In 1987, a group of university students arrived in Vigo for their Christmas holiday. They played rugby on one of Vigo's beaches and decided to form a rugby club. The Vigo Rugby Club was founded in 1988 with Quique Paz as the first chairman of the board of directors. It began playing in the Segunda División Regional, and were promoted in their first season to the Primera División Regional.
In 1992, the club was absorbed by the University of Vigo, which took over operations. In 1999, the club regained control of operations, but continued the partnership with the university. They play their home games at Campus Lagoas-Marcosende on the campus of the University of Vigo.
In 2011, Vigo RC was promoted to the top-flight División de Honor.