With a walkable campus, long-running buses and student parking, you won’t need to worry about getting where you need to go.
Because of VCU’s convenient location, most students who live in residence halls don’t bring their cars to campus. Our walkable campus stretches several city blocks, so bikes — or skateboards — are a preferred method of transportation, and VCU provides more than 200 spots to park your wheels.
Whether you bring your own car or not, you’ll have no problem navigating the VCU campus or the Greater Richmond area.
Beginning fall 2017, VCU will employ a no-car policy for residential freshman students to encourage their involvement in the first-year on-campus experience. This procedure supports a pedestrian-friendly, residential campus and helps reduce the campus carbon footprint.
Exceptions to this residential freshman restriction will be considered for medical conditions, disabilities, employment, over 21 years of age, military reservists and other extenuating situations. Official documentation must be provided and reviewed before any exceptions are granted.
While most students won't need to bring their cars to campus, for those who do, there are a limited number of overnight parking subscriptions, which are sold on a per-semester basis. These subscriptions provide monitored, well-lit parking locations, as well as free jump starts, tire changes and assistance in obtaining gas.
The city of Richmond maintains the Greater Richmond Transit Company bus system, which makes stops on campus. Full-time VCU students can ride GRTC buses year-round using the VCUCard and a transit pass, available through the ;VCU Parking and Transportation Office. This pass can get you almost anywhere in and around the city limits. GRTC transit passes are available at a discounted rate for all VCU students.
VCU maintains a shuttle bus service called the VCU Campus Connector that runs between its two campuses. The shuttles run Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the academic year. Summer shuttles have a more limited schedule. Visit the Parking and Transportation Services website to view schedules and maps for the entire transit system.
Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! VCU has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. To use Zipcar, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. When you're done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up. Learn more and get started at www.zipcar.com/vcu.
RamAway provides free transportation to and/or from the Richmond International Airport, Greyhound bus station and Amtrak at Main Street Station and Staples Mill Road. Visit the RamAway website for program guidelines and schedules.