Richmond skyline at night

About Richmond

Established as the commonwealth’s capital in 1779, Richmond boasts a rich history, which can still be seen today in the architecture, the statues on Monument Avenue and even in the cobblestone streets found around the city.

Though we love our heritage, we are always looking toward what’s next — and VCU is a large part of promoting positive and progressive change in the city. A strong cultural community enhances the distinct diversity that flows throughout the city, where creativity is embraced as a propelling force.

When it’s time to rejuvenate, the city offers more than 550 acres of parks bordering the historic James River, just steps from VCU’s campus. Intimate neighborhoods, cozy restaurants and cafes, and quaint local markets provide the familiarity of a small town, while theaters, galleries, music festivals, sports attractions and a steady stream of annual events bring the region to life.

Richmond’s ideal location allows for day or weekend trips to the beach, the mountains or larger cities like the nation’s capital. Travel + Leisure magazine even recently named the Richmond area as one of five top wine regions to visit, and Outside Magazine named it the best river city in America. Learn more about Richmond and our neighborhoods and surrounding counties.


Richmond boasts the recently renovated Virginia Museum of Fine Arts — one of the finest in the nation — as well as a plethora of independent galleries. You can find mom-and-pop shops and specialized boutiques in Carytown and the Fan, only minutes away from VCU, and all the conveniences of major shopping centers a short drive away.

Music events take place every weekend, whether a summer show on picturesque Brown’s Island or an up-and-comer at The National in downtown Richmond.

Hungry? You can sample delicious fare from every corner of the world, as well as the mouthwatering comfort foods you’d expect from a classic southern town. And that’s just the beginning. There are always things to do.

Employment opportunities

The Richmond area bustles with employment prospects, boasting 10 Fortune 1000 companies, state and local government agencies and more than 23 corporations that welcome our students and graduates. The metropolitan area is also home to a broad base of financial companies, hospitals and media firms, as well as high-tech manufacturing companies.

Nineteen Richmond-area businesses are among the nation’s fastest growing private companies, according to Inc. magazine’s 2012 rankings. Gallup ranked Richmond the “Third Best Large City in the Country for Job Creation” in 2012, while named it among the top 20 “Happiest Cities for Young Professionals in America.”