Blacksburg Virginia is home to just over 40,000 people, and home of the prestigious Virginia Tech University. The town has a wonderful reputation for being a great place to live, work and study. Not only is the college prestigious, but even the high school has gained national attention due to its academic and athletic excellence. In 2015, Virginia Tech ranked 27th among all public institutions in the country. The school has nearly 30,000 students and is a Division I NCAA competitor. It is also the largest employer in the Blacksburg area, giving jobs to more than 10,000 more people than the next largest employer in town. The area has also experienced strong growth in the high-tech and defense industries due to the influence of Virginia Tech.
With affordable and ample housing, don't worry about getting in too big of a rush when looking for a Blacksburg apartment. A safe amount of time is about two months. That gives you enough time to look at a few places and pick the one that makes the most sense for your personal situation.
Virginia Tech students are certainly one of the largest rental populations in town. The Virginia Tech website has a great section through the Division of Student affairs that provides information for students looking to secure off campus housing. One of the best pieces of advice it offers is to ensure you read the entire lease before signing. Make sure there are no conditions you don't understand, or which may treat you unfairly.
Blacksburg transit makes getting from almost anywhere in the city to Virginia Tech a snap. In addition, the transit system is free for students, as the transit system is the result of a joint project between the city and the University. Throughout most of the year, riding your bike is also a great way to navigate the small city.
A lot of the best fun in Blacksburg is actually outside the city. The Appalachian Trail passes near the city, and many other great hiking routes provide miles of entertainment for the physically inclined. Virginia Tech is also the site of much of the town's entertainment, including the almost universally supported football team, The Hokies.