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2021-2022 First-Year Student Housing

*Polices are subject to change due to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.


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 are required to 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)


The Ingram Commons is part of the Residential College system. All first-year students are randomly assigned to one of the ten first-year houses on the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. While the majority of spaces are double rooms, several of the houses contain triple rooms and a limited number of single rooms. View more information about the houses.


The First-Year Student Housing Application will be available in the Housing Portal on April 12, 2021 at 8 a.m. CDT. All incoming first-year students are required to submit an application. The deadline to submit an application is June 1, 2021.


First-year students are assigned to double rooms whenever possible.

Factors to consider when searching for a roommate include your sleep habits (are you an early riser?) and study habits (when and where do you plan to study?), how you maintain your living space (tidy or casual), the ways you socialize and recreate, and your cultural interests and preferences. If you would like to have a roommate assigned, we will attempt to match you on the basis of answers to the living and study habits questions.

Roommate Requests – Due June 15

In order to request a specific roommate, you will need the VUnetID of your preferred roommate (you do not need their password). Each student in the pair must request the other in order to be considered. If you do not make a specific roommate request, we will assign a roommate to you. Please note that Vanderbilt cannot guarantee that roommate requests will be honored. Only mutual roommate requests are considered.

First-year students are randomly assigned to houses. Requests for assignment to specific buildings are not considered.


First-year student move-in is scheduled for Saturday, August 21, 2021. Students will be provided with a specific move-in time between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. with their room assignment information. Room assignment information will be emailed to all incoming first-year students on or before August 1, 2021. Prior to August 21, we will be preparing the halls for your arrival and as a result, will not be able to accommodate early move-in requests. Please plan your travel to Nashville accordingly.