Charlottesville is more than a place to live; it’s a place to call home. Nestled in Central Virginia, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, residents enjoy endless natural beauty with amenities and cultural attractions of a large metropolis.
The University is a distinct institution in Charlottesville, yet deeply ingrained in a thriving community of academics, entrepreneurs, artists, and explorers. Working at UVA comes with the benefit of living in what the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research calls one of the happiest cities in America.
Happiest City; US Bureau of Economic Research
Best Cities for Entrepreneurs; Entrepreneur
Best Place to Live; Livability
Good Eats & Great Fun
Enjoy a night out with friends and great food in a city of entrepreneurial restaurateurs who operate more than 100 independent dining establishments. Consider all-American, international, and contemporary cuisine at Brasserie Saison or C&O Restaurant, South African cuisine at The Shebeen, Turkish delicacies at Sultan Kabob, or fine fusion cuisine at Mas Tapas or The Local … the list goes on. Virginia's non-profit Local Food Hub also offers an online directory of where to find fresh, locally grown foods.
Charlottesville’s unique pedestrian-only Downtown Mall offers shopping at over 120 locally-owned gift and clothing boutiques, antique stores, art galleries, and bookstores. It’s also home to several famous venues for music, dance, and theatre–the Pavilion, the Southern Café and Music Hall, the Jefferson Theater, the historic Paramount, and Live Arts–to name a few.
Charlottesville offers a wide variety of housing choices, from living in the heart of the city and adjacent neighborhoods like Belmont, Cherry Hill, or Locust Grove, to enjoying more relaxed and rural settings bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains in the surrounding counties. Explore our diverse residential options, and find out which neighborhood best suits your lifestyle and budget.
All Charlottesville City schools are White House-certified to be “future-ready,” and are a charter member of the League of Innovative Schools. Many schools continually receive the Virginia Department of Education’s “VIP Award of Excellence.”
Best Wine Vacation; U.S. News & World Report Trave
Best Small City Road Trip Destination; Travelocity
Location, Location, Location
Perhaps one of the greatest perks to living in Charlottesville is its proximity to the nation’s capital–located two hours north by car or train. On any given day, residents are within a few minutes’ drive of The Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway and just one hour to the state capital of Richmond, and about three hours to Virginia Beach.
Beyond Grounds, central Virginia is a hub for cultural and historic attractions such as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello–a world heritage site, museum, research institute, presidential library, and private, non-profit organization. Not to mention that Montpelier, Williamsburg, and Ash-Lawn Highland are all located in our back yard.
The Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, located 8 miles north of the city of Charlottesville, offers daily non-stop flights to and from Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York/LaGuardia, Washington/Dulles, Atlanta, and Chicago.
Both the University of Virginia campus and the bustling downtown are within easy walking distance of the Amtrak station.
The Charlottesville Area Transit provides bus service to the greater Charlottesville area. Riders enjoy safe, clean, and comfortable service Sunday through Saturday, and all buses accept bicycles and provide wheelchair access. Greyhound also services Charlottesville, providing nation-wide service.
Biking and walking to work make up nearly 18 percent of the commute trips in the city of Charlottesville – among the highest biking and walking commute percentages in the state! In addition to expanding the bicycle and pedestrian network, the City encourages walking and bicycling by installing outdoor bike parking, administering the Bike Rack Giveaway Program, and sponsoring events like Bike Walk Play. There are upwards of 3,000 bike trails in and around C’ville covering over 30,000 miles, including the High Bridge Trail, John W. Warner Parkway Trail, the Railroad Ford Trail, the Rivanna Trail, and the Saunders-Monticello Trail, among others.