After their first year, students may choose to continue living on Grounds or they may opt to move into an apartment or shared house near the University.
Both students and parents should be aware of intense discussion that begins as early as September about signing a lease for second-year housing in an off-Grounds apartment. The University advises students and parents not to act too quickly, and to make informed decisions based on factual information.
Various factors, including the local market, drive the publicity and resulting sense of pressure surrounding signing apartment leases. In truth, a surplus of apartment housing has been available in the Charlottesville area for the past few years.
Many students wait until the spring to decide whether to live on or off Grounds, and they still are able to find attractive options open to them. Housing & Residence Life continues to make offers to current undergraduates without housing throughout the spring and summer. For more information on upperclass housing, see https://housing.virginia.edu/returning-undergraduates.