Life in Charlottesville

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:

I enjoy getting together outside of work with my fellow residents and attendings on the softball field! The only requirements to join the team are enthusiasm and a healthy sense of competition, especially when we play the urologists. I decided to stay for a chief year and a cardiology fellowship so I can stay on the team for 4 more years!
Shelby White, Chief Resident

"I attended UVA as an undergraduate and was thrilled to continue on for residency. My husband is an Emergency Medicine resident here at UVA and we are enjoying being newlyweds in Charlottesville. It's a small town with a lot to offer. We've enjoyed dinners on the downtown mall, apple picking and hiking, playing in an ultimate frisbee summer league, and taking our dog out on the many trails around town. I could not have been happier with the program and the location!Stephanie Chao Leary, Grad 2013

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.