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Getting to Know Charlottesville and Albemarle County


downtownWelcome to the University of Virginia and Charlottesville! We hope that you find your new assignment as a postdoctoral researcher both challenging and rewarding. This handbook is intended to serve as an introduction to postdoc life at U.Va. and to the Charlottesville community. It covers the following topics:

During your time at the University, we encourage you to take advantage of the extensive intellectual and social opportunities that exist in Central Virginia.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County are frequently recognized by national organizations for their rich history, quality of life, intellectual opportunities, and natural beauty.  Listed below are just a few of the accolades the region has received:

  • Cities Ranked and Rated: No. 1 Place to Live in the United States and Canada
  • Money Magazine: Best Places to Live
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance: No. 2 Healthiest Place to Live in America
  • Men's Journal: No. 3 Healthiest Small City to Live in America
  • Reader's Digest: Top Ten Places in the Country to Raise a Family
  • Tennis Magazine: No. 1 Best Tennis Town
  • Life Magazine: The Best New Place to Drink Wine

The City of Charlottesville maintains a complete list of the region’s awards and recognitions. The University also provides an extensive collection of web resources on U.Va. and the surrounding communities.

In addition, the U.Va. Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) produces the Graduate Guide.  Although, as a postdoc, you have completed your formal education, much of the information in this guide will be of assistance to you as you settle into your new life.  The Graduate Guide contains information on such issues as:


Sample Content

Getting Oriented

U.Va., Charlottesville, Albemarle County, etc.

Getting Settled

Housing, utilities, parking, banking, etc.

Family Resources

Childcare, schools, etc.

Health Resources

Hospitals, clinics, prenatal services

Community Service

Emergency services, volunteering, etc.


Academic departments, libraries, etc.


Restaurants by cuisine, restaurant reviews, etc.

Things to Do

Athletics, historical sites, outdoor activities, wineries, etc.


Shopping centers, local markets, etc.


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