For completeness, another option is to use byobu. It's a convenient layer on top of GNU screen. It provide nice defaults and it's in my sense easier to use. I personally use it on my Rapsberry Pi and it works just fine. To install it, just type:
$ sudo apt-get install byobu
Once installed, configure it via:
You can there choose to start it automatically when logging-in, and toggle status notification applets (uptime, load, date...)
As a side note, this kind of virtual console is also useful for sharing the same console input/output between different users on different machines (you can call it text mode screen sharing).