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You're going to love it here.®

Just steps from Virginia Commonwealth University, our unique, fully furnished floor plans perfectly balance socializing with privacy. Connect with your friends in our recreation center and connect with your studies in a strong academic environment with an iMac computer bar plus free printing, Wi-Fi hotspots and internet access in every apartment.

Peace-of-mind included:

  • Card-controlled access
  • Professional, on-site management & maintenance
  • 24-hour, on-call staff
  • Garage parking available

 

Why 8 1/2 Canal Street?

"I chose 8 1/2 Canal because it is one of the newer buildings that is close to the Virginia Commonwealth University campus." - Jasmyn

A spirit of community.


Spend time with friends, and make new ones.

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A retreat for study.


Privacy and tools that help you make the grade.

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A place to call home.


Huge floor plans great for entertaining — or not.

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Just steps to campus.


Close-to-campus convenience makes your student life easier at VCU.

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8 1/2 Canal Street not what you're looking for?


Check out more great student housing options from American Campus.

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College living just steps to campus.


Studio, 1, 2, 3 & 4 Bedroom Units


Right next to campus, right in your budget.


2 Bedroom Apartments


Comfortably modern. Refreshingly affordable.


Studio & 2 Bedroom Apartments

Where students love living.®

IT'S NOT JUST OUR COMPANY TAGLINE. IT'S HOW WE RUN OUR BUSINESS EVERY SINGLE DAY.

We believe every student should love where they live. That’s why our number one priority is delivering the best possible experience for students — at every price point. It’s the goal we continually strive for, and the mantra that shapes our values as an organization.

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Built from the ground up.

WE UNDERSTAND THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE BECAUSE STUDENT HOUSING IS ALL WE DO.

In 1984 our CEO, Bill Bayless, began his career as a resident assistant and found his passion in life: helping students succeed. He turned that passion for student success into the company he runs today. It’s a passion we all share. In fact, most of the management team first joined the company as students working at ACC communities.

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Become part of the American Campus team!

Are you a hard-working, fun-loving, problem-solver?

Then do we have a place for you! Join the ACC team in your area as a Community Assistant and help us create the best living experience for our residents. Not only will you gain valuable work experience, but you can reduce your living expenses with our Community Assistant employment program.

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What's it like working at American Campus?

Our commitment to promoting from within and our dedication to creating a motivating, rewarding environment means ACC is a great place to get your start and grow! It’s a career that will bring a smile to your face and propel your future forward.

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