digifly wrote:Does no one think it'd be a good idea to snag a house and get roommates? Or is it just that no one is interested? That's what I'm doing right now and it's cheaper/more fun.
This was my original plan. The farmhouses around Cville are super cheap and I like the country a lot. It is more fun. But reading the old pages of the Ask a UVA Student thread pretty much convinced me to go for a place on Arlington, at least for 1L. For 2L, living 20 minutes away out in the sounds fantastic.
Just to be clear, there are options between these two things. Plenty of people live in houses on Lewis Mountain Road (probably tough to get at this point in the year, they go fast), in the Rugby area, and in Belmont. Those are all within a ~10 minute drive, and not far from the bars either.
But yes, Ivy will be the center of the social scene during 1L. If that's a priority for you (which is perfectly fine, if not encouraged), then just live in Ivy. Arlington's really more ideal for people who don't have a car; it's not where people go to hang out quite as much.