jal wrote:Thanks for starting this thread, I've already seen a lot of useful stuff!
I was on the waitlist for the Class of 2013, got a call from Dean Trujillo in April, and accepted a spot in the Class of 2014. I'm so excited!!!!
Anyways, I'm in Charlottesville for the week and I'd like to scout out an apartment, because I'm going to be out of the country from January-July. I have a few questions (that haven't been addressed already):
(1) In general, how early can you pre-lease in Charlottesville?
(2) My dad lives in Afton, which would be about a 35 minute commute. What would my 1L experience be like if I decided to save a lot of money and live with him? I'm not a huge "party" person, and that's definitely not why I'm going to law school, but I'm not a loner/loser either. I want to have/make friends : )
(3) Along the same lines, what are places to avoid if I decide to live in Charlottesville and don't want to live in a loud complex? Recommendations for quieter complexes?
(4) I read on the law school's website that some of the best properties are handed down by word of mouth...any recommendations for 1 bedrooms NOT in the obvious complexes (Ivy, etc.)? Any condos, etc.?
(5) How good is the UVA bus system? What are some apartments along it?
Hhaha sorry I have so many questions, but maybe others are wondering the same things. This seems like the right place to ask!
Thanks so much.
Companies start pushing for you to renew your leases in late fall, and you can start leasing early spring. Some open up even earlier though if they know the tenants won't be back. The notoriously loud housing surrounds the corner and Rugby Rd., but that is mostly for UGs regardless and I wouldn't expect many law students to seriously consider it. Anything on Arlington Blvd between Emmet and the law school is going to put you in a very good place to walk to classs and there is a bus line that stops right there. Overall the busses are really good in the areas directly around grounds. Once you get a little bit further out you might have to start relying on city busses which aren't so great, but doable. If you have a car you could always just buy a law school parking pass or park in the Barracks shopping center every day and walk up. COL is really reasonable in Cville though and I think you would be doing yourself a disservice if you commuted from out of town every day.
Here is a link to the bus system's site. The law school is at 65 and only serviced by one line as you can see, but it is the Northline which covers a lot of ground. Take a look at the streets nearby and just google apartments and you will find options, they are everywhere. Noise shouldn't be too bad unless you are on the corner like I said.