Graduate Studies > UVa and Charlottesville > Charlottesville, VA

Named in honor of Princess Charlotte, the wife of George III, Charlottesville was settled in the eighteenth century on a hill overlooking the Rivanna River. Today, Charlottesville is a small, thriving city that has kept up with the well-cultivated tastes of its inhabitants. The city’s population is over 40,000 with a metropolitan population nearing 200,000. There are few places in the United States that combine a picturesque and cultivated countryside that is so rich in historical associations with the proximity of a national park and a wide array of cultural opportunities. In July 2008, Outside Magazine recognized Charlottesville as a top place to live in the country. Read more. In 2008, Forbes Magazine and Money Magazine also named Charlottesville among the top cities in the United States. In their book, Cities Ranked and Rated, Bert Sperling and Peter Sander continue to rank Charlottesville in the top 5% among the best places to live in the United States. Read More.

charlottesville1Downtown Charlottesville, located 1 mile from the UVA campus, is a hitoric district with live theater, music, cinema, restaurants, bars, boutiques, cafes, and shops. There is a free Trolley that runs frequently from the University (there is a stop right in front of the Chemistry Building) to Downtown.

There are two Charlottesville Newspapers focused on local news and arts: C-ville and The Hook.

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