Ut Prosim, meaning "That I May Serve." The Big Event completes a thousand local service projects by a volunteer force in the thousands to rank as the second largest event of its kind in the nation.
If the rock band Metallica never had you jumping before, a Virginia Tech tradition will. At the beginning of every football game the crowd erupts when the players enter onto the field to marching tune of Enter The Sandman. Any sports season is huge at VT sometimes causing the teachers to end class early.
For whatever it's worth to you Virginia Tech's dining halls are ranked number one in the nation. Home Place is a very well known and visited restaurant serving family sized platters out of a 1907 home.
Rivaling the Home Place is Mountain View Italian Kitchen. For your warning Mountain View Italian Kitchen is about 10 miles outside of town and will seem to be in the least of likely spots for such a great restaurant. Use our warning for anyone that is riding with you because they might wonder if they are actually going out for dinner.
For other great restaurants check out our list below:
- Souvlaki for Gyros
- Top of The Stairs "TOTS"
- Hokie House
- The Cellar
- Cabo Fish Taco
The outdoors at Virginia Tech is a real experience every time you walk outside. Virginia Tech itself is nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountains. Although there is a considerable drive, you can have breath taking views with exploring the notorious Appalachian trail.
A hindrance to enjoy the outdoors in Virginia can be equipment, planning, and lack of necessary skills. Virginia Tech's student organizations frequently take trips and the effort to join them is minimal. Venture Out is through a unit in Recreational Sports where you can find many services including education necessary for any trips or your planning. They also have equipment rentals at very competitive rates and trips planned removing any barriers from exploring the outdoors.