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Undergraduate Admissions

A roof over your head is pretty essential when it comes to living. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Housing

Living on campus means convenience, more opportunities to get involved, and roommates and floormates who become instant family. Most of our freshmen live on campus, and they’re happy they do — especially when that Monday morning 8 a.m. class rolls around.

On-campus housing

We encourage you to live in a residence hall, particularly during your freshman year, though it is not required.

Residence halls at VCU come in all shapes and sizes and are equipped with basic furniture, laundry facilities, lounges, high-speed Internet access, air conditioning and 24-hour security. Traditional dorm-, suite- or apartment-style residence halls are available.

Residential support

The first-year experience within residence halls — six are freshman-only — involves frequent social activities, not to mention easy access to a support community. There are more than 40 resident assistants, graduate resident directors and professional staff members who will become actively involved with you, helping in your social and educational transition to the university.

Residential villages

West Grace Street Student Housing – South

VCU also offers first-year students the chance to live in residential villages where you’ll be next door or down the hall from students with similar interests or majors. In these villages — Artist’s Colony, Doctor’s Lounge, The Boardroom and Clinical Corner — you’ll experience faculty presentations, participate in field trips, take part in movie nights and guest lectures, and easily form study groups with your neighbors.

Our newest residence hall, West Grace Street Student Housing – South, houses students in the Academic Scholars Program in Real Environments — an innovative and comprehensive community engagement-focused living-learning program for sophomores.

A similar residence hall, West Grace Street Student Housing – North, is slated to open in summer 2013.

Living Learning Programs and Communities

VCU also offers first-year students the chance to live in living-learning communities where you’ll be next door or down the hall from other students with similar interests or majors. Theme communities, include the Artist Colony, Women in Leadership, Ecovillage, Mosaic, Engage and Lavender House, will allow you to experience faculty presentations, participate in field trips, take part in movie nights and guest lectures, and easily form study groups with your neighbors.

Living-Learning Programs, such as ASPiRE, Glove, LEAD, and INNOVATE enable students to apply classroom learning in real-world experiences.

Residence hall basics

  • 24-hour security – Residents must use their VCU ID cards to access the buildings.
  • Computer labs, mail service, air conditioning, laundry facilities, lounges and basic room furnishings are provided in all residence halls.
  • Students living in the freshman halls must subscribe to a meal plan.
  • All rooms are wired for Internet access and cable TV.
  • All traditional dorm- and suite-style residence halls are smoke-free. Students residing in apartment-style residence halls may smoke with the expressed consent of their apartment-mates.

Residence halls

Freshman communities

Students residing in any of these freshman halls are required to purchase a VCU Dining Services meal plan. Unless indicated otherwise, all halls are located on the Monroe Park Campus.

  • Rhoads Hall: high-rise, traditional dorm-style hall set up for coeducational living, with each floor designated either all-female or all-male
  • Johnson Hall: high-rise, traditional dorm-style hall set up for coeducational living, with each floor designated either all-female or all-male; includes the “Artist’s Colony” residential village for first-year students interested in studio, performing or visual arts
  • Brandt Hall: suite-style high-rise, with each suite designated male or female
  • Ackell Residence Center: four-story apartment complex including four-person units, each with single bedrooms. Each apartment is designated all-female or all-male
  • Cabaniss Hall (MCV Campus): high-rise, traditional dorm-style freshman residence hall with each floor designated all-female or all-male
  • Cary and Belvidere Residential College: five-story apartment complex including two- or four-person units, each with single bedrooms; includes the Lavender House and Mosaic living learning communities
  • Grace and Broad Residence Center: five-story apartment complex including four-person single bedroom units. Each apartment is designated all-female or all-male; includes the LEAD and INNOVATE living learning communities
  • West Grace South: five-story apartment complex including four-person double bedroom units. Each apartment is designated all-female or all-male; includes the ASPiRE living learning community
  • The Honors College: houses male and female freshmen in single-occupancy rooms

Independent living

  • The Gladding Residence Center Apartments (GRC I): more independent living option for freshmen, with each apartment providing a living room and full kitchen (Students assigned to this residential facility are not required to purchase a meal plan.)

Mixed communities

  • The Honors College: houses male and female freshmen and upperclass Honors College students in single rooms

Upperclassman living

Options

Though every effort is made to grant as many housing preferences as possible, students are urged to complete their online housing application as early as possible to better ensure their first choice of residence hall, room style and roommate. For more information, visit the VCU Residential Life and Housing website.

Off-campus housing

If you choose to live off campus, VCU's Off-Campus Housing Service can assist you in locating an apartment, room for rent or roommate situation in the neighborhoods surrounding VCU, as well as other areas of Richmond.

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