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Apartments Near VCU

Are you looking for VCU off-campus housing? Find affordable houses for rent near VCU and everything else Richmond, VA has to offer. Use our map feature to explore apartments near VCU and find the perfect pad for your next year of studies. Filter by the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, unit type & more. 

Finding VCU apartments and houses has always been a chore. At College Pads we are fixing that. All of our off-campus housing options have been verified and approved by our diligent team of campus managers. We even follow up with you and the landlord to make sure you have found your perfect house. Because there are so many options to consider before making a responsible renting decision, check out our guide for finding the best off-campus housing at VCU below.


VCU Off-Campus Housing Guide

When To Start Searching For Richmond Apartments & Houses

The search for off-campus apartments near VCU is most active after winter break. Most students begin to look for VCU apartments and houses for rent in the months of March and April. However, if summer rolls around and you realize you're still apartment-less, don't worry-you'll most likely still be able to find a place.

Rent Prices In Richmond, VA

Rent prices for VCU off-campus housing in Richmond, VA can vary depending on a number of things - though rent prices tend to be fairly reasonable considering the city's metropolitan location and rich culture. Many students choose to live in the Fan District or the nearby Monroe Ward, as they are within close proximity to VCU's main campus. However, it's not uncommon for students to venture into Downtown Richmond or even the historic Shockoe Bottom to find a VCU apartment for students, though rent at these places can be more expensive. Some places near campus come with utilities included in the rent which may seem expensive but certainly is a desirable deal.

You will generally be able to rent a bedroom for less than $600 per month, but choosing to live with more roommates can definitely save you some cash.

Here's a breakdown of average rents per person, per bedroom

Studio 1BR 2BR 3BR 4BR
$889.00 $895.00 $593.00 $594.00 $565.00

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Life At Virginia Commonwealth University

The VCU campus is incredibly walkable, meaning the best bars and restaurants in Richmond are only a few steps away. Students hoping to dine off-campus often head over to Carytown, an area in the heart of Downtown Richmond with a diverse list of off-campus restaurants, bars, and shops. Make sure to check out these popular student hangouts during your time at VCU:

Best Restaurants In Richmond, VA:
  • Edo's Squid
  • Ipanema Cafe
  • Mojo's Philadeli
  • The Village Cafe

*Honorable Mention: Food trucks

Best Bars In Richmond, VA:
  • Baja Bean Company
  • Ipanema
  • The Black Sheep
  • Bellytimber

Outdoor Life in Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA is full of outdoor opportunities just waiting to be tapped, but authentic outdoor adventure trips can be pricey-who knew nature wasn't free? Lucky for you, VCU sponsors an Outdoor Adventure Program that offers students and faculty the opportunity to explore the area and participate in outdoor activities for cheap. Take advantage of the guided trips, hiking, biking, rafting, equipment rentals and more before you graduate.

Things To Do In Richmond, VA

The majority of Richmond's tourism in is centered around its Civil War history and the Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Richmond is also well known for its bustling downtown area that truly has something for everyone: shopping, restaurants, bars, salons, and plenty of live entertainment.

Highlights Include:
  • American Civil War Museum
  • Hollywood Cemetery
  • Local Craft Breweries (Hardywood, Triple Crossing, Strangeways, etc.)
  • Canal Walk