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Arrival information

Richmond International AirportThe Richmond International Airport is located approximately seven and a half miles, 12 kilometers, from VCU, only about a 15 to 20 minute car ride. If you are a new international student and need transportation from the Richmond airport, train or bus station, please complete the Airport Transportation Form for Students [PDF] and return it to GEO Community Connections at least two weeks before your arrival date. For new scholars who need transportation, fill out the Airport Transportation Form for Scholars [PDF]. You may also send an Email with your flight information, including the day and date of your arrival, the airline name and the flight number. We will be glad to meet you at the airport.

Please send Email correspondence to either Pam Haney or Abigail Trumbo.

Taxi information

The city of Richmond provides taxi services that will also take students from the airport to either of VCU’s two campuses.

Pay by cash or credit card

  • Public Cab Inc.
    Phone: (804) 248-0021

Pay by cash only

  • Metro Taxicab
    Phone: (804) 353-5000
  • Yellow Cab
    Phone: (804) 222-7300

Climate and clothing

Richmond is located in the mid-Atlantic region on the East Coast and is about 100 miles south from the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. The average temperature in the city is 33 degrees Celsius — 91 degrees Fahrenheit — in the summer and 5.5 degrees Celsius — 42 degrees Fahrenheit — during the winter months. The four distinct seasons necessitate a variety of clothing, including warm clothing for the winter. The dress code on campus is informal, except for certain professional programs at the VCU Medical Center. Most students wear casual clothing, primarily slacks, blue jeans, shirts, sweaters and sport coats. However, students also are advised to have clothing appropriate for special social functions that may arise. International students are encouraged to bring articles that reflect their country’s culture and dress, as many students in the U.S. are interested in learning about other countries and cultures.