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For information on freshmen having cars on campus and traveling between the Monroe Park and MCV campuses.


Are freshmen allowed to have vehicles on campus?

Beginning fall 2017, VCU will employ a no-car policy for residential freshman students to encourage their involvement in the first-year on-campus experience. This procedure supports a pedestrian-friendly, residential campus and helps reduce the campus carbon footprint.

Exceptions to this residential freshman restriction will be considered for medical conditions, disabilities, employment, over 21 years of age, military reservists and other extenuating situations. Official documentation must be provided and reviewed before any exceptions are granted.

While most students won't need to bring their cars to campus, for those who do, there are a limited number of overnight parking subscriptions, which are sold on a per-semester basis. These subscriptions provide monitored, well-lit parking locations, as well as free jump starts, tire changes and assistance in obtaining gas.

What public transportation is available?

The city of Richmond maintains the Greater Richmond Transit Company bus system, which has four bus lines that make stops on campus. VCU students can ride GRTC buses year-round using the VCUCard and a transit pass (available for purchase through the VCU Parking and Transportation Office) and can get to almost anywhere in and around the city limits.

Is there a way to get between the Monroe Park and MCV campuses?

VCU maintains a shuttle bus service between its two campuses. The shuttles run Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. during the academic year. Visit the Parking and Transportation Services website to view schedules and maps for the entire transit system.

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