A Post for the UVa Parents Organization

For those of you that are parents of students, I would like to strongly push you to make contact with the Parent’s Organization.  It is a very active group here that provides a lot of support for students throughout the year.   The Safety Committee of the Parents Organization is currently updating the “Off Grounds Housing Safety Guide”.  That booklet has been available this past year and is intended as a resource to help you understand the leasing environment in the local community.  The updated version will contain some additional information about on Grounds Housing.  The chief issue that it is trying to raise awareness of is that the process of having students sign leases for the following year begins on or before October 1st… in the off Grounds market.   With all of the other information you receive during the course of the summer, this often catches both students and parent by surprise.   The University administration moved the dates of the on Grounds process forward so that 1st year students are asked to apply by December 1st so that our process is a little closer in timing to the off Grounds process. 

I will focus a lot more on this topic after the end of the summer.

The Parents Organization contact information is:  434-243-9000, uvaparentscommittee@virginia.edu, www.uvaparents.org .  Offices are located in Alumni Hall.

1 Response to “A Post for the UVa Parents Organization”


  1. 1 Carole Baker August 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I am a mother of a first-year and am frustrated about the pressure students are under to make an “on/off grounds” decision so early, in the fall of their first year at college. My child is a recruited athlete and when we visited the school last fall, it was all the first year athletes could talk about. And they didn’t look happy.

    Why is there so much emphasis on moving off-grounds? How did this culture evolve? Is it so much cheaper than the dorms? I heard they have to buy furniture as well. I just don’t understand the rush; they just got to college- let them enjoy dorm life for a couple of years. They will be living in apartments or houses the rest of their lives.

    It is just a bad idea for my child who does not drive, and between academics and practices, will have enough to handle without the added responsibility of managing off-grounds housing. Unfortunately, the pressure to make these arrangements is already looming.


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