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Authorization to Live Off Campus

The University’s commitment to residential education requires that the Office of Housing and Residential Education provide housing for as many students as it can physically accommodate. That commitment is expressed in the Residential Requirement put in place by the Board of Trust in 1952:

“All unmarried undergraduate students, except those who live with their families in Davidson County, are required to live on-campus during the academic year, May session and summer sessions. Authorization to live off-campus is granted at the discretion of the Director of Housing Assignments in special situations or when space is unavailable on campus.”

All students who want to request authorization to live off-campus for the 2015-2016 academic year must first apply for housing online in January, 2015.  Dates TBA.  Only students entering their 4th year of study or later are eligible to submit requests for authorization. Students wishing to request off-campus authorization must first apply for on-campus housing. Students who currently have off-campus authorization must apply for re-authorization each year.

If off-campus authorization is granted, the housing contract will be declared void. If off-campus authorization is denied, the housing contract will be processed.  Off-campus authorization decisions will be announced in February.

Priority for Consideration

For the 2015-2016 academic year, we expect that approximately 500 students will be approved for off-campus living.  In accordance with recommendations of VSG, off-campus requests will be prioritized as follows:

  1. Those students currently living off-campus have 1st priority for authorization to live off campus.
  2. Students who will be entering their fourth (or greater) year of study in the Fall Semester of 2015 and who submitted requests by the off-campus application deadline have 2nd priority for authorization to live off campus.
  3. Students who will be entering their fourth (or greater) year of study in the Fall Semester of 2015 and who submitted requests after the off-campus application deadline have 3rd priority for authorization to live off campus.

Academic standing is NOT a factor in determining priority for consideration for authorization to live off campus.

In all cases, students wishing to live off-campus for 2015-2016 academic year should not commit themselves in any way (through promises, deposits, or by signing leases) to off-campus housing until they have been officially notified of the approval of their requests by the Director of Housing Assignments. Having signed a lease for off-campus accommodations does not exempt a student from the University’s residential requirement.

Prohibited Properties!

Undergraduate students authorized to live off campus may not live in certain properties off campus. All students authorized to live off campus should check the list of prohibited properties before signing leases. The current list of prohibited properties can be found at  www.vanderbilt.edu/ResEd/DoNotRent .