Residency Life After Hours

Although you will work hard while at EVMS, there still is downtime to enjoy where you live!  Probably best known for the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, our area is rich with outdoor and recreational opportunities.

You'll discover white sand beaches that go on for miles, a sailing season that lasts most of the year, and mountains to hike, climb, and ski just a few hours away. In fact, we're so close to the Outer Banks of North Carolina (just over an hour) that we even include that in our backyard.

Hampton Roads, aptly named for the old nautical term that denotes a port and major meeting of waterways, is made up of seven cities. Our residents, faculty and staff live in all seven cities, each with its own unique personality - from rural Suffolk, and sun and fun Virginia Beach to sprawling Chesapeake, commercial, cultural Norfolk and historic Portsmouth. The diversity of the area is also apparent in the many sports, cultural, and educational opportunities.

In Our Own Back Yard

Cultural Activities

  • Waterside Festival Marketplace - restaurants, live concerts, ethnic festivals, specialty stores, and a marina
  • Virginia Opera - one of the nation's top regional companies
  • Virginia Symphony - featuring renowned conductor JoAnn Falletta
  • Virginia Stage Company - regional professional theater
  • Willett Hall - a concert hall with some of the finest acoustics on the East Coast
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden - featuring one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias, roses, and rhododendrons on the East Coast


  • Harbor Park - considered one of the finest stadiums in professional baseball, home of the Norfolk Tides, the AAA farm team of the Baltimore Orioles
  • Norfolk Nighthawks - arena football team
  • Norfolk Admirals - professional hockey team
  • Hampton Roads Mariners - professional soccer team
  • Professional beach volleyball (AVP)


  • Children's Museum of Virginia
  • Chrysler Museum - listed as one of the top 20 museums in the country for its collections of ancient and major American and European art, and has the largest glass collection on the East Coast
  • Mariners' Museum - nationally renowned maritime museum
  • Virginia Air & Space Center - associated with NASA
  • Virginia Marine Science Museum - marine museum and aquarium


  • 11 universities and colleges including:
    • The College of William and Mary
    • Old Dominion University
    • Hampton University
    • Virginia Wesleyan College
    • Christopher Newport University
    • Tidewater Community College

What are people saying about the area?

  • Norfolk:
    • Top 100 Best Cities for Families (Parenting Magazine)
    • 8th America’s Most Playful Cities (Sperling’s Best Places)
    • Chrysler Museum of Art (located in Norfolk) – One of the Top Twenty Museums in the Country (Wall Street Journal)
    • Virginia Opera (headquartered in Norfolk) – One of the Nation’s Very Best Regional Companies (NBC Nightly News)
    • 10th Safest Cities for Families with Young Children (Sperling’s Best Places)
  • Virginia Beach:
    • 6th in Nation for “Best Cities for Outdoors” (Forbes 2009)
    • Top 10 America’s Fittest Cities (Men’s Health 2009)
    • Top 10 of America’s Best Places to Grow Up (US News and World Report)
    • 3rd in Nation for Happiest Cities for Families in America (McDonald and Sperling’s Best Places)
    • Family Friendly Cities (Ebony Magazine 2010)
    • Top 25 Most Literate Cities (Central Connecticut State University, 2007)


Whether with your own family or out-of-town guests, you'll enjoy the historic sites of Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown, or the amusement parks (Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion, Water Country USA), all just one to two hours away. In the resort area of Virginia Beach, you can swim, snorkel, surf, and enjoy frequent oceanfront festivals and outdoor art shows.

And if you've got more than a day, you can choose between an urban adventure - Washington D.C. - or a rural retreat - the Shenandoah Mountains - with its scenic Skyline Drive, Appalachian Trail, snow skiing, and caves. Both are less than four hours away.