The University of Virginia, a prestigious public research institution located in central Virginia, was established in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, and presided over by other early-American icons including James Madison and James Monroe. From its earliest days, student living at UVA was distinguished by its high standards and academic rigor, a reputation that has been preserved to the present. The campus lies in Charlottesville, a historic city of about 43,500 residents, located about 115 miles from Washington, D.C., and 70 miles from Richmond. While the university offers student housing on campus, students may also opt to live in off campus housing in the Charlottesville community. For its relatively small size, the city offers a wide variety of attractions and entertainment venues, as well as wine and beer tours, ballooning excursions, hiking and a music scene that helped produce the Dave Matthews Band. University apartments are available in the neighborhoods that surround the University of Virginia campus, which lies just west of downtown Charlottesville.
Among its many claims to fame, UVA is the only university in the U.S. to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, a distinction it shares with nearby Monticello. Most notable, however, is the institution’s sparkling academic reputation. Through 12 schools and colleges, the University of Virginia offers 48 bachelor’s degrees, 94 master’s degrees, 55 doctoral degrees, 6 educational specialist programs, and pre-professional programs in medicine and law. In the 2012 edition of the U.S. News and World Report, UVA is ranked as the second best public university in the country, and the 25th best overall. Today, about 14,000 undergraduates and 6,500 postgraduates participate in student living at the university and in the community.
The perks to living in a university apartment in Charlottesville include convenience, flexibility and proximity to the city’s main attractions. Within walking distance from most off campus housing, students can reach the Downtown Mall, the recently renovated Paramount Theater, the Live Arts community theater, and the Virginia Discovery Museum, which includes a 3,500-seat outdoor amphitheater.
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