Housing and Dining
Our students come from all over the world and from diverse backgrounds. Many are leaving home for the first time. That’s why we make sure to offer plenty of options and all the comforts of home.
As an urban campus, VCU does not require students to live on campus. Also, on-campus housing is not guaranteed. If you do not arrange housing accommodations prior to your arrival, it is important that you arrive on campus early to allow several days to find housing before the orientation and registration sessions. You should also budget funds to cover at least two weeks of temporary housing in Richmond and cover the substantial deposits and rental fees required upon signing a lease.
On-campus housing assignments are made in the order in which applications are received. We recommend connecting with VCU GSSP staff so that we may assist you in your on-campus housing application (email@example.com). Students who submit housing application after June 14, 2019 will have reduced opportunity to live on campus. Please follow these steps before filing for an on-campus housing application.
- Find your eID and set-up your login password (please see eID retrieval and set-up guide).
- Register for the International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO, undergraduate students only). Please note you will need to register for ISO and NSO in order to be assigned undergraduate on-campus housing.
- Submit your housing application online through the Office of Residential Life and Housing website: housing.vcu.edu
If you have an on-campus housing assignment, you are required to live on campus for an entire academic year (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters). You will not be able to break this contract while still enrolled at the university. Your on-campus housing assignment will be sent only to your VCU email account. Please be sure to check your VCU email regularly during this time.
If you have any questions about on-campus housing, please contact us before submitting an application.
There are many options for housing on and near campus. You should plan to arrive in the U.S. early enough to secure housing prior to the VCU GSSP Orientation. VCU will assist with your search for off-campus housing options. Please visit the website for off-campus housing service for more information.
Several local hotels offer discount rates to VCU students, which you must request at the time of your booking. Hotels within walking distance to the VCU Monroe Park Campus:
Linden Row Inn
100 E. Franklin Street
+ 1 804 783 7000
Holiday Inn Express - Downtown
201 E. Cary Street, + 1 804 788 1600
101 W. Franklin Street, + 1 804 649 4750,
Hostelling International Richmond
7 N. Second Street, + 1 804 729 5410,
We know you can’t study on an empty stomach. That’s why VCU has tons of on-campus dining options to fuel your 8 a.m. classes, your late nights and everything in between, all with a swipe of your VCU ID card. When you have a dining plan with VCUDine, our award-winning dining program, you have the flexibility to eat at 23 different locations across two campuses, including Panda Express, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A or the all-you-care-to-eat dining hall, Market 810. And with 10 different dining plan options to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find one that’s perfect for your stomach and your wallet.
Fresh menus, fun events
Thanks to partnerships with local farms and distributors, VCUDine is able to offer fresh, quality foods like local kale, sweet potatoes, Asian pears and tofu. Our creative menus incorporate unique holiday food traditions, and three times a semester we invite local, authentic and culturally diverse restaurants to serve up their specialties as part of our Guest Restaurant Program.
Richmond has good food. Really good food.
Richmond has become a dining destination, so much so that National Geographic put it at the top of their list of worldwide food destinations for 2016. Quirky coffee shops, Southern comfort food, taco bars, farm-to-table eateries, French cafes, food trucks, doughnut shops and more breweries than we know what to do with — they’re all in Richmond, many within a few blocks of campus.
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