Housing and Dining

students in campus dining room

A Place to Call Their Own

Housing and Residential Experience provides safe, secure, comfortable, accessible, and healthy housing for its residents. Programming for residents builds communities in which students' social needs for belonging, friendship, recognition, respect, and dignity are met. These communities foster learning, personal development, academic achievement, and successful transitions for both new students and graduates.

Our Move-In page can help get you started preparing for your student's first year.

Housing and Residential Experience

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 experience is clearly expressed in the University's residential requirement.

Campus Dining

Vanderbilt Campus Dining is a non-profit university-managed auxiliary service. They take pride in their commitment to providing value through the highest quality, best-tasting, most nutritious, and most diverse menus possible. They offer a comprehensive plan in 23 locations that include meals in a retail environment, to-go meals in our convenience stores, and offering flexibility through the use of Meal Money, Flex Meals, and the unique local restaurant partners in Taste of Nashville.

More to Explore

  • Dates and Deadlines

    The Housing and Residental Experience calendar can help you and your students keep track of important dates and deadlines.


  • Maintenance Request Form

    If there is something that needs to be repaired in your student's room, please send them to this form.


  • Where to Dine

    Your student's Vanderbilt Meal Plan can be redeemed in a variety of locations, including residential dining halls, retail dining centers, on-campus cafés, and Munchie Marts. These locations also take credit cards, so you can eat with your student when you come to visit!



  • Food Allergies and Dietary Accommodations

    We understand the impact food allergies can have on students as they exert more effort in managing their diets than their peers without allergies due to a more limited selection of options. We strive to support students with food allergies by providing the knowledge and resources necessary to empower students to make informed food choices in our dining locations.


  • Meal Plans

    Vanderbilt's dining halls are a key part of campus life, and our meal plans are designed to enhance students' residential college experience. All Vanderbilt students living on campus are required to participate in a meal plan based on their cohort year.


Campus Contacts

Still need help finding what you're looking for? We'll be happy to point you in the right direction! Feel free to send us an email at parents@vanderbilt.edu.