Housing and Residential Experience /ohare Information about Vanderbilt Housing & Residential Education Mon, 31 Jul 2023 12:44:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://cdn.vanderbilt.edu/vu-URL/wp-content/uploads/sites/141/2023/05/19195611/cropped-FOd6R_-WYAs1cTg-32x32.jpg Housing and Residential Experience /ohare 32 32 170087363 ѿý Tide Cleaners Partnership /ohare/2023/06/21/vanderbilt-university-tide-cleaners-partnership/ Wed, 21 Jun 2023 14:17:31 +0000 /ohare/?p=17106

ѿý has partnered with Tide Cleaners to offer you laundry service!

The Vanderbilt experience is full of once-in-lifetime opportunities; by enrolling in Tide Cleaners’ wash n’ fold service you save up to 80 more hours over the academic year. That’s 80 more hours to invest in academics and campus life. Tide Cleaners is offered as a more time conscious solution than do-it-yourself laundry. We recommend you register for service and invest the time you save into something that makes your Vanderbilt experience incredible.

Students bring dirty laundry to attended service trucks parked conveniently across campus. Tide Cleaners separates by color, then washes, dries, and folds your clothes into a tidy package for return to campus two days later.

Service runs August – May.

Truck Schedule


  • Branscomb: 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Crawford House: 10:30am-1:15pm
  • North: 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Kissam Student Center: 10:30am-1:15pm


  • Highland Quad: 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Gillette & Memorial: 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Hank Ingram: 10:30am-1:15pm



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Tide Products

  • Please visit  to submit support requests for Tide products (e.g., detergents, stain removers, fabric spray, and washing machine cleaner).
Residential Living at Vanderbilt: Vitally Important Topics /ohare/2020/07/22/residential-living-at-vanderbilt-vitally-important-topics/ Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:36:04 +0000 http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ohare/?p=14837 We are delighted that you and your family will be joining the Vanderbilt community this fall. Please read this site in its entirety; it addresses important topics relevant to move-in and residential living at Vanderbilt. Additional helpful information can be found here.
The Undergraduate 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)


Once you move in, you will meet your Resident Adviser, a student staff member who lives on your floor and helps you learn how to be successful at Vanderbilt. Every residence hall has a Head Resident, an upper-division student who manages the Resident Adviser staff. The Head Residents and Resident Advisers for the halls in each residential area are supervised by a full-time Residential Experience Area Coordinator (AC). The ACs are live-in, professional staff members who are responsible for the well-being of the residents in their areas. The professional Residential Experience staff are on call 24 hours a day, seven days per week. There will always be a professional staff member available to help you and your family by providing advice, counsel, referral, and assistance in emergencies.

Suggested Packing List
  • Non-Disposable Straws, Dishware, and Cutlery
  • Hand Sanitizer/Clorox Wipes/Cleaning Supplies
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Standard twin sheets, blankets, mattress cover or pad, bed topper, pillows,
    and pillowcases
  • Shower caddy, towels, bathrobe, shower shoes, and personal items
  • Apparel that is appropriate for the season
  • Rain Gear/Umbrella
  • Laundry basket, detergent, and fabric softener
  • Computer and associated cables (Wireless routers, wireless printers, and Google Chromecast are prohibited.)
  • Headphones
  • Refrigerator that is less than six years old with no more than 4.0 cubic feet capacity
  • Microwave that is 800-watt with an interior capacity of no more than one cubic foot
  • TV (Wall mounting is not permitted.)
  • Removable, putty adhesive for mounting posters, etc.
  • Tension rods and curtains to hang at windows and closet openings
  • Multi-outlet strips with surge protection and minimum ratings of 115 amps and 1800 watts
  • Bicycle and “u-lock” (Chain and cable locks are easily cut and do not prevent theft.)
  • Cleaning supplies, cloths, air freshener, broom, dust pan
  • Snacks and beverages, air-tight food storage containers to keep food fresh and avoid attracting pests
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Prescriptions: Minimum 30-day supply- including prescription bottles and any medical records and reports for new providers
  • Hangers
  • Rubber Mallet for lofting/unlofting your bed
Noise Abatement

The Noise Abatement Program is a joint project of Housing and Residential Experience and Vanderbilt Student Government. The goal is to encourage residents to participate in maintaining a residential atmosphere conducive to study and sleep. With this in mind, you should note that powerful sound systems that produce loud music are unwelcome in our residence halls. Students who choose to bring stereos or other sound amplification devices or instruments should also bring headphones for private listening.


ѿý is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings on campus, including university residence halls and Greek chapter houses, and on the grounds of the campus with the exception of designated outdoor smoking areas.

Alcohol and Drugs

The university expects all students to comply with federal, state, and local laws relating to alcoholic beverages, drugs, and narcotics. Students are prohibited from the illegal possession, distribution, sale, use, or abuse of drugs, including alcohol. The Vanderbilt community is deeply concerned about underage drinking and the abuse of alcohol and is seeking to work with students to create an environment that will discourage the abusive and illegal use of alcohol. The university has declared all first-year halls to be substance-free. The possession, distribution, or consumption of alcohol or illicit drugs is prohibited in any common-use area or private residence of any first-year residence hall. Students violating these policies will be subject to disciplinary action. Please note that an inebriated or overdosed student seeking medical attention will not be charged with violation of university policy for prohibited use of alcoholic beverages or other drugs, provided that the sole reason the student’s inebriation or overdose was discovered by university officials arose from the seeking of medical care. Further, the university has a number of educational and treatment resources available on campus, including a professional position devoted to alcohol education.


All student rooms in all Vanderbilt residence halls are equipped with sprinklers and smoke detectors. First-year residence hall rooms vary in size. Given the number of rooms and the various color schemes used, it is impossible to inform you of the particular colors used in decorating your room. However, colors in student rooms tend to be neutral tones. Additional facilities information can be found here.

Housekeeping and Furnishings

You are responsible for cleaning your room and carrying your trash and recyclables outside to the appropriate receptacle. On the recommendation of Vanderbilt Student Government, exterior recycling bins have been placed in close proximity to first-year residence halls for use by students, and a recycling receptacle has been placed in each residential room.

All first-year rooms are furnished. University furniture is supplied and must not be removed from your assigned room. University furniture is made from flame-retardant materials. For reasons of fire safety and space, it is inadvisable to bring any furniture from home with the exception of a study lamp. Halogen lamps are prohibited.

Concrete blocks and bricks are prohibited from university residence halls, because their use causes damage to walls, floors, and carpets. Plastic crates are acceptable substitutes as long as their use does not cause damage.

Please bring linens, pillows, and mattress pads with you or plan to purchase them when you arrive. The mattresses provided in university residence halls measure 36″ in width and 78″ in length, and standard twin fitted sheets fit the 36″ x 78″ mattresses.

All beds are lofted to the maximum height of 59″ to the top of the springs, and beds can be lowered as far as desired. Bed risers are not permitted. Non-university bunk beds, lofts, and waterbeds are prohibited.

The construction of walls and partitions in university housing is prohibited. Over-the-door hangers are not permitted as they damage the doorframes. Students may not use any adhesives on their furniture, doors, walls, ceilings, or floors. Approved white putty such as “Hold It,” which does not stain or remove the surface finish, is available at the university bookstore and is the only approved adhesive material.


You may purchase a small refrigerator (no larger than 4 cu. ft.) for your room. Microwave ovens having a maximum power of 800 watts and an interior capacity of one cubic foot are permitted. Small items such as radios, sound systems, electric blankets, clocks, desk lamps, and coffee makers with enclosed heating elements are permitted in rooms. For safety reasons, no appliances with exposed heating elements are allowed; neither are appliances that draw a large amount of current from each circuit such as grills, hot plates, air conditioners, electric heaters, and instant water heating elements. Halogen lamps are prohibited. Washers, dryers, and dishwashers are not permitted.

All appliances used in the residence halls must be in good condition, with special attention given to seals and electrical cords and plugs. Power strips with circuit breakers are the only extension cords permitted.

The Housing and Residential Experience reserves the right to revoke authorization for the use of any of these items in individual buildings throughout the residential campus.

Dining Services

All first-year residents are required to participate in the First-Year Meal Plan. Students are automatically signed up for this plan. You should have already received information regarding the dining programs and meal plans. If you have not received it or would like more information, please visit or contact Vanderbilt Dining at (615) 322-2999.

Parking and Vehicle Registration

Parking space on campus is limited. First-year students may not purchase parking permits or park on campus at any time. Motor vehicles operated on campus at any time by students, faculty, or staff must be registered with the Office of Traffic and Parking, located at 2800 Vanderbilt Place, near the Vanderbilt Stadium. A fee is charged for a permit. Parking regulations are published annually and are strictly enforced. More information about parking and alternate transportation options are available here. Information regarding electric scooter policies can be found here. Bicycles must be registered with the ѿý Police Department. For more information on bike registration as well as a complete list of services provided by Vanderbilt police, visit the .


Residents assume individual responsibility for the condition of their rooms and furnishings. Residents are also responsible for any damage that may occur in residence hall common areas and may be charged on a pro-rated basis for student damage in those areas. For reasons of maintenance, sanitation, and health, pets are strictly prohibited.

Student Renter’s Insurance Requirement

As noted in the Housing Contract, the University is not liable for damage to property or injuries arising out of a resident’s occupancy of their assigned rooms, except if such damage or injury results from negligent acts or omissions by the University.

As a resident, you are liable to the University and others for loss or damage caused by your actions or those of your guests. You are required to maintain adequate property and liability insurance that includes the following:

  • Personal Property Insurance: covering the students belongings while on campus, with a limit adequate to repair or replace the student’s personal property in the event of loss, damage, or theft.
  • Personal Liability Insurance: with a limit no less than $100,000 and include coverage for student caused water damage or fire damage to adjacent spaces.

These insurance requirements are minimum requirements only. The university does not warrant or represent that this coverage will be adequate or sufficient to protect you or your guests from liability. We recommend that you discuss your specific insurance needs with an authorized insurance agent. Required insurance may be provided by a standalone Renter’s Insurance Policy or by endorsement or extension from a Homeowners Insurance Policy maintained by you or by a Parent/Guardian/Family Member.

Fully compliant renters’ insurance may be obtained from:

Welcome from Vanderbilt Undergraduate Honor Council President, Melissa Kumi /ohare/2020/07/22/welcome-from-vanderbilt-undergraduate-honor-council-president-melissa-kumi/ Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:57:22 +0000 http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ohare/?p=14833 Dear Class of 2024,

Congratulations and welcome to Vanderbilt! Gaining admission into our prestigious University is a tremendous accomplishment, and we are excited for you to join us. At Vanderbilt, you will have remarkable experiences that will prepare you for a future of positively influencing your community and the world.

For over 140 years, Vanderbilt students and faculty have worked as partners to cultivate an outstanding academic reputation for the University, an effort made possible by our Honor System. The Vanderbilt Honor Code is one of the school’s oldest and revered traditions, and it governs all academic work completed by students within the University’s ten schools. By choosing to enter the Vanderbilt community, you pledge to conduct yourself in accordance with the principles set forth by the Code:

“ѿý students pursue all academic endeavors with integrity. They conduct themselves honorably, professionally, and respectfully in all realms of their studies in order to promote and secure an atmosphere of dignity and trust. The keystone of the honor system is self-regulation, which requires cooperation and support from each member of the University community.”

As a Vanderbilt student, you are expected to uphold your commitment to this standard of honor at all times. You will affirm your commitment to our Honor Code by making the following pledge:

“I pledge to pursue all academic endeavors with honor and integrity. I understand the principles of the Honor System, and I promise to uphold these standards by adhering to the Honor Code in order to preserve the integrity of ѿý and its individual members.”

The Undergraduate Honor Council is a student run organization that strives to preserve the communal trust created by the Honor Code and fosters a collaborative culture of academic integrity. Since its creation, the Council has aimed to both educate the student body about the importance of academic integrity and to hold accountable any individuals who violate the spirit of the Honor Code. However, the maintenance of this communal trust is truly the responsibility of the whole student body.

To fulfill your responsibility of understanding the Honor Code, I encourage you to read about Vanderbilt’s Honor System in the Student Handbook, which can be found here. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or stop by our office in Rand Hall, Suite 301.

The Honor Council truly is one of Vanderbilt’s most special traditions, and we’d love for you to be a part of it.

Have a great rest of your summer, and, again, welcome to Vanderbilt!

Melissa Kumi
President, Undergraduate Honor Council

Welcome from Vanderbilt Chief of Police, August J. Washington /ohare/2020/07/22/welcome-from-vanderbilt-chief-of-police-august-j-washington/ Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:48:59 +0000 http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ohare/?p=14831 Dear Vanderbilt Family:

On behalf of ѿý Public Safety, I am happy to welcome you and your student to ѿý. We understand that you are entrusting your student to our care and we take that responsibility very seriously. We work together with our students to maintain a safe and secure campus, and I assure you that the safety of our students is our highest priority.

Vanderbilt is fortunate to be located in the midst of a booming urban community featuring all the amenities of a big city, including sporting events, restaurants, and a wide variety of cultural and social events. As in any urban setting, individuals must make choices that maximize their personal safety and security. Therefore, ѿý Public Safety is taking this opportunity to familiarize you with some of our security related programs and services. In addition, students have a responsibility for their own safety and it is my sincere hope that you will join my officers in encouraging your student to take advantage of the following services and tips:

  • Students can take a proactive role in their own security by keeping residence hall rooms locked and should consider walking in groups across campus, especially after dusk.
  • After dark, the ѿý Police Department offers two options to help your student get to and from different locations on campus – the VandyRide program and the Walking Security Escort program. VandyRide shuttles pick up and drop off students at pre-designated points on campus. Walking security escorts can be requested by dialing 421-8888, after which a representative from VUPD will be dispatched to the caller’s location or to a designated meeting point to accompany the student to his or her destination.
  • Operation ID encourages students to document and label their personal possessions. The information should be kept by the student for quick reference. Students may register their bicycles and laptop computers online with the ѿý Police Department.
  • The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program is a self-defense program for women. A separate self-defense program for men is also available.
  • VandySafe is a free mobile safety application for iOS and Android smartphones. The app allows users to connect directly from their cell phones to the ѿý Police Department via voice call, SMS text, or iReport.
  • For details about the programs mentioned above, as well as information about Crime Alerts and the Daily Crime Log, please visit .

Vanderbilt’s goal is to provide a safe and secure environment in which students can learn and grow. We take pride in our department and in the quality of services we deliver. I encourage both you and your student to contact the police department should you experience any problems or have any questions or concerns related to security or law enforcement services on campus. I can be reached at (615) 322-2745 if you would like to speak to me personally.


Best wishes and welcome to ѿý.

August J. Washington

Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Police


Welcome from VSG President, Veer Shah /ohare/2020/07/22/welcome-from-vsg-president-veer-shah/ Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:44:41 +0000 http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ohare/?p=14829 Dear Class of 2024,

Congratulations and welcome to ѿý! My name is Veer Shah, and I am your Student Body President for the academic year of 2020-2021. Before I start with a more formalized introduction and shed a few words of wisdom as an aging senior, I’ll share with you a little bit about myself. I’m from Atlanta, GA majoring in Human Organizational Development and Economics with a minor in Business (subjective to change…crazy right?).  Apart from extracurriculars and academics, on campus you’ll either see me at the rec playing basketball breaking ankles with my deadly crossover, walking around campus dancing to music with my headphones in bumping lil baby, or cracking jokes in Rand with someone new every time (don’t worry if you don’t know what Rand is yet, I still get lost). My favorite part about Vanderbilt is obviously the people, but as I dive into writing this letter, I’ll talk a little more about Vanderbilt and why anyone, including myself, is lucky to call it home.

First of all, know that no matter what the path looked like that brought you to Vanderbilt, your place at this school is meant for you, and we are so proud to have you here. We are in difficult times right now, given the global-pandemic, increase in racial injustices,  and several other issues that are rising to the surface both on and off-campus. However, as you may know with adversity comes a product of growth and change that will enhance your  ability to change your future and pave the road for others after you. With that, I’d be lying if I told you that your first-year college is going to be easy, especially given the constraints and circumstances presented to you this year, but I’d also be lying if I didn’t admit the challenges you face on campus this year will help you write a stronger, more exciting, unparalleled story compared to anyone before you.

Secondly, I want to add my welcome to the many that you have very likely received thus far. It is because of passionate, engaged students like you that I am able to serve in my role as Student Body President, and I cannot tell you how honored I am to get a chance to welcome you to Vanderbilt. Over the next few weeks, you will receive so much—and at times conflicting—advice about how to take on your college experience. In order to avoid redundancy, I will keep my own words of wisdom brief: be willing to shift the script. You may be coming to Vanderbilt with a script in your mind, perhaps reinforced by external forces, about what your experience here should look like. Keep in mind the difference between “supposed to” and “meant to” as you begin to make decisions here that will shape the rest of your life.

Lastly, I want to challenge each of you to expect the most from and continually work for a better Vanderbilt. The role of the student government is to advocate for students so that we can maximize the undergraduate experience—your experience—and it is on each of us to make that happen. You each have unique stories you are bringing to campus, which you will continue to write and change every single day during your time at Vanderbilt. My administration and I want a student government that adds vibrancy and depth to these student stories at Vanderbilt, and we ask each of you to question us, add your ideas, and offer support in making our school a better place. We are primarily active on Instagram, so feel free to follow us (@vanderbiltstudentgov).

Vanderbilt will challenge you, and it will change you, and each of us have a role in changing it in our time here. As you move into the next few months of your life, know that they will be overwhelming, full of newness, excitement, and highs and lows. However, know that they are also the beginning of some of the most special and unique years of your lives, and you have so many people who are here to help you along the way. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me when you arrive on campus and get settled in—I would love to be a part of your Vanderbilt experience as another supporter, advocate, and friend. Congratulations again, and welcome to the next four years!


Veer Shah

Student Body President, Vanderbilt Student Government


IG: veer_shahh


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CTW Construction Noise Notice /ohare/2018/01/29/ctw-construction-noise-notice/ Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:30:28 +0000 http://www.vanderbilt.edu/resed/?p=11439 Residents of Carmichael Towers West,

As you know, construction has begun on the next Residential College at Vanderbilt. The site is fenced in and some surface clearing is underway. The purpose of this notice is to provide information about the work that will occur this semester.

The next steps will be about making the site ready for constructing a building. Because Nashville sits on limestone that is very close to the surface, excavating the site will require blasting the bedrock so that it can be removed. First, the site will be drilled in a pattern that facilitates fracturing of the rock. Then, in increments, the site will be blasted to initiate the fracturing. After blasting, large pieces of rock will be hammered and broken into pieces small enough to fit into dump trucks.  Other work will take place, too.

Drilling is noisy and dusty. Blasting can be startling but is over within 30 seconds. Hammering is noisy, like a jack-hammer, but deeper, slower, and louder. We wish we could avoid these methods but construction requires them.

Drilling will begin during the week of January 29. Blasting is expected to begin around February 15, twice per day. Rock hammering will begin around the last week of February or early March, depending on the progress of drilling and blasting. We expect that this work will continue throughout the spring semester.

To limit the disruptions and inconveniences of construction, Vanderbilt requires the builder to delay particularly noisy work (drilling, blasting, and rock hammering) until after 8:00 a.m. Other work can occur before 8:00 a.m., including movement of trucks and other vehicles. Because federal worker safety laws require them, back up horns will sound when construction vehicles move in reverse.

We apologize for these inconveniences but they are necessary for Vanderbilt to take its next steps in development of the College Halls program and upgrading our housing facilities. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

E. Bronson Ingram College /ohare/2017/10/30/e-bronson-ingram-college/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:31:30 +0000 http://www.vanderbilt.edu/resed/?p=11272

The newest residential college and is home to a Faculty Director, two Graduate Fellows, an Area Coordinator and 340 upper class students. The college has its own dining room, a great room, four courtyards, and a performing arts rehearsal studio.

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