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Virginia Tech's main campus is in Southwest Virginia's picturesque New River Valley in the town of Blacksburg. Set between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Blacksburg offers naturally beautiful views, unique stores, art galleries, and restaurants

Blacksburg at night

Blacksburg, some 12,000 acres nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountains, is special. Home to about 42,600 local residents, the town is considered small by most any standard, but don’t let its size or location fool you.

Because of its award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live and has earned a reputation nationwide as a well-managed, stable, and forward-looking community.


Summers in Blacksburg are warm and humid, and winters are generally cool to cold with occasional snow. Monthly mean temperatures range from 30.9° F (-0.6° C) in January to 71.1° F (21.7° C) in July.

Gilbert Street building

Where We Are

The Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute’s main office is at 220 Gilbert St., Suite 5300.


220 Gilbert St., Suite 5300 (MC 0273)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Fast Facts

  • Blacksburg regularly tops lists of the best places in the country to raise children.
  • It's one of the most "wired" communities on the planet; you can connect to the Internet from anywhere in town.
  • The nationally accredited Virginia Tech Police Department operates 24 hours a day and provides full police service to the university community.
  • You can go swimming or boating in one of the oldest rivers in the world — the New River. It's also one of the few rivers that flow south to north.