Most Vanderbilt students are required to live on campus for their entire college careers. With the advent of The Commons, the residential living and learning community for all first-year students, all freshmen (as well as a faculty member in each building) live together in the recently built or renovated dorms on Peabody. All freshmen are now assigned doubles in the same part of campus, so there are no discrepancies or advantages between the buildings.
While the freshmen are pampered in their dorms on Peabody, the rest of the student body is, for the most part, left to fend for themselves with what’s left. In particular, the sophomores and juniors get the raw end of the deal, living in what was the original freshman housing: Branscomb, if you are lucky; Vandy-Barnard; and in the worst case, Kissam, a housing assignment that has been adopted into the Vanderbilt vernacular as “Kisslammed.” Not many seniors are granted off-campus housing, but luckily there is not a real need for it. Since Vanderbilt housing works on a seniority-based point system, as a senior, you will have no trouble receiving the housing you desire.