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First-Year Housing FAQ’s

Room Assignments

How do I complete my housing application?

You apply for housing on our website by clicking “Student Housing Portal” under “Important Information” on the right side our home page. You will need your VUnetID and password in order to access the housing application. All applications should be completed between April 6 and June 1.

Can I choose which House I live in?

We do not entertain requests for specific Houses. First-year houses are assigned randomly.

When will I receive my room assignment?

Room assignments will be emailed to you around August 10.

Can I see my room prior to move in?

We do not show rooms before move in. The houses are closed while we prepare them for your arrival. You may find photos and room tours for most types of rooms here.

Can I change my room assignment before I move in?

Rooms are assigned randomly, not by request. However, there is a room change request period that begins about two weeks after the start of classes. Students will be notified in August of the exact date of the request period.

Are single rooms available?

Due to COVID19, all first-year students will be housed in single rooms in order to reduce the density in our residence halls.

How do I apply for reasonable accommodations under the ADA?

Our office partners with the Office of Student Access Services to ensure consistency in evaluating requests for reasonable accommodation in housing. Please visit their website for more information. The deadline for submitting accommodations requests for reasonable accommodations is June 30.

Houses and Furnishings

I have a maintenance problem in my room. What do I do?

Contact the Area Maintenance Supervisor (AMS) using the Maintenance Request Form in the Student Housing Portal.

Emergency repairs

Immediately report to residential staff in your area issues that endanger health, safety, or the building structure.

Fire & life threatening emergencies

Call 421-1911 immediately.

What is the size of my room?

The Commons Houses comprise a wide variety of different room types. Room dimensions and configurations vary from house to house and also within houses. For this reason, we are unable to provide measurements for specific rooms.

What size is my bed?

The bed size is 36 X 78.

What furniture does the university provide?

Vanderbilt provides a twin size bed, a desk, a desk chair, two 3-drawer chests, and a closet for each student. Each room contains overhead lighting, blinds, a full-length mirror, a trash can, a recycle bin, Xfinity On-Campus IPTV Service, and campus Wi-Fi.

May I remove university furniture from the room?

No. University furniture may not be removed from the room. We strongly advise students to move into their rooms before deciding whether to bring additional furniture. Space is limited and University-provided furniture may not be removed in order to make room for students’ furniture.

May I bring additional furniture for my room?

We do not recommend bringing additional furniture until you survey your room.

What items are prohibited?

Please see the Student Handbook for a complete list of prohibited items. For quick reference, do not bring these items to campus: anything that can produce open flames (candles, oil lamps, incense, etc.) and appliances with exposed heating coils. Do not bring wireless printers, wireless access points (routers, hubs, wireless game consoles, etc) because they interfere with and degrade Vanderbilt’s wireless network.

How often are community bathrooms serviced by housekeeping?

Community bathrooms are serviced twice daily by housekeeping staff.

Where can I do my laundry?

Laundry rooms are in each of the first-year houses with the exception of North, East and Memorial. Students residing in North, East and Memorial are given access to a neighboring house that has laundry facilities. Dry cleaning and bundled laundry service is also available on campus. Information about the laundry service is available here.

Who can access the houses and floors?

All houses are secured using a card access system for exterior doors, interior stairwells, and elevators. Students have card access only to the houses to which they are assigned. In order to maintain lower density in residential spaces, students will only have access to their assigned residential building and floor.

What do I do if I get locked out of my room?

If you are locked out, please see the Receptionist/Front Desk Assistant located in Hank Ingram House, or contact a Resident Adviser.

Can I occupy my room over break periods?

The Vanderbilt housing contract excludes Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. However, Vanderbilt extends to students the privilege to stay over breaks provided that they register online at the Office of Housing and Residential Experience website. Prior to each break, you may register to stay over the break on the Student Housing Portal.

What is my mailing address?

Mail and package deliveries are not accepted at the houses. All residents are provided with a mailbox at the Campus Post Office. Mail and packages are delivered there. Please visit the Vanderbilt Mail Services website for more information.

Move In

When do first-year students move in?

Move-in dates will be provided in July 2020.

Can I move in early?

Prior to move in, we are busy getting the houses ready for your arrival. As a result, we are unable to grant early arrival requests.

Can I have items shipped to me prior to move in?

Yes. Please visit the Mail Services website for detailed information.

Vanderbilt Campus Dining and VU Meal Plans

Please visit the Campus Dining website for more information.

Other Questions

Can I bring a car to campus?

No. First-year students are not permitted to park cars on campus.

What means of transportation are provided?

Students can travel to/from campus by cab, shuttle service, or by public transportation. Zip Car and Enterprise CarShare memberships are also available. Please visit the Zip Car website
and Enterprise CarShare websites for more information.

How far away is Nashville International Airport?

The airport is located 9 miles east of campus. Students can travel by taxi, shuttle or public transportation. Taxi fare to the airport costs $25-$30. For university breaks, the Student Government Association sponsors free shuttles to the airport on a first come, first served basis.

Where are the closest ATMs?

ATMs are located at Sarratt Student Center, Hill Student Center, Music Rehearsal Hall (drive-thru), Branscomb Quadrangle, The Vanderbilt Clinic and Medical Center North. Sun Trust and Regions Bank have full service branches within walking distance of campus.

What is the Vandy Van?

The Vandy Van is a shuttle that loops campus and makes stops by each residential area. This free service runs daily from 5PM-5AM. For more information, please visit the Vandy Van website.