Off-Campus Housing Authorization FAQ’s
Yes. All unmarried undergraduate students must live in residence halls on campus. Authorization to live elsewhere (Greek chapter houses and off campus) is granted at the discretion of the Director of Housing Assignments in special circumstances or when space is unavailable on campus.
For the 2020-2021 academic year, rising 3rd and 4th year students or greater will be eligible to request authorization to reside off-campus.
Off-campus housing applications will be available in the Student Housing Portal for all eligible students between January 15, 2020 at 12 a.m. midnight CST and January 21, 2020 at 6 p.m. CST.
A seniority driven, random selection (a lottery) is conducted to determine successful students/groups of students.
Yes. New applicants are permitted to form off-campus roommate groups with up to two (2) other students. Groups larger than three students are not permitted. Properly matched roommate groups will either be granted authorization or denied authorization as a group. Students authorized to reside off-campus for the current academic year can re-apply only as individuals.
No. Forming a roommate group simply links you together with your requested roommates for the random selection process (lottery).
Yes, but forming a mixed seniority group will affect your group’s chances in the lottery. For the lottery, rising 4th-year students each have four points and rising 3rd-year students each have three points. If you form a roommate group, your seniority points will be averaged with your roommates’ to produce a point value for your group. Here are the possible point values for individuals and groups:
- 4 (one or more rising 4th-year students)
- 3.67 (two rising 4th-year and one rising 3rd-year students)
- 3.5 (one rising 4th-year and one rising 3rd-year students)
- 3.33 (one rising 4th-year and two rising 3rd-year students)
- 3 (one or more rising 3rd-year students)
Applications will be considered in the seniority order above. That is, four-point applications will be considered before 3.67-point applications and so forth. Ties in seniority are broken by the random selection (lottery) process.
Students who receive authorization to reside off-campus will have one week to decline their authorization offer. If students decline their authorization to reside off-campus, they can participate in the on-campus room assignment process. Students who accept their authorization to reside off-campus will not be permitted to participate in any on-campus room assignment processes.
No. We recognize that plans can change. Offer acceptances and declines are managed on an individual basis; therefore, if you apply for, and receive authorization to reside off-campus as a group, one or more members of the group can decline the offer without impacting the rest of the group.
We do have an Off-Campus Referral Service available here. Students can log in with the Vanderbilt credentials and search the available listings in the area.
Students who decide to study abroad, take a leave or participate in an out-of-town internship for the fall 2020 semester will forfeit their off-campus authorization for the entire 2020-2021 academic year and will be required to reside on-campus for the spring 2021 should they decide to return to Vanderbilt.
Students currently receiving aid who have questions about how residing off-campus will impact their aid are strongly encouraged to reach out to their Financial Aid Officer.
No. Early or mid-year graduation dates do not give students higher priority in the process.