Ackell Residence Center

1100 W. Broad St., Richmond VA, 23220

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Upperclass Move-in

Upperclassmen residents (12-month) can start moving in on August 1 at 10 a.m. To avoid large lines and traffic, avoid moving in during Freshmen Move-in on August 19.

What happens at Check-in

  • Check in at the Ackell Residence Center main entrance, 1100 W. Broad St. Richmond VA, 23220 during your scheduled time. If you decide to arrive after normal business hours, or on a weekend, be prepared to wait for an on-call staff member to check you in. 
  • Bring your VCU ID with you to check in. If you have not yet been issued your VCU ID, a state-issued photo ID is fine.
  • You will be issued your room key and mailbox information, including your lock combination or key. Don't lose your keys! The room key is $65 and the mailbox key is $20 to replace.

Freshmen Move-in

RAM CAMP move-in is August 13 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

General 9-month Move-in is August 19. See the times below on when your floor can move-in.

  • 1st and 4th Floor 
    8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • 3rd Floor 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Floor 
    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

What happens at Check-in 

  • Follow the bronze balloons and check in at the Ackell Residence Center rear courtyard, 1100 W. Broad St Richmond VA 23220 during your scheduled time. Remember, mostly likely there will be a line, so please have patience and introduce yourself to your neighbors.
  • Bring your VCU ID with you to check in. If you have not yet been issued your VCU ID, a state-issued photo ID is fine.
  • Students should get in line to check in, while our volunteers help your family and friends unload the vehicle, and the driver moves it to a long-term parking deck.
  • You will be issued your room key and mailbox information, including your lock combination or key. Don't lose your keys! The room key is $65 and the mailbox key is $20 to replace.

Parking and Unloading

On Tuesday, August 1 - Thursday, August 3, Sunday, August 13, and Thursday, August 17 - Monday, August 21 only, residents may take advantage of the blocked-off parking areas on the city streets surrounding the VCU residence halls.

On August 1, August 13, and August 19, you may utilize the Broad Street Parking Deck for long-term parking (5 hours max) even if you don't have a parking pass. 

On Saturday, August 19 only, all unloading for Move-in will take place from the AR parking lot, Marshall Street and Hancock Street. Volunteers will be available to help unload vehicles and to answer questions. You should stop and unload in the unloading zone designated for your residence hall, which will be color-coded on the Parking and Unloading Map. After you unload your vehicle, you will be directed to the Broad Street Parking Deck for long-term parking (maximum 5 hours).

If you are an upperclass student arriving on a day not mentioned above, please pay attention to the City of Richmond parking signage and pay the appropriate meters to avoid ticketing/towing. 


*Move-In Volunteers are volunteers, not paid employees, and are intended to be an extra set of hands, not professional movers. Use volunteers at your own risk. 

What to Bring

  • Bath linens 
  • Bed linens for a full or full extra-long bed (see Mattress Section) 
  • Pots and Pans 
  • Dishes and silverware 
  • Kitchen utensils 
  • Cleaning supplies for kitchen, bathroom, living spaces 
  • Broom/Swiffer 
  • Desk lamp 
  • Electric power strips with surge protectors (no extension cords) 
  • Flashlight 
  • Iron and ironing board 
  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets 
  • Dishwasher detergent 
  • Plants 
  • Toilet Paper 
  • Toiletries 
  • Toilet Plunger 
  • TV 
  • Wastebasket 
  • Non-flammable decorative items 

If you bring a printer, make sure it is not a wireless printer, or that you can turn off the wireless capability. Wireless printers disrupt the wifi signal in the halls. The best choice is to go green and only print at the library when necessary. 

Streaming TV 
The residence halls have internet-based TV programming, instead of traditional cable. As a resident, you'll be able to watch TV from your mobile devices or computer without any additional equipment. If you decide to bring a TV, you'll only be able to watch TV by using a Roku 2, Roku Premiere+, or Roku Ultra device. 

Provided Appliances 
Microwave, dishwasher, stove, oven, full refrigerator, washer/dryer are provided in each unit. 

We recommend that students contact their future roommate(s) to avoid possible duplication of items prior to arrival on campus. We also recommend that some items be purchased upon arrival.

What NOT to Bring

  • Additional furniture
  • Loft materials (construction of loft beds is prohibited)
  • Cinder blocks to raise beds (only designated bed risers are permitted)
  • Personal air-conditioners
  • Landline telephones
  • Pets
  • Extension cords
  • Shower rod, rings and liners (VCU provides these, but decorative shower curtain can be add on top)
  • Items that require a flame to operate or that produce heat, such as candles (including decorative), incense and incense burners, plug-in air fresheners, grills, lanterns and halogen lights.
  • Illegal drugs, fireworks, chemicals, firearms and weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited. Students are expected to abide by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • For a complete list of prohibited items visit the Guide to Residential Living.

All VCU residence halls are completely smoke-free. No smoking will be permitted within residence hall bedrooms, common areas, hallways, stairwells, outdoor walkways, balconies or courtyards, or within 25 feet of all residence hall entrances. 

Landline Phone 
Separate landline telephone connections are no longer provided in students' rooms within VCU residence halls. Students should not bring their own landline phone. However, "courtesy" landline phones are available throughout each hall. If a student wishes to use a courtesy phone for a long-distance call, he or she will need to provide their own calling card. 

Mattress Sizes

Mattresses in Ackell Residence Center apartments are full extra-long (54" x 80").