Housing Issue: Off-Grounds
The Cavalier Daily highlights options for the 2014-2015 academic year
14th St./Wertland St.
The 14th Street and Wertland Street areas include the streets directly north of the Corner and east of the train tracks.
The main attraction to Wertland is its vibrant social life and wide variety of apartments. From smaller, old-fashioned buildings, to grand historical houses, to brand-spanking-new-never-been-lived-in apartments, Wertland offers it all at a variety of prices — most of which are affordable. There is always something to do on the Corner, whether it’s grabbing a casual bite with a friend or heading to Boylan on a Friday night. And because so many people choose to live in this location, chances are you’ll have at least a few close friends who live either in your apartment complex or one very close by.
The pros of Wertland seem endless upon first glance. Especially after a first year spent on-Grounds, being as far away from dorms as possible seems like a blessing. But it’s easy to forget the best aspect of dorms: their proximity to classes, libraries and administrative buildings, which make up most of where students spend their time. This convenience can mean an earlier wake-up time and often arriving to class looking not-so-put together. In addition to the far distance from classes, the social life on Wertland is loud and constant — some people find time to go out or throw parties in their apartment every single night of the week. If you have trouble blocking out noisy distractions, or if the party life isn’t exactly your scene, anything past the S-curve may not be the best fit.
-compiled by Kelly Kaler
Rugby is the center of the University’s number-one-party-school-winning fraternity and sorority life. But students looking to study can find the Rotunda, Alderman Library and Fine Arts Library nearby. Food is next door on the Corner.
Rugby is the quintessential hub of the University, some might say. Whether it’s the charm of those huge, colonial houses, or the way the sun shines right on Mad Bowl, there’s no denying that Rugby Road is a beautiful place to call home. If you’re involved in Greek life, living on Rugby makes it easy to find many of your friends right next door, literally.
There’s the added convenience of fairly accessible parking behind many houses on Rugby. If you’re interested in a beautiful, social place to live, Rugby can certainly hold its own.
There are also some not-so-beautiful parts about Rugby. One of these factors is the constant littering of alcoholic beverages, late-night food, cigarettes and other trash along the sidewalks. The partying that goes on down Rugby Road is no secret, and the damage can show. Some of those million-dollar, colonial-style homes? Set foot inside and you might change your mind about showing it off to your parents.
-compiled by Kelly Kaler
Jefferson Park Avenue
The Jefferson Park Avenue area includes JPA, Stadium Road, several roads which connect the two and Brandon Avenue.
JPA is near Nau and Gibson Halls, the Lawn, Brandon Avenue — which includes Student Health and the Bice House dorms — and the Engineering Quad. JPA is commonly thought of as a quieter area, more prone to low-key apartment parties than major gatherings.
Second-year College student Jackson Simon said the location was tough to beat for him. He lives in Woodrow Apartments on Stadium Road.
“I’m so close to Clark that I get its wi-fi,” Simon said. “I can get to any one of my classes in five minutes.”
JPA is far from Rugby Road, the Drama Department and Fine Arts Library, the Architecture School, John Paul Jones Arena and other non-football sports venues, Barracks Road Shopping Center and North Grounds.
But Simon said the distance from parties did not bother him too much — the proximity to class buildings proves much more critical.
“It’s great for tailgating, so every fall, you can always have an excuse to throw a barbecue,” Simon said. “If you’re late for a party, you’re fashionable, and if you’re late for class, you get knocked down a letter grade.”
Living on JPA is not for everyone, however.
“There are a lot of my friends who went the Grand Marc route, who took a higher cost and better location for parties,” Simon said. “I have a lot of friends who have houses on JPA, so I actually find myself going to an even number of parties on 14th and JPA.”
-compiled by Joseph Liss