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The Undergraduate Residential Requirement

Vanderbilt University is a residential campus for undergraduate students, and the residential experience is understood to be an integral part of a Vanderbilt education. This commitment to residential education is clearly expressed in the University’s residential requirement:

“All unmarried undergraduate students, except those who live with their families in Davidson County, must live in residence halls on campus during the academic year, May session, and Summer sessions. Authorization to live elsewhere is granted at the discretion of the Director of Housing Assignments in special situations or when space is unavailable on campus.” (Student Handbook)

By accepting a room assignment, a student is contractually obligated to occupy that room for the entire academic year, unless the student withdraws from the University, graduates, or participates in a Vanderbilt Overseas Program. Vacant spaces are subject to assignment by the Office of Housing and Residential Education.