Residence Life
Welcome Home
College is about much more than independence. It’s about finding a community, challenging yourself and setting a course for your future. When students come to UVA, they come looking for more than just the traditional college experience. They come looking to take on big challenges, contribute and find a home. From our earliest days, our environment was deliberately designed as a unique residential community, bringing students and faculty together to challenge and inspire each other. Today, students live in a variety of settings in and beyond Grounds, all designed to support learning and growth in and beyond the classroom.
Finding the Right Fit

At UVA, students have opportunity to live in a community of peers with shared ideals and interests. First-year students begin their UVA experience and meet their new peers in on-Grounds housing, much of which has just been expanded or built. Centrally located, student residential housing is in close proximity to state-of-the-art fitness centers and beautiful dining facilities and is within walking distance to virtually all academic classrooms. After their first year, students have additional options that include living in one of UVA’s focused residential colleges.

Getting Involved, Getting Out

UVA students are nothing if not involved. From day one, students here engage in a multitude of activities—from participating in student governance and councils to planning and attending social events to contributing to UVA service efforts. With over 600 clubs and organizations, the community is constantly coming together to discuss, promote, serve and celebrate. Almost everything at UVA is within an easy walk or bike ride, and ample bus service gets students everywhere on and off UVA property. And just beyond Grounds lies the Corner, a famous stretch of blocks on University Avenue where students can grab a bite, shop or socialize. UVA has a deep commitment to safe and supportive community for all students and staff on Grounds.