Archive for the 'Getting Around' Category

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  We often receive questions or requests that are based on information that is no longer applicable.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….

Opening Day – Alderman Road Traffic

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 21st is Opening Day.  If you were on Grounds this week you would see that the utility construction project that has been in the middle of the Alderman Road Complex is still a busy site.  The Contractor(s) are still making sure that they are out of the way for Opening Day.  The roads are open and there should be no obstacles to Opening day traffic.

Alderman Road will be Open for Fall Opening

If you’ve been on Grounds this summer, you will have noticed that the stretch of Alderman Road along the front of the football stadium from Whitehead Drive to Stadium Road has been blocked off and filled with heavy equipment.  A utility tunnel has been installed to support the new construction underway in the Alderman Road residence halls.

The road will be open for traffic on Opening Day, Saturday, August 21st!

Please go to the Housing Division for more specific information on the project.  I looked at the site this morning and they have filled in the road and are working on putting in a replacement sidewalk on the north side.

Bikes on Grounds

Charlottesville is a beautiful area and a very outdoor sports oriented community.  If you ride a bike for exercise and are interested in finding people who also like to ride, bringing a bike is a great outlet that will help you escape the Grounds and enjoy the beautiful scenery here.  If you are thinking that a bike is required to get around grounds, but it’s not something that you normally use now, I would caution you to wait and see before bringing a bike with you in August.  Too many bikes end up spending the year sitting in bike racks, unused, all year long.  The distances on grounds are not all that far.  The Grounds, by my standards, are fairly compact.  There are very few locations on grounds that are 1 mile apart.  The bus service comes by most stops on less than 15 minute intervals.  Most students go to the center of Grounds for class once a day and then return home when they are finished.  There can be a lot of traffic – especially pedestrians and a bike can be just another thing to haul around.  The other factor that limits the usefulness of bikes can be the weather.  From November – March/April, it can be a little less than comfortable to ride, when you are just dressed for attending class.  Walking and using the bus service are simple and convenient and are an efficient way to get around for most people.


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