About Richmond

Virginia Commonwealth University has a great location. With easy access to Interstates 95 and 64, Washington, D.C., Virginia's beaches and the Shenandoah Mountains are only an hour and a half away. Richmond is a city deep in history, with terrific neighborhoods, museums and festivals year round. And you can't beat the weather!

Richmond, which is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, has a metropolitan population of nearly one million residents. The city is too big to be called a "college town," but there are seven colleges and universities in the area, so the community is very student-friendly. In addition to Richmond, you'll find the following schools in the greater metro Richmond area:

University of Richmond Virginia State University
Virginia Union University Randolph-Macon College
J. Sargent Reynolds Community College John Tyler Community College

When MHA students have free time, they often head out to some of the following places:

  • Shockoe Slip, Shockoe Bottom and the Fan–great historic neighborhoods with ethnic restaurants on almost every corner.
  • Carytown–it offers great non-traditional shopping, people watching, and the Byrd.
  • The Byrd Theatre–$2 movies with the best concessions in town, homemade cookies and real home-popped popcorn.
  • Concerts and Festivals on Brown's Island.
  • Historical landmarks–including St. John's Church (where Patrick Henry said "Give me liberty or give me death" to kick start the American Revolution), the John Marshall House, Maggie L. Walker Memorial Shrine, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (and this is just the beginning of a very long list).
  • The James River–for tubing, kayaking and picnicking.
  • Byrd & Maymont Parks–among the most inviting parks in the region that include a Nature Center and small zoo. Favorite places students take their families!
  • Monument Avenue–the only street in America listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Professional sports events with the:
    Richmond Renegades (East Coast Hockey League)
    Richmond Speed (ArenaFootball2)
    Richmond Kickers (A-League soccer)
  • Cultural Life–the Richmond Ballet, Symphony, Virginia Opera, traveling Broadway shows at the Landmark Theatre, Theatre 4 and others.

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