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The Law School is located on the North Grounds of the University of Virginia, about a mile from Central Grounds. (Map of the Law School Grounds; high-resolution map with faculty and student office numbers)

Central Grounds begins at the corner of Rt. 29 (Emmet St.) and Ivy Rd./University Ave. To get to that intersection from the Law School, go down Arlington Blvd. and turn right on Emmet St. (Rt. 29). Alternatively, you can follow Massie past Darden to Copeley Rd., turn right on Copeley and then left on Ivy Rd.

The Rotunda, the heart of the University, is two blocks east of the above intersection on University Ave. Alderman and Clemons libraries are across McCormick St.

To reach UVA Medical Center go east on University Ave. past the Rotunda, under the railroad bridge, to Jefferson Park Ave. and turn right. Or continue on Emmet St. past Ivy, veer left with the road as it turns onto JPA, then make a right into the hospital.

Just one block east of the Rotunda, the Corner is the restaurant and shopping strip along University Ave. that serves Central Grounds. Elliewood Ave. is a sidestreet at the west end of the Corner.

University Transit System
www.virginia.edu/parking/bus/bus.html
924-7231
UVA Parking and Transportation, Millmont St (behind Barracks Road Shopping Center)

UVA's blue-and-orange buses are free to University students, faculty, and staff. From a bus stop directly in front of the Law School, you can catch a bus every 10 minutes to Central Grounds and the surrounding areas. See the website for routes and schedules.

Community

Charlottesville has one major north-south corridor, Rt. 29, where most of the major shopping centers are located. Many businesses listed in this book are in one of the following shopping centers:

Barracks Rd. Shopping Center
Near the Law School

A 10-minute walk down Arlington Blvd. from the Law School. Corner of Barracks Rd. and Rt. 29 North.

Seminole Square Shopping Center
Rt. 29 North, on the right side going north, about a mile north of the 250 Bypass overpass.

Fashion Square Mall
Charlottesville's only indoor mall. Corner of Rt. 29 North and Rio Rd., just south of Rio Rd.

Albemarle Square Shopping Center
Rt. 29 North and Rio Rd., on the right side going north, just north of Rio Rd.

Rio Hill Shopping Center
Rt. 29 North, about one-half mile north of Rio Rd. at Woodbrook Dr., on the left side going north.

Downtown Mall
Charlottesville's community showpiece, this pedestrian outdoor mall with its patio restaurants is the best place to hang out and people-watch outside the University. From the Rotunda, take University Ave./W. Main St.east. When W. Main turns into Water St., park in the parking lot to the right or in the parking garage just beyond it. Cross Water St. and walk one block north. Additional parking is available on Market St. or on any of the sidestreets off Market St. or on Jefferson Ave.

Pantops Shopping Center
From Rt. 29 North just north of Barracks Rd. take 250 Bypass going east. Cross the bridge over the Rivanna River, and the shopping center is on the right.

Charlottesville Transit System
Web site on www.charlottesville.org
296-RIDE (7433)
CTS Office, City Yard, 315 4th St. N.W.
Buses serve many parts of Charlottesville Mon-Sat. Some evening service.

UVA students, faculty, and staff may ride free by showing a valid UVA ID card. The fare-free program does not apply to the Football Shuttle service or to CTS LINK service.

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For an easy way to locate places at the University, check out the WebMap. The University also posts their own Driving Directions to Charlottesville.

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Many students and a few faculty and staff members ride their bikes to the Law School when the weather is good. Charlottesville has several key roads with bike lanes. City buses have bike racks on the front that allow you to ride the bus with your bike.

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Collegia, a Massachusetts consulting company, lists Charlottesville in its top 10 college towns with a population of one million or less. "The rankings reflect concerns such as access to public transportation and health care, international student diversity and cost of living for students. Results are based on data from the U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and similar sources." Full List (USAToday, 8/27/03)

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Check out the University Graduate Guide's Traveling Tips for more information about getting around town.

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All UVA students, faculty, and staff may ride CTS buses for free by showing their UVA ID card. See website for routes.

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