A Division of the International Studies Office

Housing and Cost of Living

Housing and Cost of Living


You should make all temporary lodging and, if possible, long-term housing arrangements before you arrive in Charlottesville. It can often be difficult to secure a hotel or motel room “on the spot,” especially during the academic year (roughly August-May). It is very important to make arrangements for lodging before your arrival in Charlottesville.

Short-term lodging may be available at the Lorna Sundberg International Center (IC). Please note, The IC is part of the ISO, but our locations are different. 

Hotels and motels in Charlottesville

A list of hotels and motels near UVa is available here.

Hotels and motels within walking distance to UVa— The Graduate; English Inn; Courtyard by Marriott; West Main Street; Hampton Inn, West Main Street; and Marriott Residence Inn.

Long-term Housing 

Many rental properties in Charlottesville are unfurnished and require a lease agreement so it is important to understand the terms of the lease in advance as well as what is included in the monthly rental fee.  Some properties will include utilities, but many do not. Examples of utilities include electricity, water and trash removal.  Read the lease agreement carefully before signing as these agreements are binding.

The University of Virginia has some furnished one, two, and three bedroom apartments available for lease on a monthly basis.  

Options for housing on Grounds

Options for rental properties in Charlottesville

In addition, you may find it helpful to consult the classified advertising for long-term housing  from the following resources:

Charlottesville Daily Progress

C-Ville Weekly http://www.c-ville.com

Craig's list

Cost of Living

Cost of living in Charlottesville will vary depending upon a number of factors including housing arrangements, standard of living, and other discretionary spending. The amounts below are the very minimum level of funding support on a monthly basis that we estimate is needed for J-1 scholars and their dependents (if applicable). These amounts only provide for the bare necessities and do not allow for any discretionary spending whatsoever. They also do not take into account any kind of emergency. If at all possible, visitors should have funding in excess of the stated amount available, particularly in case of longer term stays. 

Housing/Utilities                                $ 800

Food and Personal Expenses           $ 400

Health Insurance                                 $ 65

Misc (phone, cable, transportation)  $ 285

Total                                                  $ 1,550

Each J-2 dependent                         $ 500