VCU Campus

International Students & Scholars

Arriving at VCU

International students explore the nearby Carytown shopping district.

Transportation

The Global Education Office can arrange to have a staff member meet you at the Richmond International Airport upon your arrival. The Richmond airport is located approximately seven and a half miles / 12 kilometers from VCU, about a 20-minute car ride.  

There are several services that will take you from the airport to either of VCU’s two campuses.

  • RamAway provides free transportation to VCU students during most University holidays and semester breaks to and/or from the Richmond International Airport, Greyhound Bus Station and Amtrak at Main Street Station and Staples Mill Rd.
    Reserve at http://www.parking.vcu.edu/vcupark/RamAway.htm
  • Public Cab Inc. Pay by cash or credit card.
    Phone: (804) 248-0021
  • Metro Taxicab. Pay by cash only.
    Phone: (804) 353-5000
  • Yellow Cab. Pay by cash only.
    Phone: (804) 222-7300


New (first-time) international students and scholars may also request GEO transportation from the Richmond International Airport, Richmond Greyhound Bus or the Richmond Amtrak train station by completing the Transportation Request Form‌. This costs $20 per person, and is paid online at the time of request. Requests must be made at least 15 days in advance. GEO transportation is based upon availability and is not guaranteed.

NOTE: Virginia law requires children to be in certified child safety restraint seats. Taxis outside the airport terminal will not transport children under age 10 without proper safety seats which you must provide. Virginia Airlink has child safety seats, but must have advance notice if you will bring children and their ages. GEO is unable to transport children.

 

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 require a variety of clothing, including warm clothing for the winter. The dress code on campus is generally informal, and most students wear casual clothing to classes. However, students are advised to have clothing appropriate for professional and special social functions that may arise. 

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