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Off-campus Student Services

Off-Campus Student Services Office Hours

Room 119, Student Commons
Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Phone: (804) 828-7205

What is Off Campus Student Services?

Off Campus Student Services (OCSS) provdes resources, services, and programs designed to assist and guide students with the process of moving from residential living on campus to independent living in the surrounding community.

OCSS advocates for any student who does not live in university housing, and OCSS celebrates the life of the city that surrounds and intersects our campus.

Whether you are across the street, in Goochland, or downtown, you need to know what is happening and how to get the most out of living in Richmond.

Whether you study on the Monroe Park Campus or the MCV Campus, and whether you are 18 or 80, you need information about what’s happening at VCU and what your city has to offer for your personal development and enjoyment.

You can follow VCU Off-Campus Student Services on Twitter, @MobileMajority for great conversations about living and thriving in Richmond.


VCU is part of an extended community that makes up the City of Richmond. Students can look here for opportunities for community involvement, tips on being a good neighbor, and informatiojn about the diverse neighborhoods and living experiences that surround the campus.

Off-Campus Housing Assistance

The majority of VCU students live off-campus by personal choice. They have found that Richmond is a great place to live and there is plenty of housing for all lifestyles. Whether you want to live across the street or in the country, you need to know about roommate choices, tenant rights, neighborhoods, and safety while searching for your independent home.


Off Campus Student Services sponsors multiple programs to help students network with one another.

The Commuter CoffeeBRAKE is a twice-monthly program to check campus resources, enjoy a cup of coffee and meet others like yourself. It is intended for any student who lives off campus, not just commuters.

Moving On Moving Out and The Off Campus Living Fair are educational and resource programs for finding appropriate housing outside the campus.

Getting Around

Off-Campus Student Services office can provide tips and advice on traveling to, and from VCU, less stressful for you and for the environment. Think alternatively, bring your bike on a GRTC bus bike rack, get help with bus routes, learn about commuting smart, where to park your scooter, or sharing rides. For ridesharing consider using Zimride or the RideFinders Program offered by GRTC Transit System.


VCU's University Student Commons (MPC), Hunton Student Center (MCV), and Larrick Student Center (MCV) offers several conveniences to help meet the needs of off-campus student while on campus.

All three locations have restaurants that take Dining Dollars and offer a wide variety of choices.