Life in Charlottesville
With the anticipation of your residency ahead of you, you'll be glad to know that Charlottesville and Albemarle County provide one of the most relaxing settings you could imagine. From the gently rolling slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the casually cosmopolitan style of the Downtown Mall, you're sure to find something to do that will be a welcome balance to your day.
Here's what our residents have been saying:
"Life in Charlottesville has been really great for me over the past three years. As someone who is from Maine, I really enjoy the outdoors and the ability to explore. This is available in many different settings in the central Virginia area. There are a myriad of bike trials, hiking trails and walking trails around. The Rivanna Trail is amazing and I frequently run on it during the weekends. Furthermore, Shenandoah National Park is 25 minutes from my apartment which is another spectacular place to explore. The other big plus is the selection of restaurants - we have everything from eclectic brewpubs to fine dining. Never have I lived in a city with such great food selections. And nothing beats the weather in October & November. It is beautiful here during that time, the colors are incredible and something for everyone to see!"
-Brock Libby, M.D.
Activities and Attractions
With so much to explore, you can almost make having fun in Charlottesville and Albemarle a full-time hobby. Here are a couple of sites to get you started.
Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau
Explore things going on at the University and in the community. Find out what locals love! Following up on your choices will lead to plenty of links to other sites, too, like Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and many more.
Exploring the University of Virginia & Charlottesville
See a brief QuickTime movie intro to the area. There are also ideas on getting around (including parking). The University also maintains several online maps; start your explorations at the Maps & Directions page.
Finding Your Home
Whether you're looking for housing at the University ("on-Grounds," as they say) or for an apartment or house "off-Grounds," there are people available to help direct your search.
Check out the available links at Faculty & Staff Housing, part of the University's Housing Division. From there you can compare rates, read terms and conditions, and fill out your application for on-Grounds housing.
For off-Grounds housing options, continue your search online through a site maintained by the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS®, providing listings in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and other nearby counties. As many of our residents can attest, you may have to look a little, but it's definitely affordable to buy a house here on a resident's salary.