University Village

Aerial View of the University Village, circa 2005

The University Village, or the Village familiarly, is a 75-acre, mixed-use development across Hampton Boulevard from the main campus of Old Dominion University (ODU). The Village is bound by 47th Street to the north, 41st Street to the south, Hampton Boulevard to the west, and Killam Avenue to the east.


The idea for the Village was developed under President James V. Koch. In order to make room for the project, local establishments that were frequented by ODU students, including the 4400 Club and Friar Tucks, were closed in 1999. Construction of the Village began that same year, and the first building to be constructed was the Ted Constant Convocation Center, which opened in 2002. In addition to shops and restaurants, the Village includes the Mitchum Basketball Performance Center, University Village Apartments, University Village BookstoreInnovation Research Park, the Public Safety office, the Arts District, Children’s Learning and Research Center (CLRC), a hotel, and two parking garages. The Barry Art Museum, located just south of the Village at the corner of Hampton Boulevard and 43rd Street, opened to the public in 2018.


  1. Old Dominion University Photographic and Multimedia Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Perry Library, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, 23529.
  2. ODU Photographic Collection, Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Collections, Old Dominion University Libraries.
  3. Building the University, Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Exhibit, 2005.


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