Residential Life and Housing for Fall 2013: Last Update, Monday, March 18, 2013
For all new incoming students (freshmen, upperclassman transfers and graduate): The electronic Fall 2013 housing application process is now accessible online. General information is noted below. Please continue to check this webpage for any additional updates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before you submit a housing application online, it is strongly suggested that you review all of the following information, as well as the "Fall Housing Application Frequently Asked Questions" (click here to access that FAQs document).
What do I need before I begin?
- You will need your VCU student ID number (the V+ 8-digit number included in your acceptance packet).
- You will also need your eID and eID password (your electronic student ID, which is used to access your VCU email) in order to pay the required, non-refundable $250 Housing Prepayment (see below*). To set up your eID and password, go to the VCU eServices web page or call VCU Technology Services at (804) 828-2227.
- Review the Halls & Villages web page (click the link on the header, above) and, if you are an incoming freshman, review the residential villages and Substance-Free Housing options.
- Review the Proposed 2013-2014 Housing Rates (last updated on 04.22.13).
- Be prepared to pay the required, non-refundable $250 Housing Prepayment*: Your housing application is not complete until you pay the required $250 Housing Prepayment, either online via credit or debit card, or via check or money order using the Prepayment form. Skipping this payment step will delay or prevent you from obtaining a VCU Housing room assignment.
- Prepayment Deferral: A Prepayment deferral can be granted only for 1) students attending VCU on full university-sponsored scholarships (such as Presidential Scholars), or 2) international and English Language Program (ELP) students. To request a Prepayment deferral, email firstname.lastname@example.org; include your name, your VCU "V" number, and the reason for your deferral request.
How do I fill out a housing application?
Incoming Freshman Students
For 2013-14, freshmen are being housed in Brandt Hall, Rhoads Hall, Johnson Hall, the Gladding Residence Center Phases I, II and III (GRC 1, 2 and 3), and Cabaniss Hall (which is located on the MCV campus). Room assignments are made based on the date an application is completed (first to apply is first to be assigned) and also on room availability. Freshman housing is guaranteed for students who submit a housing application by June 30, 2013.
For more details about each residence hall's layout, furnishings and offerings, click the Hall & Villages link, located on the top header of this webpage, above.
Specialty Housing Options
- Residential Villages - These communities provide a built-in academic and social support system for new students with similar academic majors or lifestyle interests. For 2013-14, Residential Villages are located in Brandt and Johnson halls.
- Substance-Free Housing - First-year students may choose to reside in a dedicated "substance-free" environment, available for male and female students in the Gladding Residence Center Phase III (GRC3) and for female students in Rhoads Hall. For general information, visit the Substance-Free Housing page.
- Engineering Floor - A floor in Brandt Hall will provide a housing option specifically for engineering majors. However, space is very limited and cannot be guaranteed.
- International students and ELP students - On-campus VCU housing for international students is not automatically guaranteed with acceptance to the University. Any incoming student who wishes to reside in a VCU residence hall must submit an electronic housing application online. The VCU Global Education Office does reserve a limited number of rooms for new international students and for students accepted to the VCU English Language Program (ELP). To inquire about room availability, international and ELP students should contact the Global Education Office via email at email@example.com or call (804) 828-8471.
- Honors College Students - Honors College housing is reserved exclusively for students already accepted to the VCU Honors College program. For questions regarding Honors College housing, contact Carrie Connolly at (804) 828-1803 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Room and Apartment Styles
- Single - you have your own individual bedroom. Single rooms in freshman halls (in GRC 3 and Johnson Hall, both on the Monroe Park campus) are extremely limited. For 2013-14, some single rooms for male and female students may also be available in Cabaniss Hall (on the MCV campus).
- Double - you share the room with one roommate. The majority of rooms in freshman halls are doubles.
- Triple - you share the room with two roommates.
- Suite - your room is part of a living space with adjoining bath(s) shared by several students. Four-person suites are extremely limited.
For more details about each residence hall's layout, furnishings and offerings, click the Halls & Villages link, above.
Do not request a specialty housing option unless you have been approved by the VCU department in charge of that residency option (such as Honors College housing).
Remember: Single rooms and 4-person suites are very limited. No matter how early you submit a housing application, consider also choosing a double room in your preferred hall(s) or an 8-person suite when listing your preferences.
Accommodations due to physical requirements or needs, or health concerns
To request specific housing accommodations due to physical needs or requirements, or health concerns, contact VCU Disability Support Services via email at email@example.com or call (804) 828-2253. You are also required to submit a Fall 2013-Spring 2014 housing application online.
Incoming upperclassman transfer students
For 2013-14, upperclassman transfer students (sophomores, juniors, seniors) are being housed in these residence halls: the Ackell Residence Center, the Broad & Belvidere Apartments, the Gladding Residence Center Apartments (GRC1), the Cary & Belvidere residence hall, the West Grace South hall and the new West Grace North hall. Students may also choose to live in the MCV Low Rise halls (all single rooms) or in Cabaniss Hall (some single rooms; mostly doubles), both located on the MCV campus. For details about each hall's layout, furnishings and offerings, click the Halls & Villages link, above. Housing is guaranteed for upperclassman transfer students who submit a housing application by June 30, 2013.
Room and apartment styles
- Single – you have your own individual bedroom. Single rooms within the apartment-style upperclassman halls may be limited for transfer students.
- Double – you share the room with one roommate. Rooms available in GRC1 are doubles. Some rooms in West Grace South and in West Grace North are also doubles.
- Flat - all rooms in the apartment are located on one level.
- Townhouse - rooms in the apartment are on 2 levels (upstairs and downstairs).
What not to do when choosing your room preferences - Do not request a specialty housing option unless you have been approved by the VCU department in charge of that residency option (such as Honors College housing).
Incoming graduate students
Graduate students (academic and health care professional) are usually assigned to the MCV Low Rise halls (Bear, McRae, Warner and Rudd), located on the MCV campus. Bear and Warner halls are co-ed buildings, single gender by floor; McRae is all-male; Rudd is all-female. However, graduate students may also choose to be housed in any of the undergraduate apartment-style residence halls on the Monroe Park campus (see "incoming upperclassman transfer students" section, above). For more details about each residence hall's layout, furnishings and offerings, click the Halls & Villages link, above. VCU housing is guaranteed for graduate students who complete a housing application by June 30, 2013.
Current off-campus VCU students seeking on-campus housing
Students currently enrolled at VCU who are still seeking on-campus housing for Fall 2013-Spring 2014 will participate in the On Going Room Sign-Up process. To access that web page, click here. Then follow the instructions to submit your VCU housing choices using the Online Preference Form.
New Incoming Students (2013-14)
- 2013-2014 Housing Contract Terms & Conditions
- 2013-2014 Proposed Housing Rates (updated 04.22.13)
- Residence Hall Policies
- 2013-2014 Housing Prepayment Form (check/money order)
Current Students (2012-13)
- 2012-2013 Housing Contract Terms & Conditions
- 2012-2013 Housing Rates
- Maintenance Requests
- ResNet Support Requests
- Residence Hall Policies
Office of Residential Life & Housing
301 W. Cary St.
P.O. Box 842530
Richmond, Va. 23284
Phone: (804) 828-7666