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Transfer Students and Double Rooms

Most of the requests that we receive from transfer students are hoping/asking for assignment to a single room.  Unfortunately the demand for single rooms is much higher than the supply.  I would like to suggest that if you are offered a space in a double room, that you think carefully about accepting it before you reject it.   Having a roommate, at this period in your life, is not a bad thing.  Being new here, it can be a significant source of support to have someone close to discuss things with it can also help broaden your circle of acquaintances quickly.  The other part of this is that in order to work the system to eventually get into a single room, you first need to be in housing somewhere…..  You have to get in the door.  During the course of the Fall Semester, we allow room changes at any time after the first 2 weeks of the semester.  If you come in an get on a waiting list for a single then, there is a good chance that you will eventually get one.  Once in a single, if you like the location, you will be able to re-sign for the same space for subsequent years.  If you turn down on Grounds housing because we aren’t able to initially offer you what you want, it will be less likely that you will ever have that opportunity.  In the bigger picture, living on Grounds does help you connect to more essential services and resources, so if it means putting up with a roommate for a little while, it’s probably worth that.

Transfer Student Housing Offers

The initial set of offers was sent out to new Transfer Students yesterday, June 10th.  215 students were offered space, 110 students remain on the waiting list.  If you were sent an offer, we hope that you are relieved and will accept it so that you can relax and know where you will be living next year.  If you are on the waiting list, please don’t be alarmed.  We are normally able to offer space to everyone who applies.  I am completely confident that that will be the case this year since we have more vacant space than we have had in several years.  If you are a male, I suggest that you take another look at applying to live in Hereford College.  There are vacant male spaces there that we can immediately put you in if you will complete the online Hereford Application.  If you are uncomfortable about being on the waiting list, or you do not want to accept the space that you have been offered, this is a good time to look at the online services where other students may be advertising that they are looking for someone to take over their contracts.  Over the past 3 years, approximately 100 transfer students have used that route each year.  Often that can get you into a prime area or a single room.  www.hoohasit.com is the primary site that I hear about from students.  www.onthegrounds.com is another site.

Students have one week to accept the offers.  After that we will make another set of offers for the spaces that were not accepted and for any new vacancies that we have become aware of since the last offers were made.

There is enough space on Grounds for everyone who wants it.

Taking over the Contract of Another Student

One strategy that is available for upperclass students and that Transfer students in particular have made good use of in the past is that the University allows students who want to be released from their housing contracts, to advertise that wish and transfer the contract to another student who does not already have a housing contract.  This is a way that you can create a space for yourself in a prime area, where the Housing Division does not have any vacancies.  Students looking for someone to take over their contract typically advertise on the following web sites:  www. hoohasit.com, www.onthegrounds.com and http://uvastudentcouncil.com/offgrounds.

Consider Copeley Apartments

As you look at the different Housing Facilities that are a part of UVa’s On Grounds housing, please take a closer look at the Copeley Apartments.  There are 2 sets of Copeley apartments – one is a part of family housing, the other is for single students and has space for both undergraduate and graduate students.  A fair number of the spaces that we currently have vacant are in Copeley.  Why?  It has more to do with the location and students’ perception of that location than anything else.  Location is a very big priority for the student body here.  The closer any and everything is to the center of grounds the better.  Unfortunately for Copeley, it’s on North Grounds, across from the Law School.  It’s also across the street from the North Grounds recreation center, just up the street from the Barracks Road Shopping Center and many restaurants, close to many athletic fields and the John Paul Jones Arena.   The same bus service that goes to all on Grounds facilities goes to Copeley and it is just around the corner from the Faulkner apartments, which are very popular.  2nd on the list of upperclass student priorities is single rooms.  (Faulkner is also all single rooms, Copeley is all double rooms (4 people per apartment)).

As a new transfer student, living on Grounds is a good way to get connected to the University and to give yourself sometime to make friends and get involved in a community.  Unfortunately, the number of vacancies in areas that students are most excited about is small.  At this point, there are very few vacant spaces in Bice, Lambeth or some of the other areas.  The apartments in Copeley are fairly large, they have good parking and the location has advantages and is near many things that can make your life here enjoyable.  The 1 mile distance to the center of grounds is the one thing that is sort of a fact of life.  With regular bus service however, it doesn’t take much longer to get back and forth to class than it does for many other students who also choose to use the bus as their primary means of transportation.  Most students make one trip a day to the center of grounds and then return home when they have finished classes and activities.  As a new student, having a roommate and being in an apartment with 3 other people is a good thing.  It always helps to go through transitions and experiences like coming to a new University, with others.  We hope that you will give Copeley a chance.  Where ever you live, the community is new each year and will become what you make it.  Help make Copeley the kind of community you want it to be….

Hereford Residential College: A Great Home for Transfer Students!

The following statement was written by Nancy Takahashi, ASLA, the Principal of Hereford College:
“If you are a transfer student and looking to join a vibrant residential community of 1st through 4th year students from across the university, take a look at Hereford Residential College.  Students choose Hereford because of its active programming and event offerings built around our themes of sustainability and cultural diversity.  We strive to create the exciting and bold new living/learning community that Jefferson envisioned in his original university.  Along with the 200 students who are a part of Hereford, we have a core of 40 faculty, grad student and community Fellows who are committed to engaging with students outside the classroom through dinners, field trips, and our wide array of short courses each semester.  As a new offering, Hereford sponsors undergraduate research grants for up to $2,000 to Hereford students who are interested in pursuing research on a self-devised topic with a faculty member of their choice.

Our spacious home on historic and spectacular Oberservatory Hill affords great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, whether playing soccer on our play fields, studying on our outdoor tables, tending vegetable and flower beds in our own minifarm garden, or relaxing on our popular “hammock’ terrace.  Hereford enjoys close proximity to two of the university’s main fitness and health centers (AFC/Aquatic Fitness Center and Slaughter Recreation Center), the football stadium, miles of scenic hiking and biking trails on Observatory Hill and beautiful Runk Hall, the best dining on Grounds.  Many of the science and engineering buildings on McCormick Road are also nearby and reachable by an easy walk or a quick bus ride, with buses arriving every ten minutes throughout the day.  Take a look at our community and calendar of events on our website, www.hereford.virginia.edu.”

What does living on Grounds offer for Transfer Students?

All new transfer students will be receiving information about a new program targeted at the needs of transfer students that will be housed in Johnson, Norris and Weedon Houses.  We hope that you will take the time to look at the opportunties and advantages that program can offer you.  The community will have a mixture of transfer and returning students living together in a traditional residence hall setting.  Each of the buildings is small, housing just under 100 students each.  It is a community that is small enough so that you can get to know people.  Students that have moved from our residence halls into apartment settings, either on or off grounds frequently report missing the closeness of community that developed in a residence hall.  There is a mixture of double and single rooms in these three buildings.  No matter where you were last year, making connections and having the kind of outlets for social interaction that you need are the top determinate of student satisfaction.  We hope  that living in this community will give you more of what you need, since it has been developed specifically for you.

Please also look at the space still available in Hereford College.  If a single room is what you want, many or most of the single room spaces available are in Hereford -which is housed in two buildings that are a part of the same complex that the Transfer program is in.  Hereford is a community that is focused on sustainability.  It offers a wide range of interesting opportunities for involvement.

Location is important to students here.  You are likely to hear that these buildings are “so far away”…..  That’s really not the case.  They are as close to the center of grounds as other more popular living options.  If the grounds were flat, it wouldn’t be an issue.  These buildings are in a beautiful setting on Observatory Mountain.  For upperclass students, there is great parking.  Buses also come by at less than 15 minute intervals throughout the day.  The typical routine for students here has them taking the bus to central grounds in the morning and then coming back with they are finished with classes.  The bus service on grounds makes that pretty easy no matter where you are.

For Transfer students, you are signing up for housing after all of the returning students, so there aren’t ever as many spaces available in “prime” areas to meet the demand.  If you don’t want to be a part of the transfer program, you are also encouraged to look at all other available spaces.  One strategy used successfully transfers to find prime spaces has been to go online to web sites like www.hoohasit.com, www.onthegrounds.com or uvastudentcouncil.com/offgrounds.  Students who are looking for someone to take over their on Grounds housing contract will advertise on these sites.

Since you have already attended another highed ed. institution, you should have a good feel for how things work.  UVa does things in ways that may or may not be similar to what you’re used to.  Before you miss a deadline or get stressed about something that doesn’t seem clear, please call or e-mail us and let us help you figure out how to find what you need.

Congratulations on being admitted.  We’re thrilled that you will be a part of the student body here.