Start Looking Early
In this small town with a big university, desirable housing goes quickly. We advise you to begin your housing search as soon as you have decided to attend. University housing is economical and conveniently located, but can accommodate only some of the 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students, so there are usually waiting lists. If you want University housing, call immediately to sign up. If you are planning to come to Charlottesville to see University or commercial housing, call ahead and make appointments. Most places will be closed on the weekends, unless you have an appointment.
Students should consider purchasing renter's or homeowner's insurance. Look in the phone book for local providers or check with your own insurance company to see if it offers such protection. Insurance prices will depend on your type of residence, the number of units connected to it, and the presence of security devices in the home (smoke detectors, deadbolts, etc.).
There are many apartment complexes within walking distance or a short commute to the University. There are also limited on-Grounds options available. When in doubt about a particular rental location, take the time to ask other graduate students about their housing experiences in Charlottesville.
Graduate students, whether single, married, and/or with families, can choose housing options that provide the convenience of on-Grounds living in an active, safe, and friendly community. Copeley Hill and University Gardens offer one- to three-bedroom apartments on North Grounds, both furnished and unfurnished. Faulkner Drive Rooms feature furnished rooms with full private baths for students seeking simpler accommodations. Students may also apply to live on the Range, Jefferson's original design for the Academical Village. This housing area is located at the center of Grounds and offers single furnished rooms.
Post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, research associates, and medical residents are eligible to apply for Faculty/Staff housing in the Piedmont housing area.
Off-Grounds Housing Office
If you need assistance in finding a place to live or people to live with, the best place to begin is the off Grounds housing listing. You can create an account and search for housing. You may also create a roommate profile and search for a roommate.
Apartment List Charlottesville
A free apartment-matching engine. Each city on theirr website is broken down into neighborhoods, highlighting pricing, noise level, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, etc.
Blue Ridge Apartment Council
The Blue Ridge Apartment Council ("BRAC"), a non-profit organization, is the largest association of rental property owners in the Charlottesville, VA area.
Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS®
Property listings and financing information for the Charlottesville area.
Monticello Avenue Housing
A list of Charlottesville area realtors and housing agencies.
A free Charlottesville weekly newspaper containing rental and real estate listings.
Local rentals with community information.
An apartment review and listing site.
Charlottesville livability site.