Interesting that most of you speak about getting an apartment -- would it be solo or with a roommate? I've never dormed (commuter school) and don't know how I would deal in a dorm situation (I'm thinking I might like to have the opportunity just once). What about concerns that staying off-campus will separate you from the school/community and inhibit your ability to make good connections and friends? And what about cost -- are apartments in the C'ville area cheap compared to the dorm?
I wouldn't be against getting a roommate, but it would have to be someone with whom I have a lot in common. From what I've heard about UVa (and this is probably true at most schools), there are a few apartment complexes that are largely populated by LS students; thus, you should be able to find a social living arrangement off-campus. As far as the dorm experience, I don't particularly care for it, though I might value my privacy and space more than others.