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Authorization to Live Off Campus

The University’s commitment to residential education requires that the Office of Housing and Residential Experience 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 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.”

Students with Current (2020-2021) Off-Campus Authorization

Students currently authorized to live off-campus will be permitted to reside off-campus for the 2021-2022 academic year only if they properly register and re-apply for off-campus authorization between April 1-5. Failure to apply for off-campus authorization will result in a loss of authorization for the 2021-2022 academic year, and the student will be required to reside on-campus.

2021-2022 Off-Campus Authorization Waitlist

COVID-19 de-densification efforts in early 2020 led to a historically high number of students currently residing off-campus. Because a significant portion of those students have indicated they plan to re-apply for 2021-2022 off-campus authorization, we do not anticipate granting off-campus authorization to students who currently reside on-campus or are participating in remote study. However, an off-campus authorization waitlist will be available to rising 4th year students in the event we are able to grant additional off-campus authorizations.  Students who sign up for the waitlist should continue to participate in the on-campus housing assignment process and securing a room on-campus will not take students out of consideration for off-campus authorization if additional requests can be granted.  More information about the waitlist will be available in the Guide.

Developed in collaboration with Vanderbilt Student Government, priority for off-campus authorization is as follows:

  1. First Priority: Students currently authorized to live off campus
  2. Second Priority: Rising 4th year students or greater who do not currently have off-campus authorization

In all cases, students wishing to live off-campus for 2021-2022 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. 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 2021-2022 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 2020-2021 academic year:

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