West Grace South

835 W. Grace St.

How to read your housing assignment
How to read your West Grace South housing assignment. W G S - 4151B 2. This assignment reads: West Grace South, 4th Floor, Suite # 4151, Room B, Bed #2. Please note that bed spaces within a room are interchangeable. You and your roommate can decide who gets which bed.

This assignment reads: West Grace South, 4th Floor, Suite # 4151, Room B, Bed #2. 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 large lines and traffic, avoid moving in during RAM CAMP Move-In on August 11, and 9-Month Move-In on Aug. 17. 

What happens at Check-in

  • Check in at West Grace South main entrance, 835 W Grace St. Richmond VA 23220. If you decide to arrive after normal business hours (10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on August 1; 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F) 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 apartment key and room key. Don't lose your keys! Each key is $65 to replace.
  • Moving carts are extremely limited; it is a good idea to bring your own. 
  • Be sure to follow all Richmond City parking signs and pay for hourly parking as necessary.
When Can First-years (9 Month Residents) Move In?

RAM CAMP Move-In is Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. See when your floor can move in below: 

  • 5th Floor: 9 - 10 a.m.
  • 4th Floor: 10 – 11 a.m.
  • 3rd Floor: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

First Year Student Move-In is Aug. 17. See when your floor can move in below: 

  • 5th Floor: 8 - 9:30 a.m.
  • 4th Floor: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
  • 3rd Floor: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

How to have a successful move-in

Follow VCUPD and volunteer instructions to pull up near West Grace South  and unload your vehicle 

The student must go and check into West Grace South by themselves

  • Check-in is located in the West Grace South First Floor Lobby
  • Student must have their VCUID or valid state ID to complete check-in
  • Student will be given room key and mailbox key, and Room Condition Report

Vehicles cannot stay on the street; they must be moved to a long term parking deck once unloaded (see below)

The driver of the vehicle must stay in the vehicle and move the vehicle after unloading, while another person stays with belongings. If not enough guests are present, wait with your belongings on the sidewalk until a volunteer arrives to stay with belongings while driver moves the vehicle

How to unload:

  • Unload on Grace Street (Follow the orange signage and balloons)
  • Keep your belongings contained as much as possible to a small area of the sidewalk. Keep belongings closer to the street and don’t block the main path of travel. 
  • Volunteers will be stationed along the street to stay with belongings and begin to move them to your student’s room. 
  • If weather is poor, covering your belongings in a plastic sheet will help keep them dry. 

The vehicle can be parked in the following parking decks:

  • Broad Street Parking Deck (1111 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220)
  • Your vehicle can remain parked in long-term parking for 5 hours

Carts: Once your belongings are unloaded and car is parked in long-term parking, students or their guests can check out a cart to wheel belongings to the student’s room. The borrower must provide a photo ID in order to secure a cart. Carts are available for one hour and must be returned once belongings are unloaded. The photo ID will be returned upon cart return. Expect to wait for a cart for up to an hour. 

Elevator line expectations: There are two elevators in West Grace South. The elevator line can extend very far and wait times can be an hour or more at certain times during the day. We recommend using the stairs when possible. You will need to wait in the elevator line each time you plan to use the elevator. Know your student’s room number, in case you are split up in separate elevators. Staff will direct you once you reach the elevators, they may ask you to wait or give you specific instructions on how to fill the elevator. 

In case of medical emergency, VCUPD Officers or any staff member in a polo can help.

Questions? Refer to Residential Life and Housing staff in black or grey polo.

Parking and Unloading

On Wednesday, August 1 - Friday, August 3, Sunday, August 12, and Thursday, August 16 - Monday, August 20 only, residents may take advantage of the blocked-off unloading areas on the city streets surrounding the VCU residence halls.

On August 1, August 12, and August 18, 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 upperclassman 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 
  • Microwave (1 per apartment)
  • 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 

West Grace South 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 

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 West Grace South are twin extra-long (36" x 80").

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