Your residence hall is more than a place to just sleep and keep your stuff! In our uppeclass communities, we strive to create an environment where you can take ownership of your residential experience, connect with your neighbors, develop leadership skills, and be exposed to resources that will help you prepare for life beyond U.Va. A variety of building styles and learning communities exist to enhance your student experience.
Upperclass Apartments: Moving Toward Independent Living
Bice, Copeley, Faulkner and Lambeth
Apartment-style living allows students to have the freedom they seek as they gain more experience at U.Va. In these communities, you have the best of both worlds - more room to stretch out and create a home, with the benefit of having University resources at your fingertips. Living in upperclass apartments is a great way to experience apartment-style living without having to pay monthly bills such as utilities and internet. Resident Advisors are close-by if you need assistance with anything, and along with your Area Council, provide programs and fun events tailored towards the specific needs and interests of residents. Each community also has common spaces that can be utilized for studying or social gatherings.
Explore Special Interests
Johnson-Malone-Weedon and the Transfer Student Community
Johnson-Malone-Weedon is a community of approximately 300 upperclass students, with about 100 spaces held for incoming transfer students. The transfer student community at JMW is unique because of the specific resources transfer students are able to utilize within the community. Amongst the returning students that live in JMW, there are students that have previously transferred as well as students that started their college careers here. This setting allows transfer students to live with and form relationships with students experiencing the same transition, as well as those who have successfully transitioned to U.Va. and have lots of valuable insights to share. Resident Advisors are specifically trained in ways to meet the needs of upperclass students, with specific training on the needs of transfer students. RAs and a dedicated Graduate Assistant coordinate regular programs and facilitate personal interactions that focus on providing transfer students with useful information they can access while in the comfort of their community.
For students interested in studying a specific language, these houses provide the opportunity for students to live in a community where they can immerse themselves into a language with fellow students. All of the language communities are connected with the language academic department which provides a teaching assistant to live with the students. Students are expected to speak/practice the language daily, and their learning is enhanced through formal and informal programs coordinated by the language assistant and department faculty. In order to live in a language house, students apply through the academic department. The language houses currently available are French House, German House, Russian House, Spanish House, and Shea House (which consists of Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi and Urdu, Japanese, Korean, and Persian).
Located in Mr. Jefferson’s original buildings, called the Academical Village, the purpose of the Lawn program is to recognize students for unselfish service to the University and achievement in their respective fields of activity and academics. Students eligible to apply for Lawn residency must be approaching their final year of undergraduate study. Living on the Lawn is considered an honor that provides students the opportunity to actively interact with and continue to positively contribute to the U.Va. community.
The residential colleges - Brown College, Hereford College and the International Residential College (IRC) - provide a unique combination of student self-governance, service and faculty-student interaction. Every residential college has its own unique personality, themes, and traditions that shape the student experience. There is always something fun and interesting to take part in. From short courses, to field trips, to large scale programs, to regular community/faculty dinners, there is no shortage of opportunities to become involved and engage with the community. The residential colleges are great places to interact with students and faculty who share similar interests and passions.
Leadership and Involvement
National Residence Hall Honorary
National Residence Hall Honorary is a service of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Inc. (NACURH). It is designed to give local, regional, and national recognition to students making outstanding contributions to their residence halls. NRHH is the only nationwide organization that recognizes residence hall leaders. Membership in local chapters is limited to one percent of your school's residence hall population, thus being selected into the membership is an honor in which one can take a great amount of pride.
Resident Initiated Programs (RIPs)
Do you have a great programming idea for your community? RIPS provide residents with the funds and guidance to plan programs for your community. Simply complete a proposal form and submit it to your Senior Resident for review. Once the proposal has been approved, your Senior Resident will advise you to on the design and implementation of the program. Planning a RIP for your community is a great way to build investment in your community while also learning important leadership skills that will be beneficial in other aspects of your academic and co-curricular life.
Upperclass Leadership Experience (UCLE)
Each upperclass living community has its own area/governing council. The purpose of residential councils is to promote a sense of community pride and investment, and to advocate for the needs of the community in order to improve the quality of life in the halls. Council leaders are elected in the fall semester, and are expected to participate in regular meetings and develop a set of goals to guide their contributions to the community. Council members also participate in two leadership retreats – in September and January – where they meet and form relationships with other students across Grounds. There are also developmental sessions held twice a month to help councils maintain cross-community connections and learn about valuable on-Grounds resources to aid in programming and community-building efforts. Participating in your area council is a great way to not only live out the University’s core value of student self-governance, but to also connect with and bring together your community.
For More Information
Contact a member of the leadership team:
Tiffany Conde, Area Coordinator - Brown College, The Lawn, and Lambeth
Murali Varadaraj, Co-Chair of the Resident Staff Program
Vicki Gist, Assistant Dean of Students
Cody Ward, Area Coordinator - Copeley, Faulkner, and the International Residential College
Vinay Patel, Area Coordinator - Bice, Hereford College, Language Houses, and JMW