Founded in 1819, UVA is one of America’s great universities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village is the heart of campus. The expansive Lawn is anchored by the grand Rotunda—the original library—and flanked by classical pavilions and arcades containing the original students’ rooms—still occupied by leading Fourth Year students. Gardens behind the Pavilions, separated by single-brick-thick serpentine walls, lead to a second range of student rooms including 13 West Range, once occupied by Edgar Allan Poe. Today, the campus stretches in every direction, all unified by a red-brick-and-columns aesthetic. For the full experience, check the University calendar for sports events, concerts, and lectures that are open to the public. Then spend some time at The Corner, the strip of shops, restaurants, and diners adjacent to campus.