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Transfer Student Housing

Undergraduate Residential Requirement

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)

Transfer Student Housing Application

The Transfer Student Housing Application will be available in the Student Housing Portal on May 1, 2020.  All incoming transfer students are required to submit an application.

Transfer Student Housing

Transfer students are assigned to available vacancies in upperclass residential communities. Typically, transfer students are assigned to traditional double rooms, or vacancies in suites/apartments with continuing students. Due to limited inventory, traditional single rooms are not available. A limited number provide cluster housing for transfer students. All spaces provide transfer students with opportunities to interact with current students.

Transfer Student Interest Communities

In an effort to assist transfer students in their transition to Vanderbilt, opportunities have been established for transfer students to join LLC’s (Living Learning Communities) and the residential college communities.

If you are interested in applying for one of these communities, please complete the Transfer Interest Community Application which will be available in the Housing Portal under the Applications menu.  .  In order to submit a Transfer Interest Community Application, you must first have submitted the Transfer and Exchange Student Housing Application.  From the applicant pool, students will be randomly selected to fill the spaces in these communities. Assignment to these committees is not guaranteed and space is extremely limited.

Mayfield Transfer Experience: 

As part of the larger Mayfield Experience Living Learning Community, participants will reside in a coed Mayfield lodge with nine fellow transfer students. Participants will have the option to either 1) participate in the Transfer Project, which consists of intentional engagements both on and off Vanderbilt’s campus, or 2) create a project as a group. The Mayfield lodge is comprised of ten single bedrooms, a kitchen, a living area and 2 bathroom facilities. Participants will enjoy opportunities to connect with other students, the University, and the Nashville area. Residents can also take advantage of resources and tools to excel academically.

The McGill Project:

McGill offers students an open and inviting environment where they can learn from and interact with faculty and staff members outside the classroom. A home for students with a wide variety of majors and interests, McGill members consider themselves part of an ongoing campus tradition of free expression and discovery. Additional information about the McGill Project, along with a link to the application, is available here. Questions about the McGill Project should be directed to Danny Coradazzi (

Warren College:

One of the first upperclass residential colleges at Vanderbilt, Warren College opened in the fall of 2014, and houses over 300 upperclass students.  Warren College features a live-in residential faculty member,

Transfer Student Roommate Requests

Transfer students can make a roommate request on the Transfer Housing Application.  Roommate requests are not guaranteed.  Students should not finalize plans with their requested roommate until receiving their room assignment in early August.

Room Changes

An on-campus room assignment is for the entire academic year. More information can be found here.


Transfer student move-in is scheduled for Friday, August 21, 2020.  Students will be provided with a specific afternoon move-in time with their room assignment information.  Room assignment information will be emailed to all incoming transfer students on or before August 1.  Prior to move-in, 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.