VCU will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday

VCU will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday from Friday, July 4, 2014 through Sunday, July 6, 2014. The Office of Admissions will not conduct information sessions or campus tours during this time. If you plan on visiting us soon, please click here to reserve your space!

We will resume our normal business hours, information sessions and campus tours on Monday, July 7, 2014. We wish you a happy and safe holiday!

Feel at home on campus this fall

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Student Assistant

Freshman move-in is right around the corner and we’re excited to welcome our newest Rams and their families to campus! Throughout the weekend of August 16-17, 2014, VCU will welcome new Rams into the residence halls for the 2014-15 school year. In order to make the experience a great one for students and parents alike, we’ve put together a list of items that students should consider bringing with them.

When housing assignments are received by students, they should receive the name and e-mail address of their roommate. It is recommended that students begin contacting each other once housing assignments have been given out in order to determine which items each person will bring. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of items that you should consider bringing to campus, but rather some suggestions of things that will make living on campus feel more like home.

  • Mini refrigerator and microwave: Only one refrigerator and one microwave are permitted per room.
  • Bed linens for an extra long twin bed and mattress pad: Most of the beds in freshman halls are 36 inches wide and 80 inches long. It is encouraged that students have at least two sets of linens so that they always have a fresh set and change them on laundry days!
  • TV with QAM tuner: Most digital televisions and TVs sold after 2006 should include a QAM tuner, so this hopefully won’t be a huge concern for you. The QAM tuner helps students to access all of the channels provided in the cable package.
  • Toilet paper, plunger and bathroom cleaning supplies: Students who live in suite-style residence halls like Brandt, Gladding Residence Center (GRC I, II and III), and the Honors College where students have access to a bathroom off of their bedroom, are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their own bathrooms. That includes bringing items to campus to help them maintain their bathrooms. Maintenance staff will clean the bathrooms daily and provide toilet paper and hand soap for students who live in traditional-style residence halls like Rhoads, Cabaniss, or Johnson where there is one centrally-located bathroom on the floor.
  • Electric power strips with surge protectors: Please bring power strips with surge protectors; extension cords are not permitted in residence halls.
  • Flashlight
  • Wastebasket: Centralized trash rooms are located on every floor in most halls and the trash cans are emptied daily by maintenance staff.
  • Iron and small ironing board
  • Desk lamp
  • Toiletries: Students should bring extra items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream, paper towels, hand soap and face wash.
  • Water pitcher with filter: Instead of drinking bottled water, students can buy water pitchers as a cost-effective way to stay environmentally friendly!
  • Small first aid kit
  • Laptop or personal computer: To make sure that a computer meets the specific requirements for specific programs, students should consult VCU Technology Services Student Computer Initiative for specific program requirements. Computers and accessories are available for purchase through the VCU RamTech store on campus (often at a discount).
  • Printer: Printers also are available in the library and in some computer labs in academic buildings (fees may apply).
  • Medications: Students should be sure to bring all medications or prescriptions that they may need.
  • Favorite snacks and cereals: For those who want a late-night snack or want to have breakfast in their room!
  • Storage crates: To organize everything from socks to school supplies to graded assignments!

If students forget any items at home, don’t worry, during Welcome Week there is usually a shuttle service provided for students to get to Target or Wal-Mart for last minute purchases.

For more information about moving in for the fall, or information regarding the check-in procedures for each building, please consult the Fall 2014 Move-In website. If you have additional questions, please contact VCU Residential Life and Housing by phone at (804) 828-7666 or by email at

See you in August!