Thanks to an awesome group of upperclassmen, incoming first-years* now have a quick and easy guide to UVa lingo. Here's everything you need to know about UVa culture from A to Z!
- A-School: The School of Architecture. Explore the building if you get a chance, even if you are not an architecture student. It’s very interesting and beautifully designed.
- A cappella: Tons of people, literally hundreds will audition in the fall. There are 9 official (ACPC) groups, but probably about 20 total groups including: all male, all female, co-ed, christian, choral, broadway, rock, jewish, indian, and many more. Some are better than others, but if you are passionate about singing, audition for lots of groups.
- Alderman Library (nicknamed Aldy)
- Alderman Road: The road that new dorms, Courtenay/Fitzhugh/Dunglison, and Gooch/Dillard are on, as well as the SAB, AFC, and Scott Stadium.
- Alderman Dorms (New Dorms): Great dorms if you like air conditioning and elevators. Just like in any dorm situation, the social aspects are truly what you make of it, but the amenities to facilitate great interactions are plenty (lounges on every floor). High quantity of study rooms also a plus for those who don’t want to trek to the library. Get ready to eat a lot of O-Hill.
- Amphitheater: An amphitheater in Central Grounds. There are often events and concerts held here, although it is also a great place to sit and study or just hang out during the day. Rallies, protests, and vigils often take place here.
- Arch’s Tuesday: Arch’s is the FroYo place on the corner, near Subway and Christian’s Pizza. They have “Pile It High Tuesday” where you get to put as much as you want in the cup and only pay $5. The best.
- Aquatic and Fitness Center (AFC): The gym and pool facility that has the most visibility and usage among underclassmen. You can check online for pool deck hours and gym hours, as well as classes that are hosted here. The indoor track is great in the winter.
- Big/Little: commonly used by Greek life but other organizations like using these terms. You can have a big (aka older brother/sister like figure), a grand big, a great grand big, etc. They’re meant to help you integrate into whatever organization you’ve joined.
- Beta Bridge: Bridge over the railroad tracks to the left of Madison House. People paint everything from “Go Hoos!” to wedding proposals on the thing, and it is always changing. Feel free to paint whatever you would like on it, just make sure you paint “Thx Beta!” somewhere on the bridge when you are done. Avoid painting over more serious banners until it’s been up for a few days or so; for example, memorials of students who passed away.
- The Biltmore: Their cookie pie will change your life. Ask for it with extra ice cream.
- Biochemistry: Think organic chemistry on steroids. Every pre-med’s worst nightmare
- Block Party: A massive party held during one of the first nights of the year where most houses on Wertland Street hold some sort of party. You essentially walk around the Corner and the entire neighborhood parties.
- Bodo’s Bagels: Crafted from the gods themselves, these bagels are your salvation. Incredibly cheap and incredibly delicious. Severely overrated though. Try the feta spread if you like to be happy.
- Boylan Heights: Bar on the corner. Also called Boylan (No one calls it Boylan Heights). The crowd here is older and more laid back than Trinity. Order the Wahoo (but not if you are underage of course ;) ). If you come at lunch, be sure to build your own burger with a side of curly fries!!
- Brown College: One of the three residential colleges at UVA. This is a dorm created with the sole purpose of creating a sense of community in such a large university. You must apply to get in, but all four years, and even grad students and faculty, live here. It’s full of quirky people. Brown plans many events for its residents with the use of its budget including monthly banquets, carnivals, and hikes. Residents are called “Brownies”.
- Campus: Heresy. Don’t say this, just “Grounds.”
- Campus Cookies: Pretty good cookies, slightly expensive, but worth the price if you order them to Clem at 2:00 am.
- CAPS: UVA’s counseling and psychological services. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed and alone or you have ADHD and are in need of a medication refill, they are a great source.
- Also if it’s not you, but your friend that is need of help remember that you are not in it alone. There are trained professionals that can guide you in helping your friend through a difficult time.
- Never be afraid to go here or seek help, more students than you think utilize CAPS, it’ll save your life.
- CAT: Charlottesville Area Transit. This is the city’s bus system that will take you pretty much anywhere you will ever need to go in Charlottesville. It is free for all UVA students, just show your student ID card to the driver when you get on. The Free Trolley is a great way to access the train station and the Downtown Mall.
- Coupe DeVilles: Bar on the corner. Almost always called Coupe’s. Better in the warmer months, as their outdoor area is the best. Swing by to see Reggae Greg play some good summer tunes.
- Crozet Pizza and Buddhist Biker Bar: Do yourself a favor and call it Crozet. Nothing too special about this place, but again, a great warm-weather bar. Awesome outdoor seating. Order the Fresh Zen. Lots of local bands play the upstairs and on the outer patio when it’s nice. Great place for date functions.
- Clemons: One of the main libraries on grounds, the floor you walk in on is the 4th floor. 1st floor (basement) is completely silent. 2nd floor is usually for group work. (Also known as Clem or Club Clem). You will learn to both love and hate it.
- Club Clem: The coolest club in my opinion. Seriously it is where I have met most of my friends. It is the library near Alderman library and Newcomb dining hall.
- The Corner: A row of shops, restaurants, and bars within walking distance. A great place if you want to go out to eat, but can’t make it into town. Arch’s, Boylan, Bodo’s, Trinity, and Christian’s are all here, among others.
- The College: Aka CLAS aka A&S aka The College of Arts and Sciences.
- CMB: The Cavalier Marching Band. They perform at all of the football games, a select few play at basketball games, and will be performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade this year. Worth coming early to a few football games to see the pre-game show.
- Campus Story: a UVA snapchat feed. Your ticket for 24 hours of fame every time you’re posted. Don’t go buck though and keep us entertained
- Cav Daily: Short for “The Cavalier Daily” — the University’s completely student-run, independent newspaper. Its coverage spans the University and the greater Charlottesville area, and the offices are located on the lower level of Newcomb Hall.
- Chemistry: More than just that spark you’ll feel when you see your first true love on Grounds. Study a bit more than you think you need to for the first test - that’s where a lot of students take it too easy
- Christian’s Pizza: Pizza restaurant on the Corner (next to Boylan). Hawaiian with extra cheese is easily the best flavor, although Spinach & Feta is up there too. 10/10 would recommend.
- CIO: Contracted Independent Organization. These are simply student clubs, but they’re called CIOs to keep them at arm’s length from the University for legal reasons. You can browse a complete list of clubs here.
- Collab: online resource for all of your classes; this is where some assignments, tests, powerpoints, notes, etc. can be found; some teachers also use the Gradebook function, which allows you to see all your grades from the class (same concept as Blackboard).
- Copeley: Upperclassmen apartments right across the street from the law school. Even though people will look like someone died when you say you live here, it’s not as far as it seems! Master the bus schedule, and you’ll be just fine.
- Comm: Where you can find all your missing third year friends.
- Connect: An online homework program that several different classes use that will take up all of your time, while not actually learning anything. Try to get the best out of this program by actually paying attention to what you are typing and not just going through the motions.
- Crossroads: (aka Croads) the convenient-store/late night food place below O’Hill. If you go late at night, you can use a meal swipe for things like sandwiches, pizza, burgers, etc… They also have a bunch of snacks that you can spend plus dollars on and some medicine (which requires Cav Advantage or cash to pay for).
- Darden Court: courtyard between all the wings of Thornton (Engineering school). There are picnic tables to sit at and a lot of groups will meet there when the weather is good. Great place to study if you want to study outside but don’t want to risk getting distracted by a bunch of people walking by
- David Kittlesen: Eccentric intro bio professor. Voice cracks galore. Mom jeans lover. Passionate and awesome professor.
- Dean Groves: UVA’s Silver Fox. High five him whenever you see him. You’ll think it’s awkward at first but he’s gotten used to it.
- Declaration: The Declaration is an alternative newspaper here on grounds. Definitely a lot more quirky than The Cav Daily, but the satirical jokes and tidbits of it definitely make up for the low keyness of the publication.
- Dumpling Truck: The most popular place to get dumplings on/near grounds. Available by food truck during weekdays, parked by the Amphitheatre (11-3:30, be prepared for a ridiculously long line if you go during class change times), or by their in-store location (formerly known as Berry Berry) on the Corner (which also happens to be the only place near UVA to get bubble tea/boba). Common place to spend your plus dollars when you don't feel like dining hall food (plus dollars only accepted at the food truck). Lady who runs the business is a Comm School alum.
- One of the quickest ways to use up your plus dollars. They sell dumplings and it’s delicious. ‘Nuff said.
- Double Swipe Dean: Dining employee at Ohill. Uses some interesting tactics to keep the line moving. Always try to answer the music trivia.
- Downtown: Mall strip - one of the largest outdoor pedestrian malls in the nation. You should go to all the restaurants here.
- Emmanuel: The best dining employee on Grounds. Emmanuel resides in Runk and cooks the best $5.00 steak you will get anywhere.
- E-school: The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). See also “Thornton Hall”.
- Elliewood (Avenue): A side street on the corner, behind Starbucks. Location of Para/Grit coffee shop, Marco & Luca, Take It Away, HackCville, Crozet, and N&K Print Shop, where you’ll probably have to buy a “reader” for a class, once school starts. There is a small parking garage here too [paid].
- Electric Tuesday @ Trinity. Great fun and good music.
- Faulkner: Upperclassman apartments (not to be confused with Copeley). A lot of athletes live here because it’s so close to JPJ.
- Final Friday: An event held at the UVA art museum (The Fralin) on the last friday of every month. There is free food (really, really yummy food and a LOT of it--cheeses, breads, fresh fruit, cookies, salsa, etc), live music, cool art exhibits, and spotlight talks by the docents.
- First-floor Clemons: (See Clemons) Where you go when you really need to study. Super quiet with long tables as well as a sea of cubicles. Do not eat chips or people will hate you. Bring a power strip during finals week and everyone will love you.
- **First-year student: The equivalent to "freshman" at other colleges. Thomas Jefferson believed that learning is a life-long process and therefore no one could ever be a "senior" in learning. Thus, he preferred to number the years of his students as first-year, second-year, third-year, and fourth-year.
- Foxfield: A horse race in the Spring. There are many organizations who buy group tickets and lots. The location is about 15 minutes away from UVA, but due to heavy traffic it might take you a couple hours to get there. Make sure to drink lots of water and take a picture next to a horse!
- Fourth Year 5k (4Y5K): On the list of things to do before you graduate, a 5K on the morning of the last home football game.It is in the memory of Leslie Baltz, a UVA student who died in the 90’s from an alcohol-related incident. Free food will be provided before the race (usually Bodo’s), and when you register you get a t-shirt. They also hand out prizes to runners with the quickest times.
- French House: Located next to the Spanish House, this victorian style house is beautiful inside and out, and you can apply to live there after your first year. You must speak French in the house and attend some events throughout the year. There are weekly “Pause Cafe’s” where any French-enthusiast can visit the French house for coffee, tea, and biscuits, and chat in French. There are also weekly movie nights that are also open to the public.
- Ginkgo: A casual Chinese sit-down restaurant on the Corner. A staple in the diet of international Chinese students (how you know the food is pretty authentic), Asian American students, and anyone who feels like taking a break from all the take-out Chinese food.
- Gooch-Dillard: If you live here, be sure to learn the shortcuts (through E-school and the parking lots). If you’re planning on taking the Northline by Hereford and Runk, beat the crowd by getting on at the bottom of the hill instead. If your thighs are ready for it, a bike is also highly recommended.
- Good Old Song: The school song that everybody sings: when we win, when we lose, all day, every day. Learn it well. Protip: it’s worth staying after the football games to sing with the marching band.
- Got Dumplings: See “Dumpling Truck”
- Greens to Grounds: A good resource when you get sick of dining food. They deliver local fruits and veggies to grounds and you can buy them for cheap. They also sometimes give special codes to students who have significant ACCESS UVa aid, so the food is free!
- Greenberrys: On-grounds coffee shop located in Clark Library and Alderman Library. Get a reusable mug punch card where you get a free drink for every 6 drinks bought with a reusable mug, because you will likely be buying a lot of coffee.
- GroupMe: The most common form of communication in college. If you get involved, you will end up in more than you can keep up with. Also a place where embarrassing selfies will be shared with everyone you know. [be careful though, this takes up lots of data plan usage …]
- Girls in pearls (Guys in ties): The unofficial dress code for football games! Not everybody dresses up though, and many students will show school spirit in blue and orange or a school t-shirt.
- Greek life: About ⅓ of students are involved in greek life. UVa has “delayed rush”or spring rush meaning that formal rush starts 2nd semester for both guys and girls.
- HackCville HackCville is a member-run, member-supported clubhouse and community of designers, makers, programmers, creatives, and the just plain curious. They are located on the Corner and throw networking sessions, hackathons, and seminars. They also host StartUp trips and have an extensive alumni network.
- HRL: Housing and Residence Life- They run the first-year and upperclassmen dorms.
- Honor Code: This is taken fairly seriously by faculty and many students. It is a pledge not to lie, cheat, or steal at UVa. There is also a pledge that most professors require students to write before turning in tests or exams. Honor code allows for a community of trust at school, for example, many students feel comfortable leaving their laptop in the library while they go grab food.
- Hereford: coming from a past resident: Has beautiful mountain views, on a high hill next to Runk and Gooch/Dillard. Many people will give you a look of pity when you live here because of the distance and assumed isolation, but it has two northline stops. It offers a large lawn, hammocks, a community garden, a private study/recreation building, opportunities to meet professors, research grants, and 1 credit classes reserved for residential college students (if you end up living here, take Bill’s Bugs on infectious disease!!). It has its own Student Senate (HSS) that plans LOTS of events for residents (SO SO much free food!!). Hereford has a large budget so the events are pretty impressive. Big ones are the Hereford Cup flag football tournament and Halloween Movie on the Hill, plus field trips to DC and Busch Gardens. Hereford also provides a sense of community, and a very quiet, peaceful place to live. If you’re into partying/socializing however it’s not the best place because of distance. It’s a haven for those really into the environment, introverts, and international students (for some reason lots live there and there were many cultural events). Most students there are also really into social activism, and there are events to accommodate that interest.
- Hoos Riding Hoos Driving: A great facebook page for UVA students to organize carpools to and from Charlottesville.
- Humpback: A mountain that a lot of people go up on to hike at sunrise and (inevitably) take pictures on Humpback Rock
- iClicker: The little white TV remote you’ll use in big lectures to answer questions and get participation points. Otherwise known as the only reason you’ll bother showing up for class sometimes. Don’t give yours to a classmate to use for you in a class you don’t attend or vice versa - that is cheating and Honor has found students guilty of Honor violations for doing it. Expensive and easy to lose! There is a Facebook group called “UVA Student to Student Textbooks. Try looking there for an Iclicker (or anything else) before the bookstore. They’re usually cheaper!
- IMPs: a rowdy but fun and philanthropic secret society
- IRC: International Residential College, one of three residential colleges and an incredible melting pot of cultural and linguistic diversity. There’s TONS of free food as well as a range of events and activities and it is a uniquely multicultural housing experience.
- JPA: (ie Jefferson Park Avenue)- Street that rounds around grounds. Does not stand for John Paul Jones Arena, as I initially thought. It stands for Jefferson Park Avenue, and along it are a lot of apartment buildings where students live, as well as Student Health, Nau Hall, New Cabell, and the Shea House, French House, and Spanish House. Outer Loop and Inner Loop buses go down JPA if you ever need to visit upperclassmen friends.
- JPJ: Officially John Paul Jones Arena. Basically, the basketball arena, but concerts are held here and even wrestling meets. Gets super hype during basketball games.
- Ken Elzinga: ECON 2010 professor, great man, very religious too, collects cool old cars.
- ECON 2010=Microeconomics, a pre-requisite for all pre-comm students (not just offered by him)
- Last Lecture Series: Organized by the UVA residence staff as an opportunity for distinguished professors to give a lecture like it was their last chance to pass on knowledge to students. It’s a great experience that can be very eye opening!
- Lawn: Basically the heart of the University, a lot of cool stuff happens here. See: Lighting of the Lawn.
- Lawnies: Someone who lives in a lawn room. Very selective.
- Lambeth: The old football field that still makes for a great place to catch a quiet moment. Over by University Circle and the art campus.
- Also an upperclassmen housing area, mostly for second-years
- LGBTQ Center: Located in the center of Grounds, in the Lower Level of Newcomb Hall, the LGBTQ Center is both a physical space and a programming center for the university. Whether you’re questioning, coming out, queer, or an ally, the LGBTQ Center has something for you.
- Lighting of the Lawn: aka LOTL An event held just before break. A capella groups perform and there is a lightshow that accompanies what is, at loss of a better word, a tame rave.
- Listservs: lists.virginia.edu You will join a ton, you will leave a ton, and someone will inevitably “reply all” at least once (which doesn’t always work, but when it does, it’s very entertaining).
- Little John’s: Fantastic sandwich shop on the corner, open 24 hours. Order the Sailor or the Ranch Hand with chicken. Sounds terrible, tastes great.
- Mad Bowl: The field across from the art museum that is surrounded by Greek houses. Great place to play a pick-up game of football or bring your dog.
- Malibu Garden Burger: Best food option when it comes to dining halls
- Mainwaring, Jake: The former lead singer of the Hullabahoos, the top male a capella group on Grounds. Jake resides in Richmond, VA.
- Marco and Luca Dumplings: A store on the Corner (Elliewood street, between Starbucks and Mincers). Arguably the best dumplings around, open late (til 2:30am) on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Heaven. Thicker dumpling skin than the Dumpling Truck’s. These dumplings have more for late-night appeal whereas Got Dumpling/dumpling truck’s dumplings are nice for lunch.
- McGregor Room: Themed room in Alderman Library on the second floor, housing the collection of Tracy McGregor. A great place to go if you want a super quiet space to study. If you talk, whisper, unzip anything, walk too loudly, type too furiously, or really make any audible noise you will get death stares. This is the room that looks like a Common Room from the Harry Potter movies. A must-visit - the couches are really comfortable and the atmosphere is beautifully ambient. A nice contrast to the stark fluorescent lights of Clemons next door.
- Meal Exchange Swipe: Comes under both meal plans. Basically, for one meal swipe, you can get a variety of food combos during certain hours on certain days (e.g. chicken sandwich at Chick-Fil-A).
- Michael’s Bistro: A restaurant on the corner above Little John’s. It’s probably the best food on the corner, and it’s a good place to have your parents take you to when they come visit because it’s great food and a bit pricy for a college student.
- Miss Kathy: One of best people you will ever meet, period. She will send you biblical verses if asked and will always accept your friend request, buttkicker. She works in Newcomb Dining Hall. Usually there for the breakfast and lunch crowd (give her a hug!)
- Michigan State: Public enemy #1 during March. (And all other times too)
- Madison House: Volunteer organization that is situated on Rugby Road. There are so many different programs, you are bound to find one that interests you. Getting involved in the community isn’t just a resume builder, it really exposes you to the outside world, past the bubble of UVA grounds. You will develop skills that you can never learn in a classroom setting.
- Mem gym: Short for Memorial Gymnasium, one of the gyms on grounds. Located on Emmet street across from IRC. Not very busy. If you like free weights and empty gyms, go here. Has several tennis courts and two sand volleyball courts outside.
- McCormick Road: A street you’ll become very familiar with. This road runs all the way from new dorms and O’hill down to the corner. Old dorms are also located off this road, as are many academic buildings.
- McLeod: pronounced “Mc-cloud”; nursing school building a little past Student Health off of JPA. It’s not as far away as everyone will warn you! (It’s like a 3 minute walk from the Lawn).
- Visit the McLeod Cafe for a meal exchange sandwich deal. They have tasty sandwiches and you won’t have to use Plus Dollars.
- HULLABAHOOS CONCERTS HERE!
- Monroe Hall: Holds the undergraduate advising office in addition to many math classes. This where you will find the offices of the associate deans. There is walk-in advising at given times and advising by appointment.
- N2GO - A really good to-go food option outside of Newcomb. It counts as a meal swipe and they give you a lot of food that tastes good and is healthy
- Nau/Gibson Hall - Arguably one of the most confusing buildings on Grounds to navigate. Lost lecturers/visitors are sometimes spotted wandering around with a confused look. Upperclassmen still haven’t figured this place out yet.
- NoVa: Short for Northern Virginia. Not to be confused with Villanova University, which is what people north of DC tend to think when they hear this. Or with NOVA Southeastern, which is what people in the southeast think of (because only people from NoVa refer to their home as “NoVa”). Or with the community college in NOVA - Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).
- Nameless field: The field behind Memorial Gymnasium across from the IRC
- New Cabell: pronounced CAH-bell. Building opposite the Rotunda at the other end of the lawn. Has amazing study rooms. Check them out.
- New South Lawn: Area of grass located between Nau Hall and the back of New Cabell Hall.
- New York City Startup Trip: Largest student led trip from UVA every year. Organized by the Entrepreneurship Group & hackCville, students spend a fall weekend in NYC visiting the hottest startups and coolest tech companies like Pinterest, Facebook, Google
- OAAA (O-Triple A): Office of African Americans Affairs. The building is by Old Cabell and is one of the only places where you can print for free. If you are a part of OAAA, or even if you’re not, try to go there at least twice a month and do your homework in the main room with other students. This is a great way to meet new people and introduce yourself to the OAAA deans.
- OAAA peer advisors are assigned to entering and transfer African American students to help them transition successfully to university life. Become friends with your peer advisors. They will be a great resource to you not only your first year, but until they graduate. You can apply to be one too after your first year!
- OAAA also provides tutoring for Calculus and Statistics so don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it. Travis Elliot is a fantastic tutor as well as a great person to know!
- O’Hill: Shortened term for Observatory Hill Dining Hall. Also coined as “O’Hell”... due to the lackluster quality of the food sometimes served here. If you have the choice between here, Newcomb, Runk, or any other source of food, you should probably go for the other sources of food. Some people prefer OHill.
- OHill has a better-kept and cleaner salad bar than Newcomb and Runk dining halls, partially due to the fact that one side is sectioned off for staff to refill the salad bar containers. There seem to be more options too. The egg/potato salad is amazing when they do have it. The hummus is too!
- The orange juice is almost always too diluted. Go for the apple juice instead.
- Also, the Meat-lovers pizza and the Stromboli are always great. One time near the end of the Spring semester, they served omelettes around 2 pm.
- Double Swipe Dean is great.
- Old Dorms: First-year dorms that are super coveted because they’re closest to all the classes and main part of grounds. Generally a great community forms in old dorms. Enjoy the quad while you’re a first year! Unfortunately they lack AC.
- PAC: Where the councils stay, at the bottom of Newcomb along the wall with stairs
- The Pav: Don’t call it by the Pavillon blah blah blah, it’s at the bottom of Newcomb and has sushi, Chick-fil-a, thank us later (will have Subway and Five Guys in Fall 2015) Careful here, you’ll probably end up with too few plus dollars and too many pounds if you frequent it too much.
- PHEs: Stands for Peer Health Educators. They are a group of 45 students that are trained to counsel and educate fellow undergraduates on four general health topics: sex, alcohol/drugs, nutrition, and mental wellness. They’re a great resource for impromptu health questions and it’s nice to talk to someone your own age. They have an office in the bottom of student health and provide office hours where students can come talk to them. Gynecology often sends first-timers down to a PHE to discuss birth control options/first time visit procedure. They also give presentations/FOAs and plan fourth year 5K, mental wellness screening day, and other health-related events. Recruitment for the group is during spring semester and they accept 1st and 2nd years.
- Pint Night: $2 pints at Mellow Mushroom on Tuesday nights (ID required)
- PLSB: Physical Life Sciences Building: Better than all study places on Grounds. Good luck finding it.
- Qdoba: A mexican restaurant on the corner, get the burrito bowl. Usually is empty during meal time hours...perhaps not as tasty as the other Corner food options.
- Rapinchuk, Andrei – The best math professor at U.Va. Andrei will change your life.
- Rice Hall: This is the primary Computer Science building (even though it only has one lecture hall). If you’re an engineer or stuck over on the engineering side of campus, the study spaces in this building are awesome. There are tons of outlets here so you can recharge your phones and laptops. There’s also an Einstein's Bagels on the first floor.
- Rising Roll: Cafe on the second floor of New Cabell. They sell sandwiches, wraps, etc., and there’s an adjoining Caribou Coffee in the same little area.
- Rotunda: No definition necessary. Inaccessible due to renovations.
- Rugby Road: street that serves as the center for Greek life at UVA, also holds Madison House, and the A-school
- Rush/Rushing: Recruitment for Greek organizations.
- Runk Dining Hall: The best dining hall on grounds. Freshest foods and most swagged-out employees (s/o to Emmanuel and Nevada). Come for the brunch, stay for the good times.
- SAB: Student activities building, located across Gooch-Dillard. Orientation was held here. Not to be confused with the SAC (the Student Activities Center)!
- SAC: Where the CIO’s stay, at the bottom of Newcomb along the wall of the Pav
- Safe-ride: Does not go to Barracks, contrary to popular misconception.
- Shea House: One of the language houses on Grounds. They have different floors for language immersion in different languages such as - Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Korean or Persian.
- Shenandoah Joe’s: Coffee roaster in CVille. They have 3 coffee shops (Preston, Ivy, and the Corner) and supply coffee to numerous other places in Charlottesville including Para Coffee, Atlas Coffee, Fellini’s, and Hotcakes
- SIS: The Student Information System- pronounced “sis” and essentially holds all your important information related to the University, also known as “Scrollbars inside scrollbars.” This is where you’ll pay your tuition & housing fees, sign up for classes, and see your final grades. No one really knows how to use it.
- Slaughter Gym: The itty bitty gym allllllll the way back behind New Dorms. Usually much quieter than the AFC. Great for shooting hoops or indoor soccer practice. Has a whole hall of racquetball rooms and one wallyball room that are usually empty. If you don’t like working out in public, their gym is a good place to go because there are usually less than 5 people in the workout room.
- St Maartens: Bar by Bolyan. Every time Joe Harris visits he stops here to avoid crowds. Also has great brunch without the wait Sunday mornings. Their cheese fries are killer. They also do trivia on Tuesday nights (starting at 8!). But it also does not have windows. Claustrophobes, think twice.
- Stacks: The shelves upon shelves of books in the libraries that you can get lost in. ex- Alderman Stacks. (Note: If you are in the engineering school, “Stacks” refers to the study room which formerly contained stacks of books, not Alderman Library’s stacks. See Thornton Hall.)
- Streaking the Lawn: A tradition at UVA. It involves taking off all of your clothes and running down the lawn to kiss the statue of Homer’s butt. It’s not as legitimate right now with the Rotunda under construction, but it’s still fun and a must do before you graduate.
- StudCo: Student Council. Think free food and T-shirts. Go to these events if you’d like to avoid the dining halls for the day.
- The “Stud”: aka the Center for Christian Study. A really cool place where a lot of people study and hang out. It’s open 24/7 (there’s a punchcode for after the day time) and there’s free coffee/tea/hot chocolate. Pro-tip: they have free meals 3 times a day during exams. GO TO THESE (think, Bodo’s, Take-it-Away, Chick Fil A breakfast, Chipotle) 128 Chancellor St.
- located by the Bank of America and across from the Chi Omega house on the corner. Awesome study spaces, awesome hospitality and you can print for free if you bring your own paper. They have free exam snacks during exam periods and generally house pretty nice people.
- Survivor Hour: $1 rails at the Biltmore on Thursdays from 8-9.
- “Suspicious Package”- Expect plenty of emails containing this phrase throughout the school year. You’ll see what we’re talking about soon enough. One fun thing to do is count how many times this phrase shows up.
- Take It Away: A quick, casual and DELICIOUS sandwich spot located on the Corner (Elliewood;) they’re known for their house dressing, a bit pricey compared to its competitors.
- T. Sully: Our lovely University President. Count on her to be somewhat late announcing snow days and issuing apologies for University mishaps. She loves to mention CAPS in these emails.
- Terry Leung: The reason most first years drop pre-med. Has an awesome earring and makes some pretty cheesy (but great) jokes that distract you from your failing grade. If you prefer not to fail, go to his office hours (trust me). Beware his thick Hong Kong accent, as it can be hard to understand (his grammar is fine though, don’t worry).
- Thornton Hall: The central/administrative Engineering building, designed by someone who had no idea what they’re doing. Facing from McCormick: A-Wing: front. B:Wing: connected to A wing on the right. C-Wing: Connected to A Wing on the left. D-Wing: follow B Wing and keep going. E Wing: follow C wing and keep going.
Inside this building is a room called “Stacks,” (Top floor of A wing. After entering through the main entrance, take the stairs to the left, turn right, and look for a room on your left with lots of tables) where there are a lot of group meetings and office hours for classes like Computer Science. The APMA workshops are also held next to the stacks.
- Thirsty Thursdays: alliteration is a friend not a foe, clubs don’t only go up on Tuesday
- TLP: Technology Leaders Program - An interdisciplinary undergraduate program for Engineering students looking to gain foundational multi-disciplinary knowledge from the Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, and Systems Engineering fields.
- TOG: “Triangle of Grass” in front of Brooks Hall, beside the Corner
- Tom Tom Founders Festival - huge week long festival in Charlottesville based around music, innovation, and technology. Big name tech speakers come to talk as well as business and pitch competitions occur. Great opportunity to spend time downtown learning and hearing great music/seeing great events. They also have a block party in the Fall.
- TPEGS: The grading system used by some classes (most in Engineering and especially in CS) that allows your paper, short-answer tests to be graded electronically and returned as a PDF. Developed by our very own Professor Aaron Bloomfield from the CS department.
- Transloc: mobile app that gives you real-time updates on where the UTS buses (UVa buses, essentially) are and when they’ll arrive at your stop. Not always reliable FYI
- Trolley: A free bus that comes by every 15 minutes or so. Not exclusive to UVa students; an alternative to UTS buses (share some stops); what you’ll take to get Downtown and to the city (farmer’s) market. Use CAT Bus app to see its stops and when it’s coming.
- Trinity: Another bar on the corner. Also called Trin. Known for being a bit (very) shambly at times, but has great music on weekends. Also Trin Tron.
- Trick or Treating on the Lawn: Every year a bunch of families from the town come to the lawn during Halloween with kids and costumes to get some candy. The CIOs have tables where they get to pass out candy to the kids. There are a lot of fun and cute costumes worn by kids, parents, and students alike.
- UCS: University Career Services/ UVA Career Center. It is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium. It is a place that holds resume building workshops, mock interviews, and graduate school guidance. A great resource if you just need to talk to someone about the steps you need to take as pre-health or pre-law student.
- Actually, great resource for anyone. They have walk-in hours Monday through Friday where you can spend 15 minutes talking to a UCS counselor about just about anything. Come here if you’re curious about internships, want to take a personality assessment to better understand yourself and how you work best, want to learn how you can get experience outside of class, etc.
- If you’re in the Engineering School, there is an additional career services called Center for Engineering Career Development. This may be a better bet, given that they deal solely with engineers.
- U-Guides: The student run tour guide group on grounds
- ULink: A student run peer-mentorship program on grounds created to help incoming first years make the academic and social transition to college.
- Undergraduate Research Network:
- UTS: the University Transit System. Runs the buses that go through grounds. Not to be confused with CAT (Charlottesville Area Transit), which goes around all of CVille. The Outer Loop and Inner Loop run the same route but in opposite directions and the Free Trolley takes you from dorms to the Corner and continues to the Downtown Mall. See below for more information on route. Also, UTS is always hiring students starting at $10/hour if you need a job (paid training).
- Ubikes- One of the most efficient ways to get around grounds if the buses are busy. $30 for 180 days and 12 different “hubs” near your classes. 90 free minutes a day. Very helpful for when you're running late!
- Venmo: An App- The fastest and easiest, and a really common way to pay friends for things (think: splitting a check, paying someone back, etc.) using your debit card (free), a credit card (small fee), or your Venmo balance from when other people have paid you.
- Washington Literary Society and Debating Union (The Wash): A group that meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. in Jefferson Hall on the West Range of the Lawn. People debate funny and serious topics and present original and non-original literary pieces. Provisional members are accepted during the first three meetings of the year. Membership more open/less selective/laid back than the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society.
- Waze- An app similar to google maps. For all you out of staters, stay up to date with traffic, and other obstacles on your way back to UVA.
- WebWork: A website that many math courses use to to assign online homework
- White Spot: Super greasy! Famous for their "Gus Burger"
- Women's Center: A great place to go for counseling and help. CAPS is often full but it is not the only option. The Women's Center has wonderful options available, and is not exclusive to just females; they are very welcoming to anyone looking for help.
- Xylophone Club – Some of the greatest people you will ever meet. Harder to get into than most top-tier frats.
- YAR: Young Alumni Reunion (on Homecomings weekend). Not so important for 1st years, but any alumni or 3rd/4th years that you meet
- Yik Yak: all your time will be gone, download the app though. An app like Twitter, but allows anonymous posting. Shows posts based off of location. Apparently, Blue Balloons are popular.
- YSI: (Youth and Social Innovation) New major at the Curry School of Education. Great fit for people interested in innovative education policy, nonprofit work, youth development programs, etc. “Learn by doing” through service learning and designing innovations of your own.
- Zs: Another of the many secret societies
- Zipcar: Basically a car rental service through UVa that any student who signs up can use. They’re parked all around Grounds and can be pretty useful if you don’t have a car and need to make occasional shorter trips.