Monroe Ward

Old Town Filled with Energy
Within Downtown Richmond lies the historic neighborhood of Monroe Ward. It is mostly made up of apartment buildings, occupied by Virginia Commonwealth University. VCU students tend to like living in this spot due to the convenient location and easy commute to their classes. The famous Jefferson Hotel resides in Monroe Ward as well. It has been open since 1895 and has seen the likes of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, The Rolling Stones, and various United States presidents. Between Virginia Commonwealth University and Monroe Ward is Monroe Park. This is a great destination whenever looking to socialize with other people in town. The park hosts many events throughout the year and features historical statues.

Monroe Ward is also a great place for college students due to the eateries available in the area. There are many highly rated restaurants and bars to go to when in town. Highly rated restaurants include Perly’s, Lemaire, Tarrant's Cafe, Maple & Pine Restaurant, and Mama J's Kitchen. Bars in the area that are great for the younger crowd to hang out and drink include Triple Crossing Beer, The Local Eatery and Pub, GWARbar, Penny Lane Pub, and Thirst and Fifth Bar. Monroe Ward is a great place to live, especially for VCU students looking for a convenient spot with plenty of activities to enjoy within the vicinity.
What Monroe Ward Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.8
value
7.5
amenities
6.3
social
8.0
management
7.3
Median rents in Monroe Ward
Studio
$
920
1 Bedroom
$
1,085
2 Bedroom
$
1,620

Living in
Monroe Ward

Conveniently Located
Lots of Restaurants and Bars
Close to Downtown
Safe
Jefferson Hotel
VCU
Monroe Ward — 7.5/10 Rating (based on 4 neighborhood reviews)
Some parts may seem sketchy, but not as much as if you further downtown. It is a very becoming place, and there are lots of young people living around. Plus, it is still in the VCU vicinity, and thus it policed by their police, not only Richmond police. There is a public library around the corner; amazing restaurant, and a famous historical inn.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Richmond Arts
It is close/basically on VCU campus so those areas aren't too unsafe. However, certain areas are very sketchy. Right behind our apartment feels very unsafe. Lots of restaurants nearby on Broad St.
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4
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Berkshire Apartments
It's kind of on the border with downtown; but we are surrounded by growing trendy restaraunt scene, city library, and classy Franklin street neighborhood (VCU area with its security). Thus, although there are homeless people walking around, generally, I don't feel unsafe walking by myself in the evening. In short, it's not as dangerous as people may think, but of course it is not perfect.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Linden Tower
This isn't the safest of neighborhoods, but it s very conveniently located close to campus and has a bunch of good restaurants, bars and public transit in the vicinity!
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Towers on Franklin


Getting to Know
Monroe Ward

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: S Belvidere St to N 4th St
North to South Boundaries: W Broad St to W Canal St
dining
Capital Ale House Downtown
Lemaire Restaurant
Mama J’s Kitchen
Perly’s
Rappahannock
grocery
Kroger
convenience
7-Eleven
CVS Pharmacy
Rite Aid
fitness
Cary Street Gym
YMCA
parks
Monroe Park
coffee
Lift Coffee Shop & Cafe
Tarrant’s Cafe
parking
Sp Plus Parking

Best Apartments
in Monroe Ward


Studio $850
1 Bed $1,000
2 Beds $1,575

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Studio $924
1 Bed $792
2 Beds $1,549

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1 Bed $795
2 Beds $1,050

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Studio $792
1 Bed $913
2 Beds $1,196

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1 Bed $925

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