Residential Colleges


Both first-year and upperclass students can choose to live in one of three residential colleges. These living-learning communities, which foster interaction among faculty and residents through special programming and unique activities, mirror the ideals of Jefferson’s Academical Village.

Faculty members serve as Principals of each residential college, living on site with family members. Their leadership and influence, combined with the active participation of Faculty Fellows and a strong sense of student self-governance, create special communities where learning is an around-the-clock adventure.

An environmental writers lecture series, international service trips over Spring Break, regular movie nights, and a community garden are just some examples of programming that identify the unique cultures of UVA's residential colleges.

Each residential college requires a supplemental application within the Housing Application and Agreement. More details are available on the website for each residential college.

Hereford Residential College

Hereford Residential College houses are located on Observatory Mountain (O-Hill) between Stadium and McCormick roads. The buildings are coed, with rooms opening into a common hallway with shared bathrooms. Two lounges are located on each floor where students may come together for socializing. One lounge is equipped with a sink and microwave.

Hereford Residential College opened in 1992 and is named in honor of Frank Hereford, former president of the University. The college is led by a Principal and supported by graduate coordinators of study. Approximately 20 faculty members and Charlottesville community leaders are selected each year as Fellows at Hereford. The program houses 60 first-year students and 140 upperclass students each year.

For more information, see

Houses: Norris and Whyburn
Features: air conditioning, study lounges, meeting space at Vaughan House (the Principal’s residence), TV lounges, a dining hall, laundry facilities, a mailroom, and community kitchens

Brown Residential College

Located on Central Grounds between Newcomb and McCormick roads, Brown Residential College consists of 12 buildings known as portals. Each portal has its own identity. Students create both a neighborhood and a home at Monroe Hill, infusing Brown College with their passions, talents, and energy.

Monroe Hill opened in 1986 as the first modern residential college at the University (the Lawn was the original residential college). Now named Brown College at Monroe Hill in recognition of the endowment donated by the Brown family, the college is led by a Principal and a director of studies. In addition to two resident scholars, about 40 nonresident Faculty Fellows from many departments and schools of the University maintain close ties with the College.

Residential spaces consist of air-conditioned suites occupied by two students who share bath areas with members of the adjoining suite(s). There are 282 spaces assigned in 143 suites, with 44 of the spaces reserved each year for first-year students. Tunnels located in the lower floors of the buildings offer a convenient means of connecting students, and provide access to on-site laundry facilities, study space, and two community lounges (one with a kitchen).

For more information, see

Houses: Davis, Gildersleeve, Harrison, Holmes, Long, Mallet, McGuffey, Peters, Rogers, Smith, Tucker, and Venable
Features: air conditioning, study lounge, kitchen, TV lounges, library, and laundry facilities

International Residential College

The International Residential College program is focused on international issues and experiences. It is an opportunity for students and scholars from the United States and other nations to learn together in a small residential setting. About 40 percent of the residents are from outside the United States.

Consisting of four houses, the IRC is located near the corner of Emmet Street and Sprigg Lane, across from Memorial Gym. A Principal provides overall leadership, and about 20 Faculty Fellows from various academic departments are affiliated with the IRC. This college consists of two types of housing. Munford and Gwathmey are two connected buildings arranged by hall; together they contain 80 double and 56 single, non-air-conditioned rooms. Lewis and Hoxton, located adjacent to Munford and Gwathmey, accommodate a total of 96 students in 26 double and 45 single rooms. These suite-style, air-conditioned rooms open onto a common area. A kitchen is located on each floor of the four houses, with laundry rooms located in Munford and Gwathmey.

A total of 313 residents live in the IRC, 72 of whom are first-year students and 241 of whom are upperclass, including transfer, students.

To learn more, see

Houses: Gwathmey, Munford, Lewis, and Hoxton
Features: study lounges, kitchens on each floor, TV lounges, and laundry facilities