Student Apartments in Richmond, VA

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Live, learn, and thrive! Walk-to-class convenience. Stay-fit amenities. Tools that help you make the grade. And community events that keep you connected. All make 8 1/2 Canal the premier student housing choice at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Get the lifestyle you want with our fully furnished apartments featuring private bedroom and bathroom floor plans, 24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness center and Academic Success Center! Plus, our professional on-site management and staff dedicated to serving your needs and helping you enjoy your college experience at VCU. Whether your academic pursits are in-person or online this Fall, we are here for you.

Floor plans designed with you in mind.

Floor plans designed with you in mind.

1, 2, 3 and 4 Bedroom Apartments

Starting at $724 per installment/per person.

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Fit, healthy and happy.
  • Amenities for fitness and fun

    • 24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness center with strength equipment, cardio machines and free weights
    • Yoga studio
    • Recreation center with billiards, ping pong, foosball and arcade games
    • TV lounge
    • Community kitchen with coffee bar
    • Open-air courtyard lounge
    • Professional BBQ grills
    • Basketball court
    • Comprehensive COVID-19 operating guidelines to mitigate the spread of infection
The lifestyle you want.
  • Modern fully furnished apartments

    • Private bedrooms and bathrooms
    • Fully-furnished with leather-style furniture
    • Hardwood-style flooring
    • Flat panel TV included
    • Stackable washer and dryer included
    • G2B® - High speed internet up to 1Gbps included per bed
    • All utilities included (electricity up to a monthly allowance)
    • Energy-efficient heating and cooling system
Prepare to succeed.
  • Academically oriented environment

    • 24-hour Academic Success Center with iMacs and free printing
    • Study lounge
    • Wi-Fi throughout the community
  • Peace-of-mind amenities

    • Be safe. Be smart. Do your part.™ with Lysol Protection resident responsibility and community sanitization program
    • Touchless access points and sanitization stations throughout community amenities
    • Professional, on-site management and maintenance
    • Community Assistant staff
    • 24-hour, on-call staff
    • Courtesy patrol officer
    • Limited access community
    • Garage parking available
    • Bike storage
    • Individual liability leases
    • Roommate matching powered by RoomSync
Where you want to be.
  • Convenient location

    • Walk to VCU, Altria Theater and Monroe Park
    • Minutes to the university’s Schools of Engineering and Business
    • Convenient access to VCU’s MCV Campus
8 1/2 West Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23220
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8onehalfcanal@americancampus.com

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Right where you want to be.
  • Walk to VCU, Altria Theater and Monroe Park
  • Minutes to the university's School of Engineering and Business
  • Convenient access to VCU's MCV Campus
Close to all your favorite Richmond hot spots.
  • 7-11
  • 3rd Street Diner
  • The Jefferson Hotel
  • Chili's
  • Monroe Park
  • Altria Theater
For Parents

We know you have a million things to worry about when your loved one is off at college, but their living environment shouldn't be one of them! Since 1993, American Campus has been the nation's leading provider of academically oriented student communities. In our unrelenting commitment to students, we give your student the college experience they want and the academic environment they need to succeed - not just in school, but also in life. Whether their academic pursits are in-person or online this Fall, we are here for them.

24/7 ON-CALL STAFF

With on-site professional management and maintenance, and on-call staff available 24/7, we're always on duty to address your student's needs.

AVAILABLE ROOMMATE MATCHING

No roommate? No problem! Your student can simply complete our personal profile card and we'll match them with someone who expressed similar interests, hobbies and study habits.

INDIVIDUAL LIABILITY LEASES

You're only responsible for your student's rent — never someone else's! If a roommate transfers or graduates, you have no financial worries.

FULLY FURNISHED, TECHNOLOGY ENABLED

No moving truck needed! Nearly all ACC properties offer fully furnished units at no extra fee. And, our communities are technology enabled, helping your student stay connected to their coursework, friends and you.

FAQ
  • Individual Leases

    What is an individual lease?

    An individual lease provides each resident with their own separate lease agreement and responsibility for his/her rental installments and applicable utility and parking charges. By signing an individual lease, you are only taking responsibility for your rental installments and lease terms and will not be held liable for any delinquent amounts owed by your roommate(s).

  • Lease Term and Rental Installments

    What is an installment?

    The typical lease term is approximately 11.5 months of occupancy which coincides with the university's academic calendar. The resident is charged a total rent amount for the contracted occupancy period. The lease agreement will reflect the total rent amount typically divided into 12 equal installments due August 1 - July 1. These installments do not represent a monthly rent amount and are not prorated.

    When are the installments due?

    Installments are due on the 1st of every month per the payment schedule outlined in the lease agreement.

    How can I make a payment?

    We accept checks, money orders and cashier’s checks in our office made payable to the community name. As an alternative payment option we also accept credit card, debit cards and ACH payments online here for your convenience. We are unable to accept cash.

    Do you send me a bill every month?

    No, bills are not sent to residents each month, but you may see payment reminders posted around the property.

  • Guarantor

    What is a guarantor?

    To mitigate the risk of delinquent or defaulting residents, we require applicants to provide someone to guarantee their housing contract.

    When is a guarantor required?

    All residents require a guarantor to complete the guaranty agreement.

    Can I be my own guarantor?

    A resident can act as their own guarantor if they can show documentation as outlined in the lease agreement that they have income greater than three times the rental installment.

    What paperwork is required with a guarantor?

    The guarantor will need to sign the guaranty agreement. If the resident is not of legal age to execute a contract, the guarantor will be required to sign both the lease and guaranty agreement.

  • Application Process

    Can I fill out an application online?

    You can access the online application by clicking the “Apply Online” link at the top of every page.

    Can I print an application from the website?

    You can access the printable PDF version of the application by clicking the “APPLY ONLINE!” link at the top of each page then selecting "Apply by mail" at the top of the page.

  • Roommate Matching and Requests

    Do you have a roommate matching service?

    Yes! Our roommate matching program is powered by RoomSync–a roommate matching app. You will have the opportunity to create a personal profile, search, filter, chat and match with other residents who will be living in the community. You decide what matters most when narrowing down your search. Want a roommate with the same major? You got it! Prefer to live with someone who goes to bed early? No problem! Looking for a roommate who enjoys college football? No sweat! You control your search and matching criteria to find the perfect roommate.

    Can I request specific roommates?

    Yes! You can search for and match with specific roommates in the RoomSync app. Change your mind? No problem! You can modify your matches if your preferences change up until the matching period close date.

    Am I allowed to request a specific unit?

    You can list your preferences on your housing application, and we will do our best to place you in the unit that fits those requests. All requests are served on a first-come, first-served basis and are taken in order based on the date your lease was received.

  • On-Site Staffing

    Is after hours staffing and maintenance available?

    Yes, after hours Community Assistants live on site and after hours maintenance will be available in the case of a maintenance emergency.

  • Pet Policy

    Does your community allow pets?

    No we do not allow pets at this community.

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