Student Handbook

Student Life

Fitness Center

Student Life Center, First Floor
The Fitness Center is equipped with cardio equipment like treadmills, ellipticals, crosstrainers. The weight equipment ranges from free weights to weight machines and KINESIS® stations. Yoga balls, mats, steps and bands are also available.

We have bikes available for you to borrow free of charge! Helmets and bike locks are also available. Stop in to take a bike for a ride on and/or off campus.

The Fitness Center also promotes wellness and nutrition through group  fitness classes, video-led classes, personal training, nutrition workshops and outdoor activities.

Participants must have a VWCC ID card and be currently enrolled to use the Fitness Center.


Student Life Center, Room 307
Virginia Western's Intramurals offers intramural leagues, tournaments, and recreational sports opportunities for students. The department's goal is to promote physical fitness and teamwork while having fun and building relationships.

Visit the Student Activities Office to find out about specific league, tournament, or open gym information.

Military Student Center

Anderson Hall, Room 122
In addition to assisting students in applying for VA benefits, the Military Student Center provides veteran and military students with a place on campus to study, relax between classes, and meet with other veteran and military students.

Off-Campus Housing

Student Life Center, Third Floor
Virginia Western Community College is a commuter-based campus and does not provide on-campus dormitories for students. The Student Activities Office can provide information about finding off-campus housing and other pertinent information about the Roanoke community.

Student Activities

Student Life Center, Room 307
Student Activities provide the opportunity for students to continue learning outside the classroom. The department's mission is to build a campus community through event and group involvement that builds relationships, strengthens the body, expands the mind or enriches the spirit.

Yearly activities may include trips, games and novelty programs, theatrical performances, college picnics and the annual Spring Fling. Visit the Student Activities website for the most current list of campus events.

Student Health and Insurance

Student Life Center, Third Floor
Because Virginia Western Community College is a commuter college, no health services are provided. Students are encouraged to attend to their own personal well being by following good health practices. Information on the Virginia Community College System Student Referral Insurance Providers may be found in the Student Activities Office.

Student ID Cards

Student Life Center, Third Floor
Identification (ID) cards distributed to students, staff, and faculty may be obtained in the Student Activities Office. Students who register and pay for one or more classes are eligible to receive a Virginia Western Student ID card.

The first card is issued free of charge to all students, staff, and faculty. ID cards identify the individual by name and bear a photo and a semester validation sticker. Each semester, students and part-time employees must visit the ID Card Office to receive a current semester validation sticker. The sticker is placed on the current ID card and verifies current enrollment or employment. Without this sticker, the card is invalid. There is a replacement fee for any lost or stolen cards. Damaged cards will be reissued at the discretion of the Student Activities Coordinator.

Valley Metro Partnership/Public Transportation

Students with a valid Virginia Western student identification (ID) card, with a semester validation sticker, may utilize the Valley Metro Service free of charge. Bus service is provided Monday through Friday each week, (no Saturdays or weekends) when classes are in session.