The Graduate Life Center's Otey Street entrance and semicircular drive

The Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown

This on campus housing option for graduate and professional students provides privacy, convenience, and a place where you can learn and get work done.

Converted from a former hotel and conference center, this community is tailored to provide a private, professional living atmosphere for 115 graduate students. Rooms are single- or double-occupancy with a full private bath, and are in the same building as many graduate school events and services, as well as an Au Bon Pain coffee and pastry shop.

Rooms come furnished, including telephone, Ethernet, and cable TV services. There are also laundry facilities, study lounges, and kitchens on site.

The GLC is close to downtown Blacksburg, Newman Library, Squires Student Center, and several on-campus dining centers, and they’re within easy walking distance of academic buildings, athletic facilities, and many restaurants and retail shops.

There are also bus stops nearby that transfer to destinations in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Roanoke, including Roanoke Regional Airport, so private transportation is not a necessity.

Campus housing options are for individual students only, not for families or married couples.

Off Campus

Graduate Family Housing

While campus housing is reserved for individual students, these apartment complexes designate units in quiet, convenient areas for individual graduate students as well as families.

Search for Off-Campus Housing

Find information about rentals, subleasing, roommates, transportation, utilities, and more. You can search for a rental property or a roommate using specific criteria or browse the online housing and roommate forums.

Finding Furnishings

If you need to furnish your rental, there are local stores where you can shop for new items, or you can find affordable used furniture at the following places or websites:

Utilities and Services


Your landlord or leasing office should provide you with a list of local utility companies that service your rental, or check the Off Campus Housing Resource Guide.

Mail Service

The U.S. Postal Service offers an easy tool to change your address online. There are two post-office branches available within 0.5 miles of campus:

  • Downtown Post Office: 118 N. Main Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060

  • Blacksburg Main Post Office: 909 University Blvd., Blacksburg, VA 24060

Driver's License and Car Registration

Visit the Department of Motor Vehicles in Christiansburg to obtain a license or car registration. (Note that possessing a Virginia driver's license does not guarantee eligibility for in-state tuition.)