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but what if I don't ever want to go back home?

galoisiengaloisien Posts: 3,741- Senior Member
edited November 2008 in University of Virginia
So let's say I think going back home to my dull hometown in the unhappening state of Maine for the holidays would suck, especially if I have to pay for the air flights on top of that, and let's say I think staying around Charlottesville area and Virginia in general would be much better.

I'm aware that if I intend to enroll for summer courses or something I have to apply for extra financial aid and extra housing. But can anybody just tell me how it generally works for things like J-term? Housing won't kick me out during those times, right?

On top of this, let's also say I do want to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with people I know, but not leave Grounds for it. (Or at least not go anywhere where I would have to pay extra for housing.) I'm curious what people who generally don't leave leave Grounds during vacation (for financial/distance reasons, etc.) do?

Anyway since in fact I've come to the decision that since I don't ever want to live where I used to live again, I intend to move somewhere else after I graduate. (The job-seeking environment for the scientifically-inclined in Maine isn't very good, I think.) Virginia seems like a very nice state to move to. Any advice for setting up Virginia as my domicile? Would I be rushing into this? Do I have to get an apartment here or something? It's not just to have lower tuition costs. The whole state seems so much more friendly to the culturally and intellectually-minded than Maine is.
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Replies to: but what if I don't ever want to go back home?

  • hazelorbhazelorb Posts: 3,106Registered User Senior Member
    Well upperclassmen housing (yup, IRC included) stays unlocked for winter break, but first year housing (not res colleges) gets locked up. So you're okay for winter break. I work in CVille over winter break so it also is useful for me (and was my first year as well). But CVille over break is really quiet/empty compared to usual, and the dining hall is closed so you will need to get your Bus skills going to get to Barrack's and stock up on cheap food at Kroger.

    I know a lot of international students go visit friends/relatives in the general area (DC) and stay with them over short breaks (like winter break) but go home for summer break for instance because of the huge air fare. You could also go home with a friend who lives close by whose parents pick you up (I have a friend from England who stays with her rural-VA best friend over breaks and her friend's parents drive them to and from).
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