Housing & Residence Life (HRL) provides services and programmatic direction for on-Grounds residents. With over 2 million square feet of residential building space, Housing and Residence Life strives to create welcoming communities that empower residents to engage their potential as scholars and leaders.
Varied Living Environments
HRL offers a variety of living environments -- traditional residence halls, apartment complexes, townhouses, single-family homes – as well as opportunities to participate in specific living and learning programs such as residential colleges, language immersion houses, and a transfer student-focused community. In addition, HRL extends hospitality to more than 15,000 University guests attending conferences, camps, and academic programs at UVA each summer.
HRL prides itself on maintaining a residential program firmly rooted in the spirit of student self-governance. To this end, HRL recruits and selects upwards of 240 students to serve as peer leaders and a means of support for their fellow students. Furthermore, students are immediately given the opportunity to lead within their residential community as first years through the Residential Leadership Experience, and may be elected to represent their class as a member of the First Year Council, or to represent their residence hall in their respective Association Council.
In addition to assisting residents who live on-Grounds, HRL partners with a third-party housing service to provide information and resources to students, faculty, and staff seeking off-Grounds leases, roommates, and sublets. HRL also supplies educational programming and materials aimed at helping students navigate the decisions involved in living off-Grounds, such as where to live, understanding leases, being aware of safety issues, developing a budget, and more.