Only two and a half hours by car from Washington, D.C., and six hours by car from New York City, the city of Charlottesville has a vibrant cultural and music scene, 30+ vineyards and craft breweries, outdoor and athletic events, as well as a wide array of world-class restaurants and cultural activities in the community.
Students get involved in many activities while in graduate school. The University of Virginia has 25 varsity sports teams to cheer on, and graduate students can compete in a variety of intramural sports. Many students take advantage of the running trails, skiing, or hiking at nearby state and national parks. The city’s historic Downtown Mall features local shops and restaurants and is easy to access with the free trolley and bus system. McIntire has a number of student organizations that are open to graduate students, and many students serve as student ambassadors, graduate interns, or Graduate Commerce Council representatives.
The Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) is eight miles north of the city, and the Amtrak and Greyhound stations are a short walk from the University. Graduate students typically live within walking distance to McIntire, located centrally on the Lawn, although some prefer to bring a car for easier access to grocery stores and shopping.