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Helpful Tips for Student Success

Getting Ready to Move In

UVA apartments come fully furnished, including full kitchen (stove w/oven, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and storage), dining room table, living room (sofa, coffee and end tables, chair).  Each bed space includes an extra-long twin bed (39” x 80”), dresser, desk and chair, and closet space.

QUAD apartments are also fully furnished, including kitchen (no oven), living room (sofa, coffee and end tables, chair) including flat screen TV, eat-in kitchen counter, and storage space.  Each double occupancy bed space includes extra-long twin bed (39” x 80”), night stand, desk w/chair and closet space.  Each single occupancy bed space includes a standard double bed (54” x 75”), night stand, desk w/chair and closet space.

We recommend talking with your roommates about what things each resident is bringing to the apartment and what each is willing to share.  This will make the most of the available space.

How do I know if my Financial Aid will cover the cost of living in Student Housing?

When determining financial aid eligibility, the student’s cost of attendance is taken into consideration, including tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.  All types of awarded financial aid, whether grants, loans or scholarships, may be used to pay for Student Housing costs. Students should keep in mind that tuition and fees owed to the University will be automatically paid first.  Any remaining aid is disbursed to students and may be used by students to make payments to Student Housing.

What should students bring when they move in?  

For the kitchen:  Pots/Pans, Utensils, dishes, coffee pot

For the bedroom:  Blankets and linens (be sure to get the right size), clothes, computer, printer, cell phone (rooms do not have phones or phone lines), radio, hamper, surge protector, alarm clock, small desk lamp for studying.

For the bathroom:  Shower curtain, plunger, rug, towels, cleaning supplies, toiletries. 

Optional:  DVD player, TV

We recommend talking with your roommates about what things each resident is bringing to the apartment and what each is willing to share.  This will make the most of the available space.

When can I move in?

Move-in dates for Fall 2014 are:

SME – UVA & QUAD = Thursday, August 21, 2014

QUAD = Friday, August 22, 2014

UVA = Saturday, August 23, 2014

What should students leave at home?

Candles, Grills, Wall Paper, Paint, Hot Plates, Skateboards, Waterbeds, Incense, Space Heaters, Draperies, Lighter Fluid, Hookahs, Permanent Shelving, Alcohol, Drugs, Weapons or Pets (please note that these items violate our policies in Student Housing)

What are the rules of living in Student Housing?

Here you will find the UVA Handbook and QUAD Handbook.  Please familiarize yourself with the policies and campus code of conduct.  All residents and their guests are responsible for following the policies at all times. 

Resident Advisors will facilitate apartment meetings at the start of the semester.  During these meetings residents will complete an Apartment Living Agreement.  Agreements within this signed document will provide a reference for issues regarding cleaning schedules, noise, guests, food and supply sharing and other domestic requirements of residents. 

How to get along with your roommate?

We advise students to talk with each other directly and respectfully.  Mistakes made when communicating can be around leaving notes, texting, or simply staying silent.  If a student has concerns they should bring those to the roommate.  If issues continue students should contact their RA or RD as soon as possible. 

Here are some tips on how to get along with your roommate from psychcentral.com:

  • Find ways to admire and appreciate this person
  • Assume good will
  • Communicate
  • Communicate about things that interest you
  • Negotiate
  • Have fun with the situation