Ackell Residence Center

1100 W. Broad Street

How to read your housing assignment
How to read your Ackell housing assignment. A R C - 0101A -1. This assignment reads:  Ackell Residence Center, 1st Floor, Apartment #101, Room A, Bed Space 1. Please note that bed spaces within a room are interchangeable. You and your roommate can decide who gets which bed.
When can upperclassmen (12-month residents) move-in?

Upperclass residents (12-month) can start moving in on Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. To avoid longer lines and traffic, avoid moving in during 9-Month Move-in on Aug. 19. 

What happens at Check-in

  • Check in at the Ackell Residence Center main entrance, 1100 W. Broad St. Richmond VA, 23220. If you decide to arrive after normal business hours or on a weekend, be prepared to wait for an on-call staff member to check you in. 
  • Bring your VCU ID with you to check in. If you do not have your VCU ID, a state-issued photo ID is fine. 
  • You will be issued your room key. Don't lose your key! The room key is $65 to replace. You will not receive a mailbox key, as Ackell Residence Center residents pick up their mail and packages from the Residence Hall Central Package Center located at 207 N Laurel Street. 
  • Moving carts are extremely limited; it is a good idea to bring your own dolly, wagon, or cart. 
  • Be sure to follow all Richmond City parking signs and pay for parking as necessary. 
Parking and Unloading

On Thursday, Aug. 1 - Friday, Aug. 2, Sunday, Aug. 11, and Thursday, Aug. 15 - Monday, Aug. 19 only, residents may take advantage of the blocked-off parking areas on the city streets surrounding the VCU residence halls.

On Aug. 1, Aug. 11, and Aug. 17, you may utilize the Broad Street Parking Deck for long-term parking (5 hours max) even if you don't have a parking pass. 

If you are an upperclass student arriving on a day not mentioned above, please pay attention to the City of Richmond parking signage and pay the appropriate meters to avoid ticketing/towing. 

To view parking visit Move-in Parking and Unloading Map.


What to Bring
  • Bath linens 
  • Bed linens for a full extra-long bed 
  • Pots and Pans 
  • Dishes and silverware 
  • Kitchen utensils 
  • Cleaning supplies for kitchen, bathroom, and living spaces 
  • Broom/Swiffer 
  • Desk lamp (without built-in outlets in the base)
  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Electric power strips with surge protectors (no extension cords) 
  • Flashlight 
  • Iron and ironing board 
  • HE Laundry detergent and dryer sheets 
  • Non-flammable decorative items 
  • Plants 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Toiletries 
  • Toilet plunger 
  • TV 
  • Wastebasket 


If you bring a printer, make sure you can turn off the wireless capability. Wireless printers disrupt the wifi signal in the halls. The best choice is to go green and only print at the library when necessary. 

Streaming TV 

Ackell Residence Center has internet-based TV programming, instead of traditional cable. As a resident, you'll be able to watch TV from your mobile devices or computer without any additional equipment. If you decide to bring a TV, you'll be able to watch TV by using a Roku device or smart TV.  

Provided Appliances 

Microwave, dishwasher, stove, oven, full refrigerator, and HE washer/dryer are provided in each unit. 


We recommend that students contact their future roommate(s) to avoid possible duplication of items prior to arrival on campus. We also recommend that some items be purchased upon arrival. 

What NOT to Bring
  • Additional furniture
  • Loft materials (construction of loft beds is prohibited)
  • Cinder blocks to raise beds (only designated bed risers are permitted)
  • Personal air-conditioners
  • Landline telephones
  • Pets
  • Extension cords
  • Shower rod, rings and liners (VCU provides vinyl liners and metal rings, but a decorative shower curtain can be added in front of the vinyl liner if the residents prefer)
  • Items that require a flame to operate or that produce heat, such as candles (including decorative), incense and incense burners, plug-in air fresheners, grills, lanterns and halogen lights.
  • Illegal drugs, fireworks, chemicals, firearms and weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited. Students are expected to abide by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • For a complete list of prohibited items visit the 2019-2020 Guide to Residential Living (Housing Policies) .


All VCU residence halls are completely smoke-free. No smoking will be permitted within residence hall bedrooms, common areas, hallways, stairwells, outdoor walkways, balconies or courtyards, or within 25 feet of all residence hall entrances. 

Mattress Sizes

Mattresses in Ackell Residence Center apartments are full extra-long (54" x 80"). 

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