Radford University is located in the city of Radford (population 15,859), 36 miles southwest of Roanoke, Va., on Route 11 and I-81 in the New River Valley, close to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
The university atmosphere is residential. Most students live in university residence halls or in private apartments and houses within walking distance of the campus.
The university grounds and facilities are conveniently arranged, beautifully maintained, and effectively designed to meet the academic, personal and extracurricular needs and interests of the students.
The City of Radford and the surrounding region provide a rich variety of cultural and leisure activities. Outdoor enthusiasts will find the university's location along the New River provides opportunities to hike, kayak, fish, swim and camp. Dozens of bicycling and hiking trails are accessible with less than a 30-minute drive, including access points to the Appalachian Trail and Jefferson National Forest.
Downtown Radford is home to a variety of locally owned shops and restaurants. Meanwhile, a retail hub providing a regional mall and major chain stores and restaurants is less than 10 miles from campus.