We've written pretty extensively about places to live on here. I thought I'd save you the trouble and re-post one of the summaries I found. Also, I am fairly picky so don't write anything off because I said it was crappy. I couldn't find Limegreen's opinions about The Woodlands but they look fantastic and several 1Ls seem to be living there. They only have 2 and 3 brs though. Don't know how well my attempt to copy and paste was but here it is and hope it helps:
On another note, I am in Charlottesville right now and spent ALL day looking at apartments. I figured I'd continue the trend and relay my thoughts to y'all. Also, I should say that I am looking for a one bedroom and I have a cat.
Ivy: $775-820 (with den for $820). No pets allowed. Plus, rent includes absolutely no utilities so you have to pay water, sewer, trash, electric, cable, and internet. This was an automatic no for me because where I go, Tonks (cat) goes.
UHeights: $729-765 (w/den $765) My parents used to live here back in 1975 so they insisted we look at it. I got the feeling it was a lot of undergraduate housing. The apartments were okay and rent was decent (includes water, sewer and trash), but there were little annoying things. For one, they had accordion metal closet doors that were impossible to maneuver. They have a $300 non-refundable pet deposit PLUS $35/month. Also, the kitchens looked like they dated back to 1975.
Barracks West: $740-770 (plus $63/mo for water, sewer, and trash. Tenant pays electric, cable and internet). This is farther away - would have to drive to school which doesn't bother me. These were alright except that all the one bedrooms were on the bottom floor, underneath the town homes. I didn't get to see the inside of a one bedroom. Instead, I saw a two bedroom and it had a crazy layout with the kitchen in a little secluded hallway. I liked these better than Uheights or Ivy though.
Barclay Place: $980-1175 (includes EVERYTHING but electric). We just happened upon this place. Although rent is $1050 for a regular sized one bedroom apartment (what they call "Small One Bedroom") it includes everything but electric (including a washer and dryer in unit and cable w/HBO). They have a nice pool, workout facility, sauna, and get this - a place to wash and vacuum your car! Plus, the leasing agent Fran offers you homemade cookies and fresh buttery popcorn on arrival! Clearly it doesn't take much to win me over...Pets: $350 REFUNDABLE pet deposit. No monthly fee.
Carriage Hill: $970-1025 (w/o an attached garage). These are my favorite and I think I want to live here even though it is the farthest away. I felt like I was in the mountains. The apartments are really nice, workout facility was big, pool, hot tub, tanning bed (I am not much of a tanner since I am uber pale, but still...), pool table, ping pong, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a business center opened 24 hrs a day with free printing/faxing/copying. Also, I love to cook and these had great kitchens with a full-size pantry. The washer and dryers were newer and had great shelving above them to store stuff. You have to pay electric, cable, and internet here. Pets: $150 non-refundable pet deposit plus $15/month.
Jefferson Ridge: $1095-1,175. These are my other favorite. Includes everything but electric (cable w/HBO, washer and dryer in apartment). If you get an apartment on the second floor you have a gorgeous view. These have built-in shelves and a desk in the dining room that are quite functional. The closet space was lacking the bedroom, but nothing to cry about. If you have a dog they have a 64,000 sq/ft dog park. HUGE workout facility, year-round pool, pool table, etc. Pets: $395 non-refundable deposit. No weight limit. You can have one dog and two cats.
Thus, although I had originally intended on living as close to school as I can get (should I choose UVA in the upcoming weeks), I think I've decided I'd rather pay the extra money and have a nicer apartment that actually feels like home. If anyone has any other questions feel free to PM me and I will try to answer them.
I got to visit a current student's apartment in Ivy. Parking seemed okay (maybe not a wealth of empty spaces, but enough to get by). The exterior looks dated but the apartment I was in seemed modern enough and not dingy at all. The kitchen is rather small, but other than that, it makes for decent student housing (at a price).
To add to the list:
1 bedroom (575 sq. feet): $670-$700
1 bedroom w/ den (685 sq. feet): $710-$740
2 bedroom (795 sq. feet): $770-$800
2 bedroom w/ den (925 sq. feet): $810-$840
Furnished: $35 per month
Dated but functional in appearance.
(Easy) walking distance to the law school. Barracks shopping center just down the road. Swimming pool on premises and coin-operated laundry with cash/change machine. All apartments have patio/balcony. Water, trash, and wireless Internet included. Electricity and cable are not included.
Pet fee of $20.00 per pet, per month; max of two pets (cats, dogs, birds), aged 2+ years. Weight limit for dogs in 50 lbs (ground floor) and 25 lbs (ground/second floor). You can't have aggressive-breed dogs (rottweilers, GSDs, pit bulls, wolves, etc.). Deposit $150 to $300 depending on weight.
Looks like I'll be living here next year; I think they're running out of spots (or have run out of spots) for next academic year.