Housing & Dining

We believe every student deserves a safe, fun and welcoming place to call home. Our intentional communities and programming are designed to guarantee that all students experience belonging, friendship, recognition and respect.


E. Bronson Ingram Architectural Photo


We try to create a tighter sense of community through our programming and events and offer our students a refuge from the stresses of college life.

Alissa Guarnaccia Sarah Igo
Head of E. Bronson Ingram College


Day in the Life- Commons



After the First Year

After the first year, students will continue living in a residential college, join a living-learning community or move into a traditional residence hall.

Students who continue with the residential college program will move to an upper-division house, where they can remain for the rest of their time as Vanderbilt undergraduates. This enables students to participate in continued programming and form a tight-knit community.

ղԻ’sliving-learning communities provide opportunities for students with similar educational interests to live together in residence halls. Each community is typically sponsored by an academic department, but students from any school or discipline are welcome.

There also are 12 traditional residence halls available to students after their first year. The facilities are similar to the other residences, but they don’t have faculty heads or the same level of curated programming. Students in these traditional residences may also change their residence each year, rather than continuing to live with the same group.

While graduate and professional students have historically lived off campus, a new on-campus housing option for these students is under development and has an anticipated opening before the 2023–24 academic year. Featuring communal workspaces in addition to personal residences, the new accommodations will foster immersive learning beyond the classroom while offering convenient housing at a below-market rate.

In the meantime, graduate and professional students can continue to use ղԻ’s to browse advertisements by landlords looking specifically for Vanderbilt-affiliated tenants, as well as those from Vanderbilt students looking for roommates.

Students on campus feature.Photo by Joe Howell


Where & What to Eat

Food doesn’t sustain just our bodies, but our communities and environment as well. Vanderbilt takes pride in providing its community with the most tasty, nutritious and diverse menus possible.

Vanderbilt’s residential dining halls offer a variety of selections, from a Chef’s Table, grill and salad bar, to an assortment of grab-and-go items. All menus are reviewed by our on-campus registered dietitian to ensure that students have access to healthy and nutritious foods on campus.

In addition to residential dining halls, there are a number of retail dining locations, cafes and marts. These offer a wide range of options: international cuisine, food trucks, grab-and-go meals, coffee and pastries.

Standard First-Year Meal Plan

  • 21 on-campus meals per week
  • $225 in Meal Money
  • 5 guest meals