Richmond is an energetic town with a great mix of museums, festivals, and historic attractions. There are several colleges in town and a lot of young people. You should have little trouble finding housing and having a great time in the city. As when living in any city, use good sense and be aware of the surroundings of any housing you choose.
Off-Campus Housing Resources
Most VCU Brandcenter students live in off-campus housing, which is plentiful around the Brandcenter. VCU provides information about housing options on their Residential Life & Housing site, Zillow has a listing of apartments for rent near VCU, as does Trulia, and Craigslist Richmond is another great place to look. Incoming students also have the option of joining the Brandcenter housing list - a resource to help our students connect with each other to find roommates and places to live.
Current students of the Brandcenter are another great way to find housing. They can give you names and numbers of landlords, tell you which areas are safest to look in, and may already have housing and be looking for roommates.
Rent in Richmond can be fairly cheap. There are plenty of one to four-bedroom apartments and houses available, with monthly rent ranging from the $300s to the $1500s. Utilities vary from place to place, with many apartments including utilities in the cost of rent. You can expect to pay about $400-$700 per month, on average, for rent and utilities if you have a roommate, or $700-1,000 if living by yourself.
Places to Live near the Brandcenter
In January 2008, the VCU Brandcenter moved into Mike Hughes Hall on the edge of the Monroe Park Annex section of VCU’s campus, east of Belvidere Street between Main and Canal Streets. This new section of campus, just east of the Monroe Park Campus, also includes newly built or renovated buildings including Snead Hall, which houses the School of Business and the School of Engineering, a parking deck and two residence halls.
Here are a few areas to look for housing near the Brandcenter:
The Fan and Museum Districts
One of Richmond’s predominant residential areas is called The Fan, which surrounds much of the VCU Monroe Park campus. The area is named for its fan shape that extends outward from the campus and is filled with hundreds of houses and apartments, many of which were built in the late 1800s. Real-estate companies and private owners rent the apartments and many homes, usually on a yearly basis. The architecture in the area is diverse, and one to four-bedroom apartments and houses abound. The Museum District is just past the Fan on the West side of Boulevard, a little further away from VCU but very similar in style. We would definitely suggest looking in these areas first, as they are large and fairly easy to find safe housing. And, they're close to the Brandcenter building.
The city is also in the process of renovating many of the downtown warehouses for residential use in an area called Shockoe Bottom, just on the other side of the downtown district from VCU. Most of the apartments in this area are loft-style, located above dozens of restaurants and shops. Like many of the other neighborhoods in the city, Shockoe Bottom houses a mix of graduate students, medical students and professionals. This area is about a mile from our building.
In addition to these areas, there are countless apartment and condominium complexes immediately surrounding the city.
Tip: Always check with the leasing agent for notification requirements in order to sublet or move out of your apartment in case you get an out-of-town internship opportunity during the summer.