Housing at Virginia Commonwealth University

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Housing at Virginia Commonwealth University is managed by VCU Residential Life & Housing. The University currently houses 6,300 residents, in fourteen residence halls across two campuses.

Some halls are available only to freshmen, while others are available only to upperclass students. Eighty percent of first-year students live on campus.[1] Rhoads Hall, Johnson Hall, The Honors College, Brandt Hall, GRC, and Cabaniss Hall are the primary freshmen communities on campus. Together they house approximately 3,273 students.[2]

Monroe Park Campus[edit]

Rhoads Hall[edit]

  • Structure: 18-story Highrise
  • Restriction: Freshmen
  • Capacity: 697

9-month lease, based on academic calendar. Style: Double, triple rooms; corridor-style floors

Johnson Hall[edit]

  • Structure: 12-story Highrise
  • Restriction: Freshmen
  • Capacity: 527

Johnson Hall is the oldest residence hall at Virginia Commonwealth University. Built in 1915, it was originally a high priced apartment building. Each of its upper floors contained four large apartments. VCU bought Johnson Hall in the 1950s and renovated the building into a residence hall while the school was still called Richmond Professional Institute. After a 2011 renovation to the first floor, the only evidence of the original interior is an early 1900's-era gold Letterbox.

Brandt Hall[edit]

Main article: Brandt Hall
  • Structure: 17-story Highrise
  • Restriction: Freshmen
  • Capacity: 624

9-month residency, based on academic calendar. Style: 4-8 people per suite in double rooms

GRC I[edit]

  • Structure: 4-story
  • Restriction: Freshmen (limited space for upperclassmen and transfer students)
  • Capacity: 482

9-month lease, based on academic calendar. Style: 2- to 6-person apartments in double rooms.

GRC II[edit]

  • Structure: 4-story
  • Restriction: Freshmen
  • Capacity: 348

9-month lease, based on academic calendar. Style: 4-person suites

GRC III[edit]

  • Structure: 5-story
  • Restriction: Freshmen
  • Capacity: 172

9-month lease, based on academic calendar. Style: 2- and 4- person suites

Ackell Residence Center[edit]

  • Structure: 4-story
  • Restriction: Upperclassmen
  • Capacity: 394

Ackell Residence Center opened in 2001 and is a four-story structure limited to upperclassmen. It houses 394 students in 2-4 person apartments.

Broad and Belvidere[edit]

  • Structure: 4-story
  • Restriction: Upperclassmen
  • Capacity: 480

Opened in 2002, Broad & Belvidere is a four-story structure and has 2-4 person apartments. The Gilmer addition was opened in 2012 and has 1-3 person apartments.

Cary and Belvidere[edit]

  • Structure: 5-story
  • Restriction: Upperclassmen
  • Capacity: 413

Opened in 2008, Cary & Belvidere houses 2-4 people per apartment in single rooms.

The Honors College[edit]

  • Structure: 7-story
  • Restriction: Honors College
  • Capacity: 177

9-month lease, based on academic calendar. This residence hall houses students enrolled in the Honors College. The hall has single rooms, each with a private bath and corridor-style halls

West Grace South[edit]

  • Structure: 5-story
  • Restriction: Upperclassmen
  • Capacity: 459

Opened in 2012, West Grace South houses the ASPiRE living/learning program.

West Grace North[edit]

  • Structure: 5-story
  • Restriction: Upperclassmen
  • Capacity: 388

Opened in 2013, West Grace North houses the GLOBE living/learning program.

Grace & Broad Residence Center[edit]

  • Structure: complex of two 5-story halls
  • Restriction: Upperclassmen
  • Capacity: 407

Opened in 2015, Grace & Broad is home to the VCU LEAD and VCU INNOVATE living/learning programs.

MCV Campus[edit]

Cabaniss Hall[edit]

  • Structure: 10-story
  • Restriction: Freshmen
  • Capacity: 423

Cabaniss Hall, located near downtown Richmond on the MCV campus, is a 10 story high rise building with primary freshman students and limited upperclassmen. It also houses many transfer students. Most students in Cabaniss hall take classes on the Monroe Park campus, and either drive or take a GRTC bus or VCU Campus Connector the 1.5 miles to classes and other activities. It houses 423 residents in corridor style halls.[3]

Low-rises[edit]

The MCV campus low-rises consist of four halls, each with different student capacities and restrictions:

  • Rudd Hall, capacity of 46, restricted to female graduate students from both campuses and MCV health care students
  • McRae Hall, capacity of 45, restricted to male graduate students from both campuses and MCV health care students
  • Bear Hall, capacity of 30, restricted to coeducational by floor; graduate students from both campuses and MCV health care students
  • Warner Hall, capacity of 38, restricted to coeducational by floor; graduate students from both campuses and MCV health care students

9-month lease, based on academic calendar.

Structure: 4-story Style: Single rooms, corridor-style floors

Future Housing Locations[edit]

Proposed Master Site Plan includes an additional 1300 beds that would put the total amount of dorms to 6, 947.[4]

  • Central Fidelity Bank - 250 students
  • Marshall/Harrison (addition to Ackell) - 180 students
  • Cary/Adams (near Brand Center) - 200 students
  • Grad/Professional at Cabaniss - 200 students - The Current Cabaniss for 1st year students would be turned into Grad housing.

Off Campus[edit]

Many upperclassmen live in apartments in the surrounding neighborhoods to VCU. The neighborhoods include the Fan district, Carver, Oregon Hill, Monroe Ward, Jackson Ward, Shockoe Bottom and Church Hill

Private Student Housing Complexes[edit]

To meet the demands of student housing, numerous private apartment complexes have been built on or next to campus.

  • 8 1/2 Canal Street - 540 students[5][6]
  • 1200 West Marshall - 406 students[7][8]
  • The Collegiate - 690 students[9][10]
  • Pine Court Apartments[11]
  • Shafer-Grace High-rise - 156 Units (August 2014)[12][13]

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