Residence Life

Gay Perez

Gay Perez
Associate Dean of Students and Executive Director of Housing & Residence Life

Mailing Address
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400320
Charlottesville, VA

P 434.243.3605
F 434.924.8956
[V/TDD] 434.982.HEAR

Housing & Residence Life

Housing & Residence Life (HRL) provides services and programmatic direction for on-Grounds residents. With over 2 million square feet of residential building space, Housing and Residence Life strives to create welcoming communities that empower residents to engage their potential as scholars and leaders. From incoming first years and returning undergraduates to transfer students, graduate students, and faculty and staff, residents encounter inclusive associations supporting the University’s academic, cultural, and social goals. HRL offers a variety of living environments -- traditional residence halls, apartment complexes, townhouses, single-family homes – and students may participate in specific living and learning programs such as residential colleges, language immersion houses, and a transfer student-focused community. In addition, HRL extends hospitality to more than 15,000 University guests attending conferences, camps, and academic programs at UVA each summer.

HRL prides itself on maintaining a residential program firmly rooted in the spirit of student self-governance. To this end, HRL recruits and selects upwards of 240 students to serve as peer leaders and a means of support for their fellow students. Resident Staff members work closely with a group of dedicated professionals to establish residence halls and apartments as welcoming, secure living areas that represent and promote the high standards of achievement and conduct expected of students at the University of Virginia. More than 260 individuals invest their time and talent to create a dynamic learning experience in UVA's residential communities. Furthermore, students are immediately given the opportunity to lead within their residential community as first years through the Residential Leadership Experience. Students living on-Grounds are elected to represent their class as a member of the First Year Council or their residence hall in their respective Association Council.

In addition to assisting residents who live on-Grounds, HRL partners with a third-party housing service to provide information and resources to students, faculty, and staff seeking off-Grounds leases, roommates, and sublets. Features of this amenity include a searchable database of rental properties, a roommate matching service, and message boards on various topics. HRL also supplies educational programming and materials aimed at helping students navigate the decisions involved in living off-Grounds, such as where to live, understanding leases, being aware of safety issues, developing a budget, and more.