Open University & Lunch and Life

Fall Session begins September 23, 2019. 

The Open University (OU) is the best bargain in town when it comes to lifelong learning in Richmond.  There are three, 8-week sessions each year, in the fall, winter and spring.  When you become a member (only $25 for the entire year), you pay just $45 per 8-week session and you can attend any and all of the classes that we offer at either location for that one price. We do not register for individual courses, but for the entire 8 weeks.  You can even sign up the first day of the session at either location. You’ll find offerings in history, literature, political science, arts, foreign languages and so much more.  Our instructors are both retired and active professors from area universities, along with business professionals, world travelers and local celebrities. Best of all, there are no tests to take or papers to write! Just great things to learn. Please click here to see a course schedule. 

2019-2020 Schedule & Locations:

Fall: September 23 through November 14, 2019
Winter: January 13 through March 5, 2020
Spring: March 23 through May 21, 2020

Open University (OU) Mondays: St. Luke Lutheran, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy, Richmond – 23225  map

Open University (OU) Thursdays:  First Presbyterian Church  4602 Cary St at Lock Lane, Richmond – 23226 map

Lunch & Life (LAL) on Wednesdays: St. Mary Catholic Church  9505 Gayton Rd, Richmond – 23229 map   Four-week, Lunch-n-Life lecture series. Free to the Public – No membership or tuition required.

To pay tuition:

  • Print a copy of the schedule, fill out the registration form and mail it, with a check, to the office;
  • Pay online with your credit card when the active link appears above;
  • Sign up the day of classes at either OU location.


If Richmond Public Schools are CLOSED due to inclement weather, then Open University classes are CANCELLED.  If Richmond Public Schools are DELAYED, then Open University is OPEN and classes start at the usual 9:45 am time. Closing notices are posted on Channels 6 and 8 and on the TSCOR website.

You will find our weather closings:

  • posted on TSCOR’s website home page;
  • emailed automatically to those subscribed to the TSCOR website;
  • recorded on the TSCOR office answering machine;
  • scrolled on channels 6 and 8 along with other school and business closings.

We urge you to subscribe to the TSCOR website to get noticesTo subscribe to, look on the right of this page (or any page on the website) for the box where you can type in your email address.  When you’ve entered it, just click on the button that reads “sign me up”.  Your email address is safe and secure with us.  The Center will NEVER give your email address to any third-party.  And, we will not swamp you with needless messages…only the interesting and important ones.