Location, Location, Location

Another frequent question that we receive from both parents and students is about being assigned to a facility that is “too far” from classes.  For some reason we hear this most from “engineers”, even though their classes are the closest to almost all of the first year housing, no matter where they live….  To the student body here location is a big deal throughout their career here.   We understand that.  That said, one of the facts of life is that not every building can be in the same location.

The University intentionally does not assign first year students based on their intended major.  The assignment process is based on the University’s belief and core value that for the first year, students should be assigned randomly, so that everyone gets the experience of living in a diverse community – and that includes people with different academic interests.

The general daily routine for students is that they go to the center or grounds when their classes start and return when they are finished for the day.  No matter where they live, the same bus route goes past all of the first year housing and the buses come by every 15 minutes or less – you are even able to go on-line if you have the appropriate iPhone kind of app. and it will show you exactly where all the buses are on their routes so that you can go to the bus stop when you know the bus is about to arrive..  If you live in father from the center of grounds, it is more likely that you will use the bus, but if you choose to walk, it’s still less  and 1 mile and you can probably walk it faster than taking the bus.  This is a beautiful University, the walk is pretty and it’s a good way to wake yourself up before starting class.  This is not an urban area where the traffic discourages walking.  Bikes are also an option.  If you live in Hereford or Kellogg, you can get a good downhill run on the way to class if you want.  It’s really not a big hardship and the distances aren’t enough that it is an issue unless you have a medical/mobility limitation.   Even if you lived off Grounds, there isn’t any parking on the center of grounds.  most students walk or take the bus wherever they live.  As first years you are closer, in general, than most other students are.


We hope you'll find helpful information on the Housing application and assignment process. Send us questions at housing@virginia.edu and we'll answer them here.

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