Most freshmen at VCU live in on-campus housing or within a close radius of the Monroe Park Campus. Aside from the freshmen housed at Cabaniss Hall, many of the first-year students do not venture to the eastern MCV Campus. Listed below are a few reasons to take a bus or make the short walk to visit the MCV Campus.

1. Bus rides are free

The Campus Connector is a VCU service that is free and easily accessible to all students. Many students from the Monroe Park Campus get on at the station near Cabell Library and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. All you have to do is scan your student ID upon boarding the bus, which only takes about fifteen minutes to reach the other campus. Busses arrive anywhere from every 5-10 minutes at each station, and you can check their arrival schedule through the VCU app.

2. A variety of dining options

Some students quickly grow tired of the food available at Shafer Dining Hall or the local restaurants on their dining plan. Luckily, the MCV Campus offers multiple dining options. Jonah’s, located in the Student Commons is the dining hall for that campus and is said by many to have better options than Shafer. In addition, the campus contains a Wendy’s that is on East Marshall Street.

3. Entertainment

Located within walking distance of the MCV Campus are two of Richmond’s most well-known concert venues: The National and the Richmond Coliseum. The National is a historic building that offers standing room for all kinds of artists; in the past they have featured the Foo Fighters, Bleachers, Walk the Moon, The Head and The Heart, and a variety of other popular bands. The Richmond Coliseum is a stadium-style venue that has hosted The Black Keys, Bob Dylan, Disney on Ice, and the 2017 VCU Homecoming Concert (Ramfest) featuring Torey Lanez. Students can easily catch a bus to the MCV Campus and reach these popular weekend destinations.

4. Specialized Barnes and Noble

While there is a Barnes and Noble on the Monroe Park Campus, the Barnes and Noble on the MCV Campus is great for students enrolled in a lot of science classes or labs. They have more specific equipment and supplies to suit the needs of those classes due to the traffic of medical students passing through. This bookstore is also great for last-minute book buying in the early parts of the semester; sometimes the other bookstores on the Monroe Park Campus sell out more quickly because of the volume of students trying to buy books. The MCV Barnes and Noble is considerably smaller, but is still likely to have the book you need.


The MCV Campus has a reputation for being “just for medical students.” However, there are a variety of things for all VCU students to do on the campus, including valuable resources and good  back-up plans in case something you need is unavailable on the Monroe Park Campus. It is definitely worth visiting if you are a first-year student, even if you are not housed on the MCV Campus or are not pursuing a medical degree.



Chandler Girman

Mass Communications major at Virginia Commonwealth University Dallas, Richmond, Philadelphia

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