Living in Charlottesville, VA

Downtown Mall

nTelos Wireless Pavilion

Carter Mountain

Charlottesville Farmers Market

Mas Tapas

Shenandoah National Park

Splendora's Gelato

Pippin Hill Winery & Vineyard

Court Square


York Place Shops

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Located only two hours from Washington, D.C., Charlottesville combines the best of city life with the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Charlottesville offers an extensive array of restaurants that have been featured in national publications, such as The New York Times, as well as a burgeoning wine industry with award-winning vintages.

Live music and theater are community fixtures, and the area is home to the nationally-acclaimed Virginia Film Festival, Virginia Festival of the Book and the Festival of the Photograph. Nearby are the museum homes of four U.S. presidents, abundant cultural attractions and some of the finest golf courses in the country. The terrain is also perfect for the outdoor enthusiast, with the Shenandoah National Park just a short drive away.

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Student Recommendations

Below you will find student recommendations on some things that you won't want to miss in Charlottesville:

“My favorite bars are Michael’s Bistro, The Virginian, and SkyBar. My favorite places to grab something to eat are definitely Mas, Citizen Burger Bar, Revolutionary Soup, MotoPhoCo, and Bellair Market.”

“One word…Wineries! (King Family, Trump, Blenheim in particular). Also, there are tons of parks for families and Carter Mountain Orchard is a great local spot right near Monticello."

“There are some great outdoors activities here: hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, walking the Saunders-Monticello trail, picnicking or reading in the UVa gardens. In the summer, I love to head to the Pavilion on the Downtown Mall for the weekly Fridays After Five free concerts.”

“For a bite to eat, I’d recommend Citizen Burger, Positively 4th, Blue Moon Diner, or Mono Loco. For a weekend activity, my favorite thing to do is run on the Rivanna Trail and then grab a few drinks a SkyBar later that night.”

“There is excellent Italian place at the Downtown Mall called Bella’s, or you could check out a tapas restaurant, Mas. On the other hand, a game of golf at Birdwood Golf Course is just 5 minutes from Darden.”

“I like to study at Greenberry’s Café. When it comes time for brunch, check out Blue Grass Grill or West Main. And, as a former New Yorker, I like to admire my closet space.”

“Check out Taste of China for some authentic Chinese food. I love to go apple picking, too.”

“Grabbing lunch or dinner with friends at Feast, Continental Divide or Ten is one of my favorite things to do.”

“I love biking or walking the Rivanna Trail and salsa dancing at Escafe.”

“There is great live music at the Jefferson Theater and some great wineries in the area (Pippin Hill and Veritas especially).”

“I have to go with the food: Feast Market, Revolution Soup, Positively 4th, Ivy Inn, Ace Biscuit and Barbeque, Belmont BBQ.”

“I love close/quick hikes at Ivy Creek Natural Area, hitting up Cville Coffee, getting Arch's gooey brownie froyo topping, visiting Castle Hill for some hard cider, and learning some history at Monticello. For places to eat, definitely check out THE FLAT!!! (crepe shack on the Downtown Mall), The Virginian (mac and cheese!), Boylan and Citizen Burger (homemade veggie burgers!), and The Southern (live music).”

“Taking advantage of living in central Virginia: Carter Mountain Orchard, Skyline Drive, and Blue Ridge Mountains hiking.”

“Go eat at Royal Indian. It is the best Indian food I’ve eaten in the US and I’ve lived here for 9 years and tried more than 100 Indian restaurants.”

“Taking a drive out to Crozet to Crozet Pizza (amazing Pizza) and relaxing by the lake at Mint Springs Valley Park.”


The Charlottesville area features historic and modern homes and apartments in both urban and rural environments. Many students live just a short walk from the Darden School of Business in apartment complexes or in rental homes. For those who don’t mind living slightly farther from school, there are opportunities to enjoy more scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains within ten minutes of Darden, among suburbs, horse farms and smaller communities. Options for downtown living range from chic lofts over the Downtown Mall to newly refurbished houses throughout nearby neighborhoods. Downtown dwellers have easy access to some of the region’s finest restaurants and shopping while living just minutes from Darden.

Visit the UVA Graduate Guide’s Housing website for information about graduate student housing, as well as off-Grounds housing options.


Inn at Darden


The Inn at Darden is a full-service hotel located on the Darden Grounds. Hotel amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, cable television, microwave, mini-fridge, laundry facilities and a fitness center. Located in close proximity to the Barracks Shopping Center, guests can find casual and formal restaurant selections, a variety of grocery stores and other attractions just minutes from the Inn's front door.

To receive a reduced room rate, please call +1-434-243-5000 to make your reservation and mention that you are a prospective student.

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Cavalier Inn
Courtyard Marriot
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