What is Shea House Like?
Shea House offers the opportunity for approximately 75 students to live in an environment of total language immersion. Located on Jefferson Park Avenue, Shea House serves as the cultural and linguistic center at UVA for six to eight different languages, which may vary each year (previous languages have included Arabic, ASL, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Hindi and Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, and Russian).
Cultural events put on at Shea House are often presented in collaboration with faculty from the University’s language departments. Whether joking with friends, sharing meals, or discussing films or politics, students living at Shea House deepen their experience of these vital languages and their associated cultures.
Shea House requires a separate application in addition to your Returning Student Housing Application. Please see Shea House’s website for more information. Also note that living in a language house requires participation in a meal plan.
How the House Got Its Name
A Richmond native, A. Vincent Shea was an alumnus of the University who joined the faculty in 1936. After being awarded the Bronze Star in World War II, he returned and held positions over the next 50 years including professor of Government and Foreign Affairs, assistant to President Darden, secretary to the Board of Visitors, Comptroller, and Vice President for Business and Finance.
Amenities & Furnishings
Extra-long twin lofted beds [80" x 36"]
Desks with carrels and chairs
Window blinds (must be left in place)
Wireless connection to the University's computer network
Common areas (kitchen, dining area, patio)
Old Cabell Hall
West Range Café
Monday-Thursday: 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Friday: 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Weekends: Mailroom is closed