Welcome to Richmond!

Richmond 2020 Symposium LogoIf you've never visited, you'll be intrigued. If it's been awhile since your last trip, you just might be shocked at the city's transformation!
Downtown Richmond, Virginia Tourism CorporationRichmond’s downtown riverfront is the center piece of our region’s vibrant, active, outdoor scene.  Outside Magazine’s Best Outdoor River Town, downtown Richmond offers an impressive array of outdoor recreational amenities. The James River connects people, natural systems and history from the Falls of the and seven miles of fun whitewater leads to its transition to a tidal resource. Life at VCU provides an impressive list of reasons to visit Richmond's emergence as a great place to visit, work and play. 

The 2020 River Management Symposium will take place on the Monroe Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University Student Commons will be the main hub for the Symposium concurrent reception, sessions, exhibits and reception.  

VCU Student Commons - 907 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA  23284, (804) 828-1981
This detailed campus map shows the Commons Building (125) and other campus locations.

Hungry or Thirsty?  While you're in town, consider both new and traditional places to grab a sip or a bite. Can't decide which to choose? Stop by the Symposium check-in desk for suggestions from our local experts!

Transportation and Lodging

Getting to Richmond 


Richmond International Airport - Options to travel into town are many, including renting a car to reserving a ride. Driving the 11 miles takes under a half hour. Here's a guide for traveling into the city from the airport.
Reagan International Airport - It's an easy task to hop on Amtrak, and hop off at the Main Street Station1500 East Main Street, Richmond (804) 646-6246. From here the last leg to lodging and campus is under two miles.


The drive from Washington, DC takes about 2 hours; under 5 hours from Philadelphia and under 6 from Charlotte, NC. Here is guide for travel to Richmond from points north.  Remember to consider commuter traffic in your plans.

Visit our partner sites for more information about visiting Richmond and the Commonwealth of Virginia!


West Main Street Parking Deck - There are several parking facilities on campus, but this is the closest to the Commons. 


RMS offers two lodging options:

I. Gladdings Residence Center - On Campus

711 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 828-7666
Convenient and affordable!  A five minute walk from the Commons, the Gladdings Residence Center is a twelve-story student residence during the school year that we will have almost to ourselves, as we'll be on campus between graduation weekend and the start of the summer session. We will have one floor to ourselves, and you can choose from two room types. Register for Gladdings Residence rooms through RMS here.

For either room choice at Gladdings:
Linens for the week - $33.00 per person for your entire stay

Room Rates (prices include Virginia sales tax)
Single occupancy rooms - $65.00 per person, per night
Double occupancy rooms - $51.00 per person, per night
If you would like to reserve a double occupancy room you can request a roommate or let RMS assign a roommate.

Optional - Parking Pass
Parking at West Main Street Parking Deck - $41.00 per person for your entire stay
Common Space
A big, open kitchen, laundry facility, study areas and lounge are great for informal meetings and catching up on email. Gladdings floors are co-ed with community-style bathrooms that are shared by all genders. Two shared bathrooms each feature a shared public vanity area, private individual toilets and private shower stalls with floor to ceiling dividers that assure complete privacy.  Here's an overview of the Gladdings Residence Center and a short (one minute) video tour.  Reserve your room on campus at Gladdings Residence Center here. 

II. Graduate Richmond

301 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220 (804)644-9871
Graduate Richmond offers comfy, conventional hotel amenities and is located a half mile, ten minute walk from the Symposium, and boasts tons of informal  meetup space in the lobby, a game room, and lobby cafe. The rooftop bar offers a great view of Richmond's downtown, too!  Monday, May 11, 2020 before the Symposium's official start, we will host early-arrival check-ins and a student and mentor meetup here. Room dates for our block run May 10 - 15, 2020.

Room Rate - $144.00 per person, per night
Our special room rate matches the government per diem.  You can reserve from available rooms, so there's no guarantee of a room with king or double queen configurations.  
Reserve your room at Graduate Richmond here early, as spaces are limited.  2020 Symposium rates are guaranteed until April 19, 2020. After April 19, reservations will be subject to room availability. Note: Individual guest rooms in this group block must be cancelled by 4:00 pm 24 hours prior to the date of arrival or one-night room and tax will be charged to the method of guarantee and advanced deposits forfeited.

The Graduate Richmond parking rate for Symposium guests is $12.00 per day (the regular rate is $26.00 per day).

 Questions? Email [email protected] or call us at (301)585-4677.