Finding a Place

College often means facing up to several tests of personal and professional responsibility, including finding a place.

Congratulations. You’ve survived at least one year living away from home as a UVa-Wise student. Or perhaps you’re a source of guidance to a prospective transfer or class of 2020 freshman. Or, maybe, you’ve just had a questionable experience living away from home and still looking at the best fit for a housing option.

Each college has its own characteristic housing stock, and UVa-Wise students face options from on-campus housing to private landlords. The Highland Cavalier’s writing staff examined some of the options and considerations that current and prospective students may want to consider as one of the most important factors in a successful college experience: a relatively stress-free place to live.

Besides individual landlords, three main housing options lie within a two-mile radius of UVa-Wise: Cavalier Housing; Walk2Campus, or W2C; and the college’s on-campus housing. Each housing option provides unique amenities and floor plans that are customized to the student’s needs and budgets.

Commonwealth - a UVa-Wise on-campus residence hall.  Photo: Madison Ray | The Highland Cavalier
Commonwealth Hall – a UVa-Wise on-campus residence hall.
Photo: Madison Ray | The Highland Cavalier

The Highland Cavalier looked at seven different categories including amenities, leasing terms, and basic policies. The following information will explain the similarities and differences between the three housing options. For more information or availability on these properties please contact the appropriate leasing office.

Lease duration

Walk2Campus’ leases last for eleven and a half months, from August 15 through July 31, whereas Cavalier Housing and UVa-Wise offer nine months from August through December and then January through May. For an additional fee you can stay on campus over the three breaks.

Pets

UVa-Wise and Cavalier Housing allow fish only. Walk2Campus allows cats and dogs with a maximum of two pets per apartment for an additional fee. Other types of pets must be approved at W2C.

Utilities

At W2C, trash and sewer are included in the lease price, and there is a $15 water allowance per tenant already included; therefore if you go over $15 in usage you do have to pay the difference. W2C also establishes cable and internet in each apartment, so you don’t have to share. The cable and internet is $15 per month per tenant. Electricity is on your own to establish and pay monthly. Cavalier Housing includes all utilities however there is an electricity allowance, similar to W2C’s water allowance, for each tenant and any overages must be paid out of pocket. All utilities are included on campus.

Walk2Campus - an apartment complex within walking distance to campus.  Photo: Madison Ray | The Highland Cavalier
Walk2Campus – an apartment complex within walking distance to campus.
Photo: Madison Ray | The Highland Cavalier

Pricing and leasing fees

Cavalier Housing features apartments with options of one through three bedrooms. All of the following prices are per person. In building one, a one bed studio with a full kitchen is $715 per month. A two bedroom with full kitchen is $465 per month. In building two at Cavalier Housing, a one bedroom with an efficiency kitchen is $465 per month. A one bedroom studio apartment with an efficiency kitchen is $600 per month. A one bedroom studio with a roommate $435 per month. The two and three bedroom apartments with an efficiency kitchen is $415 per month. The only leasing fee at Cavalier Housing is a security deposit of $250 which is refundable barring damage to the property.

W2C features apartments from one to four bedrooms. All of the following pricing is per person and all apartments feature full kitchens, in unit washer and dryer, and individual bedrooms for each tenant.

  • One- bedroom apartment – $745 per month.
  • Two-bedroom apartment – $615 per month.
  • Three- bedroom apartment – $565 per month.
  • Four- bedroom apartment – $510 per month.

There are two leasing fees. A $150 administration fee is due 30 days after signing a lease, which executes the lease and sets up an online bill pay account. Then, 30 days before you move in, a $300 security deposit is due. The security deposit is refundable barring damage to the property after moving out.

Cavalier Housing - an apartment complex in Wise.  Photo: Madison Ray | The Highland Cavalier
Cavalier Housing – an apartment complex in Wise.
Photo: Madison Ray | The Highland Cavalier

On-campus housing has many building options for upperclassmen, however all upper classmen dorms are $6,706 per year except Henson Hall, which is discounted to $5,476 per year due to library construction. For freshman, McCraray Hall is $5,820 per year and Commonwealth Hall, like the upperclassmen dorms are $6,706 per year. When living on campus you are also required to have a meal plan, adding an additional $4,112 per year. An application fee of $150 is due at the time of signing unless you bring a deferment form from financial aid.

Subletting Processes

The deadline to buy out of on-campus housing is July 1, 2016. You are not able to buy out of the contract for the spring semester and the total buy-out fee is $800. If you paid the $150 application fee, you have to pay the remaining $650.

At W2C you have two options in which you can sublet or do a release. In order to sublet, you have to find someone to take your place for the rest of the lease and are still liable for the lease damages and payments. However there is no fee to sublease. In order to be completely released from lease obligations you must find someone to take their place and pay a $500 release fee.

For Cavalier Housing the resident is responsible for finding another resident to take over the lease for either the portion or the entire balance of the leasing term. The replacement must meet all of the requirements, fill out the appropriate paperwork, pay fees and charges and take possession of the apartment before you will be financially released.

Mychaela Richardson

Mychaela Richardson served as a staff writer for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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