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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options. Just don't leave at night

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am in the process of getting a house off campus in the Fan or Jackson Ward and from what I have seen and toured, the houses are not huge but good enough for a college student especially with costs. I like the way the houses here are built because Richmond is old and has a lot of history so I enjoy the communities it has.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am currently living in freshman dorms, and on school housing next year as well, so i have no idea how to answer.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The costs are very high. I would like to live off campus but near my college. Since I'm paying my classes I can't afford to live off campus

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Theres a lot of options with all sorts of prices. You can find apartments, houses, rooms etc. Shopping is far from campus so if you want to be close to shopping you will need a car for sure. The quality of the place really depends of what you're looking for, most options are old houses which may or may not have been renovated. Most look like college houses, need some fixes, a bit messy...but I guess it's part of the experience. There's a few places downtown that are a lot nicer but of course more expensive. The safety will vary from place to place but a lot of crime happens in Richmond so you will have crime close to any are in the city.


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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
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
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 183 responses

Very poor
  • 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 179 responses

  • 18% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 73% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 179 responses

  • 26% Extremely helpful.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 17% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.



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