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Transfer Student Housing

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 between May 1, 2017 and June 1, 2017.  All incoming transfer students are required to submit an application.

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. Requests for room changes based upon roommate incompatibility will be considered upon application of the student residents after they have been in residence for two weeks. Changes prior to that time will be considered only when based upon physical disabilities incurred after the submission of the housing application.

Transfer Interest Communities:

We recognize that transitioning to a new university and creating a home on campus as a transfer student can be difficult.  The Office of Housing and Residential Education has established several specialized opportunities for transfer students to join existing communities on campus.

Please read the information below about the specific interest communities for incoming transfer students.

Students interested in residing in these communities should complete Transfer Interest Community Application between May 1, 2017 and June 15, 2017 in the Student Housing Portal.  Students will indicate their top 3 communities, and if selected, will be randomly assigned a space within the selected community.

Vanderbilt Transfer Experience (VTEX) in McGill

The Vanderbilt Transfer Experience (VTEX) is a living learning initiative within McGill Hall where incoming transfer students can create bonds with fellow transfers while integrating with other Vanderbilt undergraduates. VTEX students will reside in traditional single or double rooms with traditional hall style bathrooms. Participation in this community will include weekly dinners, group explorations in Nashville, and access to a live in faculty member – Dr. Laurie Woods. Additionally, VTEX participants will have the opportunity to participate in the McGill Project which includes: weekly faculty presentations, performing arts events within the building, and active service with other residents around the city of Nashville.

Branscomb Quad

A limited number of double rooms will be available in a small group for transfer students in Lupton Hall within Branscomb Quadrangle, which is located near the middle of campus. Residents in these spaces will be integrated on a floor with other Vanderbilt students in a manner that encourages interactions between transfer students and returning Vanderbilt students. The RA, Area Coordinator, and Office of Transition Programs will work to implement a broad array of programmatic initiatives that support a successful transition to campus. Students will also benefit from a strong partnership with the Office of Transition Programs, and their undergraduate Transfer Student Leaders.

Blakemore House

A limited number of double rooms will be available in a small group for transfer students in Blakemore House, which is located on the west side of campus. Residents in these spaces will be integrated on a floor with other Vanderbilt students in a manner that encourages interactions between transfer students and returning Vanderbilt students. The RA, Area Coordinator, and Office of Transition Programs will work to implement a broad array of programmatic initiatives that support a successful transition to campus. Students will also benefit from a strong partnership with the Office of Transition Programs, and their undergraduate Transfer Student Leaders.

Mayfield Transfer Lodge

As part of the larger Mayfield Living Learning Community, participants in the transfer lodges (2 total) will live in a single-sex environment with nine peers. 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. Additionally, one of the lodges will feature a Resident Adviser, who will provide additional support during the transition to Vanderbilt. 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.

Warren and Moore College Halls

Warren and Moore College Halls are the first phase of Vanderbilt’s upper-class residential college system. Each college features a live-in Faculty Director, supported by two Graduate Fellows. Students residing in the colleges will engage in a diverse offering of programs and experiences, ranging from in-hall discussions/dialogues with faculty and staff to college-wide events. Additionally, residents are strongly encouraged to partner with their Resident Advisers, Graduate Fellows and Faculty Directors to propose and execute programming that appeals to their own personal interests. The colleges are a place for transfer students to bring their passions and interests into a community that actively seeks to engage residents with each other, faculty and staff, and the greater Nashville community.