Welcome to the UVa Housing Division Blog

The purpose of the Housing Division Blog is to maintain an on-going discussion that will provide information and answer questions about the programs, opportunities and options available in on Grounds Housing.  It will also be a way for us to provide advice on how to work with the deadlines and processes used to help you find a place to live that is a comfortable fit with your needs and that meets your requirements while you are enrolled as a student at the University of Virginia.

The information that you need about the kinds of facilities that are available on grounds can be found on the housing division web page.  You can also find detailed information about things like room dimensions, ammenities, the furniture that is provided and other informational items.  In this Blog, we will try to give you a broader explanation about on Grounds housing and the dynamics of housing within the local community.  We hope that this will be an efficient way for you to gain a broader understanding of the current state of things so that you aren’t forced to operate on the basis of information from former students and parents that may be a year or more out of date.

In general, the housing situation for students attending the University has changed dramatically over the past 6 years.  There has been a significant expansion of rental space for students in the local market.  This has eased the demand for space in both the on and off grounds markets.  There is sufficient space in on Grounds housing for all students who wish to remain on grounds through their undergraduate career.  First year students are required to live in on Grounds housing.  Second year students are guaranteed an offer of space if they apply by the December 1st deadline each year.  Typically 50% of the 2nd year class, 20% of third year class and 10% of the fourth year class remain in on Grounds housing.  There is also housing reserved for single graduate students in Copeley and on the Range, and for married students in the two Family Housing villages.

2 Responses to “Welcome to the UVa Housing Division Blog”


  1. 1 Katie September 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    If you must be admitted before applying for housing, what is the probability that a transfer student accepted and submitting a housing application in May 2011 (all hypothetical at this point of course), could get into family housing by August 2011. Is it a pretty good bet, 50/50, completely unheard of???

    If I submit a housing application immediately upon acceptance stating an Occupation Range from June 2011 – August 2014, when would I most likely get into an apartment, if at all?

    1st choice UG 2BR UF, 2nd UG 2BR F, 3rd CH 2 BR UF, 4th CH 3BR UF
    Priority: Occupation date

    I really want University Gardens, primarily for the Venable school district. I will have a 2nd and 4th grader.

    Thanks ahead for any advice.

    • 2 jre9s September 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm

      We have always had enough space so that all transfer students who want to live on Grounds can find space. We also allow current students to be released from their contracts if they can find a student to take over their contracts. About 100 transfer students have used that path annually to get into prime spaces -and help out students who have changed their plans. Students who want to find a replacement advertise their need on several local web sites – particularly the off grounds housing site sponsored by Student Council.


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