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Whether you’re here for the summer or enrolled for the academic year, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Greater Richmond area offer a variety of options in the way of housing and dining, extracurricular activities, and much more.

  • Where to live

    Housing varies for each of the VCU Pipeline Programs. Most of the supported grade-school programs are after-school activities, one-day events or weeklong day camps and therefore do not require housing.

    VCU Pipeline participants are strongly encouraged to check with their individual program to see what housing needs are required and where they will be located.

    Summer

    Governor’s School for Medicine and the Health Sciences and Summer Academic Enrichment Program are summer residential programs, and VCU Acceleration has a summer residential component. These three summer programs provide housing on the downtown MCV Campus to the participants at no cost.

    Academic year

    VCU Acceleration students are required to live in a living-learning community in Brandt Hall on the Monroe Park Campus during their first year. After freshman year, these students have a variety of housing options available to them including:

     

  • What to bring

    VCU Pipeline programs are educational programs first and foremost. Standard learning tools such as notebooks and writing implements are often required, with additional items such as calculators being optional depending on the program.

    For residential programs, students are able to bring the comforts of home as long as they conform to the university’s housing guidelines.

    Students are also encouraged to check with their individual residence hall to see what amenities are included, and if there are other requirements. Remember that everything on the list of requirements may not be necessary for short-term Pipeline programs, as they are geared toward students moving in for an entire semester.

    Should students need to purchase either academic or housing materials, they may do so at any of the following locations:

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  • Where to study

    Pipeline students have diverse study needs — ranging from completely silent study rooms to quiet collaborative floors to high-traffic areas that provide background noise to encourage creativity. So, where’s the best place to study? Sixty-seven percent of our Pipeline participants recommend the university libraries. Whether downtown or uptown, there is a study environment within each location that will suit any student’s comfort level.

    Another 32 percent of Pipeline students say their dorms are also great study locations, whether they use study rooms, common areas or their own rooms.

  • Where to eat

    VCU offers plenty of options to satiate your food cravings. During the summer some on-campus locations have truncated hours, but you can still find a great variety of food options in the immediate surrounding area.

    Be sure to check with your individual program coordinator to find out information regarding meals for your program. Some programs provide a traditional meal plan, while others may not.

    Check out the VCU Dining Services website for the hours and locations of VCU's on-campus dining facilities.

    In addition to on-campus dining, there are also many restaurants throughout the city of Richmond, VA, that are accessible by public transportation or within walking distance of campus.

    Off-campus student favorites
    The Village Cafe
    821 Cafe
    The Black Sheep
    The Eatery
    Kona Grill
    Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken

    This page contains links to external (non-VCU) websites. VCU does not endorse these commercial providers or their products, nor is it responsible for the privacy practices or content of such websites.

  • How to get around

    Parking is very limited on VCU’s campus. Students attending summer residential programs who intend to bring a car should be sure to plan in advance. Information regarding parking can be found on the VCU Parking and Transportation website.

    Students who obtain a VCU ID card while on campus may utilize VCU Parking and Transportation buses while they are participating in their program. Learn more about the bus schedule and routes, including for the VCU Campus Connector — a transportation service between the Monroe Park and MCV campuses.

    Alternative transportation resources
    Bike rentals
    Car rentals
    Public transportation

  • How to stay safe

    We strongly encourage all of our students to be well-informed and aware of their surroundings at all times, and to be knowledgeable about emergency phone numbers and other pertinent information regarding their safety. Students and parents can sign up for text message alerts from VCU Police on the VCU Alert website.

    Important safety resources
    VCU Police Department
    VCU Alert
    University Student Health Services
    VCU Medical Center

  • What to do during your free time

    VCU Pipeline students cite using their downtime to relax, catch up on sleep and study, but they also spend their time socializing with friends, going out, participating in student organizations and enjoying other campus activities. Luckily VCU’s urban campus provides plenty of options for entertainment or relaxation.

    On-campus student favorites

     

    Off-campus student favorites

    This page contains links to external (non-VCU) websites. VCU does not endorse these commercial providers or their products, nor is it responsible for the privacy practices or content of such websites.

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