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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some really nice new buildings. Wish they didnt make you stay on campus

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It honestly depends on where you live. Freshman housing is 100% perfect in terms of quality and amenities, but about 15 minutes of a walk away from main campus. And the other dorms vary. The newer or more recently renovated, the greater the amenities, spaciousness, perks and quality of the dorm. The older the dorm, the worse the rooms and facilities. The upperclassman housing are basically around the perimeter of the academic buildings and halls, so getting to the dorms isn't hard. There are limited options for housing for sophomores with most being either smack dab in the middle of the horrible frat row or in shabby, old dorms. As an upperclassman, your best option will be Morgan and Lewis (the downside being nearby the stadium, bad parking and horrible traffic on game weeks which is frequent). Your worst is Vandy Barnard (or "Barnyard" if you will).

Cost, social atmosphere, and ballots are the same no mater where you apply, so those don't really matter.

Amenities include laundry, kitchens (not fully stocked), lounges, music rooms for some dorms, etc. The best dorms have full amenities; the worst are only missing ones that aren't as necessary, but they still have the basics.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are great. There are so many spaces available with so much option for where you want to live. The only downside is not being able to live off campus, because the on-campus social atmosphere can be too much partying for someone who is not really into that scene.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I've enjoyed the campus housing. Kissam also just opened.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 227th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 478th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1126th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1197th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher McDonald
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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.
 

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
5,448
Average Housing Costs
$9,208
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
90%
Number of Dormitories
27
Best Dorms
  • Branscomb Quad
  • Carmichael Towers
  • The Commons
Worst Dorms
  • Cole
  • Kissam Quad
  • Tolman
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Mattress
  • Mirror
  • Phone line
  • Waste bin
  • Wireless Internet
Did You Know?
The vast majority of Vanderbilt students live on campus for all four years.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Barnard Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 122
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: At Barnard, there's a small market, Nectar, in the basement, specializing in organic foods.
Carmichael Towers East Tower I
Floors: 14
Number of Occupants: 300
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: The lower two floors contain study areas, lounges, recreation rooms, a 24-hour information desk, and meeting rooms. The complex has a laundry facility and a Varsity Market conveniently located on the first floor.
Carmichael Towers East Tower II
Floors: 14
Number of Occupants: 308
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: The lower two floors contain study areas, lounges, recreation rooms, a 24-hour information desk, and meeting rooms. The complex has a laundry facility and a Varsity Market conveniently located on the first floor.
Carmichael Towers West Tower IV
Floors: 14
Number of Occupants: 308
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: The lower two floors contain study areas, lounges, recreation rooms, a 24-hour information desk, and meeting rooms. The complex has a laundry facility and a food court conveniently located on the first floor.
Carmichael Towers West Towers III
Floors: 14
Number of Occupants: 327
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: The lower two floors contain study areas, lounges, recreation rooms, a 24-hour information desk, and meeting rooms. The complex has a laundry facility and a food court conveniently located on the first floor.
Chaffin Place
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 192
Bathrooms: Private by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Chaffin is right across the street from the Student Rec Center. It is convenient to most other athletic facilities on campus, as well. They also have central air. It's part of Highland Quadrangle.
Crawford House
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 150
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Opened in 2006, Crawford has multiple study rooms, laundry facilities, music practice rooms, and a common kitchen
Currey Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: At Currey, a staff member resides on each floor. The lobby also has a television viewing area and two separate study areas. A typical room measures 12'6" x 8'5". It's part of Kissam Quadrangle.
Dyer Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: At Dyer, a staff member resides on each floor. Dyer also has an information desk which is staffed 16 hours a day, Monday through Friday, and 24 hours a day on weekends. It's part of Kissam Quadrangle.
East Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 186
Bathrooms: Private (floors 1 and 2), shared by floors (floors 3-6)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: East Hall provides modern features in a classic structure. Recently renovated, the building contains a study/TV lounge and a kitchen on the second floor
Gillette Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 225
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Mostly doubles (one triple)
Special Features: At Gillette, there's a large formal lounge, a laundry room, and a large kitchen on the first floor. It's part of Peabody.
Hank Ingram House
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 290
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Ingram was opened in August of 2008 and features laundry facilities, music practice rooms, several study lounges, and two seminar rooms.
Hemingway Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: The first floor at Hemingway includes some residential space and the maintenance equipment for the building, as well as vending machines located in room 119. It's part of Kissam Quadrangle.
Kissam Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 85
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Kissam offers a chill atmosphere and there's a courtyard with a charcoal grill out front. It's part of Kissam Quadrangle.
Lewis House/Morgan House
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 100
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Efficiencies, singles, doubles
Special Features: A 24-hour, 7-day-a-week information desk is located in Lewis House, and serves the entire Highland Quadrangle area. There's a market located in the basement. They also both have ceramic-tile bathrooms.
Lupton House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 292
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Lupton offers easy access to sporting events and the Recreation Center, as well as to dining and classroom facilities. It's part of Branscomb Quadrangle.
Mayfield Place
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 200
Bathrooms: Shared by unit
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Rooms at Mayfield consist of a common area, two baths, a microwave, a 21-inch stove, a sink, and a full-size refrigerator. All are fully carpeted and air conditioned. It's part of Highland Quadrangle.
McGill Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 102
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: This is the headquarters of the McGill Project-a joint venture with the Department of Philosophy. It's part of Alumni Lawn
McTyeire International House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 97
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single
Special Features: International dining room and Language Program headquarters. It's part of Alumni Lawn
Memorial hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 108
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Memorial Hall was recently renovated and now has seminar rooms, study rooms, and music practice rooms.
Mims Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Mims offers a spacious lobby that has a lounge and a television viewing area. The typical room measures 12'6" x 8'5". It's part of Kissam Quadrangle.
Murray House
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 150
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Opened in 2007, Murray has multiple study rooms, laundry facilities, music practice rooms, tiled bedrooms, and a common kitchen.
North Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 186
Bathrooms: Private (floors 1 and 2), shared by floors (floors 3-6)
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples (mostly doubles)
Special Features: North Hall features numerous study rooms and a large, sunlit atrium on the 6th floor.
Reinke Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Reinke has five rooms that allow for private study. Of the five rooms, one is a seminar room that has a seating capacity of 24 to accomodate classes and large study sessions. It's part of Kissam Quadrangle.
Scales House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 128
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Scales offers doubles connected to one another by a private half bathroom.
Stambaugh House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 162
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Opened in 2007, Stambaugh has multiple study rooms, laundry facilities, music practice rooms, tiled bedrooms, and a common kitchen.
Stapleton House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 149
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Stapleton is home of the College Scholars Center, and also provides a formal lounge for all residents. It's part of Branscomb Quadrangle.
Sutherland House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 162
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Opened in 2006, Sutherland has multiple study rooms, laundry facilities, music practice rooms, tiled bedrooms, and a common kitchen.
Tolman Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 102
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: Tolman has a Formal lounge, kitchen, seminar room. Tolman Hall was constructed shortly after World War II. It's part of Alumni Lawn.
Vanderbilt Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 122
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Built in 1952, Barnard and Vanderbilt Halls are the last campus buildings of collegiate gothic design. Both have been completely renovated. It's part of Alumni Lawn.
Vaughn House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 149
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Vaughn offers easy access to sporting events and the Recreation Center, as well as to dining and classroom facilities. It's part of Branscomb Quadrangle.
West Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 186
Bathrooms: Private (floors 1 and 2), shared by floors (floors 3-6)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: West Hall offers a study lounge, two TV Lounges, a full-size kitchen, a multi-purpose room and laundry facilities on the first floor. It's part of Peabody.

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