Off-Campus Housing

VCU can assist students with finding off-campus housing through the Off-Campus Student Services website. On this site, students can look for available properties posted by local property managers, create a profile to find roommates, sublet their current apartment, and find resources for the housing search, signing a lease, budgeting and more.

Upcoming events for students moving off campus:

Off-Campus Student Services will host several events throughout the Spring semester for students who may be moving off campus for the summer or fall . These workshops cover many important topics including a Housing Fair, Renter’s Workshops, Budget Workshops, Roommate Mixers and more. For more details on times and locations of these events, please refer to the right-side panel on the Off-Campus Student Services website.

Some things to consider before signing a lease:

For many students, this may be their first time looking for a place of their own. It’s an exciting time to think about branching off independently, but it’s important for students to know what questions to ask before signing a lease. There are several standard questions listed below, but visit the Off-Campus Student Services Resource page for more in depth information on looking for preparing for the housing search, creating a budget, moving in and more.

What type of lease is it?

There are many types of leases. Some can be 3-months, 6-months, 9-months, a year or longer. If a student is planning to stay around the university during the summer months as well, it’s a good idea to make sure the lease extends through that time. Some places will offer individual leases, while others will offer joint leases. If there are multiple people on a lease, it’s important for students to recognize that they are all equally responsible for making sure the rent is paid on time.

How much can I afford?

Students can use financial aid to pay for off campus expenses, however, they will only receive a refund if there is an excess in their financial aid award. For example, if a student’s award covers their VCU tuition and fees, they can then receive the excess in a refund and use it for rent and other living expenses. (For example, if a package is $20,000, the money would be split up into two payments, one for fall and one for the spring.  So they would get $10,000 a semester.  VCU would take out roughly $7,000 for tuition and fees and then give a deposit of $3,000 to the student).

Refunds are not disbursed by VCU until September and January, if all deadlines were met, thus they will need to plan ahead to cover their housing costs until the refund is deposited into their account.

Please note that if a package includes $2,000 for Work Study, that money you will have to earn by applying for and working at a Work Study job for 10+ hours a week throughout the year.

For more details, please contact Financial Aid at 804.828.6669 or

What utilities/amenities do I really need?

Rent does not always include utilities.  The types of utilities included in the cost of rent varies on a place-by-place basis. Some rental agreements will cover water, sewer and trash in the cost of rent, but not electricity and internet/cable. Some will offer no utilities, while some rental properties include all utilities and additional amenities in the cost of rent.

Before you sign on the dotted line find out what’s included with rent and what you need. Will you need a parking spot for a car? Will you use a 24-hour access gym on site? Is there security in the building? If utilities are not included, is there an estimate for the total monthly costs?

What are the upfront costs?

Application fees, security deposits and pet deposits are some of the upfront fees students can expect when renting an apartment. Students should ask about the refund policy of security deposits. Can their application fee be applied to their deposit if they get accepted into the building? What would be cause for them not to get their security deposit back?

Do I need a cosigner?

Landlords will require proof of income as an assurance that tenants will be able to pay their rent. This can sometimes be a challenge for students and a landlord might require a cosigner, when signing a lease. It’s important to talk to any landlord or leasing office about their cosigner policies.

On-Campus Housing

For students who submitted an application for on campus housing for next year, below is a brief outline of the process students will follow to choose their roommates and rooms.

Submitting an application for housing, however, does not guarantee a space on campus. Students who submitted an application by the deadline were placed into a lottery system with rising sophomores receiving first priority. 

Lottery numbers will be sent out to students on Monday, Mar. 12. Students will be able to select their locations as well as roommates at particular times, corresponding to their class standing. Rising sophomores will be able to make their selections between Monday, Mar. 12 and Friday, Mar. 16. Rising juniors and seniors will be able to make their selections beginning Friday, Mar. 16.

Same Room Sign-Up

For students hoping to stay in the room that they currently reside in, “same room sign-up” is available for residents living in Ackell Residence Center, Broad & Belvidere, Grace and Broad, as well as those living in ASPiRE, Globe, LEAD and Innovate Living-Learning Communities. This process began on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Students staying in their current residence may pull in roommates once their housing is confirmed, and this process began Monday, Feb. 19.

Living-Learning Communities

Students involved in Living-Learning Communities will be selecting rooms in the building where their program is housed. Each of the programs will provide specific details to their students about the process. These living learning communities include:

  • Grace and Broad: VCU LEAD or Innovate
  • West Grace North: VCU Globe
  • West Grace South: VCU ASPiRE

For more information and important dates and deadlines, check out the Residential Life and Housing website or you may download the Returning Student Brochure.


Order the official VCU class ring

The official VCU ring is an enduring symbol of where you come from and what you have accomplished at VCU. The VCU ring symbolizes the university’s founding roots and stature as one of the nation’s top research universities. The official class ring is reserved exclusively for alumni and students who have junior standing or higher. Proceeds from official ring sales go to support scholarships for current students.

We invite you and your student to stop by the ring table outside of the P.O.D. market in the University Student Commons Tuesday, Jan. 23 through Thursday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to purchase and/or view the rings.

Any questions can be directed to Allison Toney, or please visit

Important Dates for Spring 2018

Here are several important dates for students returning for the spring semester 2018:

  • Add/drop and late registration will take place from Jan. 16-24, 2018. UPDATE: The deadline for adding or dropping classes will be extended through Wednesday, Jan. 24.
  • Spring break will take place from March 4-11, 2018.
  • Last day to withdraw from a course with a mark of “W” on both campuses (except for courses not scheduled for the full semester) is Friday, Mar. 23, 2018.

Other important dates can be found on the academic calendar for spring 2018.

Highlight: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week

VCU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week was established in 2014 to honor and raise awareness of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through VCU and Richmond community-wide educational programs that commemorate his distinguished contributions, leadership, spirit of service and dedication to nonviolence and justice. This year’s theme was “50 years later: Don’t sleep on the dream” in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968.

The 2018 keynote speaker Martin Luther King III, human rights advocate, community activist, political leader and the oldest son of King was scheduled to speak on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom. The event was cancelled due to inclement weather. More information on a rescheduling will be released soon.

For more information on the events that took place and updates on rescheduled events, visit the MLK Day Celebration page.

Inclement Weather at VCU

The winter months in Richmond can offer variable weather patterns and severe winter storms that may impact classes and campus closures for our students and staff. Parents and family members can find information about emergencies and campus alerts through a variety of resources.

For the most up-to-date online information on inclement weather that may affect class cancellations and school closings, visit VCU Alerts.

The university also will post urgent messages and alerts concerning weather on the main VCU website.

Text Message Alerts

If you have not already, you can also sign up to receive VCU Alert text messages to your phone or mobile device. Parents and community members may sign up for VCU’s text message alert system to receive information about campus emergencies and cancellations due to inclement weather.

Connect with VCU on Social Media

You can also receive updated alert information via social media:

Twitter: @VCUnews,

Facebook: Facebook@VCU,

Winter Storm Preparedness Tips

  • Prepare your emergency kit with non-perishable food, water, batteries and other supplies that can last you and your family for two to three days.
  • Consider purchasing items such as rock salt, sand, ice scrapers and shovels, and keep extra blankets in your car and home.
  • Prepare your vehicle by making sure your gas tank is at least half-full, the antifreeze is sufficient, and that your tire treads and windshield wipers are in good condition.

Inclement Weather FAQs

Get answers to frequently asked questions regarding inclement weather here:

Visit the National Weather Service for more information on how to stay safe during a weather emergency:

For more information and resources on inclement weather at VCU, visit:

Cold and Flu Season

The winter season can often lead to higher incidents of cold and flu for many of our students. Here are a few tips to share with your students to help keep them healthy during the winter months and some information about where they can go if they do get sick.

Flu Vaccines Available

It’s not too late for your student to get a FREE flu vaccine from University Health Services. They can get their vaccine during walk-in immunization hours or immediately following a scheduled medical visit. For more information on the flu vaccine and who should get vaccinated, click this link for the CDC flu prevention information.

Tips for Staying Well

Other than getting a flu vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also recommend several other steps that individuals can take to avoid becoming ill:

  • Avoid close contact with friends, roommates or others who may be sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes and nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

If Your Student Gets Sick

  • They should limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • If they are experiencing flu-like symptoms, the CDC recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after their fever has gone away. Note: All students should check their syllabus for their professor’s attendance policy and make sure to notify professors of an absence, if necessary. Some professors may require medical documentation from Health Services or another medical provider.
  • Students may go to University Health Services where they can see a healthcare provider. In some cases, providers may prescribe antiviral medications that can help alleviate symptoms. Same day appointments are reserved for students who are ill. Please call to schedule a same day appointment.
  • Students may schedule an appointment by calling VCU Student Health directly at (804)828-8828 for the Monroe Park Campus and (804)828-9220 for the VCU Medical Center Campus Clinic.
  • It can be tough to be away from home when you are sick, so care packages are always appreciated!

Below are some guides and treatment tips for the common cold and flu:

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VCU Globe: A Living-Learning Program

Employers and graduate programs in every field want candidates who know how to work successfully with people from all over the world.  The most successful candidates are those with the proven experience of engaging with the world as it is: an increasingly complex place that is swiftly becoming more interconnected.

VCU Globe is a global education living‐learning community that opens windows to the complexity of globalization and fosters intercultural learning through sustained and structured interactions between program participants, international students, and community members in Richmond. Housed in West Grace North Residence Hall, this unique program features opportunities to meet people from around the world, to participate in special events and celebrations, to work together in teams, and to be instrumental in making VCU and Richmond more global. Above all, VCU Globe provides students majoring in any discipline the chance to be part of something important that will be invaluable on their resumes.

VCU Globe also is designated as a Peace Corps Prep Program, which means that students who complete all program requirements plus a foreign language through the 200-level, also receive a certificate of completion from the Peace Corps. Check out the website for more information:

VCU INNOVATE: A Living-Learning Program

VCU INNOVATE is da Vinci Center’s living-learning program. The da Vinci Center is a unique educational program that brings students from across the university together to collaborate, problem solve and transform their ideas into new products and business ventures. Students learn to apply creativity in innovation and entrepreneurship through real life projects in ways that prepare them for the 21st century workforce. In addition, students accepted to Innovate get the opportunity to take part in high-impact extracurricular activities such as networking trips to startups and companies in other cities across the country. Students also engage with local entrepreneurs on how to successfully launch business ventures.

Application Information

Deadline to apply: Feb. 2, 2018. For more information on the program, please visit

VCU Lead: A Living-Learning Program

VCU LEAD is a distinguished leadership-focused living-learning program for undergraduate students of sophomore status or above. The VCU LEAD vision is to cultivate world-class innovative leaders who transform lives and impact communities.  VCU LEAD participants will integrate their learning through participating in leadership pathways that compliment their major. Pathway experiences can include service, internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, and peer leadership opportunities. Graduates of this program will be equipped to successfully lead professional and civic organizations at the local, national and global level.

Application Information

Deadline to apply: Feb. 2, 2018. The application can be found at