U.Va. Graduate Guide


Listed below are banks that have branches in town, with toll free numbers and web addresses, in case you would like to do some advance research before you arrive in town. Check the Yellow Pages or their web sites for addresses and phone numbers of the local branches after you arrive. Banks that have branches near the Law School are noted. Many of these banks offer free checking and ATM/debit cards to students of the University. Be sure to inquire.

Albemarle First Bank

Locally established community bank with three branches.

Albemarle First Bank | (434) 973-1664

Bank of America

Six branches, including several ATMs on main University Grounds.

Bank of America | (800) 880-5454


Five branches.

BB&T | (800) 273-7827

First Citizens Bank

Three branches. Local bank.

First Citizens Bank | (888) 323-4728

Guaranty Bank

Six branches. Local.

Guaranty Bank | (800) 396-0203

Second Bank & Trust

Locally owned bank with three Charlottesville branches.

Second Bank & Trust | (434) 220-3312 | (800) 825-4003


Five local branches.

Suntrust | (888) 786-8787

University of Virginia Community Credit Union

Five branches. Formerly for U.Va. employees, now open to anyone in the community.

University of Virginia Community Credit Union | (434) 964-2001

Virginia National Bank

Locally established community bank with four branches.

Virginia National Bank | (434) 817-8621

Wells Fargo

Eight branches.

Wells Fargo | 1-800-869-3557 | (434) 244-3900

Note to International Students, Faculty & Staff about Finances

Managing financial resources is a highly individual and personal matter. In an unfamiliar monetary system where costs may be hard to predict, it goes without saying that it is important to budget available resources carefully to cover the necessities, such as tuition, housing, food, medical insurance, and medicine. And, of course, you should also plan for emergency and unexpected needs, such as dental work.

Overseas transfers of money can be complicated, costly, and time consuming, depending on the country from which the money is coming. We recommend that you contact your local bank before coming to the U.S. to discuss the best way to transfer your funds.

Most banks in Charlottesville are capable of handling overseas transfers of money, but some are more efficient than others. Most will limit the use of their services to customers who have accounts with them, a fact to keep in mind when opening an account with a Charlottesville bank.