Off-Campus Housing

Location
Richmond, VA
Undergrads
20,010
Tuition (in-state)
$23,913 ($9,886)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The school will help you find off-campus housing and there are a lot of options to choose from that are close to school.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing rates vary dramatically. It all depends on how students are willing/wanting to live. From a room for $420 a month with nothing included to a suite for $750 a month.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options and cheap prices, but the safety and parking off campus can be hard.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It depends on your budget.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is widely available, extremely convenient, and affordable. Housing complexes can be found through the school but this is not necessary. Parking is somewhat limited but garage spaces are available for a fee. As with any sizeable city safety can be an issue at times but it is not a large concern. Travel with friends if you need to feel safer.

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  • 129th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Carrie Lefler
Major
Communications
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Students at VCU usually decide to find off-campus housing after freshman year not only because it is hard to get on campus housing but because they can also decide who they want to live with. Students often decide to find a place to live with the friends they made freshman year. This can turn out good or bad. It can seem more expensive to live off campus with multiple bills to be paid, but usually it works out to be about the same as on-campus housing. 

The apartment complexes around campus look dumpy from the outside and aren't much better on the inside. Most places for rent are houses surrounding campus that people have bought and split up into three or four apartments each. Bugs, mice, and noisy neighbors are the biggest complaints of students living off campus. The owners of off-campus apartments, usually called slumlords, tend to stay away from their properties and do as little work as possible knowing that they will rent out to a needy student anyway. The farther out from campus you go, the better the places you will find, but this may cause you to drive or bike into campus, which isn't always possible. Students need to really research their off-campus housing options before they move in. There are a lot of students looking for places, so the competition is high.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
78%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
20%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$10,004
Best Time to Look for a Place
March or April to get a place by May or June
Popular Areas
  • Carver neighborhood
  • Church Hill
  • Downtown
  • Oregon Hill
  • The Fan
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 147 responses

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  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 146 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 21% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 146 responses

  • 13% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 27% Extremely helpful.

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