Advice from Alums and Older Siblings

If you are lucky enough to have older siblings or parents who attended UVa, please listen to them and follow the advice they give you.  You also need to make your own independent assessment of how things work when you arrive.

Student Life at UVa is constantly evolving and that is particularly true in Housing and Residence Life.  We often receive questions or requests that are based on information that is no longer applicable.

The most common requests we hear involve being in a particular complex.  That’s no longer a choice that we offer you.  Please don’t call and ask to be made an exception to the process that is in place now.  The University wants to insure that the FY class is randomly distributed so that you are not living with people who are only just like you.

Old stereotypes of who lives in each complex are no longer accurate or appropriate.  Once you move in and make some friends, where ever you are assigned will become the best place to live.

We also get many calls based on location – and distance to class.  It’s a little hard for me to believe that people want to believe that having a 5 minute longer walk 2x/day will change anything in the kind of activities you can participate in, or create a special hardship for anyone who does not have medical needs.  A good percentage of students take the bus to class — it’s the same bus line that goes by all of the first year areas..  If you don’t want to walk, you don’t have to.

Everyone has their own unique first year experience….


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