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Incoming Transfer Housing FAQ

Have Transfer-Related Questions?

The Housing & Residence Life assignments team is responsible for making all on-Grounds housing assignments. They are here to help you if you have any questions regarding the process.

You can visit our office in Gibbons House (425 Tree House Drive) in the Alderman Road Residence Area or contact us with any question not addressed in this FAQ.

Note that housing for transfer and upperclass students is not guaranteed, but we encourage you to apply. Availability varies each year.

How do I apply for housing?

Incoming transfer students should complete the online Transfer Student Housing Application. You will need to pay your Admissions deposit and activate your University computing ID before attempting to access the application. Please be sure to read the application carefully before submitting it.

Students transferring to UVA for the fall semester should submit the housing application after May 1 and before June 1. Students transferring for the spring semester should submit the housing application as soon as they enroll at UVA.

Please follow the application dates and deadlines for the best opportunity to be assigned housing. Housing is not guaranteed.

Why should I live in on-Grounds housing?

The reasons students share with us for choosing to remain in on-Grounds housing include:

  • Location: Closer to classes, libraries, bus stops, and dining locations.
  • Flexibility: You can change rooms, if necessary: a luxury you won't have off-Grounds.
  • Complimentary Services: Maintenance staff are ready to take care of problems and are available 24/7 for emergency repairs. Our housekeeping staff clean common areas. Resident Staff members are available to support your continued personal and academic success.
  • Safety and Security: You live exclusively with other students in an environment where your safety is a priority. Lock and access card systems govern access to the buildings. Lock cores are changed whenever keys are lost. University housing meets high standards for fire safety, with annual inspections by the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Which is a better value, living on- or off-Grounds?

Due to the wide variety of options both on- and off-Grounds, it is hard to say definitively which one is less expensive. When comparing on-Grounds to off-Grounds housing there are a few things to keep in mind that will often show on-Grounds housing to be the better value:

  • On-Grounds contracts are for 9 months, meaning you only have a contract for the time you are in school. Off-Grounds contracts are almost always for 12 months, so more than likely you will pay for 3 months you don't need or have to deal with the sublet process in a difficult market.
  • On-Grounds housing includes all utilities except telephone and cable TV, so you don't have a separate bill for electricity, water, heat, Internet, etc. Some off-Grounds accommodations require the tenant to pay some or all utilities; this can drastically increase your cost.
  • On-Grounds housing requires no damage deposit. Some off-Grounds locations may charge as much as one month's rent as a deposit.
  • All on-Grounds apartments have fully furnished living rooms and bedrooms, whereas most off-Grounds accommodations come unfurnished.

How is my assignment made?

A random computer-generated selection process held after the application deadline determines your order of assignment, which is then generated based on availability and your order of preference for each of the residential areas. Housing is not guaranteed, but assignments will be made as space is available.

May I request a roommate?

You can write in a roommate request in the "Special Requests/Comments" field on your housing application. Roommate requests must be mutual in order to be honored. We try to place requested roommates together, but this may not be possible due to limited space availability.

What is the open housing roommate option?

Please see our Open Housing page for more information.

How can I receive assistance from the University if I have a disability or medical condition?

If you need special housing accommodations due to a disability or medical condition, you will need to submit a Disability Related Needs Request and appropriate documentation to the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC) by the deadline listed on the housing application. If you have any questions, please contact SDAC at 434.243.5180 or send an email to

What is the procedure for bringing a service animal to the University?

Students must request the University's permission to allow the presence of a service animal on University property, and permission will be granted only as an accommodation for a documented disability. Please see the Guidelines for Service Animals. For more information, contact SDAC at 434.243.5180 or send an email to

When do I find out where I'll live?

Students transferring for the fall semester: housing offers will begin to be made in early June and continue throughout the summer as additional space becomes available.

Students transferring for the spring semester: housing offers will begin to be made during the week of Thanksgiving, and will continue as applications are received and space is available.

What kind of decorations are allowed for my housing?

Please see our pages regarding Fire Prevention, Decoration Policies, and Prohibited Items for specific information. You may also want to check out our What to Bring FAQ.