Local Information

Getting to Charlottesville

Charlottesville has a small airport (airport code: CHO), about 20 minutes north of the University along US Route 29. All of the major carriers fly into Charlottesville, though there are direct flights only from regional hubs (Philadelphia, LaGuardia, Washington Dulles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Charlotte). Charlottesville, Virginia (CHO) should not be confused with Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT). In order to reach the University Grounds or the hotel from the airport you can use Uber, Lyft or Yellow Cab (434-295-4131) which has a flat rate of $25.

Charlottesville is also on the main northeast Amtrak line (the Northeast Regional and the Crescent trains) through Washington D.C. and points north. This is a reasonable alternative to flying for those coming from Philadelphia, New Jersey or New York.

Getting around

Central Charlottesville is reasonably well-served by city buses, including a free "trolley" (i.e., bus) between the University and downtown, and by University buses. Uber/Lyft and taxis are other options. Downtown Charlottesville is about 1.5 miles from the University, a reasonable walk straight along Main St.


Suggested accommodations include: Please mention the Virginia Topology Conference and/or the Virginia math department when booking at the above hotels, as discounted rates may be available for VTC participants.

Of course, many other options are available.


By no means an exhaustive list!

Near Kerchof Hall (Math Department):

  • Oakhurst Cafe, 1616 Jefferson Park Ave

    A good breakfast/lunch place; pretty good coffee; closes at 2 pm

  • Fry's Spring Station, 2115 Jefferson Park Ave

    Very good wood fired pizzas and craft beers

At the Corner:
  • Bodo's bagels, 1609 University Ave

    As suggested by the name, an excellent bagel place

  • Basil, 109 14th St NW

    Mediterranean eatery, it has a patio, salads are fantastic and the sandwiches delicious.

  • Mellow Mushroom, 1321 W Main St

    Funky, art-filled chain pizzeria featuring craft beer, calzones & creative stone-baked pizzas.

  • Kuma Sushi, 12 Elliewood Ave

    Sushi, udon, ramen and bento boxes options

  • Take It Away Sandwich Shop, 115 Elliewood Ave

    A highly recommended sandwich place

  • Revolutionary Soup, 104 14th Street Northwest

    A soup & sandwich shop, specializing in local and vegetarian food.

  • Christian's Pizza, 100 14th Street Northwest

    Pizza by the slice. Open very late

  • Crozet Pizza, 20 Elliewood Ave.

    Excellent sit-down pizza restaurant.

  • Michael's Bistro, 1427 University Avenue

    Slightly fancier, gastropub fare

  • Pigeon Hole, 11 Elliewood Avenue

    Homestyle and breakfast food

Downtown, located on or near the downtown pedestrian mall:
  • Monsoon Siam

    Classic and tasty Thai food.

  • Bizou

    American food with a nice patio.

  • The Whiskey Jar

    Classic Southern dishes from local ingredients.

  • Brasserie Saison

    Upscale Franco-Belgian brasserie serving small plates, mussels, and beer brewed on site.

  • Zocalo

    Latin American fusion cuisine with a decidedly fancy feel.

  • Petit Pois

    Pleasant french restaurant; indoor seating limited.

  • Himalayan Fusion

    Indian and Nepalese food near the downtown pavilion.

  • Bang!

    Trendy, asian fusion served tapas style.

  • Citizen Burger

    Hamburgers & many craft beers in a brick-walled space with a patio.

  • South Street Brewery

    Brewpub in a converted brick-walled warehouse

  • The Local, 824 Hinton Ave.

    Delicious, American style cuisine with a focus on local produce and meat.

  • Lampo Neapolitan Pizza, 205 Monticello Rd.

    "Authentic" wood-fired pizza and Italian fare.

  • Tavola, 826 Hinton Ave.

    Up-scale, Italian food.

  • JBD, 816 Hinton Ave.

    "Soul Food @ It's Finest", hard to argue.

  • Southern Crescent, 814 Hinton Ave.

    New Orleans style food in historic Belmont house.

  • Mas, 501 Monticello Road

    Spanish tapas


Near UVa Grounds:

  • Grit Coffee (19 Elliewood Ave)
  • Corner Joe (1325 West Main St Shop C)
  • Oakhurst cafe (1616 Jefferson Park Ave)
  • Starbucks (1601 University Ave; also in Newcomb Hall and Nau Hall)
  • Einstein Brothers (in the UVa bookstore)
  • Atlas Coffee (2206 Fontaine Ave)
  • Clark Hall (291 McCormick Rd)
  • Mudhouse (213 W Main St)
  • Milli Joe (400 Preston Ave #150)
  • Java Java (421 E Main St)
  • Grit Coffee (112 W Main St #1)