Nighttime aerial view of VCU campus and downtown Richmond

A campus with no boundaries


At Virginia Commonwealth University, we love that the city is our campus.

You can’t tell where one ends and the other begins, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our two main campuses are located a mile away from each other, both in downtown Richmond.

The Monroe Park Campus is home to most of our undergraduate students and their classes. Our five health sciences schools and top-rated medical center are located on the MCV Campus. Both boast a mashup of old and new architecture, and a round-the-clock energy that never quits.

Places to know

When you’re a VCU student, these frequently visited spots on campus quickly become familiar haunts.

VCU’s pep band performing on the Compass

The Compass

The Compass in the heart of the Monroe Park Campus and filled with activity, whether it’s protest rallies, break-dancing or free food giveaways.

Interior of Shafer Court Dining Center

Shafer Court Dining Center

Students head to VCU’s all-you-care-to-eat dining hall for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stations serve a range of foods to meet the pickiest of palates. On occasion, the hall features local restaurants.

Students studying inside Cabell Library

Cabell Library

Cabell Library offers students, faculty and other visitors flexible work and study space, a full-service Starbucks, a reading porch, a makerspace and loads of natural light.

Students working out at Cary Street Gym

Cary Street Gym

This building dates back to the 1890s. Today it is typically open until midnight and includes two pools, a rock climbing wall, a four-court gym, a running track, racquetball courts and more.

Student holding flag at VCU's Siegel Center

Siegel Center

The Siegel Center is home to VCU basketball and some of the nation's most zealous fans. It’s also hosted the likes of James Taylor, the Harlem Globetrotters and President Barack Obama.

Exterior of Larrick Student Center

Larrick Student Center

This combination gym and student center on the MCV Campus lets students work out, go for a swim, grab a meal at Jonah’s, sip a coffee at Starbucks or meet up with other students.

Exterior of University Student Commons with blossoming cherry trees

University Student Commons

Think of this as VCU’s living room. The Commons is a central hub to hang out, eat in the food court, play pool or video games, or catch a movie at the theater.

Exterior of VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art

Institute for Contemporary Art

Opened in 2018, this modern masterpiece houses changing innovative exhibitions, films and special programs.

Getting around

Thanks to our urban location, your own two legs are often the best way to get from point A to point B. But we make it easy to travel by your mode of choice, whether it’s bike, car or bus.

Students, faculty and staff can ride any Richmond city bus for free, including the Pulse and Route 5, both of which provide an easy way to travel between VCU’s two campuses. RamSafe, our late-night shuttle service, will pick you up and drop you off anywhere on campus or at nearby locations.

It was love at first sight. VCU’s urban campus is like no other. There isn’t one thing that’s not within walking distance — local restaurants, the river, shopping.

Emily Tull
Health, physical education and exercise science
Class of 2019

Black and gold…and green

Taking care of the planet and our natural resources is an important part of life at VCU, and we’re following our Climate Action Plan to become carbon-neutral by 2050. In 2021, we received a Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

From single-stream recycling to our learning garden to a certificate program in sustainable innovation, there are lots of ways to contribute.

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