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Authorization to Live Off Campus

Undergraduate Residential Requirement

The residential experience is understood to be an integral part of receiving a Vanderbilt education.  Our commitment to the residential experience is clearly expressed in the university’s residential requirement that was established by the Board of Trust in 1952:

“All unmarried undergraduate students are required to live in residence halls 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.”

2022-2023 Off-Campus Authorization

The Office of Housing and Experience (OHARE) anticipates granting off-campus authorization to approximately 900 students for the 2022-2023 academic year.  Due to the limited number of off-campus authorizations that OHARE will be able to grant, only the following groups of students will be eligible to request off-campus authorization:

  1. Students currently residing off campus with authorization to do so who intend to return to Vanderbilt for the 2022-2023 academic year
  2. Rising 4th-year students or greater who do not currently have off-campus authorization

Rising 2nd– and 3rd-year students are not eligible to request off-campus authorization for the 2022-2023 academic year and are required to reside in on-campus housing.

A random selection process (a lottery) is used to determine which students will have their requests for off-campus authorization granted.  Submitting a request to live off campus does not entail that you will receive authorization.  Developed in collaboration with Vanderbilt Student Government, requests for off-campus authorization are prioritized as follows:

  • First Priority: Students residing off campus for the 2021-2022 academic year with authorization to do so who properly re-apply for 2022-2023 off-campus authorization
  • Second Priority: Students entering their 4th year of study or greater for the Fall 2022 semester

Applying for Off-Campus Authorization

Applying for off-campus authorization will be a two- or three-step (for eligible students wanting to form roommate groups) process.

Step 1 (REQUIRED):  Students must complete the 2022-2023 Housing Registration online between Monday, January 10, 2022 at 12AM CST and Friday, January 14, 2022 at 6PM CST.

Step 2 (REQUIRED):  Eligible students must complete the Off-Campus Housing Application online between Monday, January 17, 2022 at 12AM CST and Friday, January 21, 2022 at 6PM CST.

Step 3 (OPTIONAL):  Students who complete the Off-Campus Housing Application will have the option to form a roommate group online between Monday, January 17, 2022 at 12AM CST and Friday, January 21, 2022 at 6PM CST.

Failure to complete steps 1 and 2 in the application process by the deadlines will result in a loss of consideration for authorization to reside off-campus for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Once students complete their Off-Campus Housing Application (Step 2), they will have the ability to form a roommate group with up to two (2) other students.  Students residing off-campus for the 2021-2022 academic year (first priority group) are not permitted to form a roommate group and can only reapply for 2022-2023 off-campus authorization as individual applicants.  Forming a roommate group links students together for the off-campus random selection process.  Properly formed roommate groups are either granted authorization or denied authorization as a group.  It is strongly encouraged that students who would like to reside off-campus with other students form a roommate group.

We cannot stress enough the necessity to complete the application process properly and by the advertised deadlines in order to be considered for off-campus authorization for the 2022-2023 academic year.  Students who fail to apply properly will be required to reside in on-campus housing.

Off-campus authorization decisions for the 2022-2023 academic year will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

In all cases, students wishing to live off-campus for 2022-2023 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.

Off-Campus Housing Fair

Students interested in applying for 2022-2023 off-campus authorization should consider attending the Off-Campus Information Fair on, Wednesday, November 10 from 11AM-1PM in the SLC Ballroom.  At the fair, representatives from local apartment complexes, insurance companies, and other services will be available to provide information about their offerings and answer questions.  OHARE and Financial Aid representatives will be present to answer relevant questions.

Prohibited Properties

Undergraduate students authorized to live off campus may not live in certain properties off campus. The landlords of these properties have failed to support University efforts to enforce good neighbor standards of behaviors by their student tenants. Therefore, undergraduate students may not live in these properties. If you live in any of these proscribed properties during the fall 2021 semester, your off-campus authorization for the entire 2022-2023 academic year will be voided and you may be required to live on campus

As of this writing, students may not live in the following properties during the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • 3706 Benham Avenue
  • 2527 Blair Blvd.
  • 3104 Blakemore Avenue
  • 2405 Fairfax Avenue

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to read Off-Campus Housing Authorization FAQS.