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East House

East House was originally built in the 1920s, a decade after Peabody College moved to its current location.

This was one of the first dorms on the Peabody campus. Prior to that time, students either lived at home or boarded somewhere in the community. However, the rising costs for room and board after World War I prevented many students from attending, which prompted Peabody to build this residence hall. East House has been renovated and updated several times since then and is now a thriving center of community.

“Welcome to East House! We are a community embarking on a journey unlike any other, experiencing what it’s like to encounter other backgrounds, interests, and perspectives so that our own interests and perspectives transform in ways we cannot anticipate yet. I think this is part of why we travel sometimes—to have a larger sense of perspective when we return home. So I invite you to join us on our journey from our shared home at East House, on The Ingram Commons, to an expanded sense of home and belonging, here at Vanderbilt and in the world beyond.”

– Elizabeth Meadows, Faculty Head of East House


Signature programming at East House includes the following events:

  • East Treats: Every Monday, join other members of East House to unwind by the fire pit or in the faculty apartment, with a home-baked treat from faculty head Elizabeth Meadows, some Giant Jenga, and other games.
  • Faculty dinners: Once a month, we gather to share a meal with one of Vanderbilt’s innovative and dedicated faculty members, hear about their career paths and how their teaching and research make a difference in the world beyond Vanderbilt. Not only will you learn about Vanderbilt’s world-class faculty, you’ll have the chance to get to know how they discovered their passions and talents, and hear about the exciting courses they’re teaching!

House Leadership

House Programming Advisory Council

The East House Programming Advisory Council (HPAC) is comprised of four Vanderbilt student leaders who are residents of East, each dedicated to the development of the house community. Working alongside the faculty head of house and gathering input from their fellow residents, the East HPAC generates programs that enrich the learning environment of the house.

Follow EAST House

Follow @vandyeasthouse on Instagram for an inside look at life in East House.